The S.T.A.R.T. Program - The Future of Real Estate Appraising
The future of real estate appraising
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Frequently asked questions

What is the START Program?

Recognizing the need to help grow and support the appraisal profession, industry leaders have banned together to create a systematic and transparent program to support supervisors and trainees in learning and monetizing the internship phase of appraiser development.

What are the requirements to join the program?

While each state has some particular guidelines, participants must complete an application and attestation form for each AMC or lender in the program. Once that part is approved, trainees can access course content to support the practicum side of becoming an appraiser to reduce the heavy mentoring required by supervisors. There are testing requirements at the end of each module. There is no fee for participating.

Where can I find my state specific criteria?

Check with your state’s real estate appraiser website.

How do I become a Trainee?

Meet the state requirements, determine your supervisor, and complete the application to become a START Trainee.

How long do I have to complete the program?

States have some timeline requirements however there is no maximum length of time for participation in START.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?  

How do I become a sponsor participant in the START Program?

Complete the participation/sponsorship form and submit to

Can I begin inspecting before I’ve completed all my state level educational requirements?

This is dependent upon your state, AMC and lender participation.

Will I be able to sign the report and earn hours?

After completion of phases of the program, this is very possible. According to Fannie Mae and many lenders are currently willing to allow it. We expect many more to follow.