About Us

Welcome and Purpose

Welcome!  Arkansas has over 1,000 real estate appraisers.   These men and women contribute to the economy and well-being of the state through their daily work.  A professional real estate appraisal is an essential and important component of any real estate transaction.

The primary purpose of this website is to be a resource to residents of Arkansas seeking information about real estate appraisers.  The Arkansas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board is charged with protecting the public interest through regulation, examination, and licensing of Arkansas real estate appraisers and the registration of Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs).   We approve and monitor pre-licensing and certification education, experience and testing, as well as approve and monitor continuing/qualifying education for real estate appraisers.

It is our intent to maintain a system of licensing and regulating real estate appraisers that is in compliance with federal guidelines and results in license holders that have verified adequate education, experience, and have demonstrated a competency to provide quality service consistent with their specific credentials.

The Arkansas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board also investigates complaints against real estate appraisers and Appraisal Management Companies.

Most appraiser licenses are renewed in June of each year.  State registered (trainee) appraiser licenses are renewed in December.  

If you have a question about the Board or are looking for appraiser licensing information not found at this website, please contact us using the information at the bottom of this page.



The Arkansas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board was created by action of the 78th General Assembly during its regular session of 1991 with the passage of Act 541, "The Arkansas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Act.”  The necessity for establishing this Agency was prompted by enactment of Title XI of the Federal Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, which requires that all federally related transactions requiring appraisals will be performed by state licensed and/or certified appraisers. Act 541 was the instrument that set in motion the mechanics for Arkansas to qualify, test, and issue licenses to appraisers in order that the public would be protected and the State might be in compliance with the federal act.


Appraiser and AMC Rules, Regulations and Statutes

Appraiser Statutes

Appraiser Rules and Regulations

AMC Statutues

AMC Rules and Regulations



The Arkansas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board is composed of ten members appointed by the Governor, seven of whom must be practicing appraisers.

Members Location
Shannon Mueller, CG, Chairman Fayetteville
Cary Matthews, CG, Vice Chairman Jonesboro
Randy Minton, CG Ward
James Murphy, CR,  Financial Institution Representative Little Rock
Tom Ferstl, CG, Senior Citizen Representative Little Rock
Charles Johnson, CG Little Rock
James Gibson, Consumer Representative Farmington
Brian Hester, CR Farmington
Josh Barkhimer, CG Camden
Scott McKennon, CG Morrilton

CG denotes Certified General Appraiser and CR denotes Certified Residential Appraiser



Diana Piechocki, Executive Director | Email
Henk vanDuyvendijk, Chief Investigator l E-mail

Kelli Black, Executive Assistant to the Director | Email

Cecelia Simpkins, Administrative Specialist III | Email

Education Certificates, alcb.education@arkansas.gov
Julie Chavis, Board Attorney