WSR 08-14-008



[ Filed June 19, 2008, 3:30 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 07-03-147.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 308-125-010 Definitions, 308-125-025 Application process to register as a real estate appraiser trainee, and 308-125-095 Responsibilities of the appraiser supervisor.

Hearing Location(s): Department of Licensing, Business and Professions Division, 2000 4th Avenue West, Building #3, Second Floor Conference Room, Olympia, WA 98502, on August 5, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: August 5, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: Ralph C. Birkedahl, P.O. Box 9015, Olympia, WA 98507-9015, e-mail, fax (360) 570-4981, by July 29, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Joan Robinson by July 29, 2008, TTY (360) 664-8885 or (360) 664-6504.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: To correct grammar; to further define the requirement for appraiser trainee registration; and to add the requirement for supervisory appraisers to register with the department.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: Amendments to rules will further clarify for the supervisory appraiser the requirement to register their employees as appraiser trainees and provide the department with the identification of those appraisers supervising appraiser trainees.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.140.030 (1), (7), (8) and (15).

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: [Department of licensing], governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Ralph C. Birkedahl, Olympia, (360) 664-6504.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. These proposed rule amendments affect individual licensees and have no impact on small businesses.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The department of licensing is not one of the named agencies under this RCW.

June 19, 2008

Ralph C. Birkedahl

Program Manager


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-06-069, filed 2/28/06, effective 4/1/06)

WAC 308-125-010   Definitions.   (1) Words and terms used in these rules shall have the same meaning as each has in the Certified Real Estate Appraiser Act, (chapter 18.140 RCW) and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

(2) "Appraisal foundation" means a private association of appraiser professional organizations. The appraisal foundation develops appraisal standards which the regulatory agencies must use as minimum standards for federally related transactions and it develops qualification criteria for appraisers.

(3) "Appraisal subcommittee" means a committee created by Title XI. It monitors all activities related to the implementation of Title XI.

(4) "Appraisal standards board" means a board established by the appraisal foundation for the purpose of developing, publishing, interpreting and amending the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

(5) "The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)" means the current edition of the publication in force of the appraisal standards board (ASB) of the appraisal foundation. USPAP is the applicable standard for all appraisal practice in the state of Washington regulated under the provisions of chapter 18.140 RCW.

(6) "Appraiser qualifications board" means a board of the appraisal foundation for the purpose of developing, publishing, interpreting and amending the real property appraiser qualification criteria.

(7) "Real property appraiser qualification criteria" means the minimum criteria establishing the minimum education, experience and examination requirements for real property appraisers to obtain a state certification as established by the appraiser qualifications board (AQB) of the appraisal foundation under the provisions of Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) of 1989, and any additional qualifying criteria established by the director in accordance with chapter 18.140 RCW.

(8) "Classroom hour" means fifty minutes out of each sixty minute hour.

(9) "Full-time" means the equivalent twelve-month period in which an applicant works at least one thousand hours in real estate appraisal.

(10) "Required core curriculum" means a set of appraiser subject matter areas (known as "modules") that require a specified number of educational hours at each credential level as established by the appraiser qualifications board.

(11) "Module" means an appraisal subject matter area (and required hours of coverage) as identified in the required core curriculum.

(12) "Residential properties" means one to four single family residential units and lots where the highest and best use is for one to four family purposes.

(13) "Significant professional appraisal assistance" ((means)) shall include but not be limited to the work contributed or performed toward the completion of an appraisal report by either a trainee, state-licensed, or state-certified appraiser, while under the direct supervision of a certified residential appraiser or certified general appraiser as required by the department as qualifying appraisal experience for licensing. Significant professional appraisal assistance shall consist of identifying and analyzing the scope of work, collection of data, analyzing data to derive an opinion of value, ((and)) or writing the appraisal report in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.140.030 (1), (7), (8), and (15). 06-06-069, 308-125-010, filed 2/28/06, effective 4/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.140.030(1). 97-02-004, 308-125-010, filed 12/20/96, effective 1/20/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.140.030(1) and 18.140.090. 95-17-078, 308-125-010, filed 8/21/95, effective 9/21/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.140.030(1). 93-17-020, 308-125-010, filed 8/10/93, effective 9/10/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.140.030 (1)(14) and chapter 18.40 RCW. 92-18-018, 308-125-010, filed 8/24/92, effective 9/24/92. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.140.030. 91-04-074, 308-125-010, filed 2/5/91, effective 3/8/91.]

AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-06-069, filed 2/28/06, effective 4/1/06)

WAC 308-125-025   Application process to register as a real estate appraiser trainee.   (1) Anyone who is not a licensed or certified appraiser or a registered appraiser trainee cannot provide assistance that includes analytical work and exercising discernment or discretion that leads to an appraisal conclusion.

(2) As a prerequisite to registration as a registered appraiser trainee, the applicant shall present evidence satisfactory to the director of successful completion of the appraiser qualifications board module of qualifying core curriculum of approved qualifying education modules:

(a) Basic appraisal principles, thirty hours.

(b) Basic appraisal procedures, thirty hours.

(c) The National USPAP course or equivalent fifteen hours.

(((2))) (3) Application for registration as a trainee from persons who have had either a real estate license or real estate appraiser license suspended or revoked shall not be accepted by the department until after the time period of the suspension or revocation has expired.

(((3))) (4) An applicant for registration as a trainee shall present a completed registration form together with the appropriate fee and copies of core curriculum course completion certificates to the director prior to issuance of the approved trainee registration certificate.

(((4))) (5) Registration as a trainee may be denied for unprofessional conduct as provided in RCW 18.235.130.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.140.030 (1), (7), (8), and (15). 06-06-069, 308-125-025, filed 2/28/06, effective 4/1/06.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-06-069, filed 2/28/06, effective 4/1/06)

WAC 308-125-095   Responsibilities of the appraiser supervisor.   (1) A certified real estate appraiser licensed by the state of Washington may supervise trainees in accordance with the following provisions:

(a) Not more than three real estate appraiser trainees may be supervised in accordance with the appraiser qualifications board standards unless written authorization by the department is granted to exceed that number of trainees at any one time.

(b) Supervision of trainees in the process of appraising real property shall occur within the boundaries of the state of Washington and comply with jurisdictional and established agreements with other states. If a trainee is supervised by a certified appraiser who is licensed in both the state of Washington and with another state or has a temporary license in another state; and the trainee is registered as a trainee in that other state by either temporary permit, license, or registration, then the appraisal assignments shall qualify as work experience on the experience log.

(c) Authorization to exceed supervision of three trainees may be granted by the director upon approval of a written request and under the provisions of subsection (2) of this section.

(d) A registered real estate appraiser trainee may assist in the completion of an appraisal report, including determination of an opinion of value and may sign the appraisal report, provided that he/she is actively and personally supervised by a state-certified real estate appraiser, and provided that the appraisal report is reviewed and signed by the state-certified real estate appraiser; and provided the state-certified appraiser accepts total responsibility for the appraisal report.

(e) The certified appraiser shall:

(i) Personally inspect with the trainee, at a minimum, the interior of twenty-five subject properties.

(ii) Personally review and verify each appraisal report prepared by the trainee as entered on the trainee experience log as qualifying work experience prior to the log being submitted to the department by the supervised trainee.

(iii) Personally review and verify each appraisal report prepared by a state licensed or certified residential appraiser as entered on the qualifying work experience log prior to the log being submitted to the department by the licensee.

(iv) Comply with all USPAP requirements.

(v) Maintain a separate "properties inspected with trainee" log for each supervised trainee. This log must be made available to the department upon request and is to be submitted with trainee's application for license or certification.

(vi) Register with the department as a supervisory appraiser and include the names of the registered real estate appraiser trainees being supervised. Registration must be five business days prior to the start of supervision. The supervisory appraiser shall notify the department when they are no longer a supervisory appraiser of a trainee, with such notice including the name, address, and registration number of the registered trainee.

(2) Authorization may be granted by the director to a certified appraiser to exceed the number of trainees allowed to be supervised providing:

(a) The certified appraiser has more than five years certified experience.

(b) The certified appraiser shall make a written application to the department requesting to supervise not more than three trainees with less than one year experience; and three trainees with more than one year experience; and five trainees with greater than two years experience. The total number of supervised trainees shall not exceed eight for all experience levels at any one time.

(c) The certified appraiser shall prepare and maintain trainee progress reports and make them available to the department until such time as the trainee becomes certified or licensed or after two years has lapsed since supervising the trainee.

(d) The certified appraiser shall provide to the department a mentoring plan for consideration prior to the department authorizing supervision of more than three trainees.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.140.030 (1), (7), (8), and (15). 06-06-069, 308-125-095, filed 2/28/06, effective 4/1/06.]

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