AQB Certified USPAP Instructor Bulletin

The Instructor Bulletin is a periodic 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

Required Course Material Q&A

The following is an update for AQB Certified USPAP Instructors and contains information on recertification and other important reminders from The Appraisal Foundation.

Instructor Recertification Course (IRC)

There are currently 472 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 National USPAP Courses (or their equivalents).  

The online IRC will be available no later than October 1, 2017, and the Foundation will send an email to Instructors with information for recertifying. All Instructors must complete the following steps to officially recertify:

  1. Update your Foundation account (see notification section at the end of the bulletin), complete the online recertification application questions, and pay the application renewal fee of $150;
  2. Register for and successfully complete the online IRC through McKissock's website between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. The online IRC will be available until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 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 then issue you an official renewal certificate and provide a link to the 2018-19 course material.

Official notification from the Foundation is required before an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor is authorized to teach the 2018-19 National USPAP Courses (15-Hour or 7-Hour) 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. By offering the online IRC via distance education,  Instructor expenditures will be reduced by eliminating travel and/or other expenses related to the traditional on-site, classroom IRC.

The online IRC is approximately 4 hours in length. Some instructors may complete the course in less time and others may require more time. 

It is important to note that this 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. 

2016-17 USPAP Courses 

National USPAP Courses (15-Hour and 7-Hour), 7-Hour USPAP Update for Mass Appraisal CoursePersonal Property Courses (15-Hour and 7-Hour) and 15-Hour Business Appraisal USPAP Course

The 2016-17 edition of USPAP became effective on January 1, 2016, and will remain in effect until December 31, 2017. The 2016-17 courses coincide with this same time period. The 2016-17 USPAP courses and/or examinations cannot be offered beyond December 31, 2017.  

In addition, if the 2016-17 courses (especially the National 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.

Classroom 2016-17 USPAP Courses
National USPAP Courses (15-Hour and 7-Hour), 7-Hour USPAP Update for Mass Appraisal Course, Personal Property Courses (15-Hour and 7-Hour) and 15-Hour Business Appraisal USPAP Course

The 2016-17 edition of USPAP becomes effective on January 1, 2016, and will remain in effect until December 31, 2017.  The 2016-17 USPAP courses coincide with this same time period.

It is also important to remember that 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 U.S. state or territory. The 7-Hour USPAP Update Course for Mass Appraisal will be deemed equivalent to the 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course. The Personal Property and Business Valuation USPAP courses do not satisfy this requirement. 

The 2018-19 National USPAP Courses will be available for purchase by October 1, 2017.  Ordering information, when ready, will be available on the Store webpage here or by calling 800-348-2831.  

The 2018-19 15-Hour Personal Property and Business Appraisal USPAP Courses will be available via a license agreement option only in early October 2017.  Educational providers must sign a new license agreement each cycle. 

New Classroom USPAP Course Available for 2016-17
For the 2016-17 USPAP cycle, the Foundation developed a 7-Hour Residential Appraisal Review and USPAP Compliance Course. This course focuses on appraisal review assignments and the effect USPAP has on these assignments, the reviewers, and the work of appraisers involved in the assignments. With the greater scrutiny that has been placed on appraisers and the appraisal reports they produce in the past several years and the stricter regulations from all clients, the demand for appraisal reviews has grown. To see a description of this Course and to register with our online partner McKissock to take the Course, click here

This course is designed to aid real property appraisers seeking a better understanding of USPAP in conjunction with producing appraisal reviews that are USPAP compliant, as well as providing additional guidance to those appraisers whose work is being reviewed. Ideally, the review process should raise the level of professionalism among appraisers, and encourage them to produce better appraisal reports.

As with the Foundation’s other USPAP courses, only AQB Certified USPAP Instructors can teach this course. 

It is important to note that this course is not equivalent to the 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course; therefore, it will not satisfy the state appraiser regulatory agency requirements for completion of the 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course. However, this course may count toward appraiser continuing education.  Education providers and students should check with their state agency regarding their specific requirements for obtaining continuing education credit.  

Online National USPAP Courses (15-Hour and 7-Hour)
The Foundation has again partnered with McKissock to develop online versions of the 15-Hour National USPAP Course, the 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course, and the Instructor Recertification Course (IRC).  

As is the case with the classroom National USPAP Courses, the Foundation will not be offering the online National USPAP Courses directly to students. The online National USPAP Courses will be available to all educational providers through McKissock.

Please note that all Instructors wanting to teach online USPAP Courses are required to obtain the Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI) designation from the International Distance Education Certification Center (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

Important Notifications
The Foundation has transitioned to a new Engagement Management System (EMS) and website.  All Instructors were sent an email containing account login information and instructions on resetting passwords.  Once in your account, please click on the About tab, check your contact information and make any necessary updates. 

In addition, 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. 

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 emailed to Mavis Kleso at or mailed to the following address:

 The Appraisal Foundation
 Attn: Mavis Kleso 
 1155 15th St. NW, Suite 1111
 Washington, DC  20005