How do I apply for a Registered Trainee license?

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Registered Trainee applicants must submit an application online at and a $125 initial license fee along with proof that the applicant met the following requirements:

I. Education

Prior to registering with the Commission, a registered trainee applicant must complete 79 hours of qualifying education, within five (5) years preceding the date of application.

  • Effective August 5, 2021, our rules allow licensees to take all qualifying education (QE) in classroom or via distance (online) education. Distance (online) education includes synchronous (live) courses and asynchronous (pre-recorded) courses. Refer to the approved course list for TN approved QE courses. Online (distance) approved courses have “online” in the course title on the approved course list. All other courses on the approved course list are approved for classroom or virtual presentation.


● (15) hour Appraisal Foundation's National USPAP course

● (30) hour Appraisal Principles course

● (30) hour Appraisal Practice or Procedures course

● (4) Trainee and Supervisory course

II. Experience

No previous experience is required to register as a Trainee. However, in order to gain experience credit for licensure/certification, an appraiser assistant must have a supervising appraiser and register with the Commission

III. Application

All of the requirements must be accomplished prior to submitting a License/Certification application:

1. Initial Registered Trainee Application (CORE) -

2. Supporting Documentation 

i.  Proof of Prerequisite Education

- 15 hour USPAP Certificate

- Appraiser Principals Certificate

- Appraiser Procedures Certificate

- Sponsor/Trainee Certificate

ii.  Electronic Fingerprint Receipt

iii. Sponsor/Trainee Supervisor Course (Sponsor) 

3. Fee, $125





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