How to Become a Real Estate Appraiser in Oklahoma?


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As a real estate appraiser in Oklahoma, your job is to evaluate the value of the property for your clients. Your appraisal work could be used by a home buyer or seller, a mortgage lender who wants to understand the value of the collateralize assets, an individual who needs it for divorce settlement or estate arrangement.

Regardless of who is in needs of your appraisal services, your work products must remain objective, unbiased and professional.

To become a real estate appraiser in Oklahoma, you would start off in working as a Trainee Appraiser, then work your way up toward other designations in becoming a Licensed or Certified Appraiser.

You must fulfill the qualifying appraisal education, work experience requirement and register with the Oklahoma Real Estate Appraiser Board. It is the board which handles the licensing and regulate the appraisal industry.

Oklahoma Real Estate Appraisers Requirement

How to Become a Trainee Appraiser in Oklahoma?

To begin your journey as an appraiser, your first step is to become a Trainee Appraiser. At this stage, you will be trained and supervised by a certified appraiser. An experienced supervisor could guide you into the right direction in this career.

The supervisory appraiser should provide you with hands-on appraisal techniques, effective ways to research on a property, and how to analyze the data.  Most importantly, how to determine an unbiased estimation of the property’s market value.

Your daily routine could include doing property research, working on appraisal reports, or inspecting real estate together with the supervisor.

To get out the most from this trainee stage,  it is recommended you to walk through each and every step in the appraisal process, observe carefully on how your supervisor inspect and evaluate real estate, and always raise your questions.

4 Steps to Become a Trainee Appraiser in Oklahoma

Step 1: Meet the Basic Requirement:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • No prior related experience is needed
  • No college level education is needed.

Step 2: Complete the Pre-License Education

You need to complete the 75 hours of qualifying appraisal-related education and the Trainee/Supervisor course. 

Study tip: Whenever possible, I prefer to take online courses. You can study at your own pace at the convenient of your home, library, or wherever there is internet access. Here’s an article reviewOpens in a new tab. of an online school that I like.

Step 3: Submit Application to the Oklahoma Real Estate Appraiser Board  

Now you have completed the education prerequisites, your next step is to register with Appraiser Board.

Whenever possible, I strongly encourage you to make the submission electronically online. Not only this is the quickest and most convenient way, but less paper mailing is also good for the environment. Here are more details about the registration process.

Step 4: Find a Certified Appraiser to be Your Supervisor

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You might wonder where to find a supervisor. Here are the Top 10 Tips to Find a Supervisory Appraiser.

Once you start working alongside with a supervisor, you and your supervisor would need to inform the Appraiser Board about the mentoring relationship. Here’s the formOpens in a new tab. to report the supervisory relationship.

You also need to keep track of your working hours with the board-approved experience log. This document is important for the purpose of upgrading your appraiser license in the future.

Keep in mind that you and the supervising appraiser are required to sign on every page of the experience log.

How to Become a Licensed Residential Appraiser in Oklahoma?

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As a Licensed Residential Appraiser, you can evaluate non-complex residential properties with 1-4 units, while the transaction value is cannot be more than $1,000,000. Although you can also evaluate complex properties, the maximum value is up to $250,000.

When working as a fee-based appraiser, you could be writing appraisal reports for clients such as individuals, lenders, banks, or appraisal management companies (AMC). Your job duties could include doing research online, going on the field to inspect properties, and writing the appraisal reports.

Being a self-employed professional could give you more flexibility in scheduling your work hours and ways to conduct the business. However, just like any other business, there are expenses and setup you’ll need to take care. Here’s a post on how to start an appraisal business.

On the other hand, you could also be hired by an appraiser company or financial institution as their in-house appraiser, where you could enjoy the stable income and employee’s benefits.

This license could be worth considering for those who have not fulfilled the necessary work experience or college-level education to become a certified appraiser but wish to excel their career from the Trainee Appraiser.

5 Steps to Become a Licensed Residential Appraiser in Oklahoma

Step 1: Meet the Basic Requirement:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • No college-level education is required.

Step 2: Complete the Required Hours of Working Experience

You must have at least 1000 hours of acceptable appraisal experience, where they need to be acquired for over a 6 months period.

Step 3: Fulfill the Education Requirement

You’ll need to complete 150 hours of qualifying appraisal education from an approved course provider.

You should have taken some of the courses when becoming a Trainee Appraiser,  so that you are only required to fulfill the additional course works. Here is list of qualifying appraisal courses.

Step 4: Submit Application to the Oklahoma Real Estate Appraiser Board

Once you have fulfilled the education and working experience requirement, you should submit the application to the the Real Estate Appraiser Board along with other required documents.

Step 5: Pass the Licensed Residential Appraiser Exam

Now it’s the time to focus on the exam! Doing multiple sets of practice questions is an excellent way to prepare for the exam and also boost your confidence.

Here are more details about the National Uniform Licensing and Certification Examinations.

How to Become a Certified Residential Appraiser in Oklahoma?

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As a Certified Residential Appraiser, you can assess for:

  • residential properties with 1 to 4 residential units regardless of the transaction value or complexity.
  • non-residential 1-4 units property given that the transaction value is no more than $250,000

Just like a Licensed Residential Appraiser, you could a self-employed appraiser running your own practice, servicing clients such as individuals, lenders, banks, or appraisal management companies (AMC).

Alternatively, you could work for an appraiser firm or financial institution to become their in-house appraiser, where you could enjoy the stable income and company’s benefits.

However, there is no restriction on the transaction value of residential properties you could assess. The scope of your practice and business opportunity would be a lot wider than being a Licensed Residential Appraiser. In fact, many reputable lenders and financial institutions in Oklahoma only accept assessment work from Certified Appraiser.

That being said, let’s review the steps for you to become a Certified Residential Appraiser.

5 Steps to Become a Certified Residential Appraiser in Oklahoma

Step 1: Meet the Basic Requirement:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Fulfill one of the following six options of college-level education.
    1. Bachelor’s Degree or higher;
    2. Associate’s Degree in a focused field of study. (i.e. business, economics, or real estate);
    3. Complete 30 college semester credit hours in specified topics;
    4. Complete the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)1 exams equivalent to a minimum of 30 semester credit hours in specified subject matter areas;
    5. Any combination of option #3 and #4
    6. If you have been a licensed residential appraiser for at least 5 years, while your license is remain in good standing, then the college-education requirement can be waived.

Step 2: Complete the Appraisal Work Experience

You need to complete a minimum of 1500 hours of acceptable appraisal experience in not less than a 12 months period.

Step 3: Fulfill the Education Requirement

You’ll need to complete 200 hours of qualifying appraisal education from an approved course provider.

Since you should have taken some of the courses when becoming a Trainee or Licensed Residential Appraiser,  you are only required to complete the extra classes. 

I included some details which could be helpful to your studying on our education resources page. Be sure to check it out.

Step 4: Submit Application to the Oklahoma Real Estate Appraiser Board

Once you have fulfilled the education and working experience requirement, it’s time to submit the license application.

Later in this post, I’ll go over the documents and fees needed for the registration process. But if you want, you may click here to view the submission steps.

Step 5: Pass the Certified Residential Appraiser Exam

Most test centers would require you to bring at least two valid IDs to verify your identity. Don’t forget to bring them along. Else you won’t be able to write the exam.

To increase your chance in passing the exam on the first time, make sure to check out our exam hacks. In there, not only you will find the content of the exam, but also 10 effective tips on how to prepare for it.

How to Become a Certified General Appraiser in Oklahoma?

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So you want to explore appraising for commercial real estate? Then becoming a Certified General Appraiser would be the way to go!

This designation is the highest credential you could get in the appraisal industry. You could assess all types of real estate regardless of the transaction value or complexity. There is no limitation on the scope of your appraisal work.

Although you still could evaluate for residential properties, you could also be appraise a portfolio of commercial real estates for institutional investors.

Since your clients depend on your appraisal reports in making an informed investment decision, you must be extremely careful and responsible when handling your work. Extensive research and site inspections are often required. It is your responsibility to provide your clients with an objective appraised value as accurate as possible.

Due to the requirement of low margin of error in your work products, the amount of work experience and education required to become a Certified General Appraiser is the most challenging among all the levels of licensing.

But first you would need to become a Certified General Appraiser, so let’s go through the steps to get you this credential.

5 Steps to Become a Certified General Appraiser in Oklahoma

Step 1: Meet the Basic Requirement:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Have a valid Social Security Number
  • Bachelor’s Degree in any field of study; or higher

Step 2: Complete the Required Hours of Working Experience

You must have at least 3000 hours of acceptable appraisal experience where they need to be obtained for over a 18 months period. At least half of the working experience needs to be from non-residential appraisal work.

Step 3: Fulfill the Education Requirement

You’ll need to complete 300 hours of qualifying appraisal education from an approved course provider.

You should have completed some of the courses when the previous license(s). Therefore, you are only required to complete the extra classes. Here are the specific courses requirement.

Step 4: Submit Application to the Oklahoma Real Estate Appraiser Board

Once you have completed all the education and working experience prerequisites, you should fill out the license application.

Most State Boards allow you to apply through their website. Some would even charge a lower registration fee by doing online. You should definitely check out this option.

Step 5: Pass the Certified General Appraiser Exam

The final step is to pass the Certified General Appraiser Exam. Don’t try to cramp up all the study materials all at once. If possible, focus on studying only one to two topics per day. But be really good at it.

Get enough sleep the night before the exam and have a good meal before it. Here are the details about the format of the exam.

Courses Requirement for Each Appraiser License Level

 Trainee Appraiser (Credit Hours)Licensed Residential Appraiser
(Credit Hours)
Certified Residential Appraiser
(Credit Hours)
Certified General Appraiser
(Credit Hours)
National USPAP Course or Equivalent15 15 15 15
Basic Appraisal Principles30 30 30 30
Basic Appraisal Procedures3030 3030
Residential Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use 1515
Residential Appraisal Site Valuation and Cost Approach 1515
Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches 3030
Residential Report Writing and Case Studies 1515
Statistics, Modeling and Finance15 15
Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies15
Appraisal Subject Matter Electives 20 30
General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use 30
General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach 30
General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach 30
General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies 30
General Appraiser Income Approach 60
Total75 hours150 hours200 hours300 hours

(When choosing an education provider, it is important to pick one with an extensive experience in providing appraisal courses. I wrote a review of an online school that many students love. You may click here to read it.)

Register at the Oklahoma Real Estate Appraiser Board

Once you have fulfilled all the prerequisites, you could submit your applicationOpens in a new tab. to the Appraiser Board.

In additional to the application, you must provide the following:

  • Registration fee
  • Supporting legal documents
  • Evidence which shows you have completed the required hours of Board-approved appraisal courses. (i.e., Official transcripts, course completion certificates).
  • Proof that you have fulfilled the specific requirement of post-secondary education for your license (i.e.: Diploma, official transcripts, certificates.)
  • Stated Approved Appraiser Experience Log  (Only if you are applying to become Licensed/Certified Appraiser)

If you have any questions, you could contact the Oklahoma Real Estate Appraiser Board at (405) 521-6636.

Details about the OK Real Estate Appraiser Exam

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Once the State Board accepts your application, they will send you a notice with instruction to schedule the exam. PSI will administer the exam, where you can take it on a computer at their examination center.

  • Licensed Residential Appraiser Exam is a 4 hours exam,
  • Certified Residential Appraiser Exam is a 4 hours exam;
  • Certified General Appraiser Exam is a 6 hours exam

The licensed and certified exams consist of 125 questions. Only 110 questions will be scored, the other 15 are pretest questions. The required passing score is 75. You will immediately know your score once you finish writing the test.

The exam fee is $150. You could find out more details in the Oklahoma Real Estate Appraiser Examination Candidate Information BulletinOpens in a new tab..

Be sure to check out our 10 tips on how to pass the real estate appraiser exam!

Appraiser License Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements

All real estate appraisers in Oklahoma are required to renew their license every three year. In addition to the renewal application, below are the requirements to renew your appraiser license:

  • Finish 42 hours continuing education every 36 months, of which must include 7 hours of National USPAP Update course in every 2 years.
    • You can take no more than one-half of your continuing education requirement (21 hours) per renewal cycle through distance education.  
  • Pay the renewal fee

To prevent interruption to your appraisal practice, you should renew it and complete all continuing education requirement before the license expiry date. 

Career tip: Since you’ll need to take the CE courses, don’t waste your money by taking random classes. Choose the one that could really sharpen your appraisal skills, where you could apply what you learn into the field. Here is an article review of the 10 CE courses that I like.

How Much Does a Real Estate Appraiser Make in Oklahoma?

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Your income as a real estate appraiser depends on many factors such as your experience, licensing level, the type of properties you specialize in appraising, the company size, its location, and most importantly, the amount of effort you are willing to put into this career.  Therefore, the earning differential among real estate appraisers in Oklahoma could be large.

According to the figures on Sokanu.com, despite the starting annual salary is only around $17,780, it has the potential to go up to $89,390 for high earners. Of which some appraisers could be working full-time or part-time.

The average annual salary of real estate appraisers in Oklahoma is $47,760,  which is 82% higher than similar careers.

Based on the Oct 31, 2018 figures on Salary.com, appraisers who focus their practice on commercial properties tend to have a more lucrative compensation than residential real estate appraisers.

The average annual salary of appraisers who primarily devote their practice to residential real estates is $48,315. The range generally is between $39,814 and $55,823.

Whereas, an appraiser who specialize in assessing commercial real estate has an average annual salary of  $90,008 . The range is mostly between $77,418 and $103,253.

Can real estate appraisers earn six-figures income annually? Here’s an article that talks about the different factors that could affect an appraiser’s earning.

How many real estate appraisers are in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma has over 3.9 million of population and with steady growth over the years.  Of which, Oklahoma City is the most populous city, followed by Tulsa, Norman, and Broken Arrow.

When we reviewed the figures (as of July 2019) displayed on the Appraisal Subcommittee website, there are a total of 1021 appraisers in Oklahoma.  The breakdown is as follow:

  • # of Certified General Appraisers 506
  • # of Certified Residential Appraisers 434
  • # of Licensed Residential Appraisers 81

Helpful Tips for Appraisers in Oklahoma

Tip#1: Take the appraisal courses asap

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You could read as much about the appraisal career as you want, but your journey would not begin unless you start taking action.

Taking the real estate appraiser classes would be your first step. Not only you could gain valuable knowledge and practical skills, but you will also have a better understanding about what is like to be an appraiser.

Besides, most states would require you to complete all the trainee education before your working experience could count toward the licensing requirement.

Tip#2: Build your connection with other real estate professionals in Oklahoma

Connecting with other appraisers in Oklahoma is a good way to gain a better understanding about  the appraisal industry. You could do so by joining industry affiliations, online forums or even LinkedIn groups. For instance,

Here’s a list of real estate professional groupsOpens in a new tab. on our resource page. Remember to check it out!

Begin with a friendly conversation. Let them know that you are starting your career as an appraiser, ask them if they have any tips or advice for newbies to the industry.

In addition, you should network with other professionals in the real estate field. Mortgage agents, lenders, and realtors can all provide you with valuable insight, which could be very helpful to your career building in the long haul.

Tips#3: Consider the commercial real estate niche

Just like many other states, the business to appraise for residential properties could be quite competitive. Well, as you could imagine, there is a considerable overlap of targeted customers for the first three levels of licensing.

To differentiate your skills and broaden your scope of practice, you could consider pursuing the Commercial General Appraiser designation as your long-term goal.

Here’s an article you might be interested: “Is Commercial Real Estate Appraisal a Good Career?” In there, a CRE appraiser shared his view on what he thinks about this profession.

Current Real Estate Appraiser Jobs Opportunity Available in Oklahoma

[Note: The list of Appraiser Jobs Opportunity is coming soon. Please stay tune

Disclaimer: The information in this post is for general information only, and not intend to provide any advice. They are subjected to change any notice, and not guaranteed to be error-free. For full and exact details, please contact The Oklahoma Real Estate Appraisal Board.

Reference:

Jacob Coleman

Jacob is a content writer and a real estate investor. He has experience working with different real estate professionals throughout the years. (i.e., appraisers, real estate agents, property managers, home inspectors.) In order to build a career you love, Jacob believes not only you need a thorough understanding about the profession, but you also have to find out what type of jobs could match your personality, lifestyle and expectation.

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