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Upgrade Appraiser Overview

Information on licensing requirements for upgrading:

  • From Trainee

    • to Licensed Residential 

    • to Certified Residential 

    • to Certified General 

  • From Licensed Residential

    • to Certified Residential 

    • to Certified General 

  • From Certified Residential

    • to Certified General

Upgrade Appraiser License

Click to view licensing requirements for upgrading the following types of appraiser licenses.

  • Upgrade from Trainee to Licensed Residential
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. A $200 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is greater than 12 months (this includes a $80 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $25 technology surcharge.

    3. A $175 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is less than 12 months (this includes a $25 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $25 technology surcharge.

    4. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 150 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the National 15-hour USPAP Course. Education must be completed prior to taking the Appraiser examination.

    5. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 2000 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 12 months.

    6. Attach original passing exam results. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application. (Get exam information on our website.)

    7. A Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser licensee may perform appraisals for federally-related transactions.

    8. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Trainee to Certified Residential
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. A $200 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is greater than 12 months (this includes a $80 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $25 technology surcharge.

    3. A $175 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is less than 12 months (includes a $25 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $25 technology surcharge.

    4. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 200 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the National 15-hour USPAP Course. You must also have an associate degree from an accredited college or university. In lieu of the required degree you may present satisfactory documentation of completion of 21 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matter courses: English composition; principles of economics (micro or macro); finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; and business or real estate law. Education must be completed prior to taking the Appraiser examination.

    5. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 2500 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 24 months.

    6. Attach original passing results for the Certified Residential Appraiser written examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application. (Get exam information on our website.)

    7. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Trainee to Certified General
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. A $200 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is greater than 12 months (this includes a $80 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $25 technology surcharge.

    3. A $175 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is less than 12 months (includes $25 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $25 technology surcharge.

    4. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 300 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the National 15-hour USPAP Course. You must also have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. In lieu of the required degreeyou may present satisfactory documentation of completion of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matters courses: English composition; micro economics; macro economics; finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; and business or real estate law; and two elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management, or real estate. Education must be completed prior to taking the Appraiser examination.

    5. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience must be no more than 50% residential. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 30 months.

    6. Attach original passing results for the Certified General Appraiser written examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application will also come into play. (Get exam information on our website.)

    7. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Licensed Residential to Certified Residential
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. A $150 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application (a Federal Registry fee is not required because it was previously paid with the Licensed Residential Appraiser license), plus a $25 technology surcharge.

    3. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach Course Completion Certificates documenting 200 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course. You must also have an associate degree from an accredited college or university. In lieu of the required degree the applicant may present satisfactory documentation of completion of 21 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matter courses: English composition; principles of economics (micro or macro); finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; and introduction and business or real estate law. Education must be completed prior to taking the Appraiser examination.
      Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 2500 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 24 months.

    4. Attach original passing results for the Certified Residential Appraiser written examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application. (Get exam information on our website.)

    5. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Licensed Residential to Certified General
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. A $150 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application (a Federal Registry fee is not required because it was previously paid with the Licensed Residential Appraiser license), plus $25 technology surcharge.

    3. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 300 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course. You must also have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. In lieu of the required degree you may present satisfactory documentation of completion of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matters courses: English composition; micro economics; macro economics; finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; business or real estate law; and two elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management, or real estate. Education must be completed prior to taking the Appraiser examination.

    4. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience must be no more than 50% residential. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 30 months.

    5. Attach original passing results for the Certified General Appraiser written examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application. (Get exam information on our website.)

    6. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Certified Residential to Certified General
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. A $150 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application (a Federal Registry fee is not required because it was previously paid with the Certified Residential Appraiser license), plus $25 technology surcharge.

    3. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 300 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course. You must also have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. In lieu of the required degree you may present satisfactory documentation of completion of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matters courses: English composition; micro economics; macro economics; finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; business or real estate law; and two elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management, or real estate. Education must be completed prior to taking the Appraiser examination.

    4. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience must be no more than 50% residential. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 30 months.

    5. Attach original passing results for the Certified General Appraiser written examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application will also come into play. (Get exam information on our website.)

    6. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.