Real Estate Appraiser resources for California

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.

Qualifying Education is for new and upgrade licenses and Continuing Education is for appraisers to maintain current licensing.

Use the buttons below for the type of real estate appraisal course that you are interested:


Qualifying EducationContinuing Education

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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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