Wisconsin Appraiser License Requirements

The following are the types of licenses for appraisers. 

Licensed Appraiser: Can appraise noncomplex one to four units valued under $1,000,000 and complex one to four residential units valued under $250,000. Does not include the appraisal of subdivisions.

  • Complete 150 hours of approved pre-license education, including 15 hours of USPAP.
  • Pass a state-administered exam.
  • Accumulate 1,000 hours of experience in no less than 6 months.

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Certified Residential Appraiser: Can appraise one to four residential units of any value or complexity. This classification does not include the appraisal of subdivisions.

  • Complete 200 hours of approved pre-license education, including:
    • 15 hours of USPAP.
    • 15 hours of statistics.
    • 15 hours of advanced case studies.
    • 20 hours of electives.
  • Pass a state-administered exam.
  • Accumulate 1,500 hours of experience in no less than 12 months.
  • College-level education, refer to the application form for more details. 

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Certified General Appraiser: Can appraise all types of property at any value.

Complete 300 hours of approved pre-license education, including: 

  • 15 hours of USPAP.
  • 15 hours of statistics.
  • 30 hours of General Market Analysis.
  • 30 hours of General Sales Comparison.
  • 30 hours of General Site Valuation and Cost.
  • 60 hours of General Income.
  • 30 hours of General Report Writing and Case Studies.
  • 30 hours of electives.
  • Pass a state-administered exam.
  • Accumulate 3,000 hours in no less than 18 months - of which 1,500 hours must be in non-residential appraiser work.
  • Hold a bachelor's degree or higher in any field.

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Appraiser license renewal (CE)

The Wisconsin DSPS requires all appraiser licensees to complete 28 hours of CE during each two-year licensing period, seven which must be USPAP, in order to renew their license. The WRA offers appraisal DSPS-approved CE courses throughout the year to help satisfy this requirement.  

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