Appraiser Qualifications Office Adopts Changes to Qualification Criteria for Real Estate Appraisers


WASHINGTON, August 24, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) today adopted a new edition of the Real Estate Appraiser Qualification Criteria (Criteria). The Criteria establish qualification standards for real estate appraisers in United States and provide continuing education guidelines for current assessors to maintain their assessment license.

“The pandemic has forced everyone to be flexible,” said AQB president Mark Lewis. And the AQB was no exception. We temporarily allowed the conversion of approved education for in-person learning to synchronous online courses to respond to blockages and stay at home. Over time, the AQB saw a tremendous response from reviewers who were able to take advantage of this new educational opportunity.The AQB is responding to this feedback by making these temporary changes permanent.

Among the updates included in the latest edition of the Criteria are:

  • Synchronous lessons will now be considered equivalent to face-to-face lessons.
  • Synchronous prices will no longer be required to have the approval of the delivery mechanism under the Criteria and an alternative course delivery mechanism approval for asynchronous courses has been introduced.
  • Hybrid courses must meet the requirements of each specific course delivery method (for example, a synchronous / asynchronous hybrid course must meet the synchronous requirements for the synchronous portion of the course and the asynchronous requirements for the asynchronous portion of the course).
  • Qualification and continuing education courses can use remote monitoring, including biometric monitoring.

These changes will come into effect on January 1. 2022.

The Evaluator Qualifications Board has also adopted a general interpretation of the Criteria to emphasize that verification of education and experience must be carried out before a candidate is allowed to sit for the national exam, and that candidates cannot verify their experience themselves to qualify for the national exam.

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