What Does it Take to Become an Ohio Property Appraiser?

If you are in the market for real estate—whether it’s searching for, or looking to sell—you will likely need the assistance of an Ohio property appraiser. But how can determine if the appraiser is competent to do their job correctly? How does a person actually go about getting that particular degree and career? And can you trust that he or she will provide you with the most accurate assessment of your real estate? Simply put… what makes the appraiser qualified? Once you understand the amount of effort and work that goes into getting a license, you’ll understand the requirements and knowledge needed to just get started in this field. The very first requirement for an Ohio property appraiser is that they must be 18 years of age. Not really a problem there, nor is it that they have to demonstrate that they are ‘honest, truthful, and of good reputation.’ Those are the easy parts for most people. Now comes the difficult part. In order to become an Ohio property appraiser, one must complete a specific amount of experience hours during a certain period of time. This is not something that can be accomplished over a weekend; it’s much more difficult and time-consuming. In order to be a “State-Certified Real Estate Appraiser,’ you must have completed 2,500 hours of experience over the course of a minimum of two years. That’s before you can even file for an application. In addition, there is also an educational requirement. Becoming an Ohio property appraiser requires that you complete a number of courses at an institution of higher learning. Overall, you would need to complete ninety-three credits at whichever school is decided upon. Seventy-five of those credits must be in classes that involve classroom time, studying specific aspects of property appraisal; and no fewer than three of them must be in a class specifically about federal, state, and local fair housing laws. Another fifteen hours must be dedicated to classes about appraisal standards and provisions of the Ohio Revised Code, just to be safe. It goes without saying that a passing grade is required. Upon meeting the requirements listed above, an application can be submitted to the Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing. The application must be completed in black ink, and include a headshot (i.e., a photo of the applicant’s face), the application fee, and copies of the applicant’s transcripts and certificates stating that the requirements of being an Ohio property appraiser have been met. If the application is accepted, a test is then scheduled, which will determine whether a state license will be provided. It’s pretty clear that obtaining an appraisal license in the state of Ohio, to appraise Columbus real estate, is no small feat. And the professionala who do obtain a license have demonstrated that they are not only dedicated, but also highly educated in all aspects of the job. But being a qualified appraiser is not only determined by the education that is received by school. It takes continued education, along with many decades of field experience, to become an expert Ohio property appraiser.