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15-Hour Equivalent USPAP Course Education Schedule (PDF)
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This 15-hour course covers the fundamentals of ethical behavior and competent performance expected of professional appraisers. The course is designed to comply with requirements for state licensed/certified appraisers and it highlights the role of the appraiser and the impartiality necessary while acting in that role. Participants will learn how the requirements of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) affect their assignments within the appraisal profession.

Overall Learning Objectives
The module objectives are incorporated into the overall objectives for the Appraisal Institute’s 2016-2017 15-Hour Equivalent USPAP Course as identified below:

  • Identify the purpose and structure of The Appraisal Foundation and the importance of maintaining public trust in appraisal services.
  • Recognize the design structure, and the primary content sections of the 2016-2017 USPAP publication with emphasis on the Definitions, Preamble, Rules and Standards.
  • Recognize the role of the appraiser in performing valuation services and the impartiality associated with the appraiser’s role.
  • Identify “real-world” scenarios illustrating USPAP applications to situations that appraisers encounter in daily practice.

Pre-Course Assessment - Testing Your Current Knowledge of USPAP
Module 1: USPAP and the Process of Change
Module 2: USPAP Definitions
Module 3: PREAMBLE and When USPAP Applies
Module 4: The First Three Rules of USPAP
Module 7: STANDARD 1 - Real Property Appraisal, Development
Module 8: STANDARD 2 - Real Property Appraisal, Reporting
Module 9: STANDARD 3 - Appraisal Review
Module 10: STANDARDS 6 - 10
Module 11: Advisory Opinions and FAQs
Post-Course Assessment - Testing Your Knowledge of USPAP

The Appraisal Institute's online 2016-2017 15-Hour Equivalent USPAP Course is divided into 11 modules and follows the required topical content established by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) of The Appraisal Foundation.

As you proceed through the course you will discover that impartiality is an integral part of what defines an appraiser. The course emphasizes the appraiser’s role and how impartiality is associated within that role under various assignments—the very types of assignments appraisers perform in everyday practice. This course has an emphasis on the application of USPAP in everyday practice—and that will be evident in every module.

This course is an introduction to USPAP, and therefore many in our class will be focused on assignments that involve the appraisal or appraisal review of real property. However, USPAP extends to assignments involving personal property, and business or intangible assets. A clear understanding of USPAP fosters both ethical behavior and competent practice in all appraisal disciplines.

Quizzes are presented at specific points within each module to test your mastery of USPAP concepts. As noted earlier, The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) establishes the content that is required to be covered in all 2016-2017 15-Hour Equivalent USPAP Courses. Nonetheless, it is our goal to deliver the required content in a manner that you’ll find engaging as well as educational.

A feature we have in the Appraisal Institute’s online 2016-2017 15-Hour Equivalent USPAP Course is a video clip case study application in nearly all of the 11 modules.

The course includes a 1-hour exam proctored at a Pearson national testing facility.

Do I have to take the 1-hour course exam?

You are required to complete and pass the proctored offline exam if:

    • you are taking this class to meet state qualifying education requirements
    • you are taking this class to meet the qualifying education requirements for an Appraisal Institute designation
    • you are taking this class to meet Appraisal Institute continuing education requirements.

You may be required to complete and pass the proctored offline exam if:

    • you are taking this class to meet state continuing education requirements.  Most states do not require the exam for CE credit, but please confirm this with your state licensing board.

You will have 90 days from the time that you complete the course to take the proctored exam. Testing center locations in your area can be found by clicking on this link:

AI CE Credit for Designated members and Practicing Affiliates
• Attend Only = 70 points
• Attend and Pass Exam = 75 points

Note: Access to the online program is available approximately one hour after registration.

Standards [SPP]

Successful completion of Basic Appraisal Principles and Basic Appraisal Procedures is strongly recommended.

Required Technology

Please visit On Demand Online Education USPAP FAQ Questions to learn more about browser requirements.

If you plan to take this class using a computer or laptop that has a firewall in place, please make sure that the security settings is compatible or can be modified to allow access to this online class.

Course price includes an electronic copy of the 2016-2017 USPAP (e-USPAP), which is available as a download once the class begins.

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AI Price: $ 279.00
Full Price: $ 325.00

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Thomas R. Kirby, MAI, SRA

I agree to the terms and policies set forth under the Appraisal Institute Online Education Policy. I also certify that I am the person identified above under Personal Data and that I will personally complete each assigned module of instruction and any examination(s). I understand and agree that if I misrepresent my identity or arrange for someone else to represent himself or herself as me at any time during the Appraisal Institute online course or seminar, I will be immediately removed from the course or seminar and I will not be entitled to any refund. I further understand that if I am a member of the Appraisal Institute and participated in any misrepresentation of identity, by affirmative act or failure to act, that I will be the subject of a peer review proceeding under Regulation No. 6 for violation of the Appraisal Institute's Code of Professional Ethics and Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice, and that such peer review proceeding may result in termination of my Appraisal Institute membership.

Additional Information
Please allow 1 hour after registration to start an online session in progress (on or after the session start date). Go to and log in with the username and password you used when you registered. You will automatically be taken to the "My Appraisal Institute" page. Near the middle of that page your course will be listed with a link next to it that says "Go To Class".

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