COVID-19 and Continued Education for TN Real Estate Appraisers
The novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic is rapidly evolving. Governor Bill Lee has called on all Tennesseans to work together to battle the spread of COVID-19, including employers and individuals. This is an unprecedented event, and therefore we ask for patience and understanding as we work to protect your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of the millions of Tennesseans we serve. We will do this, as well as, ensuring that we continue to fulfill our mission and provide excellent customer service.
On March 19, 2020, Governor Lee signed Executive Order No. 15 (“the Order”). The Order provides the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Insurance (“the Department”) the discretion to reasonably extend deadlines for obtaining required education and continuing education to boards, commissions, and agencies administratively attached, such as the Tennessee Real Estate Appraiser Commission (“the Commission”). Therefore, effective immediately until May 18, 2020 or until further such notice, no license will be suspended for failure to complete continuing education requirements.
Additionally, while the Commission has broad discretion and authority, the Commission does not have the authority to suspend appraisal activities in Tennessee, that is a business decision left to your discretion. However, the Appraisal Institute (“the Institute”) has provided several questions and answers with suggestions for the real estate valuation profession and COVID-19 in conjunction with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) and the World Health Organization (“WHO”). For example, the Institute suggests licensees not put themselves in harm’s way while completing their assignments and to consult with their medical practitioners if you have concerns about exposure to COVID-19. Additionally, this includes regularly and thoroughly cleaning your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water, maintain at least six (6) feet between yourself and anyone who is coughing and sneezing, and staying home if you feel unwell.
For reference, please see the links below for resources regarding safety measures issued by the Tennessee Department of Health, the CDC, and the full text of the Institute’s “Coronavirus Q&A.” We hope you find this information helpful, and please let us know if you have additional questions.
- State of Tennessee, Executive Order No. 15
- Find updates issued by the CDC on the Commission website
- Tennessee Department of Health, Facility Visitor Guidance
- CDC, Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- CDC, COVID-19 “What You Need To Know”
- Appraisal Institute, “Coronavirus Q&A”