West Virginia License Requirements

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West Virginia Real Estate License Requirements

Learn about the West Virginia education requirements for real estate licensing and renewal.

Licensing Board/Commission: West Virginia Real Estate Commission

West Virginia Real Estate Education Requirements:

  • West Virginia real estate salesperson license: 90 hours
  • West Virginia real estate broker license: 180 hours

West Virginia 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.

In 2017 the West Virginia Real Estate Commission moved to eliminate all reciprocal agreements that allow full reciprocity between West Virginia and the counterpart state.

Out-of-state licensees who wish to obtain a West Virginia real estate license (salesperson or broker), must pass the West Virginia–specific portion of the licensing examination, in addition to the current requirements.  The Commission no longer processes out-of-state applications or issues licenses to out-of-state candidates.

West Virginia Real Estate Continuing Education (CE) and License Renewal Requirements:

  • Real estate professionals in West Virginia must renew their real estate licenses by December 14 of even-numbered years
  • In each two-year cycle, licensees need to complete 7 hours of elective real estate CE classes

West Virginia Appraisal License Requirements

The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the West Virginia Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Certification 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.

West Virginia Appraisal Licensure Levels:

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

West Virginia 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 Associate’s Degree OR 21 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required
  • For Certified General level: A minimum of a Bachelor’s 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

West Virginia Appraisal Education Requirements:

  • 150 hours for the Apprentice 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), 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)
  • 150 hours for the Licensed Real Estate Appraiser which include the same hour requirement as the Apprentice level
  • 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– No experience required
  • Licensed Appraiser – 2000 hours in no less than 24 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

West Virginia Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:

  • All licenses expire September 30th annually
  • All appraisers are required to complete 14 hours of continuing education each year
  • The 7 hour USPAP Update course must be taken every two years
  • At least 7 hours of education must be taken in class

West Virginia Home Inspection Requirements

Learn about the home inspection courses and qualifications needed for certification and renewal in West Virginia.

Requirements to Become a West Virginia Home Inspector:

The West Virginia State Fire Commission establishes the West Virginia Home Inspector Licensing Requirements.

  • West Virginia home inspection education hours: 80 hours
  • Exam Required: NHIE
  • Application Fee: $150
  • Insurance Requirements: General Liability of $250,000
  • A High School Diploma or GED is required
  • Notarized application not required. Background check and fingerprinting required (state and FBI).

Home Inspection License Expiration: Annually on last day of anniversary month

Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: 16 hours annually