What qualifications does a Florida real estate appraiser need to conduct commercial and residential appraisals?

In order to conduct commercial and residential appraisals in Florida, an appraiser must obtain a license from the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board. According to MyFloridaLicense.com, applicants are required to meet the following criteria:

Registered Trainee Appraiser

  • Successfully complete 100 classroom hours of board-approved courses
  • Submit a completed FREAB 11 application, electronic fingerprinting and fee
  • Submit a completed FREAB 15 form with employment information

Certified Residential Appraiser

  • Successfully complete 200 classroom hours of board-approved courses
  • Submit proof of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Submit a completed application, fingerprint card and fee
  • Provide evidence of 2,500 hours of real property appraisal experience obtained over a 24-month period
  • Pass the Residential National Exam and Florida Supplemental Exam
  • Register the firm or business where the applicant conducts business

Certified General Appraiser

  • Successfully complete 300 classroom hours of board-approved courses, including 15 hours of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice
  • Submit proof of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Submit a completed application, fingerprint card and fee
  • Provide evidence of 3,000 hours of real property appraisal experience obtained over a 30-month period, including at least 1,500 hours of nonresidential appraisal work
  • Pass the General National Exam and the Florida Supplemental Exam
  • Register the firm or business where the applicant conducts business

Many financial institutions, attorneys, and property owners specifically look for appraisers with the MAI or the SRA designations. Florida Valuation has four appraisers with the MAI designation and two appraisers with the SRA designation.