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The Appraisal Institute is a global professional association of real estate appraisers, with nearly 20,000 professionals in almost 60 countries throughout the world. Its mission is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide.

Organized in 1932, the Appraisal Institute advocates equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the appraisal profession and conducts its activities in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Individuals of the Appraisal Institute benefit from an array of professional education and advocacy programs, and may hold the prestigious MAI, SRPA, SRA, AI-GRS, and AI-RRS designations.

The TN Real Estate Appraiser Commission (TREAC) met on April 20th, 2020 and approved all continuing education (CE) to be taken either online or synchronously until further notice.  Please note: All qualifying education (QE) is still required to be taken in a classroom. 

You can read more about this rule change on the TN Real Estate Commission website here:

As the news regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, and with the recent recommendation by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to cancel/postpone any in-person gatherings of 10 people over the next 8 weeks, we have decided to postpone the following classes:

  • General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use – April 20-23, 2020 in Nashville 
  • General Report Writing & Case Studies, May 4-7th, 2020 in Nashville

We understand how important it is for you, as appraisers, to have access to these and other education opportunities.  We are hopeful that we can reschedule these courses to take place in Nashville starting in July of 2020.  However, we will need to continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it develops before we can make any official plans to do so. 

It is our hope that by taking these preventative steps now, it will help to mitigate the impact and spread of the Coronavirus in Tennessee and throughout our country.  We ask for your patience and understanding as we respond to the rapidly changing circumstances associated with this virus.

We will be issuing a full refund to each student for his/her registration for these and any future offerings that must be cancelled (or postponed) due to COVID-19.

Our main priority is the health and safety of our members and our community.  


The classes listed below will be held listed:

May 29th – The Cost Approach: Unnecessary or Healthy to a Vital Practice | Synchronous Offering (7 hrs)

June 8-11th – Basic Appraisal Principles | Nashville (30 hrs)

June 15-18th – Basic Appraisal Procedures | Nashville (30 hrs)

June 22-23rd – 15 Hour USPAP Course | Nashville (15 hrs)

Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser Class – *Please note that TN Real Estate Appraiser Commission (TREAC) has approved a 4 hour Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser Course to be taken online starting in July of 2020.  Students will need to complete this fourth and final basic class online before they are able to begin logging their experience hours for the state.  The TN Chapter of the Appraisal Institute will no longer offer a classroom version of this class.

July 6-9th – General Appraiser Income Approach Part 2 | Nashville (30 hrs)

August 7th – Real Estate Damages | Memphis (7 hrs)

August 10-11th – Residential Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use | Nashville (15 hrs)

August 12-13th – Residential Site Valuation and Cost Approaches | Nashville (15 hrs)

August 24-27th – General Appraiser Site Valuation & Cost Approach | Nashville (30 hrs)

September 1st – Business Practices & Ethics | Knoxville (4 hrs)

September 10th – Artificial Intelligence, AVMs and Blockchains: Implications for Valuation | Chattanooga (4 hrs)

September 11th – Examining Property Rights and its Implications on Valuation | Chattanooga (7 hrs)

September 14-17th – Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches | Nashville (30 hrs)

September 21-24th – General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach | Nashville (30 hrs)

October 5-9th – Advanced Income Capitalization | Nashville (30 hrs)

October 15th – How Tenants Create & Destroy Value: Leasehold Valuation and its Impact on Value | Knoxville (7 hrs)

October 23rd – Examining Property Rights and its Implications on Valuation | Memphis (7 hrs)

November 9-12th – General Appraiser Income Approach/Part 1 | Nashville (30 hrs)

December 11th – Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: Understanding an Investigation by a State Appraiser Regulatory Board or Agency | Knoxville (4hrs)

December 11th – Litigation Assignments for Residential Appraisers: Doing Expert Work on Atypical Cases | Knoxville (4hrs)




Online Education
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Top-notch Appraisal Institute courses and seminars come straight to your desktop with online education! Learn from any computer anywhere, whenever you have time. It’s easy, convenient and a great way to get the education you want. Check out the current course listing now!


Click here to see an outline of the Reopening of Nashville in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Important Info from Fannie Mae Regarding Inspections, Forms, Scope of Work, Certifications, etc

Fannie Mae has issued temporary guidance on appraisal requirements, including allowing desktop and exterior-only appraisals on many mortgage transactions, in Lender Letter LL-2020-04, Impact of COVID-19 on Appraisals, which will be updated as needed.
Page 4 of LL-2020-04 includes links to modified certifications and instructions for both Desktop Appraisals and Appraisals with Exterior-only Inspections.
Please review these documents and note instructions for appraisers to copy the text indicated in its entirety and paste into their reports. You can access the Lender Letter and other resources on the Appraisers Page.

New Guidance for VA Appraisals Effective as of 03/27/2020

The two documents linked below were published by the VA today and provide updates on valuation practices to be followed during COVID-19.

These include guidance on inspections, appraisal forms to be used, extraordinary assumptions, certifications, scope of work, etc.

These guidelines are effective immediately as of 03/27/2020.

TN Governor Lee Executive Order No. 22 – Appraisers Listed as an Essential Service

On March 30, 2020, Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order No. 22,  which is an order directing Tennesseans to to stay home unless engaging in essential activities to limit their exposure to and spread of COVID-19.

Please note that appraisers are specifically listed as an essential service on Page 9 of this order under Item No. 12 – Financial Institutions and Insurance Entities.

Executive Order No. 22 is linked here for reference.