When you’re ready for your home inspection license in Florida, you’ll probably want some time to prepare before taking the exam. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation approves the InterNACHI exam, which is a proctored test. It’s not easy, but passing it means you’re all set to move ahead.
Once you’ve completed your ACI School home inspection course requirements, here’s what you’ll need to know about taking your state license exam:
How to Schedule and Pay for the Exam
InterNACHI explains that the Florida exam is offered at 9 different locations throughout Florida. The first thing you’ll need to do is select a location that’s convenient, then choose an available date and time.
Scheduling in advance is important, as the locations might not accept walk-ins. The cost of the exam is $125, and you can pay using a credit or debit card. If you need to re-take the exam, you might need to pay an additional fee.
Which Subjects You Should Study
The exam covers numerous topics, including general home inspection, plumbing, safety, structure, insulation and ventilation, interior, exterior, roofing, electrical, ethics, and several others. You can access the InterNACHI recommended study guide here.
InterNACHI also suggests several other study resources. There’s the InterNACHI home inspector courses and their “Wood-Destroying Organism Inspection course, both of which members can access for free. And there’s also the Florida Code, which is free to everyone. You can even take a free practice exam here, but you’ll need to provide some information to receive logins.
Scoring is Tough, but Fair
Earning your Florida state home inspection license isn’t easy, but good preparation will help. There are 120 questions, which are selected at random, and you’ll have an hour to complete it. If you don’t pass the first time, InterNACHI explains that questions on the next exam that you take will be different.
You’ll need a score of 80% to pass, but it’s a little tougher than that. If any section results in half or fewer questions answered incorrectly, the exam automatically issues a failing grade. Another way the exam is difficult is the weight that’s given to certain questions that deal with safety or potential public harm. Those questions carry a stricter scoring penalty for incorrect answers.
Passing the exam is only part of the requirements for gaining your Florida state license. You’ll need to provide fingerprints, be of good character, and obtain professional insurance, says InterNACHI.
The Florida state licensing exam isn’t easy, but ICA School’s curriculum is specifically designed to prepare you for it. Once you’ve completed your course, you’ll probably want to refresh your memory using the InterNACHI study guides, too.
Are you ready for a rewarding career in home inspection? Enroll now, and start learning what you’ll need to succeed both for your licensing exam and for working out in the field.