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A real estate appraiser is a person engaged in the practice of real estate appraisal. Real estate appraisal means providing an analysis, opinion or conclusion relating to the nature, quality, value or utility of specified interests in or aspects of real estate. Wisconsin grants three types of credentials, licensed appraiser, certified residential appraiser, and certified general appraiser.

Federal mandate requires that after January 1, 1993, all appraisers must be licensed or certified by a state licensing agency in order to conduct appraisals which involve "federally related transactions." However, appraisers are not required to be licensed or certified in Wisconsin in order to perform "non-federally related transactions."


**Licensed Appraiser**
Completion of program of study for licensed appraisers of at least 150 hours of instruction covering topics indicated in Wis. Admin. Code, RL 84.04 and Wis. Stats. ch. 458.

**Certified Residential Appraiser**
Completion of a program of study for certified residential appraisers of at least 200 hours of instruction covering topics indicated in Wis Admin. Code, RL 84.02

**Certified General Appraiser**
Completion of a program of study for certified general appraisers of at least 300 hours of instruction covering topics indicated in Wis. Admin Code, 84.03.

……continuing education

28 hours of approved continuing education must include the 7 Hour USPAP Update course. Completion of the 15-hour USPAP course can be used for qualifying education or general continuing education hours only; it does not satisfy the requirement to complete the 7-hour National USPAP Update Course.


Examination fees are $150, which includes initial credential fee, $195-Renewal fee, $220 with late fee; due by Dec. 14th of odd-numbered years.

revised 03/13

Licensing Authority:
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
Bureau of Business & Design Professions
1400 E. Washington Ave
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935


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