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

Commercial Appraisal Trainee

The Flynn Group - Long Beach, CA (14 days ago)
Assisting Staff Appraiser in completion of internal commercial and/or apartment real estate evaluations. Performing inspections of investment/commercial real… Apply Now

Appraiser I

Bender Rosenthal - , CA (30+ 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

Commercial Bank - Risk - Real Estate Review Appraiser Sr, Vice President

JPMorgan Chase - Culver City, CA (10 days ago)
Demonstrated knowledge of high-end residential real estate types and borrowers. Deep knowledge of local real estate areas and neighborhoods and good… Apply Now

Staff Appraiser

SingleSource Property Solutions, LLC - San Bernardino, CA (30+ 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

Independent Fee Appraiser

Solidifi - Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA (19 days ago)
Collect and analyze relevant data to identify real estate market trends. Currently active State Certified Residential or State Certified General Real Estate… Apply Now

Commercial property inspector and technical writer

The Flynn Group - Long Beach, CA (3 days ago)
Assisting Staff Appraisers in completion of internal commercial and/or apartment real estate evaluations. Keeping up-to-date on real estate regulatory guidance. Apply Now

QC Escalation Analyst III

PCV Murcor, Inc - Pomona, CA (9 days ago)
At least 5 years real estate or mortgage risk experience. Holding a valid Appraiser License at least 3-5 years; Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities. Apply Now

Appraiser II

San Bernardino County - , CA (6 days ago)
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Economics, or Real Estate; Travel throughout the County is required. Apply Now

Analyst, CVA - Multifamily Asset Management

Stockbridge - San Francisco, CA (30+ days ago)
Candidates should have one to three years of real estate industry experience, preferably at least one year working specifically on multifamily assets. Apply Now

Commercial real estate appraiser / Analyst

The Flynn Group - Los Alamitos, CA (14 days ago)
Candidates should have an interest in commercial real estate, as this position will provide hands-on experience to eventually become a commercial real estate… Apply Now
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