The Appraiser Qualification Board issued the Second Exposure Draft of Proposed Interpretation and Revision to the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria. The AQB is an independent board of The Appraisal Foundation and composed of at least five practicing appraisers who are appointed by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees for three-year terms. Under the provisions of Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), the AQB establishes the minimum education, experience and examination requirements for real property appraisers to obtain a state certification. In addition, the AQB performs a number of ancillary duties related to real property and personal property appraiser qualifications.

“In 2006, the AQB issued an Interpretation to the Criteria, addressing continuing education for appraisers returning from active military duty. Based on recent events such as Hurricane Sandy, the AQB has recognized that appraisers impacted by a state- or federally-declared disaster may be similarly situated,” the board wrote. “Therefore, the AQB is exposing a revision to the previously adopted Interpretation (that will apply to the current, or 2008 Criteria), as well as a revision to the already adopted Criteria (that becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2015).”

The changes can be found at The Appraisal Foundation’s website