Home Appraisal

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. These industries touch home appraisal.

Just what does a home appraiser do? Often referred to as the "eyes and ears of lenders," home 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 a comparable 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 a home appraiser's time is spent onsite doing inspections, making every day different and new.

    Just what are the benefits of a career in home appraisal? A career in home 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 home appraiser. Even when the housing market is down, real estate appraisals are still needed for foreclosures and short-sells. With the right education and experience, home appraisers are making six figure incomes.

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

    Why take your home appraisal courses online?

    Flexibility. Convenience. Freedom. At OnCourse Learning Real Estate, formerly 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 our courses are online. 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 home appraisal.

    Our courses are built using a scientific methodology focused on maximizing retention. Lessons are taught in small, digestible learning segments followed by content-related questions. The thoroughness of our unique methodology helps learners retain knowledge better, resulting in much higher than average pass rates.

    Our learning process has been painstakingly designed to make this process as fluid and satisfying as possible. Also, all 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 home appraisal qualifying courses today!

    Continuing Education

    All home 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.