It is a very straightforward process to become a licensed home inspector in the State of Illinois
Steps to become a licensed home inspector in Illinois
- Complete an approved 60 hour home inspection course – Our course is fully approved to meet this requirement. On the state website we are listed as Quality Education Group, which is our CE arm. In Illinois you also need to complete 5 field inspections with a licensed inspector. For a small additional fee we can set these up for you or you can complete them with an inspector of your choosing.
- Take and pass the Illinois State Home Inspectors Exam
- Start your own business or go to work for an existing company!
Illinois Home Inspection License Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a home inspector in Illinois?
As stated above, once you complete our online home inspection course you have now become a certified home inspector. The other thing Illinois requires is that you do 5 ride along inspections with an Illinois licensed home inspector. You can do those ride alongs with any licensed inspector, so if you want to find someone on your own you can, or you can do those with our field trainer. He charges $60 per ride along. After that you just need to take the Illinois home inspectors exam, which we prepare you for.
How much money do home inspectors make in Illinois?
The average salary for a home inspector in Illinois is approximately $70,000 per year.
How much does a home inspection pay?
The average fee for a home inspection in the state of Illinois is $350. The amount you charge for a home inspection will vary based upon age and square footage of the home. We cover that all during the online course.
Is your training recognized by ASHI?
Yes. We work closely with the American Society of Home Inspectors. In fact we train you specifically to the ASHI standards of practice. Because our home inspection school is an ASHI Gold Affiliate, all of our graduates are eligible for a free one year associate membership with ASHI. After that, if you want to further your membership you can take and pass the National Home Inspectors Exam along with the ASHI standards and ethics exam.
Is your training recognized by NAHI?
Yes. In fact all of our graduates are eligible for a free 6 month membership with the National Association of Home Inspectors. To take advantage of that you just need to provide them with a copy of your certification from us along with two completed home inspection reports. Those can even be practice inspections. Also, to receive the free 6 month membership you must initiate that within 90 days of completing our online home inspection course.
Do you mail me a certification?
Yes. We mail out your Illinois home inspection transcript to you upon completion of our online course and the 5 ride along inspections.
What should I use for my inspection report when I perform a home inspection?
We have an arrangement with www.homeinspectionform.com where our graduates receive a free copy of the Word version of their Report Form Pro home inspection report. That is the report that most of our graduates start with since it is so easy to use. Normally selling for $149 the Report Form Pro home inspection report can be printed and filled out by hand, or filled out on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can even put in photos easily. They also have a mobile app version of their home inspection report that can be used on an android or apple mobile device. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you have a home inspection report form that you’re comfortable with and these are both good home inspection report options.
Is there a time limit for the online home inspection course for Illinois?
No. There is no time limit on our course so you can take as much time as you would like to complete it.
Do you provide a list of tools that I need for performing a home inspection.
Yes. We provide you with a list of tools needed. It comes out to a little under $200, including the non-invasive moisture meter.
What about marketing materials?
We suggest using www.vistaprint.com for your business cards, brochures, and company website if you set one up. They are very affordable and even have templates specific to home inspection businesses.
Do you offer my state test?
No schools are allowed to give the home inspection exam in Illinois. That test is given by a third party testing company.
Do you send my certificate to the board?
Actually, the way it works is once you complete our course and pass the Illinois exam, you will send the board a copy of your Illinois home inspection transcript from us along with your score sheet from the Illinois exam. Then you will be issued your home inspection license.
Can I start my own home inspection business in Illinois after taking your online course?
Yes. In fact the majority of our graduates will start their own successful home inspection business after completing our course. We also train you on the whole marketing and business start-up side of things.
What if I have questions during my course?
We have full support for all students and graduates, both during and after the course. Even if you have questions when you are on a home inspection we can assist.
Do I need to be a contractor to be a home inspector?
No. We train students from all different backgrounds to be successful home inspectors.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to become a home inspector in Chicago, Springfield, Champaign Rockford, Peoria, Naperville, Aurora, Joliet, Schaumburg, or Elgin – our online home inspection course can be completed from anywhere.