Once you’ve completed your ICA School training, the next step for Florida residents is a home inspection license. You have a few different testing options, but the Florida Association of Building Inspectors or FABI exam is one of the most convenient.
The FABI Home Inspector Exam is accepted by the Department of Business and Professional Regulations, and it’s offered as several locations around the state. The central location offers it year round.
Here’s what you need to know before you sign up:
What’s Covered on the Florida Home Inspection License Exam?
When you sit for the Florida exam, you’ll have 2 1/2 hours to complete 100 multiple choice questions. Because this is an FABI exam, you’ll be tested on your knowledge of the association’s Standards of Practice.
FABI says the exam also contains modules for Reports, Inspecting a House, Roofing, Structure, Interiors, Exteriors, and Insect Damage. Additionally, you can expect questions on Electrical, Plumbing and Gas, HVAC, Appliances, Pools, and Sprinklers.
Which Study Guide is Recommended?
Your ICA school training will have prepared you for the exam, but most students spend some time studying to help ensure the best possible outcome. The FABI exam material is taken from the book, “Real Estate Home Inspection: Mastering the Profession, 5th Ed.” (Russell Burgess).
You can order the book from FABI, or any other major book retailer. The Association suggests reading the book a chapter at a time, and taking each chapter’s review test at the end. You’ll have a feel for whether you know the material well enough or need more study time based on how well you score on the practice reviews.
Where Can I Sit for the Exam?
Some locations offer the FABI exam at one appointed time, while one location offers the exam year round by appointment.
- Hialeah – Friday, August 28 (Pre-registration required)
- Coral Springs – Sunday, September 20 (Pre-registration required)
- Daytona Beach Shored – Sunday December 6
- Orlando – Fridays at 9 a.m. (by appointment only)
If you plan to take your exam in Orlando, the address is:
3751 Maguire Boulevard, Suite 260
Orlando, FL 32803
What About Exam Fees?
Nothing in life that’s worth having is free, and the FABI exam is no different. The Association offers two different fee options, one for non FABI members, and another for FABI Associate Inspectors and students of affiliate schools.
ICA School is an FABI affiliate, so your cost will be $100. Your first year of association fees are also waived, so you’ll qualify for one free year of FABI membership as long as you attend at least one conference. Non-members and those who did not attend ICA or another affiliate school will pay $200 to sit for the exam.
Becoming a home inspector happens in stages. First you’ll complete your ICA School training course, then you’ll receive your certification. The next beg step is licensure, and the Florida Association of Building inspectors can help with that.
If you’re still just dreaming about home inspection as a career, get a free demo from ICA School. You’ll see firsthand what makes our online course different, and why it’s the right choice.