Real Estate Appraiser Information for the State of California

Real estate appraisers are required to be licensed, per Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) of 1989.    This act required that each of the states establish an agency for the licensure, certification, and regulation of appraisers.

In California, the California Office of Real Estate Appraisers (OREA) is in charge of this oversight.

There are four classifications of real estate appraiser licenses in the State of California.  These classifications are:

  1. Trainee License
  2. Residential License
  3. Certified Residential License
  4. Certified General License

Those new to a career in real estate appraisals must begin as a Trainee.  There is no experience required.  However, it is necessary to complete the state required coursework to become a Trainee.  The trainee must then work under a supervisor for a specified number of hours in order to be eligible to become a licensed or certified appraiser.

Please see the links below for additional resources:

Visit our page that provides an overview of appraisal classifications and requirements.

Visit the website for California Office of Real Estate Appraisers (OREA) to view California specific requirements.

Logging Experience Hours

To apply for any level of licensure in California, applicants must complete and submit Log of Appraisal Experience (REA 3004), and Experience Log Summary (REA 3003).

These forms can be completed by hand, or by using a online service, like Log My Appraiser HoursLog My Appraiser Hours allows appraisers to track their hours online, and then creates forms REA 3003 and REA 3004 when ready to submit to BREA.

As an affiliate partner with Log My Appraiser Hours, we are able to offer a free 10 day trial to see if this service is right for you.  Just click the following link to get the offer: Free 10 day trial.

Online Courses for California Appraisers

Appraiser Sidekick is partnering with Career WebSchool to offer online appraisal courses.

Click on the link for the type of real estate appraisal course that you are interested:

California Qualifying Education (for the new appraiser)
California Continuing Education (for appraisers who need to satisfy CE requirements)

Real Estate Appraiser Jobs in California

Residential Staff Appraiser

SingleSource Property Solutions, LLC - , CA (2 days ago)
Licensed real estate agents and brokers, certified appraisers, title agents and licensed notaries who are eager to provide our boutique style services to our... Apply Now

Associate Planner

City of Menifee - Menifee, CA (30+ days ago)
Interacts and communicates with a variety of individuals and groups at the public service counter, in the field, over the telephone, at public hearings, and in... Apply Now

Estate Investigator

City & County of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA (30+ days ago)
Managing real estate of the estate; Collecting assets of decedents and managing real estate of decedent and their affairs;... Apply Now

Sr. Appraisal Officer

Bank of Hope - Los Angeles, CA (30+ days ago)
The Appraisal Officer’s role is to be assisting the Chief Appraiser in managing the Bank’s real estate valuation function and risk exposure of real estate... Apply Now

Appraiser

CBRE - Los Angeles, CA (30+ days ago)
Requires average knowledge of financial real estate terms and principles. Prepares market value appraisals on simple real estate assets with minimal supervision... Apply Now

Right-of-Way Assistant or Specialist

Coachella Valley Water District, CA - Palm Desert, CA (30+ days ago)
Possession of a California Department of Real Estate salesperson or broker license and California Notary Public commission is desirable.... Apply Now

Property Management Coordinator

Chapman University - Orange, CA (4 days ago)
Real estate license(optional). Must proactively maintain the real estate with proper inspections, coordinating, and scheduling any necessary repairs and... Apply Now

Appraiser Analyst/Appraiser Trainee

Valbridge Property Advisors / Northern California - San Ramon, CA (3 days ago)
The right candidate will be highly motivated to succeed in the Commercial Real Estate Appraisal field and will be required to obtain a State of California,... Apply Now

Associate Appraiser

Cushman & Wakefield - San Jose, CA (30+ days ago)
Bachelor’s degree required in business, finance, real estate or economics. Inspect property and interview market participants along with a Senior Appraiser.... Apply Now

Research Associate

Colliers International - Sacramento, CA (30+ days ago)
Commercial real estate experience. Real Estate Sales License (or actively pursuing). You will interface and provide market data to local media, banks, real... Apply Now
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Tools of the Trade

View resources to help any real estate appraiser or aspiring appraiser. These resources include:

1. Online Education – Qualifying, Continuing (CE), and Test Prep

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3. General Business Software

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