5 Helpful Resources for Appraisal Trainees

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Are you an aspiring appraiser or licensed appraisal trainee? As you embark on your new career, you’ll find there’s a lot to learn about the ins and outs of the business. While starting out in the appraisal industry is relatively easy due to low startup costs, it does have its challenges for newcomers. To help you start off on the right foot in terms of technical knowledge as well as business know-how, here are several useful resources for appraisal trainees offered by McKissock Learning.

1. Webinar: Basics of the HP 12c and Its Usage in Appraisal

This special 2-hour webinar is back by popular demand! Learn the HP 12c keystrokes for solving common appraisal problems. In this Pro-Series webinar on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, instructor Dr. Sam Martin will cover the basic functions of the HP 12c financial calculator and its RPN operating system, plus show how to solve common appraisal problems found on the appraisal licensing and certification exams and in appraisal practice. We recommend that you have your HP 12c available for use during the webinar.

A recording of this webinar will be made available exclusively to Unlimited Learning Members. View upcoming Pro-Series webinars.

2. Survey results: Do You Plan to Hire a Trainee Appraiser? Why or why not?

Many newbies in the appraisal profession struggle to find a supervisory appraiser who will agree to take them on as a trainee. In a recent survey, we asked real-life appraisers, “Do you plan to take on a trainee appraiser in the next 5 years? Why or why not?”

Fortunately for any aspiring appraisal licensees out there, many survey respondents said they do plan to take on a trainee appraiser. While it’s true that some appraisers don’t want to hire a trainee for fear of competition, other appraisers feel that hiring a trainee is the “best way to grow” and that the industry needs new blood.

Read the full survey results for further insights that you may be able to leverage in your search for an appraisal supervisor.

3. Blog post: How to Find a Real Estate Appraiser Mentor

As previously mentioned, experienced appraisers are sometimes reluctant to take on appraisal trainees. They may fear that the newcomer, once fully trained, will become a competitor. However, this is a “greying” business. Older appraisers will often want to keep the business alive, and thus will be glad to train a successor. Additionally, busy appraisers may be eager to find a trainee who can take on some of their workload and help them grow their business.

Appraisers generally agree that an intelligent, enthusiastic newcomer will find a mentor—although it may require a diligent search. In this blog post, you’ll find expert tips on how to find an appraisal mentor.

4. Blog post: How to Write a Winning Real Estate Appraiser Resume

How can you make your real estate appraiser resume as impressive as it can be, if you’re an appraiser looking to be employed by a bank? How about if you’re an aspiring appraiser looking for a company that will hire you as a trainee? If you’re a seasoned appraiser looking for new hires, what are some “red flags” to look for on an applicant’s resume?

In this blog post, experts weigh in on those questions to provide helpful insights for both new and experienced appraisers. Appraisal trainees will find the section on “Resume advice for new appraisers” particularly helpful.

5. Free download: Your Guide to an Appraisal License Upgrade

Once you have your qualifying education and trainee hours under your belt, the next step in your career path will be to upgrade your appraisal license. The three levels you can upgrade to include: Licensed Appraiser, Certified Residential Appraiser, and Certified General Appraiser.

To learn if upgrading your license is right for you, download our free guide to get insights on:

  • The top reasons why appraisers upgrade their appraisal license
  • Salary and fee insights for each license level
  • Steps and helpful tips for upgrading your appraisal license

For more appraisal career resources, browse our blog or—better yet—become an Unlimited Learning Member to gain 24/7 access to our exclusive library of member-only resources.

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