Appraiser Qualifications and Standards Q&As

The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) of The Appraisal Foundation establishes the minimum education, experience and examination requirements for real property appraisers to obtain a state certification.  The AQB Q&As are a form of guidance issued by the AQB to respond to questions raised by appraisers, enforcement officials, users of appraisal services and the public to illustrate the applicability of the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria and Interpretations of the Criteria in specific situations and to offer advice from the AQB for the resolution of appraiser issues and problems. The AQB Q&As may not represent the only possible solution to the issues discussed nor may the advice provided be applied equally to seemingly similar situations. AQB Q&As do not establish new Criteria and are approved by the AQB without public exposure and comment. 

The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) Q&A’s are issued by the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) to provide guidance on USPAP questions raised by state regulators and the public. They illustrate the applicability of USPAP in specific situations and provide advice from the ASB for the resolution of appraisal issues and problems. USPAP Q&As do not establish new standards or interpret existing standards and do not constitute a legal opinion of the ASB.

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Appraiser Qualifications Q&As

Appraiser Qualifications Q&As

The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) has compiled Q&As in the Appendix of the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria booklet. A link to that booklet is located below, as well as a link to the latest Q&As issued by the AQB.

Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria
December 2017 Q&As
June 2017 Q&As

Appraisal Standards Q&As

Appraisal Standards Q&As

The Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) periodically issues Q&As that address questions related to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). The Q&As are provided to appraisers, enforcement officials, and users of appraisal services in response to questions received by the ASB. Before each new edition of USPAP is published, the ASB determines whether the Q&As remain relevant to the new edition of USPAP. If so, the Q&As are adopted as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and published with the USPAP document. The below Q&As may be incorporated into the next edition of USPAP as FAQs. 

2016-2017 USPAP
Q&A 13-14 
        2016-2017 USPAP
Q&A 15 
    2016-2017 USPAP
Q&A 16, 17, 18, 19 
  • Disclosure of Prior Services Involving a Partnership
  • Disclosure of Prior Services for Multiple Assignments on a Property
  •  Changes in Composition of Partnerships or Corporations
  • Payment of a Portal Fee
  • Workfiles Affected by a Natural Disaster
  • Appraising After a Natural Disaster
  • Maintaining Records for a Deceased Appraiser 

2018-2019 USPAP
Q&A 1-9

        2018-2019 USPAP
Q&A 10-11
  • Communicating Assignment Results Without an
    Appraisal Report
  • Workfile Requirements When Communicating
    Assignment Results
  • Adding an Intended User 
  • Assignment Conditions versus Client Conditions 
  • Proposed Construction Employing an
    Extraordinary Assumption
  • Proposed Construction Employing
    a Hypothetical Condition
  • Personal Property Appraisal Assignment
    Involving Multiple Appraisers
  • Sales History in Fine and Decorative
    Arts Appraisal Assignment
  • Sales History in Machinery and
    Equipment Appraisal Assignment
  • Can I Perform an Appraisal if the Property Inspection was done by Someone Else?
  • Does USPAP Require Disclosure of Assistance by a Non-Appraiser?