Appraiser License, Appraisal Practice and Regulation (Texas and US)

Texas Appraiser License and Appraiser Regulation

Appraisal practice regulation in Texas is handled by The Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB).

TALCB was created by an act of the Texas Legislature in 1991 to license, certify and regulate real estate appraisers in Texas under state and federal laws.

TALCB regulates five classifications of appraiser licensing:

  • Certified General Real Estate Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser
  • State Licensed Real Estate Appraiser
  • Provisional Licensed Real Estate Appraiser
  • Appraiser Trainee (required to work under the sponsorship and supervision of a state certified appraiser).

Your appraisals will be performed by a Certified Residential Appraiser, fully licensed and insured.

Because the chart that neatly details the requirements for each level of Texas Appraiser License is really hard to find on the TALCB website, you can find it in this downloadable PDF called TALCB-appraiser-license-requirements-20091005 which was posted on the TALCB website on October 5, 2009 and added to our site on September 20th, 2010. Note that where it shows the number of required hours of training necessary, a trainee or appraiser may spend double that acquiring the actual hours necessary because not all appraisal-related activities apply towards the hours necessary for the license.

Education Requirements for Real Estate Appraisers

Minimum Appraiser license educational requirements are established by the Appraisal Qualifications Board, an arm of the Appraisal Foundation.

We take education seriously and take classes above and beyond what is required for licensing. We always have a stack of books we’re reading to improve our knowledge and skill sets. We also produce weekly (sometimes daily) articles, videos and podcasts with information about real estate in the Greater Austin Area and for appraiser and consumer education. Check out the links at the top right of our website for these goodies.

Who Watches Appraisers?

To read about the standards and organizations that monitor, regulate, guide and discipline appraisers, please refer to our page on Organizations for Appraisal and Real Estate Information.