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Tennessee Real Estate Appraisers Commission

Real Estate Appraiser - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Who is required to be licensed?

How do I obtain a trainee registration, license or certification as a real estate appraiser?

How long will it take to process my application?

How do I apply for licensing or certification examination?

I passed my exam, what do I do next?

I am licensed in another state and want to operate in Tennessee. Do you have reciprocity agreements with other states? Which states? 

How do I renew a license?

How far in advance of expiration date should my renewal be completed?

What are my continuing education requirements?

Are courses available online?

Is there a list of approved courses, schools, trainers, etc., and how may I obtain a list?

I let my license expire. How do I have it reinstated?

How do I retire my license (expired vs. inactive)?  Can I change my license to inactive status?

How do I reactivate my inactive license?

I recently updated my license/certification status. Why hasn’t my status changed online?  I have fallen off the FHA approved appraiser panel. What do I do?

Am I required to notify the board if I change my address?

Can I change my information online?
How can I get the forms I need?

How do I know when and where regulatory boards meet?

Does this board have a newsletter to which I can subscribe?



Who is required to be licensed?

It is mandatory in Tennessee to be licensed, certified, or work as a registered trainee under the direct supervision of a certified appraiser to appraise real estate or real property.

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How do I obtain a trainee registration, license or certification as a real estate appraiser?

Details are available under the How to Get Your License section of the TREAC Web site.

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How long will it take to process my application?

Applications are typically processed within five (5) business days or less of receipt in the Real Estate Appraiser Commission office.  Please allow time for processing in through the State of Tennessee mail service and Commerce & Insurance cashier’s office. Both are outside the control of the Real Estate Appraiser Commission pertaining to the timing of approval on any application.  Incomplete applications are not fully processed until all required documents or information are submitted.  Incomplete applications expire after six months from the time of submission, so please ensure you read the application instructions thoroughly and call the administrative office if you have questions.

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How do I apply for licensing or certification examination?

Before any applicant (registered trainee) may take the national licensing or certification examinations, all education requirements for licensing or certification must be completed and submitted to the Real Estate Appraiser Commission for approval. After January 1st, 2015, all applicants must also complete the experience requirement before approval will be granted to take the national exam.


Once the experience component has been reviewed and approved, applicants will be granted approval to take the national examinations without any further application necessary.  To gain experience approval, applicants must submit an application to upgrade to licensed or certified, along with proof of completion of the education requirement, and attach the current approved-experience log.  If approval is granted, the applicant will be given a maximum of four (4) opportunities in the twelve (12) months after approval is granted to pass the examination. Applicants may not take the exam more than four times in one year. The exam proctor is PSI. Scheduling through PSI is available online.  There are also sample exam questions on the PSI bulletin.

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I passed my exam, what do I do next?

Submit the original test score to the Real Estate Appraiser Commission office.  Make a color copy to retain for your records and remit the licensure or certification fee of four hundred thirty dollars ($430) to complete the upgrade process.

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I am licensed in another state and want to operate in Tennessee. Do you have reciprocity agreements with other states?

Yes, Tennessee will grant applicants a like credential by reciprocity.

 

 


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How do I renew a license?

Trainees on their first renewal do not owe continuing education because of the seventy-five (75) hours of qualifying education they submitted on initial registration.  All other credential holders with active credentials must submit twenty-eight (28) hours of continuing education.  Seven (7) hours of the total must be the seven (7) hour USPAP update course.  The fifteen (15) hour USPAP course is not approved for continuing education and cannot be used to substitute the seven (7) hour course.  The renewal fees are one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125) for registered trainees.  The renewal fees for licensed or certified appraisers are four hundred thirty dollars ($430).  The renewal form, payment, and continuing education must be received by the Commission office 30 days prior to expiration or a late fee applies.  Licensed and Certified appraisers should know that if their credential is not renewed before the first of the month prior to expiration, then they will fall off the Appraisal Subcommittee of Congress’ National Registry.  This may cause FHA and other lending agencies to remove the appraiser from the panel for a month or longer.  The administrative staff of the Real Estate Appraiser Commission cannot add you to the National Registry outside the monthly submission, nor can staff reinstate an appraiser to the FHA panel.  You may check your status on the National Registry via the Appraisal Subcommittee.

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How far in advance of expiration date should my renewal be completed?

Please renew your credential at least 30 days prior to expiration and before the first of the month of your expiration.  Allow time for processing by the mailroom, cashier’s office and the administrative staff of the Appraiser Commission.  You may renew your credential up to one hundred twenty (120) days prior to expiration.  Renewing early doesn’t change your renewal cycle, so try not to wait until the last minute.  Renewing early ensures you won’t owe the late fee, maintains your status on the National Registry, and allows you time to submit copies of your renewed credential on a timely basis to your clients.  For example, clients or intended users (like FHA) may remove an appraiser from their approved appraiser panel if the license or certification is not current on the National Registry.

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What are my continuing education requirements?

All licensed/certified appraisers in Tennessee are required to have 28 hours of continuing education every renewal period. Appraisers are allowed a maximum of 14 hours of continuing education credit for approved online courses every renewal period.  A course may only be taken for continuing education credit once every five (5) years. This includes courses with substantially similar subject matter, whether or not the course has the same name.  An exception to this rule is the National Seven (7) hour USPAP Update course. Licensees may obtain continuing education credit for a National USPAP course taken more than once, provided that the licensee takes the course no more than one (1) time during the two (2) year renewal cycle. The seven (7) hour National USPAP update is required each renewal period.  All continuing education needs to be received in this office at least 30 days prior to an appraiser's expiration date and before the first of the month of your expiration month to maintain active status on the Federal Registry.  No continuing education taken prior to the appraiser's current expiration date may be used for the next renewal cycle.  If a course or courses were taken, but not used in the current cycle, they cannot be used for the renewal cycle after the current expiration date.  Click here for a list of approved providers and their courses.

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Are courses available online?

Online courses are not approved for qualifying education, those courses taken to become a real estate appraiser.  Online courses are available for continuing education, those courses taken to renew credentials of registered trainees, licensed appraisers, or certified appraisers. No more than fourteen (14) hours of the total twenty-eight (28) may be taken online for continuing education.  Click here for a list of the Approved Courses for all currently approved courses for qualifying or continuing education.

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Is there a list of approved courses, schools, trainers, etc., and how may I obtain a list?

The Approved Course Listing is updated each 24 hours.  The list is sorted by school.  Please be advised that the school or course provider addresses are their mailing addresses and not necessarily where the courses will be held.  Contact the schools directly for the location, dates, and times of the courses you are seeking.  Many of the schools have Web addresses you can locate by searching the internet.  Please request and consult the Approved Course Listing before you register for any course.

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I let my license expire. How do I have it reinstated?

When a real estate appraiser credential expires, the licensee must stop performing real estate appraisals and should not communicate appraisal reports until the credential has been renewed. There is a six-month (180 days) grace period to renew a credential, though it does not provide for an appraiser to continue working with an expired license.  The appraiser must meet all renewal requirements including submission of renewal forms, 28 hours of continuing education, and payment of the renewal fee including the late fee ($100) if received less than 30 days prior to expiration.  If your credential has expired for more than six months, and you do not hold an active credential in another state, you will have to register as a trainee and complete the current requirements to become licensed or certified prior to gaining any other credential.

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How do I retire my license (expired vs. inactive)?  Can I change my license to inactive status?

The Real Estate Appraiser Commission does not have a license status of “retired.” You may, however, let your credential expire or place your credential in inactive status.

Your credential will expire at the end of your two-year cycle.  You are not required to submit anything to the Commission office if you wish to just let your credential expire. However, you may chose to submit a letter to the Commission office notifying TREAC that you have made a business decision to no longer practice as a real estate appraiser.  This could be useful in the prevention of identify theft.  If your license or certification has been expired for more than six months (180 days), you won’t be able to renew that credential.  To become a real estate appraiser again, you would have to register as a trainee and meet the current licensure or certification requirements to become a real estate appraiser.

To place your license or certification in inactive status, you must fill out an application with affidavit.  There is an application fee of twenty-five dollars ($25) to change status from active to inactive.  The renewal fee for an inactive status credential two years is one hundred dollars ($100).  There is no continuing education require while your credential is inactive, but you must complete the affidavit on the inactive renewal form and submit the renewal with payment each two (2) year cycle. You cannot conduct real estate appraisals or hold yourself out as a real estate appraiser with an inactive credential.  Trainees cannot place their registration in inactive status.

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How do I reactivate my inactive license?

To reactivate an inactive credential to active status, a licensee must complete the active/inactive status change application, submit the application fee of twenty-five dollars ($25), submit the licensure/certification fee of $430, and submit the cumulative continuing education that the licensee has missed since they held an active credential, including a current seven (7) hour USPAP Update course.

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I recently updated my license/certification status. Why hasn’t my status changed online?  I have fallen off the FHA approved appraiser panel. What do I do?

The Real Estate Appraiser Commission Web site is updated once every twenty-four (24) hours. The Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) – National Registry is updated once a month.  If your credential was renewed after the first of the month, your information will not appear on their Web site until the following month.  Renewal and new license data is communicated to the ASC at the end of the first week of the month each month based on all data current as of the beginning of the month.  The ASC updates their data approximately the beginning of the second week of each month.  The TREAC office has no control over the ASC Web site beyond the regular data transmission.  If you fail to renew prior to the first of the month on the month you expire you will fall off the National Registry that is maintained by the ASC.  This means that you may fall off the FHA approved appraiser panel or other client panels that many use the National Registry to verify your status as a real estate appraiser.  You are encouraged to not wait until the last minute to renew as there may be consequences that are outside the control of the TREAC office.  The administrative staff of the Real Estate Appraiser Commission cannot add you to the National Registry outside the monthly submission, nor can staff reinstate an appraiser to the FHA panel.  If you wish to check your status on the National Registry, visit the Appraisal Subcommittee site. You may also check your status at HUD/FHA.

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Am I required to notify the board if I change my address?

Yes, you must notify TREAC of your current residential, business, and mailing address.  The business address and residential address must be physical addresses; you may have a post office box for the mailing address if you chose.  You may make as many copies of the form as is necessary to clearly indicate your address information.  Please remember also update phone/fax numbers, business name, and e-mail addresses.

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Can I change my information online?

The Real Estate Appraiser Commission does not have the ability to take payments online at this time. Please mail the change of information form with payment, if applicable.  Instructions are at the top of the form.  If you hold an inactive credential (not expired) or are a registered trainee there is no fee for changing your address information.  Please fill out the form and either fax the form (615-253-1692) or mail in the form to the address noted at the top of the form.

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How can I get the forms I need?

They are available in our Forms and Downloads section. (/regboards/treac/forms.shtml)

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How do I know when and where regulatory boards meet?

Calendars and agendas are available online.

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Does this board have a newsletter to which I can subscribe?

Yes. You may subscribe online.

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