Wisconsin Appraiser Pre-license Education

To obtain a Wisconsin appraiser license, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) requires 150 hours of approved pre-license education, including 15 hours of USPAP, passing the state exam, and accumulating 2,000 hours of experience. The WRA provides all the tools you need to get started on the road to your appraisal career!

The WRA's Appraiser Pre-license online course option is administered by OnCourse Learning Corporation. Register by selecting the “Online Option” below, and a new browser window will open for you to select the course. After you have paid, you will be able to continue on to the log in process. For technical questions, visit the Technical Support page.

Important appraiser licensing information

New appraiser licensing requirements: New pre-license education requirements went into effect January 1, 2015. The changes are intended to update the existing rules regarding the education and experience that must be completed prior to taking the National Uniform Licensing and Certification Examinations. Visit the Department of Safety and Professional Services website to view each specific license requirement.

  • Licensed Residential: Credential applicants must successfully complete 30 semester credit hours in specific content areas OR have an associate's degree or higher, from an accredited college, junior college, community college or university. 
  • Certified Residential and Certified General: Credentials applicants must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

Appraiser application fingerprint requirements: The 2013 Wisconsin Act 124 was signed into law on January 23, 2014, requiring an applicant for real estate appraisal certification to be fingerprinted, effective January 24, 2014. The DSPS cannot issue new appraiser credentials until the applicant has been fingerprinted. Go to the Department of Safety and Professional Services to view the fingerprinting instructions. 

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