To upgrade from your apprentice license and become a licensed appraiser, you must take four licensing courses: QE-4, QE-5, QE-6 and QE-7. Once you have completed these courses, you will submit the four course certificates, along with your application to the real estate appraisers board. It usually takes about a week to process your application once it has been submitted. When your application process is complete, you will receive an email and a mailed letter with detailed instructions on how to schedule your state licensing exam.