The first step for anyone new to the appraisal industry is to become a Trainee Appraiser. The information below gives you an overview of the appraisal industry and explains why appraisals are so important.
Real estate appraisers provide objective, impartial, and unbiased opinions about the value of real property. Appraisals are provided to individuals and companies who wish to own, manage, sell, invest in, and/or lend money on real estate, therefore there is a substantial demand for professional appraisers who are licensed to perform these services.
Appraisers also diversify into other areas of valuation services which include eminent domain, easements, government land acquisition, litigation support, real estate development, management and consultation of large corporate real estate assets and also insurance.
Because accuracy is so important, Gold Coast’s Appraisal courses provide training and education in analytical concepts and mathematical skills needed to be successful in this industry. These attributes are needed for appraisers to communicate their results in a manner that is competent and not misleading. An appraiser’s earning potential is driven by dedication, service, and market trends.
State and Federal laws mandate that appraisers must meet minimum qualifications to provide appraisals.
Many students take our appraisal classes to begin a new and exciting career. Others, including real estate agents, mortgage loan originators, accountants, and contractors attend our appraisal classes to sharpen their skills and to increase their knowledge of the concepts for valid appraisal services under state law and federal USPAP requirements.
*Taking your education from state approved providers is crucial for successful license renewal. All Gold Coast appraisal courses are state approved guaranteeing that you will receive full credit upon successful completion. To view course approval numbers, Click Here! Choose “Real Estate Appraisers” from the board menu, select the requirement you are fulfilling, and enter “Gold Coast” in the provider field.
Great News! All the necessary coursework to become a Trainee Appraiser can be completed in less than 3 weeks.
The 5 required courses can be purchased individually or as a complete package. Individually priced the Appraisal Trainee courses total $1,695. With our complete Trainee package your tuition investment is $1,395! You will save $300. Package Registration:
To register online, use the drop down menu in the “Schedule My Course” box to select a campus location and start date. If you have any questions or would like to register by phone, please contact our helpful Career Counselors at 1-800-732-9140.
Basic Appraisal Principles (30 Hours) $399 Approval Letter
This is a Pre-certification course for the Trainee applicant that provides an overview of real property concepts and characteristics, legal consideration, value influences, real estate finance, types of value, economic principles, real estate markets and analysis, and ethics in appraisal practice. Students must have a financial calculator.
|Basic Appraisal Principles|
|Days: 4 Days Mon/Tues/Wed 9:00am-6:15pm / Thu 9:00am-11:15am|
|Mar 13||Sept 25||Jun 12|
State of Florida Law and Appraisers (15-Hours) $299 Approval Letter
This is a Pre-certification course for the Trainee applicant that covers the required minimum 3 hours of Florida law, rules, and regulation and 3 hours of roles and rules of the supervisor and trainee appraiser that pertain to the practice of appraisal. Also included is a case study of an appraisal that went through the FREAB complaint process showing violations of Florida law, rules, and/or USPAP.
|State of Florida Law and Appraisers|
|Days: 2 Days Thurs 12:00pm-6:00pm / Fri 9:00am-6:00pm|
|Mar 16||Sept 28||Jun 15|
Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 Hours) $399 Approval Letter
This is a Pre-certification course for the Trainee applicant that provides an overview of real estate appraisal approaches to valuation procedures. Through theory, case studies, and examples, the course offers practical application of appraisal procedures. Students must have a financial calculator. HP 17bII+ is demonstrated in class.
|Basic Appraisal Procedures|
|Days: 4 Days Mon/Tues/Wed 9:00am-6:15pm / Thurs 9:00am-11:15am|
|Mar 20||Oct 2||Jun 19|
Residential Report Writing (15-Hours) $299 Approval Letter
This is a Pre-certification course for the Trainee & State Certified Residential applicant that introduces how to use the various residential forms and reports for the appraisal.
|Residential Report Writing|
|Days: 2 Days | Thurs 12:00pm-6:00pm / Fri 9:00am-6:00pm|
|Mar 23||Oct 5||Jun 22|
USPAP National Course (15-Hours) $299 Approval Letter
This course is designed to comply with USPAP requirements for all appraisers and it highlights the role of the competent appraiser. Participants will learn how requirements of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice affect their appraisal businesses. These courses are taught by AQB Certified Instructors. Please note that tuition includes the USPAP 15 Hour National Course Student Manual. Students must also posses and bring to class a current edition of the USPAP manual. You may bring your own copy, or purchase one at Gold Coast for $75.
|USPAP National Course|
|Days: 2 Days | Mon 9:00am-6:00pm / Tues 9:00am-5:00pm|
|Mar 27||Oct 10||Jun 26|
Contact our Career Counselors at 1-800-732-9140 for questions and registration assistance
You can now complete your Appraisal pre-license education entirely online at your own pace. Online courses are convenient because they provided flexibility, but it is important to understand exactly how online appraisal courses work before enrolling.
Please read the following details about completing online appraisal courses:
All requirements are subject to change pursuant to State and Federal Law.
As mentioned in the information section, the Trainee Appraiser is the first step towards a career in appraising. Below lists the requirements for becoming a Trainee.
- Must be at least 18 years old
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Complete at least 100 hours of approved education
- Fill out a state application, submit electronic fingerprints, and pay required fees
- There is NO state exam
Upon fulfilling the above requirements, all Trainee Appraisers must work under the direct supervision of a State Certified or State Licensed Appraiser.
West Palm Beach (Lantana)6216 S. Congress Avenue
Lantana, FL 33462
Take I-95 to Lantana Road. Exit west on Lantana Road to Congress Ave. Turn left on Congress and then left into Atlantis Plaza.
(From the North) Take the turnpike to Lake Worth Road. Exit east on Lake Worth Road to Congress Ave. Turn right on Congress and then just past Lantana Road turn left into Atlantis Plaza.
(From the South) Take the turnpike to Boynton Beach Blvd. Exit east on Boynton Beach Blvd to Congress. Turn left (north) on Congress. Turn into Atlantis Plaza, just south of Lantana Road.
Boca Raton2600 N. Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33431
From I-95: Exit on Palmetto Park Road and go west. Make a RIGHT onto Military Trail and continue for less than 2 miles. The location is in the Fountain Square complex located immediately after Butts Road on the right hand side.
From Turnpike: Exit on Glades Road and go EAST. Make a left on Butts Road. Follow the road around and make a left onto Military Trail. The location in the Fountain Square complex located on the right hand side.
Tamarac (Broward)5600 Hiatus Road
Tamarac, FL 33321
This Gold Coast building is located on the NE Corner of Hiatus Road and Commercial Blvd., approx. 1/8 mile East of the Sawgrass Expwy off of Commercial Blvd.
Registration for all Insurance and Construction classes are handled by the Gold Coast Professional Schools office at the Broward campus.
North Miami3577 N.E. 163rd Street
North Miami, FL 33160
Located just minutes East of the Gold Glades Interchange (I-95, 826 and the Turnpike.) Exit on 163rd street and go East. Located in the Intracoastal Mall at N.E. 35th Ave.
South Dade (Doral)11250 N.W. 20th Street
Miami, FL 33172
Because this is a new building, on a new street, you will not be able to find us on map search sites yet. Here are directions:
From the North:
Take the Florida Turnpike Extension south to NW 12th Street (exit # 27). Head east.Turn left on NW 111th Ave (just past the mall). Turn left on NW 20th Street. Building is on the left.
From the South:
Take the Florida Turnpike Extension north to NW 12th Street. Head east Turn left on NW 111th Ave (just past the mall). Turn left on NW 20th Street. Building is on the left.
From the East and Downtown Miami:
Head west on 836 to NW 107 Ave exit. Exit north on NW 107 Ave.Turn left on NW 12 St. Turn right on NW 111 Ave. Turn left on NW 20th St. Building is on left.