The changes in the world of real estate appraising today is amazing. I don't know if you've noticed but the AMC, along with FHA have no interest in using just a residential appraiser any longer. it's either certified or nothing. What this means in my service areas of Mass and RI is 200 hours of classroom (not online classes) and an associates degree or related classes. What is so bad about being just a licensed real estate appraiser these days? Can you imagine the cost, and who can hire trainees if these companies won't allow them to appraise. It is truly amazing. To end on a positive note though, all these changes will make the appraiser a more valuable commodity!