MEMORANDUM

To: Real Estate Appraiser Educational Providers and Real Estate Appraiser Applicants

Fr: Massachusetts Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers (Board)

Re: 2015 Real Property Appraiser Qualifications Criteria – Effective Date January 1, 2015

Dt: May 21, 2014


The Board requests that all Real Estate Appraiser Educational Providers notify all of its students of the 2015 Real Property Appraiser Qualifications Criteria (effective date of January 1, 2015) as promulgated by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) of The Appraisal Foundation.

Effective January 1, 2015, a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university is required to obtain licensure as a State-Certified Residential or State-Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.

Effective January 1, 2015, an Associate’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university or 30 semester hours of college-level education from an accredited college or university is required to obtain licensure as a State-Licensed Real Estate Appraiser.

Any applicant taking the State-Licensed or Stated Certified Real Estate Appraiser Examination on or after January 1, 2015 must meet the 2015 Real Property Appraiser Qualifications Criteria on the date of the examination. Per the AQB, there will be no exceptions and no grandfathering provisions.

Lastly, pursuant to the Board’s regulations at 264 Code of Massachusetts Regulation (CMR) 5.04 and 5.05, any applicant taking the examination prior to January 1, 2015, must remit to the Board a completed application meeting all of the Board’s and AQB’s requirements at least 90 days prior to an examination date.

Please visit the Board’s website at mass.gov/dpl/ra for the Board’s rules and regulations.

If you have any questions, you may call the Board at 617-727-3055. Thank you.