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So you want to be an appraiser!
First Step:
Go to The Appraisal Foundation website (link at right) and search for "The Real Property Appraiser Qualfication Criteria". Download and read it.

Also search for Exposure Drafts under AQB as there are proposals for changing some of the criteria.

Second Step:
Check out the requirements for being an appraiser at the link to the right under Department of Financial Institutions.
When you ask someone to take you on as a trainee, you are asking someone to teach you how to become their competitor.

You probably want to be paid, so you are asking that person to be your mentor, correct all of your mistakes, teach you everything they know, and take responsibility for your work.

It is like asking a college professor to pay you for the "privilege" of teaching you. Try that at ASU.

If you say, "But, I would do the work!" let me respond that you write term papers in college and don't expect the professor to pay you for grading them.

An appraiser who takes on a trainee must see the property, go over the appraisal report carefully, correct the errors and take full responsibility for the report. This is much more time consuming than simply doing the report alone.

Since I have been burned badly by several trainees who promised one thing and delivered another, I am not taking on any trainees. It would have to be an exceptional person and an exceptional offer to make me change my mind.

Do not call. If you think you are this special person, write me a letter.

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Appraisal Foundation
AZ Dept of Financial Institutions - Appraisal Division
The Department of Financial Institutions is located at:
2910 N. 44th Street, Suite 310,
Phoenix, Arizona, 85018

Telephone: 602-771-2800

Toll Free: 1-800-544-0708
Facsimile: 602-381-1225