Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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Appraiser Certification Program


Important Announcements

Important Reminders

Important Announcements


Vacancy – Appraiser Certification Program Advisory Council

The Department of Labor and Regulation Appraiser Certification Program is seeking nominations to the Advisory Council for a State-Certified General Appraiser located in the western portion of the state.

If you are interested in nominating yourself or another appraiser for appointment to the Advisory Council, please submit your nomination in writing by email, or mail to

Department of Labor and Regulation, Appraiser Certification Program
217 W. Missouri Ave., 2nd Floor
Pierre, South Dakota 57501

The nomination should include the appraiser’s name, location and the reason that you believe you or the person you have nominated should be appointed to the Advisory Council.

Any person nominated for this position should possess substantial knowledge regarding the statutes and administrative rules regarding appraisers; a reasonable understanding of Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) and its impact on the appraiser profession; and be highly respected by other appraiser professionals.

Please submit nominations to the Department no later than Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Anna McCarthy at 605.773.3803.


Online Portal Upate Includes Certificate Delivery

The ACP PORTAL now provides a fast and secure way to view and print a credential. This functionality is available to all active credentialed appraisers by simply logging in to the portal and clicking 'View' under 'Credentials'.


Notice From Appraisal Subcommittee Regarding ARSD 20:14

The Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) considers our State-Registered credential to be the equivalent of the Trainee, and ARSD 20:14:04:11 currently allows State-Registered appraisers to perform certain appraisals without the direction of a supervisory appraiser. Please be advised that the ASC informed the South Dakota Appraiser Certification Program (ACP) on Monday, October 25, 2021, that ARSD 20:14:04:11 is out of compliance with Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB) criteria. The AQB criteria require that all appraisals completed by the Trainee (State-Registered) be under direct supervision of a Supervisory Appraiser.

The ACP will be addressing ARSD 20:14:04:11 during the next opportunity to bring administrative rule revisions before the Interim Rules Review Committee, but in the meantime, it is our advice that State-Registered appraisers do not perform appraisals without supervision.


New Program to Be Implemented in South Dakota

Experience Training Program for South Dakota Appraiser-Trainees


Standards and Rules Updated in 2020

South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) Authorizing and Enforced by this Program: SDCL 36-21BEffective July 1, 2020

Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) Authorizing and Regulated and Enforced by this Program: ARSD 20:14Effective Dec. 14, 2020

Administrative Rules Regarding Appraisers Summary (ARSD 20:14) — Amended effective Dec. 14, 2020.


Changes in Allowance for Midway Review & Allegations of Noncompliance/Complaints Effective September 20, 2016

Midway to Upgrade Review: When a state-registered appraiser has achieved at least fifty percent of the experience hours required to upgrade to the state-licensed, state-certified residential, or state-certified general appraiser classification, the appraiser may request an appraisal review of an appraisal completed by him/her. A maximum of two appraisals can be reviewed with the applicable midway upgrade fee applying for each appraisal submitted.

If the review reveals that the licensee's appraisal is in compliance, the appraiser shall be granted credit for the compliant appraisal report when he/she applies to upgrade to a higher classification.

If the appraisal review reveals that the licensee's appraisal is not in compliance, remedial education may be prescribed to the licensee. No disciplinary action may be taken against the licensee or their supervisory appraiser. (See Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD) 20:14:05:05.05.)

Allegation of non-compliance: An allegation of non-compliance must be in writing and meet the following criteria:

  1. The allegation of error or violation of any provision is considered credible and based upon factual information which is independently verifiable; and
  2. The allegation is accompanied by a copy of the appraisal report or other credible documentation which contains a clearly identifiable error or violation, and provides sufficient evidence that it is probable the allegation has merit.

Complaints: Upon receipt of an allegation of non-compliance against any certificate holder or applicant for certification, or upon the Secretary's own motion, the secretary shall initiate an investigation of the allegation. If the investigation provides evidence of non-compliance, the secretary may enter a formal complaint stating the charge against any certificate holder or applicant for certification.


Late Appraiser Certification Renewals

If your appraiser credential expired on Sept. 30, of this year, you have until March 31, of the next year to renew your certificate with a $25 late penalty fee for each month or fraction of a month that has passed since Oct. 1, of this year. See Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) 20:14:10:04 for more information.


Late Supervisory Appraiser Renewals

If your supervisory appraiser endorsement expired on Sept. 30, of this year, you have until March 31, of the next year to renew your endorsement with a $25 late penalty fee for each month or fraction of a month that has passed since Oct. 1, of this year. See ARSD 20:14:10:04 for more information.


Upgrading Clarification

Please note: It is not mandatory for a State-Registered Appraiser to upgrade to the State-Licensed Appraiser classification. A State-Registered Appraiser may upgrade to State-Certified Residential or State-Certified General.

Email and Address Changes Must Be Reported

It is important that any email and address changes be reported to the Appraiser Certification Program as timely as possible. For appraisal management companies, the changes are to be reported to our office within five days of the change. For appraisers, it is to be immediately upon any change of residential or business address, along with the email address, if available.

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Important Reminders


Appraisal Experience Log

Appraisal experience must be documented using the Appraisal Experience Log (Microsoft Excel format). Instructions for completion are included in the file. Only this format is accepted for assignments and experience hours claimed on or after June 1, 2015.

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