North Dakota License Requirements

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North Dakota Real Estate License Requirements

Learn about the North Dakota education requirements for real estate licensing and renewal.

Licensing Board/Commission: North Dakota Real Estate Commission

North Dakota Real Estate Requirements:

  • North Dakota real estate salesperson license: 45 hours
  • North Dakota real estate broker license: an additional 60 hours
  • North Dakota also requires 15 hours of post-license education

North Dakota State Reciprocity

Real estate commissions and boards across the country are adopting policies for a real estate agent in one state to more easily become licensed in another state.

The North Dakota Real Estate Commission has entered into reciprocity with Georgia, Iowa and Minnesota.

North Dakota Continuing Education (CE) Renewal Requirements:

Real estate professionals in North Dakota need to complete 9 hours of real estate CE courses every year by December 31. 

North Dakota Appraisal License Requirements

The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the North Dakota Real Estate Appraiser Qualifictions and Ethics Board. The information provided below can be found on the Board’s website. However, we recommend you contact the Board for more detailed information and for any changes which may have occurred.

North Dakota Appraisal Licensure Levels:

  • Apprentice Appraiser
  • Licensed Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Appraiser
  • Certified General Appraiser 

North Dakota Appraisal Licensure Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Must meet the educational requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • Must meet the experience requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • For Certified Residential level: A minimum of an Associates Degree OR 21 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required
  • For Certified General level: A minimum of a Bachelors Degree OR 30 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required
  • Satisfactory completion of the state examination (Apprentices are not required to take a state exam)
  • Submit application, required documents, and associated fees

Education Requirements:

  • 75 hours for the Apprentice Appraiser which consist of the following courses: Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours), Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours), 15 Hour National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours), 
  • 150 hours for the Licensed Appraiser which include the same hour requirement as the Apprentice Appraiser level AND: Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours), Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours), Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 Hours), Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approach (30 hours)
  • 200 Hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser which consist of the same 150 hours of Licensed Appraiser education AND: Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours), Advanced Residential Application and Case Studies (15 hours), Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (20 hours)
  • 300 hours for the Certified General Appraiser which includes the same 200 hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser education AND: Income Property Appraisal (60 hours), General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (10 hours), General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours) 

Experience Requirements:

  • Apprentice Appraiser – No experience required
  • Licensed Appraiser - 2000 hours in no less than 12 months 
  • Certified Residential Appraiser – 2500 hours in no less than 24 months
  • Certified General Appraiser – 3000 hours in no less than 30 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in non-residential appraisals

Continuing Education Requirements

  • The North Dakota Appraisal Board has transitioned to a 28 hour/2 year renewal cycle 
  • Licensees are now divided into 2 groups:
    • Those that renewed on 12/31/12 have an expiration date of 12/31/14 and will continue to expire on even years
    • Those that renewed on 12/31/11 now have an expiration date of 12/31/13 and will continue to expire on odd years
  • Appraisers must complete 28 hours of continuing education every two years
  • Each group is required to obtain 28 hours of continuing education including the 7 hour National USPAP Update (or Equivalent) course
  • 7 hours must include the USPAP Update course or its equivalent 

    North Dakota Home Inspection Requirements

    Learn about the North Dakota home inspection courses and qualifications needed for certification and renewal.

    Requirements to Become a North Dakota Home Inspector:

    The North Dakota Secretary of State establishes the North Dakota Home Inspector Licensing Requirements.

    • North Dakota home inspection education hours: No education required
    • Exam Required: NHIE/ASHI/NACHIICC
    • Application Fee: $200 
    • Insurance Requirements: E/O insurance for $100,000 minimum
    • Notarized application is not required
    • Background check, fingerprints are not required
    • Minimum age requirement: 18

    Home Inspection License Expiration: Annually on 6/30 

    Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: There are no continuing education requirements in North Dakota