The Public Relations committee is working on a database of upcoming college graduates/trainees and supervisors to help connect the two.


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NC Appraisal Board Supervisor/Trainee FAQs

NC Appraisal Board’s Trainee's Corner

The North Carolina Appraisal Board began having what they are referring to as Trainee Town Halls in the Fall of 2021. These sessions are scheduled via WebEx and will go over specific topics and answer questions that trainees have on the rules and requirements necessary to upgrade to a licensed or certified appraiser. Email [email protected] to register for the sessions.



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NC Supervisor Declaration Form


Testimonials regarding the benefit of being a Supervisor

“I became a Supervisor because I wish I had that dedicated support throughout my formative appraisal years. I did receive some limited training when I started out as an appraiser. However, I was frequently thrown into complicated assignments and would have greatly appreciated someone that could mentor me through those jobs. Supervising is an opportunity to contribute to the industry with personal and professional benefits. I’ve trained new appraisers since the mid-2000s. I’ve had some very strong trainees who are very successful in their various appraisal practices. I’ve enjoyed seeing their knowledge grow and watching their careers flourish. It’s also a chance to see the industry through someone else’s perspective which provides for a valuable learning experience. For these reasons, I encourage you to consider becoming a supervisor. “
Vanessa Hall, MAI, and President of the North Carolina Chapter of the Appraisal Institute

“To date, I have worked with four trainees. Three of the trainees have definitely made my investment of time and effort worth my while. I view my trainees as an investment that I need to pick wisely, monitor, and tweak when necessary, then when the right balance has been reached, I reap the rewards of my investment. Like any investment, I take a long-term view with each trainee. I put in the work upfront to reap the rewards down the road. I truly believe there is more than enough work for every appraiser that does good work, so I do not fear my trainees running off to start their own businesses and becoming my competition. In fact, from Day 1 of working with me, I encourage each trainee to think about their work one day being for their own business. I have had great experiences with my trainees and, if the circumstances were right, would bring on another in a heartbeat. I encourage everyone who can to build your business and bring on a trainee.”
Lynn Carmichael, MAI, AI-GRS

“It took me several years to get the courage up to take on a trainee. I felt I was still learning so much myself, that I was not up to being a supervisor. I think the keys to having success with a trainee are communication, patience, and not approaching it as a pure business/profit decision but as a service to the appraisal community. Since someone was kind enough to take me on years ago and be patient and understanding with me, I feel I owe it to the appraising profession to pay it forward. My experience with trainees, so far, has been vastly positive. While there are frustrations, it is exciting to see trainees start to grasp the concepts and grow in their appraisal knowledge. There are legitimate and real financial benefits to having a trainee. Some of the benefits are being able to increase your volume, workload, and revenue. Oftentimes, a trainee becomes a coworker and a friend at the end of the process, and we all need more people in our lives that enjoy talking “geeky” appraisal talk. “
Laura Gourlay, MAI

“I have worked with several trainees and in each instance, I found the benefits far outweigh the costs. Moreover, engaging with people new to the industry helped me understand my craft better by having to articulate and justify what it is we do in real estate valuation. Training can be challenging, but ultimately, the returns on the efforts have far surpassed my expectation.”
Anthony Alderman, CRE, SR/WA, MRICS

“Due to the non-existent line of seasoned certified appraisers walking through my door looking for a job, I hired appraisal trainees in order to grow my business. While there is a decline in my personal production and income at the beginning, I look to the future for increased production as the trainees become seasoned and competent. Time spent training well is an investment that provides future benefits, in terms of production and income, for everyone. At this time, there is a large pool of trainees in North Carolina that is being overlooked by traditional appraisal businesses.”
Richard Earley, MAI