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Professional Regulation

Licensed or Certified Appraiser Licensure by Examination

When to Apply by Examination

You may submit an application when you have met all of the following conditions:

  • You do not hold current real property appraiser (RPA) licensure/certification in the classification you want in any jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia),  or you hold current Delaware real property appraiser  licensure/certification and want to upgrade to a higher classification.
  • You have completed all required qualifying education (QE) hours and attained the required degree for the RPA classification for which you are applying.
  • You have completed all required hours of experience for the RPA classification for which you are applying.

If you hold current RPA licensure/certification in another jurisdiction and the classification is the same as you want in Delaware, apply by reciprocity.

Required Degree and Qualifying Education (QE) Hours

Before you apply, you must earn the required degree and complete the required QE hours. The degree and QE hours you need depend on the RPA classification you are seeking.

Degree: The degree requirement is the same whether you are submitting your initial application or an upgrade application, as follows:

  • Licensed RPA Associate degree or higher in any field
  • Certified Residential RPA Bachelor degree or higher in any field
  • Certified General RPA Bachelor degree or higher in any field

QE Hours: You earn QE hours only from courses required by the Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB) in its core curriculum. For information on the core curriculum, see Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria.

  • If you are filing an initial application, you must complete the following QE hours:
    • Licensed RPA – 150 QE hours
    • Certified Residential RPA – 200 QE hours
    • Certified General RPA – 300 QE hours
  • If you are filing an upgrade application (you are already a Trainee, Licensed or Certified RPA and you are seeking a higher level license), you must complete the following additional QE hours:
IF you are at currently at this level: THEN you need these QE hours to upgrade to…

Licensed RPA

Certified Residential RPA

Certified General RPA





Licensed RPA



Certified Residential RPA


Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

All applications are submitted our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.


In order to apply for a license or submit a service request, you must first have a DELPROS user account. To LOG IN or CREATE a DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services) user account:

  1. Go to:
  2. Click GO on the Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests tile.
  3. If you do not have a DELPROS user account, click the REGISTER button on the left side of page for NEW USERS.
  4. If you already have a DELPROS user account, enter your email address and password on the right side for EXISTING USERS and click the LOGIN button.

DELPROS allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it later to finish the process. You only have six (6) months to submit your application once you begin.

  • If you do not submit your application within six months of starting it, you will be required to restart the entire online application again.

You may check the status of your application online throughout the entire application process by using the “View Application Status” feature in DELPROS on your e-License dashboard.


  1. Know the requirements for the license you are pursuing.
  2. Request and gather all documents required to upload on the Attachments page. All information and forms are located on your profession’s webpages.


On the ATTACHMENTS page of your application, you may be instructed to:

  • either “attach” or “upload” the required document(s) directly to your application. This means you will find the document(s) saved on your computer or device and upload it to your application.
  • click “acknowledge.” This means you will either have to mail the documents yourself or request the “third-party” mail the document(s) directly to the Board office.
    • Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state.
  • Forms requiring a supervisor signature, seal, or notary may have to be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document.

The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).

Requirements Before Exam

REMINDER: You must complete all QE and experience before you can sit for the AQB-approved National Uniform Licensing and Certification Examination.

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • A State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check (CBC). Go to the Criminal Background Check Process page to find the Service Code required to obtain a State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check. Once you have your Service Code, you will be directed to the IdentoGO website for instructions to complete the fingerprinting process.
    • Criminal background checks completed for any other purpose (e.g., employment, licensure in other states) will not meet this requirement.
  • An official transcript, sent directly from your college/university to the Council office.
  • Copies of your QE certificates.
    • Each course must consist of at least 15 classroom hours and include an examination.
    • At least 15 hours must be the required USPAP course.
    • If you are applying to upgrade your current classification, credit for continuing education does not count as QE.
  • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license as RPA trainee or RPA certification/licensure.
  • A copy of your Experience Log.  The Log must show that you meet these requirements:
IF you are applying for… THEN you are permitted to appraise… AND you need these hours of experience… AND the appraisals must span at least…
Certified General RPA all types of real property 3000 hours,1500 of which must be non-residential 18 months since the first appraisal.
Certified Residential RPA vacant or unimproved land that is utilized for 1-4 family purposes or for which the highest and best use is for 1-4 family purposes 1500 hours 12 months since the first appraisal.
Licensed RPA non-complex one to four residential units with a transaction value of less than $1 million and complex one to four residential units with a transaction value of less than $250,000 1000 hours 6 months since the first appraisal.

Requirements After Examination

When the application is considered complete, the Council will review it at its next Board meeting. If approved, the Council office will send you a notice with an authorization to sit for the exam.  After you take the exam, the exam service will send the Council your score report.  At that point, you must submit sample appraisal reports.  The Council will notify you as the number of samples to submit.

  • Submit samples of appraisal reports you have completed. Samples are due to the Council office within 15 days of the request.

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