Property Tax

To qualify as a registered property appraiser under ORS 308.010, you must meet certain training and education criteria, then file an application and pass an exam.

The criteria are:

  1. An associate degree or higher in property appraisal, real estate technology, building construction/inspection technology, engineering or forestry technology, business administration, or a related field; OR
  2. Any combination of experience or education equivalent to two years in a field that would demonstrate the capacity to work as a property appraiser. Examples include: property appraisal, public or business administration, real estate, finance, civil engineering, urban planning; OR
  3. Completion of a department or county-approved appraisal training program.

If you meet the criteria, submit an Application for County Appraiser online.


We'll review your application and then notify you by mail whether or not you've met the qualifications to take the appraiser exam. There is no charge to take the 100 multiple-choice question exam that covers:

  • General appraisal concepts.
  • Principles, processes, and definitions.
  • Surveying and mapping.
  • Vocabulary.
  • Appraisal processes.
  • Valuation.

The maximum time allowed to take the exam is three hours, and you must get a score of 70 to pass. Grade notification letters are sent to all examinees. If you pass, you'll receive a registered appraiser certificate. If you don't pass, you can retake the exam by contacting the site where you took the test. 

Exam preparation resources:

  • Real estate appraisal courses at community or four-year colleges.
  • Private real estate appraisal courses [for example, International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), Appraisal Institute].
  • Appraisal of Real Estate Manual from the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers.
  • Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal from the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers. 
  • Appraisal Methods of Real Property, 150-303-415.
  • Harrison's Illustrated Guide: How to Pass Any General or Residential Appraisal Examination.

Continuing education requirements

After passing the county property appraiser 1 exam, you must complete continuing education coursework to maintain your registration. You must complete 60 credit hours in the first two calendar years after becoming registered and 30 credits every two years after that.

Even though your credits may be completed every two years, we'll contact you annually and ask you to sign a statement certifying that your continuing education requirements have been met.

Use a Request for Training Credit form, 150-338-002, to report your credits to us.

You may request a waiver of these requirements of the following reasons:

  • Retirement.
  • Illness or disability.
  • Military service.
  • Accident or other health problems.

To request a waiver, please submit a Request for Waiver of Training Credit form, 150-338-008.

For questions about this process, contact the Property Tax Division training unit.

Contact us

Application questions
Phone: (503) 945-8272 or
(503) 945-8547
Email: ​Sophia Hawkins​
Heather Parker

General program questions

Property Tax Division training unit

Mailing address

Oregon Department of Revenue
Attn: Human Resources
955 Center St NE
Salem OR 97301-2555
Fax: (503) 947-2047