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Property Appraiser Certification
Appraiser Registration Overview
To become a Registered Appraiser, one who appraises for an Oregon county or the Department of Revenue under ORS308.010, you must meet certain training and/or educational qualifications, submit an application and pass an examination.
DOR/Human Resources will notify all applicants by email of the results of their qualification review. If you meet the qualifications and pass the examination for a Property Appraiser Certification, you will be sent the appropriate Registered Appraiser certificate.
If you meet qualifications for the Property Appraiser Certification you must take an appraiser exam, and pass before you will be certified as a Registered Appraiser. You will be sent an acceptance letter notifying you that you have met the minimum qualifications for a Property Appraiser Certificate which will also list the five testing sites within the state. There is no charge to take the exam, and you must complete the examination with 60 days of the date on your acceptance letter. Please contact the testing site of your choice to discuss the scheduling and taking of the examination. Your examination will be graded by DOR Human Resources. Grade notification letters will be sent upon request to all applicants who have completed the written exam for Property Appraiser Certificate. If you pass the examination you will receive a Registered Appraiser Certificate. If you do not pass the examination you may retake the exam, please contact your testing site to discuss rescheduling and retaking the examination.
The appraiser examination is 100 multi-choice questions. The on-line test consists of general appraisal concepts, principles, processes, and definitions; surveying and mapping; vocabulary; appraisal processes; and valuation. The maximum time allowed for this test is three (3) hours. The minimum passing score is 70.
See the list of resources below that are helpful in preparing for the property appraiser examination.
(1) An Associate in Science degree (or higher) in property appraisal, real estate technology, building construction/inspection technology, engineering or forestry technology, business administration or a related field; OR
(2) Any combination of experience or education equivalent to two years in a field that would demonstrate the capacity to work as a property appraiser. Examples include; property appraisal, public or business administration, real estate, finance, civil engineering, urban planning; OR
(3) Completion of an Oregon Department of Revenue approved appraisal training program, or County approved appraisal training program.
NOTE: Transcripts must be submitted for all college coursework except for a Bachelor's degree in business administration, forestry, agriculture or engineering.
Credit is also given for specialized appraisal courses. Be sure to list these courses on your application.
Appraiser exam preparation resources:
Continuing education requirements
After passing the property appraiser exam, the newly registered appraiser must complete continuing education coursework to maintain their registration. If you have questions about the continuing education requirements, please email the Property Tax Division training unit at firstname.lastname@example.org
To submit your application, follow the "Apply" link above to complete the application online. Only complete applications will be considered. Be sure to answer all supplemental questions and attach any required documents. Responses to the "Supplemental Questions" will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications. Transcripts must be submitted to receive credit for higher education coursework (official or unofficial at the time of application). If you have a disability or otherwise require an application in an alternate format in order to complete the process, you may contact us at:Oregon Department of RevenueHuman Resources Rm. 135Salem, OR 97301Phone (503) 945-8547Fax (503) 947-2047Oregon Dept. of Revenue is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer