NOTICE: Extension of Current USPAP

The Appraisal Standards Board voted on August 11, 2022 to extend the effective date of the current 2020-21 USPAP through December 31, 2023. Click here to learn more.

Appraiser Qualifications Board Course Approval Program (CAP)

The Course Approval Program (CAP) was established by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) at the request of and as a service to state appraiser regulatory agencies and real property appraisal education providers. The intent of this voluntary program is to provide a minimum level of acceptance for real property appraisal education courses meeting the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria established by the AQB.

The program is designed to be a convenience for education providers and state regulators by providing easy access to education that has met minimum AQB requirements.

The AQB encourages state appraiser regulatory agencies and providers of real estate appraisal education to participate in and support this program.

Application to become an AQB-Approved Delivery Mechanism Entity

If you are interested in becoming an AQB-approved delivery mechanism entity, please review the CAP policies and procedures and complete this application

List of Courses 

To view an active list of all current AQB approved courses, please visit: AQB Approved Real & Non-Real Property Courses

List of Approved Delivery Mechanism Entities

The following entities are currently approved by the AQB :
  • The AQB and The Appraisal Foundation through the Course Approval Program
  • Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO)
  • International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC)
Course delivery mechanism approval for asynchronous courses can also be obtained from a college or university which meets the requirements outlined in the Criteria.

Education Providers

Any school, organization, person, or other entity that owns the proprietary rights to a course is eligible to apply for course approval under CAP for qualifying and/or continuing education.  

Participation in CAP by education providers is not mandatory. Similarly, state appraiser regulatory agencies are not obligated to utilize or recognize this program. Education providers that have obtained CAP approval of their course(s) must still satisfy any requirements for course approval or recognition promulgated by a state in which approval is sought.

A complete application must be submitted to CAP in electronic format. To apply to CAP, review the Course Submission Instructions and upload the Course Submission Documents.  

Delivery Mechanism Approval

Starting on February 1, 2022, a new delivery mechanism entity, the AQB’s Delivery Mechanism Approval, will be available through The Appraisal Foundation’s Course Approval Program (CAP). This new approval system is provided in response to requests from course developers to expand the number of delivery mechanism approval platforms that will decrease the cost of the approval process, reduce approval times frames, and remove constraints on education course developer provider innovation and technological advancement. It complies with changes to the 2022 Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria, which added the AQB/The Appraisal Foundation as an alternative delivery mechanism approval entity for asynchronous distance education. This new system is an alternative to IDECC, not a replacement. The new option is available on the revised CAP application and is detailed in the CAP Policies and Procedures.


CAP Policies and Procedures - September 2022
CAP Fee Schedule
Equivalent USPAP Courses
List of AQB-Approved Courses
Practicum Course Application for Education Providers 
Practicum Course Property Identification for Education Providers 

State Regulators

The Course Approval Program operates on an electronic application submission system, which enables state regulators to view the materials of hundreds of CAP-approved courses via a password-protected website. Access to the password-protected website is limited to state regulatory agency personnel only. To obtain website access, additional identification information is required and will be verified by The Appraisal Foundation staff.

Request State Regulator Access
View Course Materials 


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