By the Division of Professional Licensure


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I took a Board approved course to renew my license; however, the course is now listed as an expired course on the Board's website. May I use the course to satisfy my continuing education requirements to renew my license and list it on the Board's "Mandatory Continuing Education Attestation and Reporting Form"?

Yes. If the Board approved course was listed as current and you completed the course during your current licensure period then you may use the course to fulfill your continuing education requirements to renew your license. Please view the list of Board approved courses on the Board's website under the "Real Estate Appraisal Education Approved Courses" link and then click "Current Courses" and/or "Expired Courses" with a particular attention to the Board's listed approval date and expiration date verses the date of completion listed on provider's educational certificate. For example, if you completed the course on June 1, 2013 and the course expiration date is May 25, 2013 then you cannot use the course. If you completed the course on June 1, 2013 and the course was approved by the Board on June 30, 2013 then you cannot use the course. If you completed the course on June 1, 2013 and the course expiration date is June 25, 2013 then you may use the course.

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The Board amended its continuing education regulation. How many hours of continuing education must I complete to renew my license?

Effective November 9, 2012, a Licensee holding a two (2) year appraiser license shall complete twenty-eight (28) hours of Board approved continuing education. A Licensee holding a three (3) year appraiser license or a license that runs for more than two (2) years and 185 days shall be required to complete an additional fourteen (14) hours of continuing education for a total of forty-two (42) hours. All Licensees shall complete a 7-hour USPAP Update course with each edition of USPAP.

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What are the new Supervising Appraiser requirements to supervise an appraiser trainee or an appraiser-in-training?

Effective November 9, 2012, a Supervising Appraiser is a certified appraiser licensee holding either a State-Certified General or State-Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser License who supervises an appraiser trainee and/or an appraiser-in-training acting in accordance with 264 CMR 6.01. The Supervising Appraiser shall personally inspect at least five (5) appraised properties with the appraisal trainee or appraiser-in-training. Supervising Appraisers whose license is suspended or under a period of probation or stayed suspension may not supervise lower level licensees. Effective July 1, 2013, no individual may serve as a supervising appraiser if they have been subject to any disciplinary action within the last three (3) years that affects their legal ability to engage in appraisal practice.

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I sent my renewal application, renewal fees and Mandatory Continuing Education Attestation and Reporting Form to the Board but I have not received my wallet license in the mail. What is the status of my renewal?

It takes four (4) to six (6) weeks to receive a wallet license. You may conduct your own online search to check the status of your professional license. Please visit the Board's website at mass.gov/dpl/boards/ra and click on the right hand side under "Online Services" then click "Check a Real Estate Appraiser License". If the status states "Current", the Board renewed your license and you will receive the wallet license in four (4) to six (6) weeks.

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I renewed my license and am waiting to receive my wallet license; however, my employer and/or my client will not accept the Board's website as verification of my "Current" licensure status. Can the Board verify my license status?

It takes four (4) to six (6) weeks to receive the wallet license in the mail. However, to help its licensees during this limited transition period, the Board can mail you a letter on the Board’s letterhead stating your licensure status with the Board. If you are requesting a “Letter of Good Standing” or a “Licensee History Record”, please see that relevant FAQ.

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I renewed my appraiser license and the Board's website reflects that I am in "Current" status; however, the National Registry and the FHA Roster Appraiser list has not been updated. Can the Board update the National Registry and the FHA Roster Appraiser list?

In relation to the National Registry list, as maintained by the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC), the Board transmits licensure updates to the ASC every two (2) weeks.

In relation to the FHA Roster Appraiser list, the Board does not transmit any updates or information to the FHA. Please contact the FHA directly for how to update licensure information.

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What is the process to obtain a "Letter of Good Standing" or a "Licensee History Record"?

The requestor (licensee or consumer) must mail the following to the Board: name of licensee, license number (if known), address to mail the Letter of Good Standing or Licensee History Record, and a non-refundable check or money order made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for $15.00. Please mail your request letter to the Appraiser Board, 1000 Washington Street, Suite 710, Boston, MA 02118.

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I lost or misplaced my wallet license. Can the Board send me a new wallet license?

Yes, you must complete the "Change of Name or Request for Duplicate License" form located on the Board's website under Applications and Forms link and send the proscribed fee to the Board. Please mail the form to the Appraiser Board, 1000 Washington Street, Suite 710, Boston, MA 02118.

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How do I request a name change?

You must complete the "Change of Name or Request for Duplicate License" form located on the Board's website under the Applications and Forms link and if applicable send the proscribed fee. Please mail the form to the Appraiser Board, 1000 Washington Street, Suite 710, Boston, MA 02118.

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I work out of state as a real estate appraiser. May I submit with my application a list of appraisals generated from work performed in another state when applying for licensure in Massachusetts?

Yes, if you were supervised by a certified appraiser listed in good standing with the National Registry of the Appraisal Subcommittee. Effective November 9, 2012, a Supervising Appraiser is a certified appraiser licensee holding either a State-Certified General or State-Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser License who supervises an appraiser trainee and/or an appraiser-in-training acting in accordance with 264 CMR 6.01. The Supervising Appraiser shall personally inspect at least five (5) appraised properties with the appraisal trainee or appraiser-in-training. Supervising Appraisers whose license is suspended or under a period of probation or stayed suspension may not supervise lower level licensees. Effective July 1, 2013, no individual may serve as a supervising appraiser if they have been subject to any disciplinary action within the last three (3) years that affects their legal ability to engage in appraisal practice.

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Why should I submit a new list of appraisals if I submitted them with another application for licensure?

Each application for licensure is considered a new and separate application. Moreover, the Board is not responsible for locating materials to match to a previously submitted application.

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What is the Board's web site address?

www.mass.gov/dpl/boards/ra

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Where can I find information on how to become an appraiser in Massachusetts?

All application materials may be found on the Board's website under "Applications and Forms". If you are seeking to upgrade your current Massachusetts appraiser license then please review the Board's Policy Statement 2007-001 entitled "Upgrading Existing Credentials under 2008 Criteria" located under the Statutes and Regulations link then the Board's Policies and Guidelines link.

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What is a Massachusetts appraisal?

The Board adopted the standards established by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

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I received a renewal application and now hold an upgraded license. Do I need to renew the old license?

No.

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Can I submit primary education courses taken in the past towards my application?

Yes, if it is or was a Board approved course at the time you completed the course.

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How often can I apply for a Temporary Practice Permit?

There is no set limit. You may apply for a permit when you are applying for appraisal of federally related property in Massachusetts. All application materials may be found at the Board's website under "Applications and Forms".

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How many properties can be listed on the Temporary Practice Permit?

You can list as many as you can complete within the timeframe of the permit.

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If the property I am appraising in Massachusetts is not federally related, would I still qualify for a Temporary Practice Permit?

You must submit the reason for applying for the permit and the Board will determine whether or not to grant the permit.

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What states have reciprocity agreements with the Board?

The Board does not have reciprocal agreements with specific states. An applicant holding a current state-license or state-certified appraisal license issued by another state may be eligible for a Massachusetts license or certificate. Appraisal trainees are not eligible for reciprocity. Please review the Board's regulation at 264 Code of Massachusetts Regulation (CMR) 8.00 for guidelines and requirements.

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I have taken a course and it is not listed with the Board, how can I get approval for this course?

All courses must be approved by the Board before submitted for renewal or licensure. The course provider or school must submit an application to the Board for approval.

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How do I get approval as a course provider in Massachusetts?

You must submit the required course application with required materials and fee to the Board. All application materials may be found at the Board's website under "Applications and Forms".

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What is the effect of the statutory amendment to Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 112, Section 181?

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Effective May 13, 2011, the Board shall impose the following:

A certificate or license issued by the Board shall be valid for two (2) years following the date of issuance. The statutory amendment reduces the licensure renewal period of all licensees from three (3) years to two (2) years and thus mirrors the renewal cycle of the majority of the other States.

An Appraiser Trainee shall be eligible to renew his/her trainee license for "not more than 4 two-year periods after the original date of issuance". The amendment increases the number of times a Trainee Licensee may renew his/her license with the Board from one (1) renewal to up to four (4) renewals.

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Will my current license expiration date (after May 13, 2011) be changed by the law? Example: I received a three (3) year license on February 1, 2011 and it will expire on February 1, 2014. Will the expiration date be changed to February 1, 2013 or will the original term remain unchanged?

No, the statutory amendment will not change a licensee's current expiration date. If your license is set to expire on February 1, 2014, it will still expire on that date. However, the next time you renew your license, you will be issued a two (2) year expiration date rather than a three (3) year expiration date.

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My current license renews before May 13, 2011. Will I be issued a two (2) or three (3) year license?

If your license expires before May 13, 2011, the effective date of the statute, you will be issued a three (3) year license expiration date. Any licensee who renews his/her license on or after May 13, 2011 will be given a two (2) year license expiration date.

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Does the law apply only to licenses issued or renewed on or after May 13, 2011?

The statutory amendment applies to all licensees.

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Did the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) increase the National Registry fee? If yes, what is the fee and its effective date?

Yes, under the authority of the Dodd-Frank Reform Act, the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) approved an increase of the annual National Registry fee to $40.00/per year from the current $25.00/per year to support the ASC's supervisory authority. Accordingly, effective January 1, 2012, the Board shall collect $80.00 for a two (2) year appraisal license.

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How do I reinstate my expired appraiser license?

A licensee must complete the Board’s continuing education requirements for each renewal cycle that the license was lapsed / expired. Please contact the Board directly at 617-727-3055.

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I have a Massachusetts Reciprocal license. Can I take continuing education approved by my Reciprocal State?

Yes. Pursuant to Policy Statement 2011-002, any licensee/certificate holder who has obtained a Massachusetts license/certification by reciprocity may complete the requisite continuing education of either Massachusetts or from the state in which reciprocity was granted. Licensees/certificate holders who do not hold a current license in the State where the continuing education was satisfied on the exact date of renewal will not get credit for the out-of-state continuing education. Therefore, in the case where the licensee of another State completes their State's continuing education requirement but chooses not to renew their State's license, they may not use the continuing education to renew their Massachusetts license. Please contact the Board to confirm your Reciprocity status. You must also remit a certified licensee history to the Board from your reciprocal state with your completed “Mandatory Continuing Education Attestation and Reporting Form”.

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May I use online courses to obtain an appraiser license?

You may only take Board approved classroom (primary education) courses for licensure. Online courses cannot be used for initial licensure. They are only used to renew a license.

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Does the Board license or regulate Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs)?

No, to date, the Board does not license and/or regulate Appraisal Management Companies.

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