Basic Appraisal Principles


If you’re considering a career in professional valuation services, your journey should begin with Basic Appraisal Principles. This four-day course will introduce you to real property concepts and characteristics, legal considerations, influences on real estate values, types of value, economic principles, real estate markets and analysis, highest and best use, and ethical considerations. The course should provide a solid foundation in basic appraisal principles no matter what appraisal specialty you pursue.

Co-developed by the Appraisal Institute, ASA, and ASFMRA



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Who should Enroll

  • Beginning real property appraisers
  • Real estate professionals
  • Users of appraisal services
  • College students
  • Accountants


  • Recognize the components of ethical and competent appraisal practice.
  • Recognize the distinctive differences among land, real property, real estate, and personal property.
  • Recognize and identify the three major land description systems.
  • Recognize the major components that appear in all definitions of market value.
  • Recognize the definitions of the economic principles of change, anticipation, supply and demand, competition, substitution, balance, externalities, and highest and best use.
  • Solve basic real estate math problems in fractions, decimals, and percentages.
  • Solve for mean, median, and mode.
  • Use a financial calculator to perform mortgage calculations and to solve problems in simple and compound interest.
  • Recognize the definitions of appraisal practice, valuation services, appraisal review, and other key terms.
  • Identify the basic components in the appraiser’s scope of work decision.




Yes, 2 hours



Appraisal Institute CE Points

Attend: 150 AI Points,  Attend and Pass Exam: 200 AI Points,  Pass Only: 150 AI Points

Class Time

28 hours



Program Overview

Classroom & Synchronous

Online & Synchronous

Required and/or Recommended Equipment

Classroom & Synchronous

  • A financial calculator is required. The accepted model used in the program is the HP-12C. AI education programs that require a financial calculator are developed with HP-12C keystrokes; using this model is highly recommended.
  • You must be familiar with calculator operation when the program begins. Do not enroll expecting to be taught how to use a financial calculator.
  • Free Review: Using a Financial Calculator: Formulas, Symbols, Math Review, and Sample Problems; and Financial Calculator Practice Exercises

    System Requirements

    Classroom & Synchronous



Additional Information

Classroom & Synchronous
Course Materials Include:
  • Course Handbook (430 pp.)
  • Suggested Solutions (160 pp.) 
National Registry of CPE SponsorsThe Appraisal Institute is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site:

Delivery Method: Group-Live
You will be asked to clear the calculator’s memory before and after the examination. Only one calculator is permitted in the testing room. Examinees taking most AI exams may bring their own calculator to use during the exam. Laptops, cellular phones, tablets, iPads, wearable technology (smart watch, Apple Watch, Google Glass, etc.), and other devices that can store data or connect to the Internet are NOT permitted during the exam. In addition, all watches, wallets, bags, and purses must be removed and stored out of reach prior to taking the exam.


The cost of this course includes a course handbook that will be available for immediate download.

You will have 90 days from the time that you complete the course to take the proctored, offline exam. Testing center locations in your area can be found by clicking on this link:
Exam FAQ

Online Course Access
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1. Click "Education and Events" on the right navigation menu.
2. Find the course under the “Online Courses” heading and click the “Begin” button.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Once this button is clicked, your access length time (e.g. 90 days) will begin. Only click when you intend to start the course. If you are returning, once you have started the course, click the “Continue” button to continue.

Other Details
For information about how on demand online education programs work, registration and cancellation policies, and other details, see our On Demand Online Education Frequently Asked Questions.

Course Materials Include:
  • Course Handbook (432 pp.)
  • Suggested Solutions (160 pp.)

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