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

Staff Field Appraiser II

Mr. Cooper - , CA (30+ days ago)
When you click 'Apply', you will need to click on 'Create Account'. By creating an account, you will be able to view your applications and their statuses.... Apply Now

Valuation Specialist 1 - Staff Appraiser

Wells Fargo - San Francisco, CA (30+ days ago)
Job Description. At Wells Fargo, we want to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.... Apply Now

Residential Real Estate Appraiser (Santa Clara County, CA)

The Property Sciences Group, Inc. - Santa Clara, CA (7 days ago)
WHO WE ARE*. Founded in 1984, with expertise in all major categories of real estate, many of the largest users of valuation services in the nation depend on... Apply Now

Real Estate Admin & Assistant

The Best Beach Homes - Long Beach, CA (21 days ago)
Job description*. Be able to communicate on the phone and in person in a friendly and professional manner. Work with preferred vendors, including photographers... Apply Now

Senior Residential Real Estate Appraiser

Valligent Technologies - Roseville, CA (30+ days ago)
Senior Residential Real Estate Appraiser*. We have spent years developing systems that provide our appraisers with comprehensive data and analytics for the most... Apply Now

Real Estate Office Administrative Assistant

Prosper Real Estate - Santa Rosa, CA (22 days ago)
Do you have real estate experience? Do you like the hustle of a high energy office? Do you enjoy working a flexible schedule in and out of the office?... Apply Now

Associate Agent | Buyer's Side

REX Homes - Woodland Hills, CA (30+ days ago)
REX Real Estate is flipping the old, boring, and very expensive model for selling and buying homes on its head by using (wait for it...).... Apply Now

Associate Appraiser

Cushman & Wakefield - San Francisco, CA (30+ days ago)
This position assists in providing objective, impartial and unbiased opinions about the value of real property for a variety of clients and intended users.... Apply Now

Review Appraiser

loanDepot - Irvine, CA (5 days ago)
Our Operations team is the grease for our wheels. We have a strong ecosystem at loanDepot, and it all revolves around providing the tools to ensure success in... Apply Now

Analyst, Asset Management

BKM Capital - Newport Beach, CA (30+ days ago)
BKM Capital Partners is a growing commercial real estate firm and we are looking for hardworking professionals that want to grow with us.... Apply Now
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