Practical Applications of Real Estate Appraisal (PAREA)  

PAREA provides another pathway for aspiring appraisers to fulfill their experience requirements by taking advantage of innovative technology. PAREA is designed to offer practical experience in a virtual environment combining appraisal theory and methodology in real-world simulations. This experience can be provided through a wide range of online and virtual reality technologies. 

The Appraiser Qualifications Board created the program as an alternative to the traditional supervisor/trainee model for gaining appraisal experience. To meet the experience requirements for the Licensed Residential and the Certified Residential credential level, a participant can now choose between PAREA or the supervisor/trainee model.

What is PAREA? 

The Criteria and Guide Note for PAREA was adopted by the AQB on October 16, 2020 and became effective January 1, 2021.  You can read the exposure draft which led to the adoption of PAREA and the revised Criteria. Below are the highlights

  • It provides an alternative to the traditional supervisor/trainee model.
  • Participants complete all Qualifying Education prior to beginning program.
  • Initially available for Licensed Residential and Certified Residential experience credits. Partial experience credit for the Certified General credential can also be awarded.
  • When complete the participant is eligible for up to 100% of experience credit for Licensed and Certified Residential credentials.
  • Providers and participants must complete training on all topics listed in the detailed content outline.
  • Participants will receive periodic mentoring throughout, ensuring sufficient demonstration of experience and understanding prior to moving forward in the program.
  • Participants will be required to produce USPAP-compliant appraisals within the program.
  • Participants, successfully completing PAREA must also pass the national licensing and certification exam for the appropriate credential level.

Participants: Are you interested in attending a PAREA program?

The Appraisal Foundation is in active communication with those who have expressed an interest in creating a PAREA program and we have just begun to receive applications for preliminary concept review. The AQB and the Foundation are looking forward to having an approved PAREA program available in the market soon.

If you would like to be notified when a program becomes available, please fill out this survey.

Providers: Are you interested in creating a PAREA program?

All PAREA programs must follow the PAREA Implementation Policies which were adopted by the AQB on December 15, 2020. The policies provide guidance to offer a path to success for providers and participants, while encouraging innovation.

The AQB has also released PAREA Provider Q&As to answer frequently asked questions, including the process of developing a PAREA program.

Providers are encouraged to submit their program concept for Preliminary Design Review prior to full program development. You can submit your Preliminary Design Review here.

When you are ready to submit your program for approval, complete the application using the Provider Guide for help, and the PAREA Minimum Content Requirements for Licensed Residential and/or Certified Residential Requirements.


The Board continues to review questions posed by potential PAREA providers and will post Q&As for PAREA providers here.

On November 19, 2021, the AQB released a Q&A titled Sequencing Order for PAREA Modules.

Pathways to Success Conditional Grant

The Appraisal Foundation’s Pathway to Success Conditional Grant has been awarded to the Appraisal Institute in collaboration with the National Society of Real Estate Appraisers. 

States: Do you need more information about PAREA?

Please review our PAREA Handout for States. This handout is a brief fact sheet meant to communicate important aspects of PAREA. If you have further questions, please contact Aida Dedajic

State Approval of PAREA

Contact your state appraiser regulatory agency to learn if they have accepted PAREA.


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