RISMEDIA, January 26, 2009-The Appraisal Foundation and CompuTaught, a developer of computer-based real estate education and part of Cengage Learning, have partnered to develop online versions of The Appraisal Foundation’s 15-Hour National USPAP Course, 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course and Instructor Recertification Course for individuals who are AQB Certified USPAP Instructors.
All real property appraisers are required to take the 15-Hour National USPAP Course, or its equivalent, as part of their education to earn a state credential. All state-licensed or certified real property appraisers must take the 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course, or its equivalent, every two years.
The online versions of these courses will be offered through the CompuTaught learning system and will begin with the 2010 edition of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Both the 7-hour and 15-hour courses will be available in the Fall of 2009. They will be made available and marketed to all education providers through CompuTaught. As is the case with the classroom version of the National USPAP Courses, The Appraisal Foundation will not be offering the online course to students directly. The Instructor Recertification Course will also be offered in the Fall of 2009 through The Appraisal Foundation to more than 600 AQB Certified USPAP Instructors.
According to the company, the CompuTaught learning system is a dynamic online learning system that enables students to maximize their educational potential. The system will automatically tailor property appraiser instruction to fit the needs of each individual student to ensure mastery of and fluency in the subject matter.
“The Appraisal Foundation’s goal was to effectively translate our in-class expertise into a successful distance-learning course format,” said David Bunton, president of The Appraisal Foundation. “After reviewing CompuTaught’s online platform, we knew that it offered us the best online vehicle to help real property appraisers across the country master and become fluent in this essential appraiser content.”
“We applaud the Foundation for raising the bar and expanding its program access to students from across the country,” said Bud Hunsucker, vice president CompuTaught Business Development & School Programs. “We’re happy to support their efforts and make their courses conveniently available to more existing and aspiring property appraisers who may not be able to attend their courses in person.”