Upgrading to a Higher Level of Certification
The procedure for an individual who wants to upgrade his or her certification as an appraiser in South Dakota to a higher level of certification is as follows. See Classifications and Requirements of Appraisers as needed for more information.
- Complete the application, experience log, submit the appropriate fees for the level of certification being sought, and provide documentation verifying the education hours required for the upgrade. (If an applicant is claiming education on the application that has not been claimed previously, verification should be submitted.)
- The Department reviews the application and supporting documentation.
- Once the Department has completed its review of the application including the experience page and a log of appraisal assignments, appraisals are requested from each of the categories (residential, multi-family, commercial/industrial and agricultural) that the applicant has performed during a specific timeframe. The applicant may choose for review his/her best appraisals from the categories and the timeframe requested by the Department. The Department will choose appraisals at random from the appraisal experience log to verify claimed experience.
- The applicant is requested to sign and submit a Submission of Documents (in Adobe .pdf format*) form to ensure all of the pertinent information (work file) for each appraisal is submitted for review.
- The Department reviews the appraisals when they are received in the office for compliance with general laws and rules.
- The appraisals are copied, blanking out the appraiser’s name, address, license number and any other identifying factors, and mailed to an examiner for review. The examiner is requested to review the appraisals for minimum compliance with the standards and the rules. The examiner is also requested to offer a recommendation to the Department for approval or denial based on the review. The examiner must document the specific violations and support the recommendation for denial. (See checklist.)
- The examiner returns the review report and supporting comments to the Department. If there are violations cited by the examiner but they do not warrant denial of the upgrade application by the Department, the license/certificate is granted upon successful completion of the Uniform National Appraiser Examination, if applicable. (An explanation of any violations is provided to the applicant for information and corrective purposes.)
- If the Department determines the violations warrant a denial of the upgrade application, the Department issues an Order to deny the upgrade application and mails it to the applicant.* (The violations are cited with the Order.)
- The applicant is given the opportunity to petition the Department for a hearing in accordance with South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) Chapter 1-26 which is the standard for administrative procedures with regard to licensing agencies in the State.
- The petitioner, in accordance with SDCL Chapter 1-26, has the right to an impartial hearing and to be represented by legal counsel. After the evidence in the matter has been heard, proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law and proposed decision are presented to the Secretary of the Department for a final decision. (The Secretary may hear the proceeding and render his or her decision.)
*An agreed disposition with waiver may be introduced in lieu of the Order.
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Executive Director, Sherry Bren
South Dakota Appraiser Certification Program
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308 South Pierre Street
Pierre, SD 57501