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

Real Estate Appraiser Jobs in California

Young Real Estate Startup Needs Agent for Glendale

The 2-4 Unit Specialists - Burbank, CA (30+ days ago)
1+ Years of Real Estate Experience. _Studying for your CA Real Estate License? No experience in Real Estate is necessary! Proactive, prompt and goal oriented. Apply Now

Appraiser I

Bender Rosenthal - , CA (29 days ago)
This series of appraisers have a license from the State of California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers. Appraiser I is a licensed appraiser with fewer than 5… Apply Now

Real Property Program Administrator (19885238)

City of Mountain View - Mountain View, CA (30+ days ago)
Public sector real estate experience. And many other “routine” real estate actions. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Real Estate,… Apply Now

Associate Appraiser

Cushman & Wakefield - San Francisco, CA (4 months 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

Appraisal Coordinator

East West Bank - El Monte, CA (30+ days ago)
This position processes and tracks all real estate appraisal orders, evaluation orders, and appraisal reviews. With over 130 locations across the U.S. Apply Now

Residential Real Estate Appraiser (Santa Clara County, CA)

The Property Sciences Group, Inc. - Santa Clara, CA (30+ days ago)
Previous work experience in residential real estate appraisals. Founded in 1984, with expertise in all major categories of real estate, many of the largest… Apply Now


Cushman & Wakefield - San Jose, CA (11 months ago)
8 years of experience appraising commercial real estate. Bachelor’s degree required in business, finance, real estate or economics. Apply Now

Portfolio Analyst

Silvergate Bank - La Jolla, CA (9 days ago)
Cash flow projections for commercial real estate loans based on rent rolls and leases. Legal Counsel, Appraisers, SGB Personnel and Others. Apply Now

Real Estate Valuation Analyst

Altus Group - Irvine, CA (1 day ago)
University or college degree in Real Estate, Finance, or related field with a minimum 3.2 GPA. Altus Group is currently looking for a new Real Estate Valuation… Apply Now

Appraisal Coordinator

AAA Appraisal Management Company, LLC - Irvine, CA (14 days ago)
At least 2 years of experience working as an Appraisal Coordinator in the Real Estate Industry. Successful applicant must have Real Estate/Appraisal Background… Apply Now
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