Associate in Applied Science in Certified Residential Appraiser

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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Licensed Residential Appraiser program prepares students for the appraisal of residential land and real property. Licensed Real Property Appraisal students will be prepared for the Appraisal Qualification Board (AQB)-approved Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser examination or its equivalent. Upon completion students will have completed the necessary education requirements designated by the Appraisal Qualification Board (AQB) and Arizona Department of Real Estate (ADRE) for prelicensing education. The Licensed Residential Appraiser may appraise non-complex 1-4 residential units having a transaction value less than $1,000,000 and complex 1-4 residential units having a transaction value less than $250,000. This classification does not include the appraisal of subdivisions.


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Academic Career
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Certified Residential Appraiser (AAS)
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Total Credits Required
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What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Use computer software to facilitate and implement information management.
  2. Collect, organize, present, analyze, and interpret numerical data using frequency distributions and graphical presentations.
  3. Describe real property concepts, characteristics, legal aspects, and other economic principles and appraisal ethics in practice.
  4. Analyze the valuation of procedures and property description for residential and commercial applications through use of practical applications and appraisal math.
  5. Explain the basic rules for ethical behavior and competent performance in appraisal as required by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.
  6. Gather, evaluate and recognize market conditions affecting buyers and sellers and reporting values for markets, sub-markets, supply/demand analysis and market segmentation.
  7. Apply the cost approach for new and resale properties using appropriate theories and methodologies for obtaining residential site values.
  8. Analyze matched pairs, gross rent multipliers, and capitalization rates using the income approach for residential sales comparison including valuation principles and procedures.
  9. Explain the basics of essential writing skills in producing realistic appraisal reports.
  10. Read, comprehend and apply basic land descriptions to real property.
  11. Identify real estate financing methods.
  12. Use a dictionary to determine spelling, meaning, pronunciation, syllabication, accent, word usage, and word history.
  13. Define marketing and identify the marketing environments.
  14. Examine the national minimum requirements and responsibilities for appraisers.
  15. Explain the major activities and occupations in real estate.
  16. Complete a listing agreement.
  17. Explain the exemptions from real estate license requirements for residential and non-residential property management.
  18. Describe the concepts involved in the topic area.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
REA270 Basic Appraisal Principles 2
REA271 Basic Appraisal Procedures 2
REA272 Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) 1
MA Mathematics 3–6
REA150 Supervisory Appraiser/Appraiser Trainee 1
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
CPD150 or
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
ENG102 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
REA273 Residential Market Analysis Highest And Best Use 1
REA274 Residential Appraiser Site Valuation And Cost Approach 1
COM Any approved General Education course in the Oral Communications area COM 3
NS Natural Sciences 4
REA275 Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches 2

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
REA276AA Residential Report Writing And Case Studies I 1
REA283 Property Management 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design 3
PSY230 or
Introduction to Statistics or Laboratory for Statistics CS 1–3
REA179 Real Estate Principles I 3
OAS108 Business English 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
REA281 Principles Of Real Estate Law 3
REA180 Real Estate Principles II 3
REA290AH Real Estate Seminar: Contract Writing 0.5
ECN211 or
Macroeconomic Principles or Microeconomic Principles SB 3
MKT271 Principles of Marketing 3
REA282 Real Estate Finance 3

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Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

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Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Certified Residential Appraiser program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019