Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
About Texas Appraiser Education

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We are here to help! Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions about Texas Real Estate Appraiser licensing and education. If your questions are not listed below, or if you need additional help, please contact us!

Set Your Appraiser License Education Course Schedule.
Classroom, Online, or in the Virtual Classroom!

Classroom

In this method, students must attend all hours in person. This method provides real estate classes that allow students to interact with instructors and peers. This method is beneficial for students who want to study alongside classmates. Students who thrive in conventional school environments will enjoy this method. Course exams are administered on the last day.

Virtual Classroom

Our ChampionsLive!™ virtual classrooms allow students to attend live classes remotely. In this format, classes will be live streamed via Zoom and students will be required to attend on set dates. This delivery method gives you the chance to ask questions and interact with instructors in real time. Each course has instructional assistants that answer questions during the lecture.

Online (3rd-Party)

These courses are delivered through a third-party completely online without the use of any textbooks. Course material is presented in online modules along with multiple choice quizzes and exams. Students must be able to access the internet to take this course format. This method is ideal for people who need to attend remotely but still prefer a guided learning experience.

Please Note - This Delivery Method is only available for certain loan origination and appraisal courses.

Appraiser Qualifying Education (QE) Questions

The following questions pertain to Appraiser Qualifying Education (QE) and are commonly asked by people who want to earn a Residential Appraiser license in Texas.

How do I become an Appraiser Trainee?

Complete 75 hours of Qualifying Education (QE) as well as the 4-Hour Supervisor and Trainee course. All education must be completed within 5 years prior to submitting your trainee application. For more information on becoming an Appraiser trainee, please visit the Trainee page on the TALCB website here:

https://www.talcb.texas.gov/potential-license-holder/appraiser-trainee.

How do I become a Licensed Residential Appraiser?

**Updated May 1, 2018**

In addition to the 79 hours to become a trainee, you must complete an additional 75 hours of qualifying education and 1,000 supervised hours (over a minimum 6-month period) to apply for your license. There are no college education requirements for those seeking a Residential Appraiser License. For more information on becoming a Licensed Appraiser, please visit the TALCB site here:

https://www.talcb.texas.gov/potential-license-holder/licensed-appraiser

How do I become a Certified Residential Appraiser?

**Updated May 1, 2018**

In order to become a Certified Residential Appraiser, you must have completed a total of 200 hours qualifying education. In addition, You must satisfy ONE of the following college education requirement options:

  1. Bachelor degree in any field of study.
  2. Associate degree in a field of study related to Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics, or Real Estate.
  3. Successful completion of 30 semester hours of college level courses that cover each of the following specified topic areas and hours:
    • English composition (3-Hours)
    • Microeconomics (3-Hours)
    • Macroeconomics (3-Hours)
    • Finance (3-Hours)
    • Algebra, Geometry, or Higher Math (3-Hours)
    • Statistics (3-Hours)
    • Computer Science (3-Hours)
    • Business Law of Real Estate Law (3-Hours)
    • Two elective courses in any of the following topics: Accounting, Geography, Agriculture, Economics, Business Management, or Real Estate (3-Hours each)
  4. Successful completion of at least 30 Hours of College Level Examination Program® (CLEP®)
  5. Any combination of Option 3 and 4 that includes all of the topics identified in Option #3
  6. No college-level education required. This option only applies to appraisers who have held a Licensed Residential credential for a minimum of five (5) years and have no record of any adverse, final, and non-appealable disciplinary action affecting the Licensed Residential Appraiser's legal eligibility to engage in Appraisal practice within the five (5) years immediately preceding the date of application for a Certified Residential Credential.

License applicants must have also completed a minimum of 1,500 hours of experience training under a licensed Certified Appraiser over a minimum of 12 months. For more information on becoming a Certified Residential Appraiser, please visit the TALCB site:

https://www.talcb.texas.gov/potential-license-holder/certified-residential-appraiser

Can I complete classes at the campus?

All of the Appraisal Qualifying Education courses will be completed via Online or Classroom format.

Can Champions help me find an Appraiser Supervisor?

To avoid a conflict of interest, Champions cannot be directly involved in finding appraiser supervisors for students. However, we recommend trying to locate a supervisor prior to enrolling in the course.

For more information on how to find a supervisor, please visit the TALCB website or consider searching the national registry of appraisers on the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) website to find appraisers who are eligible to supervise trainees.

How much is the TALCB application fee?

Please visit the TALCB fee schedule for more information about application fees: https://www.talcb.texas.gov/agency-information/fee-schedule

Are the class materials included?

Classroom courses require textbooks. You may pick textbooks up from a Champions campus for free, or we can ship them to you for $8.50 per book.

Online classes are module-based and therefore do not require the use of textbooks.

I failed my state/national exam 3 times. What should I do?

In the event that you do not pass the state or national part of your exam after three consecutive attempts, the TALCB requires that you complete an additional 15-hours of Qualifying Education after the date of the third examination attempt. If you completed your Qualifying Education classes with Champions, please contact a career counselor for pricing.

Can I mix up the delivery methods for my classes?

Yes, you can choose any available delivery method for the classes you are completing.

Who should I contact for online support?

Online Appraisal classes are completed through our partner, McKissock Learning. For online support, please call 1-800-328-2008 or email McKissock Support

How long do I have access to the online course?

You will have access for up to six months from the date of purchase.

Can I print the online materials?

No. The course is module-led so you will not be able to print any course materials.

Appraisal License Program Options
Choose a Program to Enroll

The programs listed below include the Qualifying Education (QE) courses required by the TALCB to earn a Texas Real Estate Appraiser Trainee license all the way up to a Certified Residential Appraisal License. The additional education required to upgrade your Trainee license are included in the higher priced programs. Champions does not currently offer a Certified General program.

79-Hour Appraiser Trainee Program (Live)

$950$1290
SAVE $340

Courses Included in this Package:

  • 15-Hour USPAP
  • 30-Hour Basic Appraisal Principles
  • 30-Hour Basic Appraisal Procedures
  • 4-Hour Supervisor-Trainee Course for Texas

Additional Details:

  • FREE Books / PDFs Included
  • 79 TREC Credit Hours
Complete the courses needed to become an Appraiser Trainee in the Virtual Classroom using Zoom.

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154-Hour Licensed Residential Appraiser Program

$1790$2400
SAVE $610

Courses Included in this Package:

  • 15-Hour USPAP
  • 30-Hour Basic Appraisal Principles
  • 30-Hour Basic Appraisal Procedures
  • 15-Hour Residential Market Analysis & Highest & Best Use
  • 15-Hour Residential Site Valuation & Cost Approach
  • 30-Hour Residential Sales Comparison & Income Approaches
  • 4-Hour Supervisor-Trainee Course for Texas

Additional Details:

  • FREE Books / PDFs Included
  • 154 TREC Credit Hours
Become an Appraiser Trainee and then upgrade to a Licensed Residential Appraiser in the Virtual Classroom using Zoom.

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79-Hour Trainee the Basics Package (Online)

$950$1147
SAVE $197

Courses Included in this Package:

  • 15-Hour USPAP
  • 30-Hour Basic Appraisal Principles
  • 30-Hour Basic Appraisal Procedures
  • 4-Hour Supervisor-Trainee Course for Texas

Additional Details:

  • Online courses are taken via a 3rd-party provider
  • Online courses do NOT utilize textbooks.
  • 79 TREC Credit Hours
This online package includes everything you need to become an Appraiser Trainee.

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Upgrade Programs

$799.95 - $2499.95

Courses Included in this Package:

  • Appraiser Trainee to Licensed Residential Appraiser
    154 Appraisal Hours (79-hours + 75 additional hours)
  • Appraiser Trainee to Certified Residential Appraiser
    204 Appraisal Hours (79 hours + 125 additional hours)
  • Appraiser Trainee to Certified General Appraiser
    304 Appraisal Hours (79 hours + 225 additional hours)

Additional Details:

  • Online courses are taken via a 3rd-party provider
  • Online courses do NOT utilize textbooks.
These online packages provide the hours necessary to upgrade from Appraiser Trainee to a fully-licensed General or Residential Appraiser.

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Appraiser Continuing Education (CE) Questions

The following questions pertain to Appraiser Continuing Education (CE) and are commonly asked by people who are renewing a Residential Appraiser license.

What are the continuing Education requirements for Texas Appraisers?

Every two years, Appraisers are required to complete 28-hours of Continuing Education (CE) that includes 7-hours of USPAP Update. We offer these courses in our Live Broadcast and Online formats (Online courses are offered via McKissock Learning). These renewal classes are available for purchase individually or together in an all inclusive CE program.

Please Note: The USPAP Update courses must be completed at a campus or online.

For more information, please visit our Appraisal CE Page - Learn More

CE requirements vary by state. If you are not licensed in Texas, please visit McKissock Learning and choose your state to Learn More.

Does Champions report my continuing education to the TALCB?

Champions will electronically report all Appraiser CE courses on the student's behalf. For this reason, it is imperative that you provide Champions with the correct license number when prompted. Providing the wrong license number may result in a delay of the reporting process or even the expiration of your license if the error is not caught in time. Champions will upload CE to the TALCB within 24-48 hours of course completion.

What is the renewal fee?

Please visit the TALCB fee schedule for more information about renewal fees: https://www.talcb.texas.gov/agency-information/fee-schedule

For additional states, please visit McKissock Learning and choose your State for more information.

How soon can I pay my renewal fees?

Licensees will receive a notice of renewal 90 days before their license expires. You may pay your renewal fee upon receipt of this letter.

Where do I renew my license?

You may renew your license on the TALCB website.

What happens if I fail to pay my renewal on time?

Any license that is not renewed at the end of the license period will be considered late, and may move to expired status. The license may subsequently be renewed only if the licensee meets the other qualifications specified by state rules.

How often does a licensee renew their license?

A licensee will renew their license every two years.

Can hours be taken anytime?

Yes. However, a course may not be repeated for credit within a two-year period.

Are the class materials included?

Classroom courses require textbooks. You may pick textbooks up from a Champions campus for free, or we can ship them to you for $8.50 per book.

Online classes are module-based and therefore do not require the use of textbooks.

Who should I contact for online support?

Online Appraisal classes are completed through our partner, McKissock Learning. For online support, please call 1-800-328-2008 or email McKissock Support

How long do I have access to the online course?

You will have access for up to six months from the date of purchase.

Can I print the online materials?

No. The course is module-led so you will not be able to print any course materials.

Appraisal License Renewal Program Options
Choose a Program to Enroll

The following programs include everything you will need to renew your Texas Real Estate Appraiser License in a convenient online or Live Broadcast format. If you are in need of a set of courses that can be completed from the comfort of your home or office, either of the programs listed below will fit the bill.

Please Note - The 7-Hour USPAP class will need to be completed in a classroom or online format. Champions has seven locations across the state of Texas. Click "Find a Campus" to learn more about our locations.

28-Hour CE Renewal Program (Virtual)

$550

Courses Included in this Package:

  • 7-Hour National USPAP Update
  • 7-Hour Performing USPAP Compliant Appraisal Reviews
  • 14-Hour Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use

Additional Details:

  • 28 TALCB Credit Hours

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28-Hour Self-Paced Online Renewal Program

$550

Courses Included in this Package:

  • 7-Hour National USPAP Update
  • 7-Hour Green Building Concepts for Appraisers
  • 7-Hour Residential Property Inspection for Appraisers
  • 4-Hour Residential Property Measurement and ANSI Z765
  • 3-Hour Best Practices for Completing Bifurcated and Hybrid Appraisals

Additional Details:

  • Online courses are taken via a 3rd-party provider
  • Online courses do NOT utilize textbooks.
  • 28 TALCB Credit Hours

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