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Licensing / Certification

California BREA (Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers)

The BREA has two primary functions – Licensing and Enforcement.

The Licensing Unit ensures that applicants for appraisal licenses meet minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination that comply with federal mandates and ensure that only qualified persons are licensed to conduct appraisals in federally related real estate loan transactions. 

The Enforcement Unit investigates complaints of violations of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and ensures that licensees adhere to all applicable laws and regulations.

Summary of License or Certification Levels

There are four levels of real estate appraiser licensing:

  • AT – Trainee License
  • AL – Residential License
  • AR – Certified Residential License
  • AG – Certified General License

Reach out to BREA for all Licensing / Certification related questions at 916/552-9000 or

  • Licensing / Certification Handbook: Details required experience, education and exams
  • Applications and Forms
  • Directory of state licensed / certified appraisers in California
  • Newsletter and more!

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