The Texas Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board has made it easier to become an appraiser.

Before January 1, trainees needed to work with traditional clients, such as lenders or appraisal management companies, for at least half of their required job experience. Now, the Appraisal Qualification Board accepts applicants with no traditional client experience.

Instead, trainees can gain experience just by completing appraisals. For example, they could appraise their own homes, a family member’s home, or a neighbor’s home. Trainees could also complete a Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice standard 3 review of an already completed report if the review demonstrates proficiency with USPAP standards 1 and 2.

They still must perform appraisal work under the active, personal, and diligent direction of a supervisory appraiser.

This change is one of several measures TALCB has passed or is working on to onboard more appraisers in Texas. TALCB has also streamlined its application forms and adopted the Practical Applications of Real Estate Appraisal program, which offers practical experience through online and virtual reality technology.