How to Get a Real Estate Appraiser License In Alaska

The State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers provides licenses to around 250 appraisers and registered trainees in this state, as of 2013.

The two largest categories of licensees are certified general real estate appraisers, which includes commercial property, and certified residential real estate appraisers. But there are also registered trainees. The Board does also have institutional real estate appraisers and a temporary “courtesy license.” Links to application forms for all 5 of these categories can be found on the Board’s website. Although subject to change, the links could be found on the following page at the time of this post:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/RealEstateAppraisers/Applications.aspx

I will be covering the requirements for certified general, certified residential, and registered trainee categories. Note that an institutional appraiser also needs to have passed the certified general exam.

AQB, which is the Appraiser Qualifications Board, changed the requirements for certification in 2015. And since Alaska also certifies appraisers through AQB’s requirements, these are also the state requirements.

Certified Residential:

1. Bachelor’s degree or higher;

2. 2500 hours of experience across at least 2 years;

3. Education and experience must be finished and confirmed before sitting for the exam;

4. Total of 200 hours of education;

5. Real estate appraiser exam; and

6. Background check.

Certified General:

1. Bachelor’s degree or higher;

2. 3000 hours of experience across at least 2.5 years, with at least 1500 hours in non-residential;

3. Education and experience before taking the test;

4. Total of 300 hours of education;

5. Real estate appraiser exam; and

6. Background check.

As of 2016, prospective Alaska real estate appraisers take the exam through Pearson VUE. Applicable contact information can be found on this page:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/RealEstateAppraisers/ExamInformation.aspx

Trainees need at least 75 hours of education and take a course with the supervisor that spells out expectations of both parties. Contact the Board about attending such course. Trainees also need to pass a background check, but they don’t need any experience.

Learn more about required classes and training on the Appraisal Foundation’s website here:

http://www.appraisalfoundation.org/imis/TAF/Standards/Qualification_Criteria/Qualification_Criteria__RP_/TAF/AQB_RPAQC.aspx?hkey=5ec61b8d-751b-4a97-90b1-9b3dae51beea

Also, you can learn more about the National Uniform Licensing and Certification Exam here:

http://www.appraisalfoundation.org/imis/TAF/Standards/Qualification_Criteria/National_Uniform_Licensing_and_Certification_Exam_for_Real_Property_Appraisers_/TAF/AQB_National_Exam.aspx?hkey=50cf1d9e-6430-4e5d-ac6e-2fe92352cbdf

About Alcohol Server License And Training In Alaska

There are around 1850 licensed alcohol servers in Alaska, as of 2013. Although this kind of license is much easier to get than the typical government-regulated job license, there are still both training and exam requirements.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board issues licenses for alcohol servers. According to the Department of Labor, alcohol servers in Anchorage must complete their training before being employed. But others can complete their training within 30 days after getting a job as a server.

Note that all supervisors plus even those who just check identification must also be licensed. That includes security personnel. The main purpose of this licensing requirement is to train workers to know when not to serve an individual.

If you are looking for a job, the bar or restaurant or other establishment would generally already know where to send you for training. But if you want a list of approved alcohol server training classes, then you can get them from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Classes are at least 4 hours, and there is also a written exam that must be passed. At the time of this post, the following page had a list of the approved training providers:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/abc/MandatoryAlcoholServerTraining.aspx

Contact the training providers on an individual basis to determine their costs and fees.

Alaska requires recertification of training every 3 years.

Before attending training, it is advisable to talk to someone who has taken the test before for any tips on passing this exam.

Here is the main web page for the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/abc/

How to Become a Licensed Alaska Acupuncturist

There is no specific acupuncture board in Alaska. But the profession is regulated by the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing. In 2014, there were about 114 licensed acupuncturists in the state.

Applicants for this license must have educational requirements and certification. They must also be at least 21 and of good moral character (certain criminal convictions could be a problem).

You must first graduate from an acupuncture program that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The exception to this is if you already have a license in another state.

The other requirement deals with certification. Alaska accepts “diplomate” certification (credentialing) through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The NCCAOM has an acupuncture exam that you need to pass to show competency in the field for this certification. For more information on achieving this qualification, you can visit the Diplomate of Acupuncture page:

http://www.nccaom.org/consumers/acupuncture-certification/

The main Alaska page for acupuncture licensing is here:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/Acupuncturists.aspx

And here is the application form:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/portals/5/pub/acu4110.pdf

If the application form link stops working, which sometimes happens with updates, then use the main page to find the application form.

Both the application and license fee of $50 each, or $100 total, are due at the time you apply.

Here is the searchable database of accredited acupuncture programs:

http://www.acaom.org/find-a-school/default.aspx?state=AK&dicipline=undefined&programtypes=

As of 2016, there were no accredited programs in Alaska.

How to Get a License As a Certified Public Accountant In Alaska (CPA)

In 2013, there were around 1300 certified public accountants, or CPAs, in Alaska. They are licensed by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development’s Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing. There is also an Alaska Board of Public Accountancy.

The Board has 4 basic requirements to become a CPA in Alaska:

1. You must have at least a bachelor’s degree. The institution must be accepted by the Board. This typically means you at least want to stick to regionally accredited universities and accounting programs. You must also major or at least have a concentration in accounting. The Alaska Board of Public Accountancy has its own definition of what constitutes a concentration in accounting.

2. You need at least 2 years of experience in public accounting before you can become a CPA in this state.

3. All applicants must pass the uniform CPA exam.

4. All candidates must also pass the AICPA ethics exam.

When you apply, you have to pay $100 just for the application. Once accepted, there is a separate license fee of $290. It’s another $290 every year if you want to remain as an active CPA in Alaska. But if you are inactive, you need to pay $185 to keep your license. These costs are subject to change.

Here is the accountancy board’s contact information:

550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1500
Anchorage, AK 99501-3567
(907) 269-4712
Website

Also, the CPA license application and other forms can be found on this page:

https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardofPublicAccountancy/ApplicationsandForms.aspx

The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy has an exam application page that is specific to Alaska. You can access that here:

Alaska

The American Institute of CPAs has an ethics course that you take on a self-study basis. Find out more and register for the course on their AICPA website here:

http://www.aicpa.org/Pages/default.aspx