Property Tax

About the appraiser program

The appraiser trainee program is an on-the-job training program for county assessment staff. You can work as an appraiser trainee while training to become a registered appraiser.

Program objective

To make you eligible to take the property appraiser examination. This is accomplished through on-the-job training, formal education, and other work-related experiences.

Becoming an appraiser trainee

Please contact the county assessor's office​ where you are interested in working. You must get a commitment from a county assessor to employ you for at least 20 hours per week. You have to meet the employment requirements set by the assessor.

Program basics

Training is designed by the county assessor based on factors such as:

  • Relevancy of completed college courses.
  • Applicability of vocational education.
  • Related work experience.
  • Specific appraisal courses completed through education institutions and associations.
  • Department of Revenue training courses attended.
  • The program may not exceed two years from the date of enrollment.

It's the trainee's responsibility to complete all necessary education and training requirements. The assessor monitors and reviews the trainee's day-to-day work and administers required exams.

We supply a coach's manual and a confidential packet of required exams to the assessor.

The cost incurred for attending the appraisal courses and training may be substantial. There may also be fees due to the Department of Revenue. The trainee and sponsoring assessor will determine who is responsible for these costs. The Department of Revenue isn't responsible for any costs.

Requirements for completing the program may include:

  • A minimum of 90 continuing education hours in appraisal offered by professional associations, the Department of Revenue, or a community college.
  • Participation in a mass appraisal set-up and the reappraisal of a neighborhood.
  • Inspection and completion of new construction and land maintenance accounts.
  • Observation of board of property tax appeals hearings.
  • Successful completion of all tests and exams.

Upon completion of the program, the trainee is eligible to take the test to qualify as a county property appraiser. To take the test, the trainee must submit an application for county appraiser online.