How to Become Authorized as an Appraiser Trainee
An Appraiser Trainee is a person who is authorized (approved, but not licensed) by the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) to gain legal real estate appraisal experience under the sponsorship of a Certified General or Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser.
Note: To be eligible to apply for an appraiser trainee license you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien.
- Be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
- Be a legal resident of Texas for a minimum of 60 days immediately prior to filing the application.
- Satisfy the board as to the applicants honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity.
- Satisfy the education requirements.
- Have a certified sponsor.
The following education is required to become an Appraiser Trainee:
- Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours)
- Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours)
- 15-Hour national USPAP or Equivalent (15 hours)
Total Hours Required – 75 Hours
Evidence of successful completion shall be presented via credit transcript or course completion certificate when filing an application. DO NOT submit original transcripts and/or course completion certificates. Keep the originals for your personal files and send copies to the Board.
Filing Your Application
After you have completed your education, you may file the Appraiser Trainee application online and pay the filing fee. The applicant must have a sponsoring certified appraiser. The Addition or Termination of Appraiser Trainee Sponsorship form must be completed and signed by the appraiser trainee applicant AND by each sponsoring certified appraiser. While a trainee is not limited to a specific number of sponsors, a sponsor may not sponsor more than three trainees at one time.
To file the Application for Approval as an Appraiser Trainee the application fee must be submitted at the time the application is filed. Please note that an application received without the appropriate fee will be rejected and the fee will be returned. The fee should be submitted in one check or money order payable to the TALCB. The application and fee should be mailed to:
Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board
P O Box 12188
Austin, TX 78711-2188
ALL FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE.
No exam required.
Request for Inactive Status
Trainees may request inactive status by going online at https://mylicense.trec.state.tx.us, submitting a written request to or faxing the request to the TALCB licensing department at (512) 936-3899.
Renewal Requirements for the Appraiser Trainee
Appraiser trainees are approved for a two-year term and must renew every two years. Failure to receive the renewal notice does not relieve the appraiser of the responsibility of timely applying for renewal. The license will expire if the renewal is not timely submitted.
The appraiser trainee is required to keep and submit an appraisal experience log and affidavit on forms prescribed by the board for the period of licensure being renewed. To renew your license you must:
- Submit the Renewal of Appraiser Trainee Approval form and renewal fee of $275. It must be postmarked no later than the expiration date of the certification.
- Satisfy the required 28 hours of appraiser continuing education, which must include completion of the 7-hour National USPAP Update course. Provide copies of course completion certificates with the renewal.
- Provide a completed appraisal experience log and affidavit (forms are located in the left navigation menu of this page).
Expired Appraiser Trainee Licensee
If the appraiser trainee license is expired more than 6 months, the individual must reapply by submitting the Application for Approval as An Appraiser Trainee. When reapplying the applicant must meet current appraiser trainee requirements.