Frequently Asked Questions about Canadian National Association of Real Estate Appraisers

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our Becoming an Appraiser section.

The short answer is, no. You may be able to receive credit for some of our elective courses, but you will be required to complete the rest of our courses and fulfill the 2 year requirement alongside a Supervisor before you can write your DAR exam.

It varies per member but generally takes between 2 – 4 years. You will start as Candidate Member, who must complete all of the education requirements and have 2 years of full-time work as a candidate appraiser, before you are able to write the final exam.

When applying to write the final exam the candidate must submit 2 recent appraisal reports for review and approval.

A Supervisor has the  Certified Appraisal Reviewer designation, which means among other things, they are permitted to take on up to five (5) candidates at any one time. Your Supervisor must be a member of CNAREA.

The best way to find a supervisor is to use our Search Tool: Find an Appraiser. Search the areas you wish to work in, contact the members with the Reviewer designation, and find out if they are looking for candidates.

No, CNAREA does get involved in the business operations of our members and as such will not get involved in the hiring of new candidates.

You are responsible for researching and contacting the members, who hold the Certified Reviewer designation, to inquire about being their Candidate. For your convenience, please use our Search Tool to search members in and around your area. A supervisor must be a member of CNAREA and hold the Certified Appraisal Reviewer Designation.

We do advise that all prospective candidates check the Job Posting section on a regular basis.

A prospective member must submit the following, or their application will not be considered for review:

A Criminal Background Check

Confirmation that he or she has successfully completed, at minimum, High School or equivalent

Work history, which usually is in the form of a resume

If the applicant is wanting to receive credit for specific courses or programs they must provide a description of the course or program as well as confirmation of successful completion.

Only appraisal related courses will be considered for credit towards the mandatory or core courses in the CNAREA education program.

With respect to appraisal courses from outside of CNAREA, please submit the course description and confirmation of the successful completion of the course in your membership application.

Other real estate related courses will be reviewed to determine if elective credits can be given.

The approximate cost of the education program is approximately $6,000.00. This does not include membership fees and the cost of insurance.

Currently CNAREA does not offer any of the mandatory courses online. There are currently four (4) courses through correspondence and the rest are in the classroom. Refer to the Education Schedule for available dates and locations.

We do not offer the in class course material online. You are required, as a member, to take the in class courses to upkeep your membership and stay in good standing. By passing on the opportunity to take a class when it’s currently available, you risk not taking it within the appropriate time frame. We cannot guarantee the next time a course you may need will be available in your area.

If you don’t complete all the required courses within 4 years of becoming a member, you will be required to start retaking the core and in class courses.

It is your responsibility to make all efforts to attend courses when they are in your closest location. For budgeting purposes, you can find the costs of these courses online, and can consider that we offer courses between Jan-May and Sept-Nov. Once you are a DAR, you are required to complete 28 elective hours for every two years. You should be considering completing approximately 2-7 courses every two years (some courses will be correspondence that will go towards your elective hours, please watch in the Announcements section for updates).

The most common locations that our courses are held in are: Toronto & Belleville ON, Vancouver BC, and Calgary AB.

Alternate locations may include: Edmonton AB and Winnipeg MB and Montreal QC.

Consideration is being given to holding courses in the Maritimes.

Contact education@cnarea.ca once you are ready to write your DAR exam. You will be invoiced the exam fee ($250+tax). Payment will be due before an exam date is set.

Before you can write your DAR exam, please review your files to ensure you’ve completed the following:

  • All the required courses (found here: Education Requirements for DAR).
  • Have two reports submitted and approved by CNAREA.
  • Have been working in the field with your supervisor for 2 years.
  • Make payment for exam invoice.

Only once the above have been completed, you may:

  • Have a proctor selected and a date set to write your exam. You can find a list of acceptable proctors here.
  • Have your proctor email education@cnarea.ca to confirm they will proctor you and provide the date you’ve selected to write it.
  • Wait patiently after you complete your exam to receive the results from CNAREA.
  • If you receive no less than 80%, you will receive a new certificate with your new DAR designation.
  • You will be required to upgrade your insurance to have adequate coverage now that you’re a DAR. They will contact you by email with a link to purchase an upgrade to your current coverage.

As a candidate appraiser every report that you complete must be signed by your/a supervisor.

Be actively working with your DAR designation for at least 2 years and successfully complete the in class course: CNA310 Certified Appraisal Reviewer. You must take this course as a refresher every four years once you are a Reviewer.

How to Register

Need some assistance with registering for In Class courses?

Click here to open our easy step-by-step tutorial to register for the Real Estate Appraiser Distance Learning Courses

FAQ – 3 Years Prior Service:

Q: Is there a specific location within the appraisal report for the statement pertaining to the three (3) years prior services on the subject property?
A: Yes, the USPAP requires the disclosure for prior services to appear in the “Certification” of the appraisal report.

The Conduct section of the ETHICS Rule states in part:

“If known prior to accepting an assignment, and/or if discovered at any time during the assignment, an appraiser must disclose to the client, and in each subsequent report certification…. any services regarding the subject property performed by the appraiser within the three-year period immediately preceding acceptance of the assignment, as an appraiser or in any other capacity.”
SOURCE: http://appraisal.answerbase.com/2543307

Also, if an appraisal report is being completed by a Candidate Member, and their Supervisory Appraiser, each signatory is required to have a statement pertaining to the provision of services.

i.e.:  If the Candidate Member signing the appraisal report has not provided services on the subject property within the three-year period immediately preceding acceptance of the assignment, but the Supervisory Appraiser signing the report has, there must be a statement describing both situations, in the report “Certification”.  If both the Candidate Member and Supervisory Appraiser either have or have not provided services, there must be statements that reflect the situation.

Examples:

Situation #1 – No services provided by the Candidate Member, but services provided by the Supervisory Appraiser:

“The Candidate Member has not provided services of any kind, on the subject property within the three-year period immediately preceding acceptance of this assignment, however, the Supervisory Appraiser has provided services on the subject property within the three-year period immediately preceding acceptance of this assignment.”

Situation #2 – Services provided by the Candidate Member, but not by the Supervisory Appraiser:

“The Candidate Member has provided appraisal services, on the subject property within the three-year period immediately preceding acceptance of this assignment, however, the Supervisory Appraiser has not.

Situation #3 – Services provided by the Candidate Member, and by the Supervisory Appraiser:

“Both the Candidate Member and the Supervisory Appraiser have provided services on the subject property within the three-year period immediately preceding acceptance of this assignment.”

Situation #4 – No Services provided by the Candidate Member, nor by the Supervisory Appraiser:

“Neither the Candidate Member nor the Supervisory Appraiser have provided services of any kind on the subject property within the three-year period immediately preceding acceptance of this assignment.”