Thinking about how to become a home inspector, but you’re not sure where to begin? It’s no small accomplishment to complete the training you’ll need and branch out on your own, so it’s natural to have a lot of questions.
Home inspection isn’t for everyone. But for those who fit, there’s no better career. You’ll have the freedom to start and grow a business, and you’ll know that everything you do counts to many people.
While you’re weighing the pros and cons as you see them, here’s more of what you need to know before making this commitment that can change your future for the better:
What are Some Benefits of Becoming a Home Inspector?
Home inspectors come from all different walks of life. Some have a general contractor background and years of experience, which leads them to pursue inspecting as a new career. It’s a natural choice for contractors, and the experience does help, but it doesn’t matter which career you’ve had, anyone can train to become a good inspector.
One benefit of being a home inspector is that you can be your own boss. You can build your own company, have employees or not, keep regular hours or not, and take a much or as little work as you want to manage.
But on a more intangible level, there’s the importance of the services that inspectors provide. Sometimes they are hired by a real estate agent to determine the condition of a house or specific elements of a house. And sometimes private buyers hire inspectors to learn the same.
There’s also the financial benefit of home inspection. You can work part time, but many inspectors work full time and earn a 5 or even 6 figure income. You can influence what you earn by how dedicated you are to your own business.
Will I Need a License and Certification?
Licensure is required in many, but not all, states. You can search for your state’s regulations using our interactive State Licensing Map.
Licensure and certification are different things. For example, Texas requires inspectors to be licensed by the state Real Estate Commission as either an apprentice, real estate inspector, or a professional inspector. Each category has its own requirements, such as age, citizenship, and completion of a set volume of supervised inspection work. But your state may vary.
Certification isn’t generally required, but you won’t find yourself with much (if any) work if you aren’t certified. Inspection Certification Associates offers you the training you need to become a qualified inspector, and you’ll receive the ICA certification after you have successfully completed our course materials.
ICA is also an affiliate member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), and others. Once you receive your ICA certification, you’ll even receive a free 6-month membership to NAHI.
What Kind of Training is Available Through ICA?
In a word, your training will be comprehensive. Ours is a paced program that you can complete in your own timeframe, which is good considering the volume of material that’s covered. You can use your computer, smartphone, or tablet to access the course materials and expansive resource library.
Your tuition includes access to eBooks, slide presentations, instructor-led videos, quizzes and exams, and ultimately your certification. You’ll learn about topics such as the legal and business aspects of home inspection (which is critical for running your own business), the inspection process, roofing, exteriors, structure, interiors, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, drafting reports, and much more.
With concerted effort, you might finish your course in 10 days, but most students finish in about a month. It depends on how much time you have to devote to training. We have a 120-hour program, but your completion time is determined by how quickly you work.
One of our Frequently Asked Questions is whether there’s an instructor for the course, since it’s a paced program. You will absolutely have an instructor who has years of experience in the industry.
Home inspection isn’t something that most people go into lightly. There’s the financial aspect of solid training, the time commitment, and also the decision to work independently as your own boss later.
Our course tuition rate is $495, which is a real bargain considering everything that you’ll get. It’s even more of a bargain when you compare it to other programs, which offer much less and often cost a lot more.
Home inspection benefits you and the community where you live. That’s more than many career choices can offer. If you’re ready to take the next step, get a demo and see our training in action.