The mailing address is as follows:
Appraiser Certification Program
308 South Pierre Street
Pierre, SD 57501-3137
The telephone number remains the same, 605.773.4608. The facsimile number has changed to 605.773.5405.
Keith J. Newman, State-Registered - Rapid City, SD
Amanda DeJong, State-Registered - Yankton, SD
Jason D. Vaith, State-Registered - Pierre, SD
Robert J. Lentz, State-Certified General - Marlette, MI
Mike J. Gustafson, State-Licensed - Eagan, MN
Michael D. Dahle, State-Licensed - Madison, MN
Mindy Hubert, State-Registered - New Underwood, SD
Clint W. Bumguardner, State-Certified General - Abilene, TX
Justin G. Reed, State-Certified General - Minneapolis, MN
Randal J. Reider, State-Registered - Sioux Falls, SD
Brad Flemming, State-Certified Residential
NOTICE: The 2013 appraiser renewal applications were mailed the first week of July. The applications are due in the Appraiser Certification Program office by August 17, 2013 for renewal of certificates for state-certified general, state-certified residential, state-licensed and state-registered appraisers.
In order to renew your certificate, you must submit the completed application, applicable renewal fees and verification of the required 28 hours of approved continuing education which includes the 2012-2013 Edition of the 7-hour National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Update Course (USPAP Update). Appraisers are required to complete the USPAP Update during the period of January 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012. If the USPAP Update was not completed by June 30, 2012, there will be a $100 administrative penalty fee assessed.
NOTICE: The 2013 supervisory appraiser endorsement renewal applications were mailed the first week in July. The application are due in the Appraiser Certification Program office by August 17, 2013 for renewal of the supervisory appraiser endorsement.
Qualifying Education - Distance Education Examinations
Question 1: I am state regulator responsible for approving distance education to be utilized as qualifying education under the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria. The Criteria requires a proctored written examination. Can an examination be proctored by the staff at an electronic testing service office?
Response: The Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria specifies a proctor must be "an official approved by the college or university or by the sponsoring organization" that delivers the course. The AQB does not maintain a list of acceptable proctors. However, a testing service, such as one that delivers the National Uniform Licensure and Certification Examinations and/or examination for other professions, with staff approved by the course deliverer, would likely be an acceptable means for an examination to be proctored.
Question 2: What are the qualifications of an acceptable proctor for an examination required under the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria?
Response: The Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria specifies a proctor must be "an official approved by the college or university or by the sponsoring organization" that delivers the course. The AQB does not maintain a list of qualifications or requirements to approve acceptable proctors. Each state may adopt specific requirements for an individual to serve as a proctor.
2015 Real Property Appraiser Qualification Critera-Related Issues
Question 1: I became a registered Trainee Appraiser in February 2013 and I am working toward a Certified Residential credential. My state requires all experience to be earned after official registration with the state. Will I be required to have a Bachelor's degree in order to earn my certification?
Response: Yes. Experience for the Certified Residential credential cannot be earned in less than 24 months; in your case because your state requires you to be a credentialed Trainee in order to obtain experience, you could not finish accruing experience until on or after February 2015. All individuals seeking a credential after January 1, 2015 must fulfill all of the education, experience and examination requirements in the 2015 Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria, which include having a Bachelor's degree.
Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Requirements
Question 1: I am a state appraiser regulatory official who has received an application from a Trainee Appraiser seeking to become a Certified General appraiser. The candidate meets the college degree and qualifying education requirements. The candidate relocated to my state one year ago and some of the experience on the experience log submitted was completed while the candidate was a resident of a neighboring state. What responsibility do I have to ensure experience earned in another state meets the Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser requirements of that state?
Response: As the jurisdiction evaluating the Trainee Appraiser's experience, it would be incumbent upon you to obtain sufficient evidence to support that the experience sought from work done in the neighboring state was earned in accordance with appraiser licensing/certification rules of the other state in effect at the time the experience was earned.
Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser Course
I am an education provider planning to create a course that meets the minimum requirements under the Course Content Outline promulgated by the AQB for the Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser course. I would like to submit the base course (that includes the national minium requirements, not the state rules/regulations) to the AQB's Course Approval Program (CAP) for approval for use in multiple jurisdictions, and then allow states to write add-in modules covering any state-specific requirements. I have three questions:
Question 1: Will the AQB, through its Course Approval Program, review and approve a course under the above scenario as meeting the minium base requirements?
Response: Yes. The AQB recognizes that a Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser course must cover the required elements of the Course Content Outline. As such, a course that earns CAP approval will have an additional statement to this effect.
Question 2: In prior Q&As on this topic, the AQB affirmed there is no minimum or maximum course length for the Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser course. If my base course is approved through CAP for 6 hours, and I offer the course in a state that has adopted a 3-hour course requirement, can my course be presented in a 3-hour format in that state?
Response: No; not based on the CAP approval. CAP approves a course as submitted; therefore, material cannot be added or omitted from the presentation of the course. In this case, you would have to create a 3-hour course for that particular state and seek separate approval from CAP or directly from the state appraiser regulatory agency.
Question 3: Are education providers required to submit Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser courses to the CAP for approval?
Response: No. States can approve courses directly, provided the state verifies the course includes all of the required elements of the course content outline developed by the AQB.
The reader is advised that in all cases, the above responses are based upon the minimum criteria adopted by the AQB. Individual states can adopt more stringent requirements. Please check with the state appraiser regulatory agency in your state to confirm their specific requirements.
The AQB Q&A is posted on The Appraisal Foundation website.
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