Department of Labor and Revenue

Title - South Dakota Appraiser Certification Program

Student Appraiser Guide

The Student Appraiser Guide has been developed by the Appraiser Qualifications Board of The Appraisal Foundation for student appraisers (those individuals who are new to the field) and for those who are changing from one real property appraiser credential to another. The guide will help to:

  • Better understand the requirements for becoming a credentialed appraiser;
  • Make you aware of how this regulatory system works;
  • Make you aware of the changes to minimum criteria that are effective in 2008;
  • Give you some tools to keep good records of your progress in meeting requirements; and
  • Provide additional resources to help answer your questions.

One of the many important items contained in the Student Appraiser Guide is the "Checklists." The Checklists provide an organized means of tracking your progress as you work toward an appraiser credential.

The requirements listed on the Checklists for the Trainee (State-Registered), Licensed Residential (State-Licensed), Certified Residential (State-Certified Residential) and Certified General (State-Certified General) classifications conform to the January 1, 2008 AQB Appraiser Qualification Criteria.

These Checklists are generic and may not meet all the requirements of an individual state. Make sure your final list includes your state’s requirements.

Another important item contained in the Student Appraiser Guide is the "Qualifying Education Course Matrix." The matrix will help you record your progress in completing qualifying education requirements for each credential level. The required core curriculum modules are shown in gray shading. Subtopics listed in boxes without shading are not mandatory for meeting the required core curriculum. The listed subtopics indicate the content coverage expected under each module.

The first modules listed are the 75 class hours required for the Trainee classification. These modules are also required as students advance to the Licensed Residential, Certified Residential and Certified General classifications. The total number of qualifying education hours required for each classification is listed at the end of each section.

The Revised Appraiser Qualification Criteria include the Qualifying Education requirements and the Required Core Curriculum for each classification. Complete details can be found at (New candidates and candidates wishing to upgrade to a higher classification will be required to maintain the Qualifying Education Course Matrix and submit it as part of the process to meet the qualifications required effective January 1, 2008.)

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

Marcia Hultman, Secretary
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-4505
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184