Appraisal Courses - Continuing Education
All individuals who hold an active appraiser classification are required to complete 14 hours of Board approved continuing education during each one year renewal period. In every two consecutive renewal periods, every appraiser with an active classification must successfully complete a Board approved course in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice of at least seven hours.
For Continuing Education courses, there are unique requirements for which approved schools must adhere, including:
- Examinations - the Board does NOT require a final examination for continuing education courses. For those courses, the "standard of completion" involves the student being present for each hour of instruction. While not required by the Board, a school may require the passing of a final examination, quiz or other assessment tool to determine what the students have learned in the course.
- Instructors- the Board permits schools to hire and use qualified instructors in continuing education course without specific Board approval of each instructor. A school must maintain a resume or other biographical information on file which details the qualifications of the instructor to teach the continuing education courses.
- Subject Areas - real estate appraisal topics for approved continuing education courses include:
- ad valorem taxation;
- business courses related to practice of real estate appraisal;
- development cost estimating;
- ethics and standards of professional practice;
- land use planning, zoning, and taxation;
- management, leasing, brokerage, and timesharing;
- property development;
- real estate appraisal;
- real estate law;
- real estate litigation;
- real estate financing and investment;
- real estate appraisal related computer applications;
- real estate securities and syndication;
- real property exchange
- Georgia's Residential Mortgage Fraud law and methods for identifying possible fraud in transactions and properly reporting alleged fraud;
- the provisions of the Appraisal Act and its Rules and Regulations; and
- any other topics to which the Board may give prior approval.