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:
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Appraisal processes.
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 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.
Coursework that covers any of the following topics qualifies for continuing education credit:
- Basic and advanced mass appraisal.
- Residential, rural, special assessment, commercial, or light-industrial appraisal.
- Property tax exemptions.
- Ratio analysis.
- Computer applications for assessments and appraisals.
- Farm or forest uses.
- Property-specific appraisal.
Reporting continuing education credits
Continuing education credts must be reported through your Appraiser Continuing Education Database (ACED) account. If you don’t have an account, you’ll need to set one up.
Appraisers working for an Oregon county are recertified by the county assessor at the end of their two-year cycle. Department of Revenue and independent appraisers are recertified by the Department of Revenue.
Requesting a waiver
You can request a waiver of the continuing education requirements for:
- Illness, disability, accident, or other health problems.
- Military service.
To request a waiver, log into your ACED account and go to the "Credit Request" tab. Be sure to upload documentation to support your waiver request.
For questions about continuing education requirements, email us at email@example.com.