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

Residential Staff Appraiser

SingleSource Property Solutions, LLC - , CA (4 months 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

Review Appraiser

loanDepot - Foothill Ranch, CA (29 days ago)
Formal Real Estate Appraisal education required. Minimum of 10 years’ experience as an appraiser required. Minimum 3 years’ experience as a nationwide review... Apply Now

Staff Appraiser

5 Arch Group - Irvine, CA (30+ days ago)
Provide value reconciliations between current types of real estate values and a prior real estate value.... Apply Now

Appraiser

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

Appraiser

CBRE - Los Angeles, CA (5 months 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

Senior Real Estate Appraiser

HSBC - Los Angeles, CA (30+ days ago)
State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser. Strong working knowledge of real estate appraisal techniques as well as local and national real estate markets.... Apply Now

Valuation Associate

CBRE - Irvine, CA (5 months ago)
Requires basic knowledge of financial real estate terms and principles. Assists senior appraiser in the preparation of real estate appraisal reports, including... Apply Now

Residential Real Estate Appraiser (Santa Clara County, CA)

The Property Sciences Group, Inc. - Santa Clara, CA (27 days ago)
Previous work experience in residential real estate appraisals. Residential Appraiser (Required). Founded in 1984, with expertise in all major categories of... Apply Now

Appraisal Reviewer - MORTGAGE EXPERIENCE

Amwest Funding - Brea, CA (19 days ago)
Knowledge of all types of real property, terms, types of ownership in real estate, deeds and mortgage, etc\*. Certified General Appraiser (Preferred).... Apply Now

Valuation Specialist 1 - Staff Appraiser

Wells Fargo - San Francisco, CA (23 days ago)
Knowledge and understanding of real estate valuations and titles. FHA approved appraiser. Expert knowledge and experience performing High End SFR valuations and... 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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