USPAP 2020-2021 Extension

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2020-21 USPAP Extension – Does this mean USPAP will be on a three-year cycle going forward?

USPAP has been extended for one year, effective through December, 31, 2022.

This is the Appraisal Foundation news release, issued on Feb. 19, 2021:

Media Contact: Amy Timmerman (202) 624-3048
BREAKING: 2020-21 USPAP Extended for One Year (Washington, DC)
February 19, 2021 –

The Appraisal Foundation’s Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) announced today that the current edition of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) will be extended by one year. The 2020-2021 USPAP will now be effective until December 31, 2022.

“USPAP has been a living document since its adoption in 1987. Initially, changes were being adopted so frequently, they were simply being added as inserts into a large binder. As time has progressed the updating cycle lengthened to one year and now two years. Like every profession, COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the appraisal profession and how we conduct day to day business. Pressing issues have arisen in our profession over the past year ranging widely from concerns about fair housing matters to how to conduct a socially distanced property inspection. USPAP is a maturing document, and it can take longer to study the complex issues facing our profession and how they will impact our standards. We believe all of these are all critical issues and deserve thoughtful consideration before we issue guidance,” said ASB Chair Wayne Miller.

“With that in mind, we have decided to extend the effective date of the current USPAP by one year. This will provide continuity to the profession during this pandemic while also giving the ASB the appropriate time to carefully examine the challenges facing our profession before offering additional guidance.”

To learn more about this announcement, please visit The Appraisal Foundation website, or click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions, including how this decision impacts continuing education courses.

In addition to the above news release, the ASB also released this FAQ:

Frequently Asked Questions: 2020-21 USPAP Extension

How long is the current version of USPAP effective? With this announcement, the 2020-21 USPAP will now have an effective date through December 31, 2022.

Does this mean USPAP will be on a three-year cycle going forward? No, we have made no decision on how long future USPAP publications will remain in effect. We may return to two-year cycles, or choose another timeline, depending upon the need to make changes.

If I took the 7-hour continuing education course for the 2020-21 USPAP, and that is still in effect, do I wait until 2023 to take the new 7-hour course? No, you will still need to take the 7-hour continuing education course every two years. This extension does not impact appraiser continuing education requirements. The 7-hour continuing education course is required to be taken once every two years as a way to offer appraisers a refresher on important cornerstones of the profession and offer practical applications for their appraisal practice. A new course will come out later this year.

Will I need to buy another copy of USPAP for the 7-hour continuing education course if I already bought a copy of the 2020-21 USPAP? No, you can continue using the version of USPAP for this cycle.

I am an education provider. How does the impact me? We will be holding a webinar just for educational providers on this decision and our new 7 hour continuing education course on March 4th. If you have not previously received an invitation for this event, please contact Brigitte Coulton at

Dave Towne
Dave Towne

Dave Towne

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4 Responses

  1. Matthew Ellis on Facebook Matthew Ellis on Facebook says:

    It needs to be a on a 5-year cycle. Or more. “We changed and eliminated the word “the” to make the sentence more readable”.

  2. Vince Simon on Facebook Vince Simon on Facebook says:

    Should be a 4 hour class period. Typically less than two hours gets the updates. BS filler the rest

  3. Chase Pursley on Facebook Chase Pursley on Facebook says:

    What a racket. Maybe they can extend it to 2032.

  4. Baggins Baggins says:

    I flew through an online version in 5 hours flat. A dozen ethics classes later, it’s hard to get anything meaningful out of them. That’s the problem with organizations and corporations today, they find themselves incapable of providing a finished product.

    The long awaited update to the management rule in relation to amc billing practices never materialized though. It is still somehow ethically acceptable to provide a thing of value to an amc as an incentive to get more work. You just can’t do that literally anywhere else or it’s unethical. When things like that happen you say to yourself, what’s the point.


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USPAP 2020-2021 Extension

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