Appraiser licensing/certification varies from state to state. To participate in what is called a "federally-related transaction," which is, for example, a mortgage being underwritten by a national bank, an appraiser must be licensed or certified by his or her state. The license or certification is evidence that the appraiser has performed a certain number of hours as a trainee under the supervision of a practicing appraiser, may have passed an examination, and completes a certain number of hours of Continuing Education Training.
Prior to the Savings and Loan crisis of the 80s, which gave rise to appraiser licensing, appraisers had to market their expertise, service, professionalism and association designations. Many feel that state licensing has diluted the appraisal profession. Many consider licensure a bare minimum of what you should expect from an appraiser.
I have established a reputation for high-quality and prompt work, performed professionally and ethically, with outstanding customer service. You should never just look for a certified appraiser; you should be discriminating in choosing your service providers. Tour my website for valuable information on the experience I have and the service that I provide.
You should always be sure your appraisal service provider is licensed and in good standing. The Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) maintains a national database of appraisers and their license/certification status. It is available publicly at this link.
Among other things, this database, which relies on reports from each state appraisal board, will tell you if a service provider you are considering has had his or her license/certification suspended, revoked, or whether the license/certification has lapsed. My certification is current and in good standing!