Department of Labor and Revenue

Title - South Dakota Appraiser Certification Program

Education Requirements for Certification

State-Registered Appraiser
State-Licensed Appraiser
State-Certified Residential Appraiser
State-Certified General Appraiser

Please also see the Appraiser Qualifications Board's Education Requirements.

State-Registered Appraiser

Prerequisites to sit for the national examination:

An applicant for state-registered appraiser must have completed 75 creditable classroom hours of approved qualifying education, which includes successful completion of each course examination. Acceptable education is the Appraiser Qualifications Board required core curriculum as follows:

  1. Basic appraisal principles - 30 hours;
  2. Basic appraisal procedures - 30 hours; and
  3. Fifteen hour qualifying course that covers the uniform standards as adopted in ARSD 20:14:06:01.

State-Licensed Appraiser

Prerequisites to sit for the national examination:

An applicant for examination as a state-licensed appraiser must have completed 150 creditable classroom hours of approved qualifying education which includes successful completion of each course examination. Acceptable education is the Appraiser Qualifications Board required core curriculum as follows:

  1. Basic appraisal principles - 30 hours;
  2. Basic appraisal procedures - 30 hours;
  3. Fifteen hour qualifying course that covers the uniform standards as adopted in ARSD 20:14:06:01;
  4. Residential market analysis and highest and best use - 15 hours;
  5. Residential appraiser site valuation and cost approach - 15 hours;
  6. Residential sales comparison and income approaches - 30 hours;
  7. Residential report writing and case studies - 15 hours.

Effective July 1, 2014 an applicant for State-Licensed Appraiser must have 30 semester credit hours of college-level education.

State-Certified Residential Appraiser

Prerequisites to sit for the national examination:

An applicant for examination as a state-certified residential appraiser must have completed 200 creditable classroom hours of approved qualifying education which includes successful completion of each course examination. Acceptable education is the Appraiser Qualifications Board required core curriculum as follows:

  1. Basic appraisal principles - 30 hours;
  2. Basic appraisal procedures - 30 hours;
  3. Fifteen hour qualifying course that covers the uniform standards as adopted in ARSD 20:14:06:01;
  4. Residential market analysis and highest and best use - 15 hours;
  5. Residential appraiser site valuation and cost approach - 15 hours;
  6. Residential sales comparison and income approaches - 30 hours;
  7. Residential report writing and case studies - 15 hours;
  8. Statistics, modeling, and finance - 15 hours;
  9. Advanced residential applications and case studies - 15 hours;
  10. Appraisal subject matter electives - 20 hours.

An applicant for the state-certified residential classification must hold an associate degree or higher degree from an accredited college, junior college, community college or university. In lieu of the associate degree, the applicant must verify successful completion of 21 semester credit hours including the following collegiate level subject matter courses from an accredited college, junior college, community college or university:

  1. English composition;
  2. Principles of economics (micro or macro);
  3. Finance;
  4. Algebra, geometry or higher mathematics;
  5. Statistics;
  6. Computer science;
  7. Business or real estate law.

If an accredited college or university accepts a College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) examination and issues a transcript for the exam, showing its approval, it will be considered as credit for the college course.

Effective July 1, 2014 an applicant for the state-certified residential classification must hold a bachelor's degree or higher.

State-Certified General Appraiser

Prerequisites to sit for the national examination:

An applicant for examination as state-certified general appraiser must have completed 300 creditable classroom hours of approved qualifying education, which includes successful completion of each course examination. Acceptable education is the Appraiser Qualifications Board required core curriculum as follows:

  1. Basic appraisal principles - 30 hours;
  2. Basic appraisal procedures - 30 hours;
  3. Fifteen hour qualifying course that covers the uniform standards as adopted in ARSD 20:14:06:01;
  4. General appraiser market analysis and highest and best use - 30 hours;
  5. Statistics, modeling and finance - 15 hours;
  6. General appraiser sales comparison approach - 30 hours;
  7. General appraiser site valuation and cost approach - 30 hours;
  8. General appraiser income approach - 60 hours;
  9. General appraiser report writing and case studies - 30 hours;
  10. Appraisal subject matter electives - 30 hours.

An applicant must demonstrate the applicant's education includes the core courses listed in these criteria, with particular emphasis on nonresidential properties, which are properties other than one- to four-family residential properties.

Applicants for the state-certified general appraiser classification must hold a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university. In lieu of the bachelor's degree, an applicant must verify successful completion of 30 semester credit hours or its equivalent including the following collegiate level subject matter courses from an accredited college, junior college, community college or university:

  1. English composition;
  2. Micro economics;
  3. Macro economics;
  4. Finance;
  5. Algebra, geometry or higher mathematics;
  6. Statistics;
  7. Computer science;
  8. Business or real estate law; and
  9. Two elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management or real estate.

If an accredited college or university accepts a College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) examination and issues a transcript for the exam showing its approval, it will be considered as credit for the college course.

Effective July 1, 2014 an applicant for the state-certified general classification must hold a bachelor's degree or higher.

Contact Us

Executive Director, Sherry Bren

South Dakota Appraiser Certification Program
308 South Pierre Street
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605.773.4608
Fax: 605.773.5405
email: appraisercertification@state.sd.us



Marcia Hultman, Secretary
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184