Hello, I am interested in a career in commercial appraisal in California and was hoping to survey some of the appraiser mentors out there. I have previous experience with land development investments and also recently achieved an MBA performing at the top of my class in real estate and finance related coursework. I think I may be well suited for this profession, but was hoping to find out if the 3,000 hours of training is financially feasible for me. I am familiar with all other requirements of a general appraiser in California. I understand trainees generally start off on an hourly wage and work their way to a fee split. How long should it typically take a commercial appraiser trainee to work their way to a fee split? And what is a competitive fee split for a good trainee? How many hours should a trainee expect to work per week? Who typically pays the cost of education? Any help would be greatly appreciated.