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Chapter 539-2 STANDARDS FOR APPRAISAL COURSES

Rule 539-2-.01 College and Equivalent Courses

(1) An applicant for state licensed real property appraiser who has successfully completed any course or courses of at least one hundred fifty (150) credit hours of prelicense appraiser education which was approved by another appraiser licensing and certification agency in any state, district, territory, possession, or province of the United States or Canada may submit with the applicant's application for examination evidence of that completion from such agency in order to meet the education requirement to sit for a licensing examination and to apply for state licensed real property appraiser. An applicant for a state certified residential real property appraiser who has successfully completed any course or courses of at least two hundred (200) credit hours of prelicense appraiser education which was approved by another licensing and certification agency in any state, district, territory, possession, or province of the United States or Canada may submit with the applicant's application for examination evidence of that completion from such agency in order to meet the education requirement to sit for a certification examination and to apply for state certified residential real property appraiser. An applicant for state certified general real property appraiser who has successfully completed any course or courses of at least three hundred (300) credit hours of prelicense appraiser education approved by another appraiser licensing and certification agency in any state, district, territory, possession, or province of the United States or Canada may submit with the applicant's application for examination evidence of that completion from such agency in order to meet the education requirement to sit for the certification examination and to apply for state certified general real property appraiser.
(1.1) An applicant who has taken a college course, the content of which is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Board to include subject matters authorized by Code Section 43-39A-8(d) and enumerated in Chapter 539-2 of the Rules, may count such college course toward meeting the education requirements for state licensed real property appraiser, state certified residential real property appraiser, or state certified general real property appraiser at a rate of 8 classroom hours per quarter hour or 13.3 classroom hours per semester hour of credit earned.
(2) In order to be accepted by the Board as approved to meet educational requirements for classification or for continuing education, courses approved by licensing agencies in other states, districts, territories, possessions, or provinces of the United States or Canada must be courses offered through classroom instruction or through computer-based instruction that is consistent with the standards of Rule 539-2-.14 of these regulations.

Rule 539-2-.02 Procedures for Approval of Schools and Courses

(1) The Board shall approve, disapprove, or request additional data on any application for a school approval within sixty (60) days of the submission of a completed application containing the data required by this Rule. The application, in addition to the name and address of the school or person offering appraisal course(s) as well as any other identifying criteria which the Board may require, must set forth in terms acceptable to the Board the following:
(a) a detailed proposal of records management for retaining for at least five years records which will reflect the scores earned by a student on all graded exercises and examinations;
(b) if subject to the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990, O.C.G.A. Section 20-3-250.1 et seq., a current certificate issued by the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission;
(c) all directors and owners of the school including their names and addresses. If the owner or owners are a partnership or corporation then a list of all directors and owners of the parent entity;
(d) if the school wishes to adopt a makeup policy regarding attendance, a detailed statement of that policy;
(e) a statement of entrance qualifications for students;
(f) a statement that it can make available to its students materials which the Board may require for use in a particular course or courses and that it has video or audio equipment available to present Board required material;
(g) a statement that it will conduct approved courses in classroom style facilities.
(h) a statement that the school will comply with all related provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and that the school will not discriminate in its fees, enrollment, or completion policies on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status, or handicap:
(i) a detailed outline(s) of course(s) to be offered in the first year of the school's approval with hours to be spent on each subject area to be covered in the course(s) and all planned classroom and homework exercises;
(j) a bibliography of all texts and reference materials for use in the course(s);
(k) a comprehensive description of the measures and standards it will employ to evaluate student performance in order to determine whether a student successfully completes a course;
(l) a description of the learning objectives for each instructional hour of the course(s) (what the student should know or be able to do upon mastery of the content of each hour of study);
(m) copies of all final examinations together with proposed answers for any course(s) requiring an examination;
(n) a list of all instructors and applications for approval of classification course instructors not yet approved by the Board under the standards of Chapter 539-5;
(o) a schedule of planned offerings of the course(s) for the first calendar year for which the school seeks approval including the date, time, and place of any offering;
(p) the fee schedule planned for the course offering(s) during the first year;
(q) a copy of the Notice to Students required by Rule 539-2-.09; and
(r) the name of a school director and/or coordinator who shall be responsible for certifying student completion of all courses covered under this Rule.
(2) An approved course is one for which an approved school maintains and will make readily available to an authorized representative of the Board the following data:
(a) a detailed course outline with hours to be spent on each subject area to be covered in the course and classroom and homework exercises;
(b) detailed learning objectives for each instructional hour of the course (i.e. what the student should know or be able to do upon mastery of the content of each hour of study);
(c) text materials utilized in the course;
(d) daily tests, final examinations, or other materials used to evaluate student performance;
(e) records that identify each student and the student's attendance record and final grade for any course;
(f) a list of the instructors for the course; and
(g) summaries of student evaluations of the courses.
(3) An applicant for school approval may not hold any course out as approved by the Board until the Board posts the school approval in its offices or the offeror receives a certificate of school approval from the Board.
(4) Any continuing education course addressing a topic or topics other than those listed in Rule 539-2-.05(1)(b) must have the prior written authorization of the Board.
(5) An approved school shall provide the Board in writing no later than 14 days prior to offering a new course the following information:
(a) the title of the course;
(b) the number of credit hours for the course; and
(c) whether the school intends the course for registration, licensure, certified residential, certified general, and/or continuing education credit.

The Board shall provide the school with a course code to be included by the school on the educational certificate issued to students and on the course roster filed with the Board as required by 539-2 - .08 (3).

Rule 539-2-.03 Courses

(1) The Board intends that all approved courses be educational in nature. Schools should not specifically orient approved courses to the passing of state examinations or other examinations. The courses should introduce students to the language of the profession and basic theory underlying the duties and responsibilities of a real estate appraiser.

Approved courses shall require practice in the skills being taught and provide a significant number of exercises for practice of those skills. All courses should make students aware of the need for further study and the perfection of practical skills.

(2) The curriculum of courses approved under this Rule should include at a minimum the following:
(a) for courses approved to meet the education requirement for a State Trainee or State Registered real property appraiser:
1. 30 hours in Basic Appraisal Principles covering topics such as real property concepts and characteristics, legal considerations, influences on real estate values, types of value, economic principles, an overview of real estate markets and analysis, the provisions of the Appraisal Act and its Rules and Regulations, and ethics and how they apply in appraisal theory and practice;
2. 30 hours in Basic Appraisal Procedures covering topics such as the provisions of Georgia's Residential Mortgage Fraud law and methods for identifying possible fraud in transactions and properly reporting alleged fraud, an overview of approaches to value, valuation procedures, property description, and residential applications;
3. 15 hours in Residential Report Writing and Case Studies covering topics such as writing and reasoning skills, common writing problems, form reports, report options, USPAP compliance, and case studies or 15 hours in General Appraisal Report Writing and Case Studies covering topics such as writing and reasoning skills, common writing problems, and report options;
4. the current version of the 15-Hour National (USPAP) course (or its AQB-approved equivalent);
5. such other subject matter as the Board may require or approve.
(b) for courses approved to meet the education requirement for state licensed real property appraiser:
1. 30 hours in Basic Appraisal Principles covering topics such as real property concepts and characteristics, legal considerations, influences on real estate values, types of value, economic principles, an overview of real estate markets and analysis, the provisions of the Appraisal Act and its Rules and Regulations, and ethics and how they apply in appraisal theory and practice;
2. 30 hours in Basic Appraisal Procedures covering topics such as the provisions of Georgia's Residential Mortgage Fraud law and methods for identifying possible fraud in transactions and properly reporting alleged fraud, an overview of approaches to value, valuation procedures, property description, and residential applications;
3. 15 hours in Residential Market Analysis And Highest And Best Use covering topics such as market fundamentals and characteristics, supply analysis, demand analysis, use of market analysis, and the application of highest and best use;
4. 15 hours in Residential Appraisal Site Valuation And Cost Approach covering topics such as site valuation methods, cost approach concepts and definitions, replacement/reproduction cost new, and methods of estimating accrued depreciation;
5. 30 hours in Residential Sales Comparison And Income Approaches covering topics such as sales comparison valuation principles & procedures, income valuation principles & procedures, finance and cash equivalency, financial calculators, derivation and measurement of adjustments, gross rent multipliers, partial interests, and reconciliation;
6. 15 hours in Residential Report Writing and Case Studies covering topics such as writing and reasoning skills, common writing problems, form reports, report options, USPAP compliance, and case studies;
7. 15 hours in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP);

(NOTE: If an applicant plans to use this course for a certified classification, the appraisal Subcommittee of the federal government contends that federal law requires that the course be one not subject to the Board's review and approval. Instead, it must be one the Appraisal Qualifications Board of The Appraisal Foundation has identified by the name "15-hour National USPAP Course, or its equivalent." The Appraisal Foundation, the private entity that mandates the use of that course, seeks to generate profits from it.

That course and its equivalent courses were developed under criteria unknown to the Board. The phrase "its equivalent" apparently means only a course that The Appraisal

Foundation says is "equivalent" to its course. Appraisers may not receive credit for the "15-hour National USPAP Course, or its equivalent" unless (a) the school offers the appraisal Foundation's course on USPAP and pays The Appraisal Foundation special fees for the number of students enrolled in its course, (b) secures the permission of an entity that has achieved The Appraisal Foundation's "equivalent" status to offer its course, or (c) secures The Appraisal Foundation's "equivalent" status for a course the school develops. Regardless of which of the three types of USPAP course that a school uses, every student it enrolls must receive a copy of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice for which The Appraisal Foundation has received payment or a royalty. Regardless of the educational quality of the course, a course on USPAP developed by Board approved schools may not replace the "15-hour National USPAP Course, or its equivalent" unless the school obtains The Appraisal Foundation's equivalency authorization and pays The Appraisal Foundation any fees it may require for

(a) the approval and
(b) offering the course or materials to students; and
8. such other subject matter as the Board may require or approve.
(c) for courses approved to meet the education requirement for state certified residential real property appraiser:
1. 30 hours in Basic Appraisal Principles covering topics such as real property concepts and characteristics, legal considerations, influences on real estate values, types of value, economic principles, an overview of real estate markets and analysis, the provisions of the Appraisal Act and its Rules and Regulations, and ethics and how they apply in appraisal theory and practice;
2. 30 hours in Basic Appraisal Procedures covering topics such as the provisions of Georgia's Residential Mortgage Fraud law and methods for identifying possible fraud in transactions and properly reporting alleged fraud, an overview of approaches to value, valuation procedures, property description, and residential applications;
3. 15 hours in Residential Market Analysis And Highest And Best Use covering topics such as market fundamentals and characteristics, supply analysis, demand analysis, use of market analysis, and the application of highest and best use;
4. 15 hours in Residential Appraisal Site Valuation And Cost Approach covering topics such as site valuation methods, cost approach concepts and definitions, replacement/reproduction cost new, and methods of estimating accrued depreciation;
5. 30 hours in Residential Sales Comparison And Income Approaches covering topics such as sales comparison valuation principles & procedures, income valuation principles & procedures, finance and cash equivalency, financial calculators, derivation and measurement of adjustments, gross rent multipliers, partial interests, and reconciliation;
6. 15 hours in Residential Report Writing and Case Studies covering topics such as writing and reasoning skills, common writing problems, form reports, report options and USPAP compliance, and case studies;
7. 15 hours in Statistics, Modeling And Finance covering topics such as statistics, valuation, models, and real estate finance;
8. 15 hours in Advanced Residential Applications And Case Studies covering topics such as complex property, ownership and market conditions, deriving and supporting adjustments, residential market analysis, and advanced case studies;
9. 20 hours of additional courses in appraisal subject matter;
10. 15 hours in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP);

(NOTE: If an applicant plans to use this course for a certified classification, the appraisal Subcommittee of the federal government contends that federal law requires that the course be one not subject to the Board's review and approval. Instead, it must be one the Appraisal Qualifications Board of The Appraisal Foundation has identified by the name "15-hour National USPAP Course, or its equivalent." The Appraisal Foundation, the private entity that mandates the use of that course, seeks to generate profits from it.

That course and its equivalent courses were developed under criteria unknown to the Board. The phrase "its equivalent" apparently means only a course that The Appraisal Foundation says is "equivalent" to its course. Appraisers may not receive credit for the "15-hour National USPAP Course, or its equivalent" unless (a) the school offers the appraisal Foundation's course on USPAP and pays The Appraisal Foundation special fees for the number of students enrolled in its course, (b) secures the permission of an entity that has achieved The Appraisal Foundation's "equivalent" status to offer its course, or (c) secures The Appraisal Foundation's "equivalent" status for a course the school develops. Regardless of which of the three types of USPAP course that a school uses, every student it enrolls must receive a copy of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice for which The Appraisal Foundation has received payment or a royalty. Regardless of the educational quality of the course, a course on USPAP developed by Board approved schools may not replace the "15-hour National USPAP Course, or its equivalent" unless the school obtains The Appraisal Foundation's equivalency authorization and pays The Appraisal Foundation any fees it may require for

(a) the approvaland
(b) offering the course or materials to students; and 11. such other subject matter as the Board may require or approve.
(d) for courses approved to meet the education requirement for state certified general real property appraiser:
1. 30 hours in Basic Appraisal Principles covering topics such as real property concepts and characteristics, legal considerations, influences on real estate values, types of value, economic principles, an overview of real estate markets and analysis, the provisions of the Appraisal Act and its Rules and Regulations, and ethics and how they apply in appraisal theory and practice;
2. 30 hours in Basic Appraisal Procedures covering topics such as the provisions of Georgia's Residential Mortgage Fraud law and methods for identifying possible fraud in transactions and properly reporting alleged fraud, an overview of approaches to value, valuation procedures, property description, and residential applications;
3. 30 hours in General Appraisal Market Analysis And Highest And Best Use covering topics such as market fundamentals and characteristics, supply analysis, demand analysis, use of market analysis, and the application of highest and best use;
4. 30 hours in General Appraisal Site Valuation And Cost Approach covering topics such as site valuation methods, cost approach concepts and definitions, replacement/reproduction cost new, and methods of estimating accrued depreciation;
5. 30 hours in General Appraisal Sales Comparison Approach covering topics such as sales comparison valuation principles & procedures, derivation and measurement of adjustments, and reconciliation;
6. 60 hours in General Appraisal Income Approach covering topics such as compound interest, lease analysis, income analysis, vacancy and collection loss, estimating operating expenses and reserves, reconstructed income and expense statement, stabilized net operating income estimate, direct capitalization, discounted cash flow, yield capitalization, and partial interests;
7. 30 hours in General Appraisal Report Writing and Case Studies covering topics such as writing and reasoning skills, common writing problems, and report options;
8. 15 hours in Statistics, Modeling And Finance statistics, valuation, and models;
9. 30 hours of additional courses in appraisal subject matter;
10. 15 hours in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP);

(NOTE: If an applicant plans to use this course for a certified classification, the appraisal Subcommittee of the federal government contends that federal law requires that the course be one not subject to the Board's review and approval. Instead, it must be one the Appraisal Qualifications Board of The Appraisal Foundation has identified by the name "15-hour National USPAP Course, or its equivalent." The Appraisal Foundation, the private entity that mandates the use of that course, seeks to generate profits from it.

That course and its equivalent courses were developed under criteria unknown to the Board. The phrase "its equivalent" apparently means only a course that The Appraisal Foundation says is "equivalent" to its course. Appraisers may not receive credit for the "15-hour National USPAP Course, or its equivalent" unless (a) the school offers the appraisal Foundation's course on USPAP and pays The Appraisal Foundation special fees for the number of students enrolled in its course, (b) secures the permission of an entity that has achieved The Appraisal Foundation's "equivalent" status to offer its course, or (c) secures The Appraisal Foundation's "equivalent" status for a course the school develops. Regardless of which of the three types of USPAP course that a school uses, every student it enrolls must receive a copy of Uniform Standards of Professional

Appraisal Practice for which The Appraisal Foundation has received payment or a royalty. Regardless of the educational quality of the course, a course on USPAP develope d by Board approved schools may not replace the "15-hour National USPAP Course, or its equivalent" unless the school obtains The Appraisal Foundation's equivalency authorization and pays The Appraisal Foundation any fees it may require for

(a) the approvaland
(b) offering the course or materials to students; and 11. such other subject matter as the Board may require or approve.
(3) Course fees, entrance standards, and standards for successful completion shall not be based on the student's race, color, sex, religion, national origin, familial status, or handicap.
(4) An "instruction hour" means a period of time of at least fifty minutes of instruction or other learning activity. The Board will grant credit toward a classroom hour requirement for pre-classification education only if the course offering is at least fifteen hours in length and the applicant successfully completes an examination pertinent to the course.

The Board will grant credit toward a classroom hour for continuing education only if the course offering is at least two hours in length. Unless it has prior approval of the Board, no school may schedule a student for more than seven and one-half (7½) hours per day of classroom instruction and testing. The school shall hold all classroom instruction between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. with breaks totaling at least fifteen minutes every two hours. The schedule shall allow reasonable time for preparation for each classroom session.

(5) The school coordinator/director shall notify the Board when any individual class has fewer than six (6) or more than forty (40) students. The coordinator/director shall give this notice to the Board within twenty-four hours after the first session of the class.
(6) Each course shall begin and end with the playing of any audio or video tape message the Board may require.
(7) For all courses schools shall include with each instructional unit appropriate reading assignments for completion out of class. The school shall also require that students complete out of class extensive written exercises which the Board approves. Each written assignment a student submits for grading shall include the following:

I certify that I have personally completed this assignment.

(DATE) (STUDENT'S SIGNATURE)

The school shall refuse to grade any written assignment on which the student does not sign this statement.

(8) Schools may offer units of instruction on subjects other than those required by the Board only with prior written approval from the Board.
(9) While instructors may use such teaching methods as lecture, discussion, questions and answers, etc. in in-class sessions, instruction should also include role play, simulations, or other similar instructional techniques designed to assist students in mastering the skills required to act as a real estate appraiser.
(10) The school coordinator/director shall be responsible for consistent and regular evaluation of the school's instructors. The coordinator/director shall provide each student with an opportunity to make unsigned, written evaluations of instructors. Schools shall maintain summaries of these evaluation forms for a period of five years or until the instructor is no longer used by the school, whichever is earlier.

Rule 539-2-.04 Course Examinations

(1) Every approved course offered to meet preclassification education shall conclude with an examination prepared and administered by the approved school.
(2) Schools must require that students achieve a passing score (a score consistent with the passing score required on state classification examinations) on final examinations administered for approved courses. Schools may elect to allow any student who fails to achieve a passing score to take another examination on another day without repeating in-class instruction. If a student fails to achieve a passing score on a second final examination, the student must repeat all in-class instruction of that course before taking another examination.
(3) Schools shall maintain at least four forms of a final examination for each course and shall provide the Board with reasonable assurances that Board approved examinations are secure from distribution to students except upon administration of an examination and that the school will follow such instructions as the Board may prescribe covering the administration, storage, and disposition of any Board approved examinations that it receives. The Board may impose any disciplinary action permitted by law on the approval of any school which fails to provide proper security for Board approved examinations.
(4) Final examinations for an approved course should attempt to measure the student's competence in the knowledge or skills taught in the approved course. A school shall not be required to submit a course final examination to the Board if the examination:
(a) consists of multiple-choice questions with a minimum of four choices for each question; and
(b) includes no fewer than two multiple-choice questions for each credit hour of the course. A school must submit to the Board for approval any course final examination that does not meet the above criteria prior to the examination's being administered for the approved course.
(5) Whenever a school selects someone other than the school director, school coordinator, or approved instructor as a proctor to administer a course final examination, that person may not be personally related to the student taking the examination or associated with the student in any real estate or appraisal practice. A school must require that any proctor for final examinations sign and date a statement indicating that the proctor personally administered the course final examination and that the proctor administered the examination according to the requirements of this chapter.

Rule 539-2-.05 Continuing Education Courses

(1) The Board shall deem an appraiser who completes the seven hour course on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice as required in Rule 539-1-.16(7) to have met the continuing education requirement of O.C.G.A. Section 43-39A-8(b)for a renewal period if the appraiser also successfully completes in a renewal period any of the following courses which have at least the total number of hours of instruction that the appraiser is required to complete:
(a) any course of at least 3 semester hours or 5 quarter hours at an accredited college or university which deals with principles, fundamentals, or essentials of valuation. College correspondence courses and courses which qualify for continuing education units may not be used to qualify under this Rule; or
(b) any other course which the Board approves prior to an appraiser's taking the course and which includes coverage of real estate appraisal related topics such as:
1. ad valorem taxation;
2. arbitrations;
3. business courses related to practice of real estate appraisal;
4. development cost estimating;
5. ethics and standards of professional practice;
6. land use planning, zoning, and taxation;
7. management, leasing, brokerage, and timesharing;
8. property development;
9. real estate appraisal;
10. real estate law;
11. real estate litigation;
12. real estate financing and investment;
13. real estate appraisal related computer applications;
14. real estate securities and syndication;
15. real property exchange;
15.1. Georgia's Residential Mortgage Fraud law and methods for identifying possible fraud in transactions and properly reporting alleged fraud;
15.2. the provisions of the Appraisal Act and its Rules and Regulations; and
16. any other topics to which the Board may give prior approval.
(c) Any course approved by another appraiser regulatory licensing and certification agency in any state, district, territory, possession, or providence of the United States or Canada which meets the requirements of paragraph (1)(b) of this Rule.
(2) Appraisers completing continuing education requirements must submit transcripts or other verification of completion which the Board deems necessary and adequate.
(3) The Board shall deem the continuing education requirement for a renewal period as met by any appraiser who submits satisfactory written proof that he or she has taught any of the courses approved under this Rule totaling at least the number of continuing education hours that the appraiser is required to complete, provided that the appraiser complies with the requirements of Rule 539-1 - .16 (7).
(4) A course approved for continuing education credit may not be used by an appraiser to meet the education requirements for a different classification than that which the appraiser holds, unless such course is also approved by the Board to meet the education requirements for certification.
(5) The Board, in its discretion, may require the completion of an examination at the end of any continuing education course.
(6) An appraiser who has successfully completed an approved course to meet any part of such appraiser's continuing education requirement may not repeat that course unless at least one full year has passed since the completion of that course.
(7) Any nonresident appraiser shall have met the continuing education requirements required to maintain an appraiser classification in Georgia if such nonresident appraiser has met the continuing education requirements in such nonresident's state of residence and if the appraisal regulatory program in such nonresident's state of residence is not disapproved by the Appraisal Subcommittee.

Rule 539-2-.06 Facilities and Instructors

(1) Schools shall conduct all in-class instruction for courses approved under this Chapter in classroom style facilities.
(2) Each school approved by the Board shall conspicuously post the notification of its school approval in its classroom or in its administration area.
(3) Only instructors approved by the Board under the standards of Chapter 539-5 may instruct courses offered to meet the preclassification education requirements. Only instructors with appropriate experience and knowledge of the content areas of continuing education course may teach continuing education courses. Schools must maintain resumes or other biographical information documenting such knowledge and experience for all continuing education instructors who have not qualified as approved instructors under the standards of Chapter 539-5.
(4) Instructors may utilize no more than thirty (30) minutes for every seven and one-half (71/2) hours of instruction of audio or video material toward meeting any required classroom (or make-up) hours unless the Board grants written authorization for such material prior to its use.

Rule 539-2-.07 Minimum Standards for Students

(1) In order for a school to certify a student as passing an approved course, the student must attend the required number of classroom hours of instruction provided for in this Chapter.
(2) In order for a school to certify a student as passing an approved course, the student must complete all exercises and/or examinations required by the school.
(3) Except with the prior approval of the Board, students transferring from one course to another may not count any portion of their attendance or work in the former course toward passing the new course.
(4) In order for a school to certify a student as passing an approved course, the student must meet the minimum grading standards established by this Chapter and the school. On graded exercises and examinations for which this Chapter sets specific requirements, the school's policy shall at least equal those requirements. Other grading standards shall be in accordance with generally accepted educational standards. Schools shall publish these standards and give them to the students on a written form at the beginning of the course.

Rule 539-2-.08 Maintenance of Records

(1) All approved schools shall maintain, and upon reasonable request make available to any authorized representative of the Board, copies of all examinations with answer keys and copies of all texts or other instructional materials. Schools shall maintain these for a period of at least five years after use.
(2) Each school shall maintain for at least five years, in a form which the Board approves, records which reflect the attendance and scores earned by each student on all graded material and examinations used to determine whether the student passed a course. For all computer-based courses, each school shall maintain for at least five years, in a form that the Board authorizes, records which reflect the following:
(a) the student's name, the course title, the number of hours for the course, the particular software version of the course, and the course serial number;
(b) a Board authorized system of verification of the completion of each module of instruction within the computer-based course and the date of completion of the course;
(c) the scores for each student for all final examinations for those courses requiring such examinations; and
(d) verification of the above data by the school director/coordinator.
(3) Every school offering an approved course shall issue to the passing student an educational certificate provided by the Board. No later than fourteen (14) days after completion of each course, the school coordinator/director shall sign and file with the Board a student roster-letter which includes a certification that each student listed thereon has successfully passed the course, a statement of the number of hours the student attended the course along with the student's overall course grade, and any other data which the Board may require.

Rule 539-2-.09 Notice To Students

(1) At the time a student enrolls in an approved course, the school shall provide that student with the following information in writing:
(a) a statement of the Board's current approval of the course;
(b) whether the Board has approved the course to meet registration, licensure, certified residential, or certified general appraiser educational requirements and how many hours toward meeting those requirements the course contains;
(c) the approved instructors who will teach the course and detailed information on their qualifications to instruct in that course;
(d) the school's grading policies for all graded work including, but not limited to, homework examinations, oral or written practice appraisals;
(e) the school's attendance requirements and how students may make-up absences (if allowed); and
(f) for computer based courses, the notice to students must also include:
1. the name and address of the approved school;
2. the order in which the student must submit any homework assignments;
3. that the student must personally complete all instructional modules required to demonstrate mastery of the material and sign the certification statement required by Rule 539-2-.14(8);
4. that the student must successfully complete all assignments before receiving credit for the course or before attending any required in-class instruction; and
5. when and where to complete any required in class instruction; and
(g) any other information which the board may require.
(2) Since a copy of the school's notice to students is a part of the original application for school approval, schools must report in writting no later than 14 days prior to a course offering any change in the school's grading policies for courses, the school's attendance requirements, and/or the school's make-up policy.

Rule 539-2-.10 Renewal of Approval

In order to renew the approval for any school, the board must receive an application from the school requesting renewal prior to the expiration of the current approval of the course. The application requesting renewal must be on a form approved by the board and accompanied by the required renewal fee established in Rule 539-1-.02.

Rule 539-2-.11 Changes and Exceptions

(1) Schools shall notify the Board in writing immediately of any changes in its director/coordinator, its name, its phone number, or its location or mailing address. The school shall notify the Board in writing immediately if it terminates its relationship with an instructor because of the instructor's violation of any provision of this Chapter.
(2) Schools may request exceptions, modifications, or exemptions to the requirement of this Chapter whenever sound educational reasons exist for such a request. Schools must submit such requests in writing with supporting rationales and may implement them only after receiving written approval from the Board.

Rule 539-2-.12 Advertising

(1) If a school, after approval, wishes to use the name of the Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board in its advertising, it should indicate that the Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board approves the course(s) as meeting the requirements of Georgia laws. Advertising includes any type of solicitation, and advertisements may not indicate in any fashion that the board has any interest in the school other than insuring that it complies with the standards imposed by Georgia law. In no event can the phrase "Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board" appear anywhere in the advertisement in larger type than the words and phrases preceding or following the phrase "Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board."
(2) An approved school shall not advertise courses approved under this Chapter with non-approved courses that it may offer in such a manner as to lead the public to believe that the non-approved courses bear board approval or meet any registration, license, or certification requirements. An approved school shall not name and/or advertise non-approved courses in such a manner as to lead the public to believe that the non-approved courses bear board approval or meet any registration, license, or certification requirements.
(3) An approved school shall not advertise a course as being offered, sponsored, or conducted by or in conjunction with a real estate appraisal firm or other organization or individual which is not an approved school. However, a school may advertise that it will offer a course at the location of a real estate appraisal firm or other organization provided that only personnel of the approved school:
(a) provide students and prospective students with information concerning course offerings except that the school may allow other persons to distribute written information prepared by the school's director/coordinator. Such printed information shall include no telephone number other than the school's number and the following statement:

"This information provided by (name of school). Direct any questions concerning this information to (name of school).";

(b) handle paperwork for registering and enrolling students and for certifying students' completion of the course; and
(c) maintain all records required by the board.
(4) While a course may help to prepare students to take a state examination, the board will not approve any course if the name of the course or any advertising of the school or person offering the course indicates that the primary objective of the course is to prepare students for passing a state examination and may rescind approval of any course which so advertises.
(5) An approved school may not advertise that successful completion of its courses will assist an individual in passing a Board approved examination unless it includes its passing percentage in the advertisement in type as large as the reference to passing the examination. In calculating and advertising its passing percentage, an approved school must include the following information:
(a) the passing rate of its students:
1. on the examination(s) to which the advertisement refers;
2. expressed as a specific percentage (language such as "more than 80% passing" is not acceptable);
3. based on only first-time examinees and so state in the advertisement; and
4. for the calendar year prior to the advertisement (the year must be identified in the advertisement);
(b) whether the passing rate is for the licensing and certified residential examination or the certification examination (passing rates for the two examinations may not be combined);
(c) the actual number of its students taking the examination during the calendar year cited; and
(d) the actual number of its students passing the examination in the calendar year cited. An approved school which advertises non-approved courses which do not qualify an individual to sit for an examination but which are held out to the public as assisting an individual to pass the examination must comply with the requirements of this paragraph in advertising those courses.

Rule 539-2-.13 Violations

(1) Any violation of the provisions of this Chapter, any falsification or misrepresentation on the application for approval or renewal, or any falsification or misrepresentation of any other reports, certifications, or applications required to be submitted by this Chapter may result in withdrawal of approval or any other sanction permitted by O.C.G.A. § 43- 39A-18 or citation permitted by O.C.G.A. § 43-39A-18.1.
(2) Any school whose annual percentage of students passing the state examinations falls ten percentage points or more below the percent of total examinees passing a state examination in any calendar year may have its approval withdrawn or have one of the sanctions allowed by O.C.G.A. § 43-39A-18 imposed on it or citation permitted by O.C.G.A. § 43-39A-18.1.
(3) Before imposing any sanction for a violation of this Chapter, the board shall afford a hearing in accordance with the "Georgia Administrative Procedure Act" O.C.G.A. §50-13 to the school allegedly violating this Chapter.

Rule 539-2-.14 Computer-Based Courses

(1) Frequently, some applicants for appraiser classification have difficulty attending classes to meet the law's education requirements because they live at significant distances from approved schools offering these education courses, because of extended personal illness, because of induction into the armed forces, or because of other similar extraordinary circumstances. To meet these types of problems, the Board approves the offering of independent-based courses.
(2) Every course approved under this Rule shall teach to mastery. Teaching to mastery means that the course shall, as a minimum:
(a) divide the material into major units as approved by the Board;
(b) divide each of the major units of content into modules of instruction for delivery on a computer or other approved interactive audio or audiovisual programs;
(c) specify the learning objectives for each module of instruction. The learning objectives must be comprehensive enough to insure that if all the objectives are met, the entire content of the course will be mastered;
(d) specify an objective, quantitative criterion for mastery used for each learning objective;
(e) implement a structured learning method by which each student is able to attain each learning objective;
(f) provide means of diagnostic assessment of each student's performance on an ongoing basis during each module of instruction;
1. this assessment process shall measure what each student has learned and not learned at regular intervals throughout each module of instruction, and
2. the diagnostic assessment must specifically assess the mastery of each concept covered in the content material.
(g) provide a means of tailoring the instruction to the needs of each student as identified in (e) above. The process of tailoring the instruction shall insure that each student receives adequate remediation for specific deficiencies identified by the diagnostic assessment;
(h) continue the appropriate remediation on an individualized basis until the student demonstrates achievement of each mastery criterion; and
(i) require that the student demonstrate mastery of all material covered by the learning objectives for the module before the module is completed.
(3) Prior to the development of specific computer-based courses to be offered to meet education requirements, a school must submit to the Board for its approval satisfactory documentation of the method by which each element of mastery on paragraph (2) of this Rule is to be accomplished. If the Board authorizes that method, the school may utilize that method in developing any courses it may offer to meet appraisers' education processes implemented with computer-based courses must be based on sound instructional strategies that have been systematically designed and proven effective through educational research and development. The basis and rationale for any proposed instructional approach must be specified in any request for approval.
(4) Courses approved under this Rule must also meet the criteria outlined in Rule 539-2-.02, except those covering in-class instruction. Except where the Board has granted permission in writing to do otherwise, persons developing computer-based courses must:
(a) utilize at least nine persons in testing programs in order to evaluate for the developer the quality of content and the user friendliness of software and hardware. Of those nine persons, at least three must be unclassified, at least three must be classified appraisers holding classifications at the level of or higher than the courses being developed, and at least six must be non-educators. Persons developing such courses must document that those testing the programs have varying skill and knowledge levels of computers and appraising, and
(b) make reasonably available to an authorized representative of the Board documentation on the development and testing processes utilized in the computer-based courses.
(5) The following types of programs will not be deemed as meeting the requirements of this Rule:
(a) those which consist primarily of text material presented on a computer or other audio or audiovisual programs rather than in printed material;
(b) those which consist primarily of questions similar to those on the state licensing examination;
(c) those which consist primarily of combinations of the elements in (a) and (b) above.
(6) An approved instructor and/or the school coordinator/director shall grade the written course work required of students in computer-based courses.
(7) Every computer-based course approved to meet the educational requirement for state registered real property appraiser, for state licensed real property appraiser, for state certified residential real property appraiser, for state certified general real property appraiser, and for continuing education shall consist of interactive computer-based or other interactive audio or audiovisual programs which will reasonably require the student to expend in completing the course the number of hours for which the course is approved.
(8) Every school offering an approved computer-based course shall offer those courses under an approved instructor who shall:
(a) be available to answer students' questions or provide them assistance as necessary;
(b) provide reasonable oversight of students' work in order to insure that the student who completes the work is the student who is enrolled in the course;
(c) obtain from each student the following certification statement:

I certify that I have personally completed each assigned module of instruction.

__________________ ____________________________

Date Student Signature

(d) certify students as successfully completing a computer-based course only if the student:
1. has completed all instructional modules required to demonstrate mastery of the material,
2. has attended any hours of live instruction and/or testing required for a given course, and
3. has passed the final examination, if the Board, in approving the course requires such an examination.

Rule 539-2-.15 Instruction in Standards

(1) Every course offered by an approved school for pre-classification or continuing education credit shall include acknowledgement and coverage of the provisions of the current editions of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the Board's Standards for Appraisals that relate to the subject matter of the course.
(2) Every approved school shall:
(a) provide instruction to each student who enrolls in any continuing education course offered by such school on how to access USPAP on the Internet and particularly how to identify and access that part of USPAP related to the subject matter of the course; or
(b) supply to every student who enrolls in any continuing education course offered by such school a copy of the latest annual edition of USPAP and identify that part of USPAP related to the subject matter of the course.

Rule 539-2-.16 Distance Education Courses

(1) Distance education is a course(s) in which instruction does not take place in a traditional classroom setting but rather through other media in which teacher and student are separated by distance and sometimes by time.
(2) The Board approves distance education courses:
(a) that meet all of the requirements of this chapter, or
(b) for which the applicant provides satisfactory documentation that (1) the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC) has certified the course as meeting its distance education standards for course design and delivery mechanism and (2) the course content meets the content requirements of this Chapter. Any Board approval based on such an IDECC certification will cease immediately upon notice from IDECC that certification of the course has been discontinued for any reason.
(3) In distance education courses, a classroom hour is defined as fifty minutes of instruction out of each sixty minute segment.