AppraisalU is an appraisal training program with a hands-on, in-depth learning experience designed to teach the skills needed for a career as a licensed real estate appraiser. The benefits and rewards of appraising can include high earning potential, starting your own business, working from home, and the flexibility to set your work schedule.
AppraisalU offers three courses, Monday to Thursday, from 8 am to 12 pm, exposing students to the critical aspects of the appraisal industry. Experienced professional appraisers teach all lessons with a combined 100+ years of experience. AppraisalU is the only commercially available program for students who want to pursue an appraisal career, and the number of students is limited to 20 per course. Enrollment ends fourteen days before the start date.
The basics of appraisal training and how to create a credible appraisal report. One cannot learn the entire appraisal process in 8 weeks. However, through AppraisalU you will learn the fundamentals to appraisal practice. This will better position you to enter this field and attract a Supervisory Appraiser to guide you to licensing.
Course currently are available in Dallas, TX. Future courses will also become available in Overland Park, KS, San Diego, CA, and Phoenix, AZ.
Yes, you can still have a full-time job. Each course is four days per week for four hours per day. (Monday- Thursday, 8 am -12 noon)
The maximum number of students per course is 20.
Yes, upon an in-person assessment of skills and passing an examination.
The cost of the assessment is $500 and lasts approximately 6 hours.
No, each course has limited student spots available, and acceptance is not guaranteed or insinuated.
No, the experience hours listed are the potential hours that will be available and are only achieved based on participation and the quality of work produced.
No, AppraisalU is not a State Licensing Agency and does not guarantee that a student will have enough experience hours to qualify for an appraisal license. Becoming a licensed appraiser is predicated on the State Licensing Agency approving experience hours, reviewing and approving sample appraisals for work quality, and passing the state-required exam. AppraisalU is a path to success but is no guarantee of licensure. Licensing requirements vary by state.
Find a Certified Appraiser Supervisor with 3+ years experience who will train you for six months, minimum, and gain 1,0000 experience hours inspecting and providing real property appraisal experience. This is the first and most challenging requirement to accomplish. You are recommended NOT to pay for education courses before finding a Certified Appraiser Supervisor.
WHY? Most Certified Appraisers work from home and do not want a stranger coming to their home daily. They have no incentive to train and often consider new trainees more competition that could take away future income. Training is very time-consuming, which reduces a supervisor’s ability to generate income. Finally, limited training tools assist the supervisor in the teaching process.
SOLUTION: Appraisal U matches you with highly experienced Certified Appraisers that will teach you the hands-on practical knowledge of appraising while learning in a professional office environment and utilizing the newest technology tools.
The price for the courses varies.
SOLUTION: AppraisalU instructors will guide you through the education process and ensure you register for the specific required courses, offering the best education at the lowest cost.
Apply to your State Appraisal Licensing Board or Commission.
SOLUTION: Appraisal U instructors will guide you through the application process and ensure all of the prerequisites have been met and the application packet is completed in compliance with the state requirements.
SOLUTION: Appraisal U instructors will provide you with an understanding of what to expect when taking the exam, how to prepare, and assist you in registering for the highest quality exam preparation course available. If you fail to pass the exam on the first attempt, Appraisal U instructors will offer to advise on the best strategy for the next steps.
Robbie Wilson, a graduate of the University of Texas in Real Estate, who earned an MBA in Business Finance, has built a life around real estate. Robbie’s experience encompasses building his own real estate company, working as a Consultant for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and now he is the appraisal compliance and risk management leader for RSDS Appraisal Diversity.
Robbie is recognized in the appraisal industry as a subject matter expert on Appraisal Standards and Ethics, FIRREA, the Dodd-Frank Act, Government Regulations and Laws, and GSEs mortgage loan underwriting guidelines. Robbie is an Appraisal Qualification Board (AQB) Certified USPAP Instructor and has taught and continues to teach AQB pre-licensing and continuing education courses in Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia, New Jersey, and Indiana. Robbie currently serves and has served in numerous leadership positions including but not limited to: President of the National Society of Real Estate Appraisers, a member of the prestigious “Peer Investigative Committee” of the Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board (TALCB), and is a current TALCB Mentor.
Dr. Randy Flowers is the President of Operations for RSDS. Originally from Kansas and now an Arizona resident, he is an experienced professional with more than a decade of leadership experience. Before joining RSDS Appraisal Diversity, Dr. Flowers was a private university dean, designing and implementing operations across multiple departments and divisions. Dr. Flowers has the skills and experience to effectively lead and oversee the appraisal operations of RSDS Appraisal Diversity by establishing policies, an education system, and staffing models that promote company culture and vision for developing the next generation of real estate appraisers.
Courtnie Cathers is a graduate of the University of Delaware in Political Science and Tarleton State University with an MBA in Business Administration. Courtnie is an RSDS Trainee Program graduate and licensed appraiser in Texas. Courtnie’s reason for joining RSDS was to help diversify and become a strong female leader within the appraisal industry. The life-long mentors and friends that Courtnie gained as a graduate of the Trainee Program inspired her to help others pursue the same opportunity for an abundant, fulfilling career. As a newly licensed appraiser, Courtnie provides primary insight into the new technologies, topics, and licensing exams within the appraisal industry.
Adam Newsom, originally from St. Louis, MO, and now a Kansas City resident, is an experienced professional with 18 years of appraisal experience. Adam joined RSDS to train the next generation of appraisers and watch them become certified in their market. Did you know Adam has mentored over 10 appraisers in his career? Adam has developed appraisers who now reside in Arizona, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.
David Perkins is a Certified Appraiser with 20 years of experience in California, Ariozona, Nevada, Texas and Virgina. He has held industry leadership positions as an National Chief Appraiser at an Appraisal Management Company (AMC) , Quality Control Manager, and as a State Appraisal Auditor overseeing USPAP compliance. This experience has allowed David to review thousands of appraisals from all parts of the US, collaborate with hundreds of appraisers, and expand his knowledge of appraisal problem-solving. In addition, David has been successfully supervising appraiser trainees for the past ten years, all of who have gone on to gain their state license and certification. It is David’s passion to give back and help strengthen the appraisal industry while assisting others in building successful careers. David graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance.