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Appraisal Courses - Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum requirements for approved courses vary depending upon the type of appraiser classification. The following represents the minimum requirements for approved courses:

State Registered Real Property Appraiser

  1. 30 hours in Basic Appraisal Principles covering topics such as real property concepts and characteristics, legal considerations, influences on real estate values, types of value, economic principles, an overview of real estate markets and analysis, the provisions of the Appraiser Act and its Rules and Regulations, and ethics and how they apply in appraisal theory and practice;
  2. 30 hours in Basic Appraisal Procedures covering topics such as the provision of Georgia's Residential Mortgage Fraud law and methods for identifying possible fraud in transactions and properly reporting alleged fraud, an overview of approaches to value, valuation procedures, property description, and residential applications;
  3. 15 hours in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP); (NOTE: If the applicant plans to use this course for a certified classification, the Appraisal Subcommittee of the federal government contends that federal law requires that the course be one not subject to the Board's review and approval. Instead, it must be one the Appraisal Qualifications Board of The Appraisal Foundation has identified by the name "15-hour National USPAP Course, or its equivalent. The Appraisal Foundation, the private entity that mandates the use of that course, seeks to generate profits from it. That course and its equivalent courses were developed under criteria unknown to the Board. The phase "its equivalent" apparently means only a course that The Appraisal Foundation says is "equivalent" to its course. Appraisers may not receive credit for the "15-hours National USPAP Course, or its equivalent" unless:
    • the school offers The Appraisal Foundation's course on USPAP and pays the Appraisal Foundation special fees for the number of students enrolled in the course,
    • secures the permission of an entity that has achieved The Appraisal Foundation's "equivalent" state to offer its course, or
    • secures The Appraisal Foundation's "equivalent" status for the course the school develops.
    Regardless of which of the three types of USPAP course that a school uses, every student it enrolls must receive a copy of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice for which the Appraisal Foundation has received payment or a royalty. Regardless of the education quality of the course, a course on USPAP developed by Board approved schools may not replace the "15-hour National USPAP Course, or its equivalent" unless the school obtains The Appraisal Foundation's equivalency authorization and pays the Appraisal Foundation any fees it may require for the approval and offering the course or materials to students
  4. 15 hours in Residential Report Writing and Case Studies covering topics such as writing and reasoning skills, common writing problems, form reports, report options, USPAP compliance, and case studies or 15 hours in General Appraisal Report Writing and Case Studies covering topics such as writing and reasoning skills, common writing problems, and report options; and
  5. such other subject matter as the Board may require or approve.

State Licensed Real Property Appraiser

  1. #1, #2,#3 and #4 from the State Registered Real Property Appraiser requirements above;
  2. 15 hours in Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use covering topics such as market fundamentals and characteristics, supply analysis, demand analysis, use of market analysis, and the application of highest and best use;
  3. 15 hours in Residential Appraisal Site Valuation and Cost Approach covering topics such as site valuation methods, cost approach concepts and definitions, replacement/reproduction costs new, and methods of estimating accrued depreciation;
  4. 30 hours in Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches covering topics such as sales comparison valuation principles and procedures, income valuation principles and procedures, finance and cash equivalency, financial calculators, derivation and measurement of adjustments, gross rent multipliers, partial interests, and reconciliation;
  5. such other subject matter as the Board may require or approve.

State Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser

  1. #1, #2, #3 and #4 from the State Registered Real Property Appraiser requirements above;
  2. #2, #3, and #4 from the State Licensed Real Property Appraiser requirements above;
  3. 15 hours in Statistics, Modeling and Finance covering topics such as statistics, valuation, models and real estate finance;
  4. 15 hours in Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies covering topics such as complex property, ownership and market conditions, deriving and supporting adjustments, residential market analysis, and advanced case studies;
  5. 20 hours of additional courses in appraisal subject matter;
  6. such other subject matter as the Board may require or approve.

State Certified General Real Property Appraiser

  1. #1 and #2 from the State Registered Real Property Appraiser requirements above;
  2. 30 hours in General Appraisal Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use covering topics such as market fundamentals and characteristics, supply analysis, demand analysis, use of market analysis, and the application of highest and best use;
  3. 30 hours in General Appraisal Site Valuation and Cost Approach covering topics such as site valuation methods, cost approach concepts and definitions, replacement/reproduction cost new, and methods of estimating accrued depreciation;
  4. 30 hours in General Appraisal Sales and Comparison Approaches covering topics such as sales comparison valuation principles and procedures, derivation and measurement of adjustments, and reconciliation;
  5. 60 hours in General Appraisal Income Approach covering topics such as compound interest, lease analysis, income analysis, vacancy and collection loss, estimating operating expenses and reserves, reconstructed income and expense statement, stabilized new operating income estimate, direct capitalization, discounted cash flow, yield capitalization, and partial interests;
  6. 30 hours in General Appraisal Report Writing and Case Studies covering topics such as writing and reasoning skills, common writing problems, and report options;
  7. 15 hours in Statistics, Modeling and Finance covering topics such as statistics, valuation, and models;
  8. 30 hours of additional courses in appraisal subject matter; and
  9. such other subject matter as the Board may require or approve.