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What’s a Career in Appraisal?

Want a Career with Great Earning Potential that's Also Family-Friendly? How about a Role that Combines Responsibility with Freedom?

Twelve of the 20 fastest-growing industries in the U.S. over the past year are related to real estate and construction according to data from Sageworks, a financial information company. All of these industries touch appraisal.

Just what does an appraiser do? Often referred to as the "eyes and ears of lenders," appraisers determine the value of real estate property before it is sold, mortgaged, taxed, insured or developed.

The average responsibilities of an appraiser’s role include:

  • Inspecting both new and existing properties
  • Verifying that the legal descriptions of real estate properties are correct in public records
  • Taking photos of the inside and exterior of the property
  • Cataloging the unique or special aspects of a property
  • Finding similar properties in the area to use as comparables in order to accurately determine the value of a property
  • Compiling reports and data on the property's real estate value

Not looking for a 9-5 job sitting at a desk all day? Roughly half of an appraiser's time is spent onsite doing inspections, making every day different and new.

Just what are the benefits of a career in appraisal? A career in appraisal can allow to you to be your own boss, set your own work hours and have a stable income—making it a very family-friendly career. There's also a moderate level of job security in being an appraiser. Even when the housing market is down, appraisals are still needed for foreclosures and short-sells. With the right education and experience, appraisers are making six figure incomes.

At Career Webschool, we value freedom and flexibility. All of our appraisal courses are online and self-paced so you can study on your own terms, whenever and wherever you like on your PC, tablet or mobile device. There is no classroom time required at all—meaning you can complete your education from the comfort of your own home, your favorite coffeeshop or on your lunchbreak. Whatever works best for YOU.

Interested in starting your career in appraisal? Click on your state in the dropdown menu on the right to see the packages available.

Why take your appraisal courses online?

Flexibility. Convenience. Freedom. At Career Webschool, we understand that you may not have the time in your schedule to fill your nights and weekends with courses in a traditional classroom setting. All of our courses are online and mobile capable. This allows you to choose when, where and how often you study.

Another benefit of online learning is that our courses allow you to go back and review material or challenging questions as frequently as you'd like. You can complete the exam in the time that you deem appropriate for you.

We care about your success

That’s why we offer high-quality, state-approved courses for all levels of appraisal.

Additionally all of our courses contain our Mastery and Fluency. This means that the material is not just presented to the student in the hope that it is learned. Instead, the student is required to demonstrate that they have learned the material before being allowed to proceed to new material—making them both a “master” and “fluent” in the subject. This mastery ensures your full understanding of the requirements of the field before going into it.

Our learning process has been painstakingly designed to make this process as fluid and satisfying as possible. Also, all of our courses are approved by the appraisal board and IDECC.

What types of appraisal courses are there?


“Qualifying” courses are the ones that you take to earn your license. They provide you with the knowledge of basic appraisal principles and practices, relevant laws and regulations as well as professional standards needed to pass your state's real estate appraisal exam. Get started with our appraisal qualifying courses today!

Exam Prep

Our exam prep courses will ensure you have mastered how to take the exam and are familiar with the types of questions on the exam. Get prepared with our appraisal exam prep courses.

Continuing Education

All appraisers are required to continue to grow professionally and stay up-to-date by taking continuing education courses. The number of hours required and frequency is determined on a state-by-state basis.