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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Q&A Video: Inspections & Hybrid Appraisal Assignments

Learn about Inspections and Hybrid Appraisal Assignments in the recently published Q&As by the Appraisal Standards Board:
- Can I Perform an Appraisal if the Property Inspection was done by Someone Else?
- Does USPAP Require Disclosure of Assistance by a Non-Appraiser?
- Employing an Extraordinary Assumption when a Client Provides Inspection Data

Appraiser Qualifications Q&As

Appraiser Qualifications Q&As

The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) has compiled Q&As based on 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
NEW! Q&As (effective May 1, 2018)

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. 


Additional USPAP Q&As:

November 2019: Q&A 1-2

Q&A 1-2 

  • Non-Monetary Transfers
  • Anticipated Sales Price