The Instructor Bulletin is a newsletter for Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) Certified USPAP Instructors that contains current policies and important reminders. Any questions regarding the AQB Certified USPAP Instructor Program should be directed to Mavis Kleso at mavis@appraisalfoundation.org.

Instructor Recertification Course (IRC)

There are currently 471 AQB Certified USPAP Instructors (Instructors) whose certifications are set to expire on March 31, 2018. Instructors who would like to renew their certification beyond this date are required to complete the online Instructor Recertification Course (IRC), which will be made available by The Appraisal Foundation (Foundation) through McKissock. 

The Foundation will issue periodic reminders to instructors strictly as a courtesy; however, it is the Instructor’s responsibility to ensure that their instructor certification is kept current. 

The online IRC will be available for six (6) months, from October 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018. All Instructors must complete this course no later than March 31, 2018 to renew their certification beyond that date. Instructors who recertify will have their instructor certification extended for two (2) years to March 31, 2020. An examination will not be included in the online IRC.

In addition, it is important to note that Instructors must complete the entire recertification process (not just the IRC) prior to teaching the 2018-19 edition of the USPAP Courses (or their equivalents). Failure to complete the online IRC and recertify by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME on March 31, 2018 will result in the expiration of the AQB Certified USPAP Instructor’s certification.

All Instructors must complete the following steps to officially recertify:
  1. Update your Foundation account, complete the online recertification application questions, and pay the application renewal fee of $150. Once in your account, please click on the “About” tab to update your contact information and make any other changes. If you have an active state license be sure to enter that information. Changes to your account information can be made by clicking on the Pencil Icon (to the right of the section). Be sure to hit "Save" at the bottom of the screen. Your Foundation account and Sharefile are two separate systems so you may have two different login emails and/or passwords. For technical assistance, contact Abhilash Rajan at 202-624-3054.
  2. Register for and successfully complete the online IRC through McKissock's website between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. This includes paying the course fee of $295.
Upon completion of the online IRC, the Foundation will receive notification from McKissock and will verify that you have completed all of the necessary steps in the process. Within a few days of notification, the Foundation will issue you an official renewal certificate and provide a link to the 2018-19 USPAP course material.

Official notification from the Foundation is required before an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor is authorized to teach the 2018-19 USPAP Courses (15-Hour or 7-Hour) or their equivalents. The online IRC is not recognized by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) as being equivalent to the 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course (or its equivalent); therefore, the online IRC will not satisfy state appraiser regulatory agency requirements for completion of the 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course and will not count toward appraiser continuing education requirements

As always, Instructors are required to notify the Foundation of any adverse professional disciplinary action(s) taken against them within thirty (30) days of the date of such action. Notification should be sent to Mavis Kleso via email or mail: 

The Appraisal Foundation
Attn: Mavis Kleso 
1155 15th St. NW, Suite 1111
Washington, DC 20005
202-624-3050
Mavis@appraisalfoundation.org

2016-17 USPAP Courses 
The 2016-17 USPAP courses and/or examinations cannot be offered beyond December 31, 2017. If the 2016-17 USPAP courses will be offered in the 4th quarter of 2017, it should be clearly marketed as to which edition of the course is being offered. Instructors are urged to inform educational providers of this important policy.

2018-19 USPAP Courses
The following courses will be available in October 2017. 
 
2018-2019 USPAP Courses 
Available October 2017*
                                                   
 Course Title         Hours         Delivery
Mechanism**
        Audience          Count Toward Real Property
USPAP Requirements? 
        Count Toward Real Property
QE/CE Requirements?*** 
                                                   
7-Hour National USPAP
Update Course
         7         Classroom
and Online
        Real Property 
Appraisers
        Yes         CE Real Property Credit
                                                   
7-Hour USPAP Update Course for
Non-Residential Real Property
 
         7         Online         Real Property
Appraisers
        Yes         CE Real Property Credit
                                                   
7-Hour USPAP Update Course
for Mass Appraisal
 
         7         Classroom         Real Property and
Mass Appraisers 
        Yes          CE Real Property Credit 
                                                   
7-Hour USPAP Update Course
for Personal Property
 
         7         Classroom         Personal Property
Appraisers
        No          No 
                                                   
7-Hour Residential Review and
Compliance Course
 
         7         Classroom 
and Online
        Real Property
Appraisers
        No          CE Real Property Credit 
                                                   
15-Hour National USPAP Course           15         Classroom
and Online 
        Real Property
Appraisers
        Yes       
QE or CE Real Property Credit
                                                   
15-Hour USPAP Course for 
Business Appraisal
        15         Classroom         Business
Appraisers
        No          No
                                                   
15-Hour USPAP Course for
Personal Property
         15         Classroom          Personal Property
Appraisers 
        No          No 
                                                   

*The Foundation has once again partnered with McKissock to offer online versions of several USPAP Courses. Providers who choose to develop their own online versions must submit their courses to the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC) and the Appraiser Qualifications Board (for USPAP equivalency). Additionally, all Instructors wanting to teach online USPAP Courses are required to obtain the Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) designation from IDECC. Instructors that have not earned the CDEI designation will not be permitted to be listed as an instructor of IDECC-certified courses. For more information, please visit IDECC's website at www.idecc.org.

**The 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course Student Manual is the only course manual available for purchase. Ordering information, when ready, will be available on the Foundation's Store webpage here or by calling 800-348-2831. All other courses must be reproduced by education providers and a License Agreement must be signed. Contact Mavis Kleso for more information.

***State appraiser regulatory agencies will grant credit to students who have completed a National USPAP Course or its equivalent only if the course is taught by an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor who also holds an active, in good standing Certified General or Certified Residential credential in at least one US state or territory.