Becoming a home inspector in Illinois isn’t a lot different from other states. Some requirements and fees aren’t the same, but they’re very similar. The important part is beginning with the right education that fulfills Illinois regulations. With that out of the way, you’re ready to move ahead.
Here’s what you can expect from the whole process:
Before you can apply for licensure in the state of Illinois, you’ll need to complete three things. The first is passing a home inspector education program that’s approved by the state. The second is completing 5 field inspection events. And the third is passing the Illinois Home Inspector Exam with a score of 70 or better.
ICA School’s education program meets the Illinois requirements and is an approved course of study. When you receive your embossed ICA School transcript showing that you have completed the required 60 hours of training, then you can register for the 190-question state exam.
The basic requirements for licensure include being at least 21 years old with a high school diploma or its equivalent. In addition, you’ll need your ICA School transcript plus evidence of passing the state exam. If your business will register as a corporation, LLC or partnership, you’ll need what’s known as an entity license. Sole proprietorships don’t need entity licensing.
If you’re required to have an entity license, you’ll also need to provide a list of every owner, partner, member, manager or director of the company, and articles of incorporation or other proof of your business organization structure.
Fees and Due Dates
The state exam fee is $125, which you’ll pay when you register and choose the location where you’ll take the test. Licensing fees depending on whether your business is a sole proprietorship or a corporation, LLC or other structure that requires a business entity license.
For sole proprietorships, the licensing fee is $250. If you need an entity license, the fee is the same. Licenses are good in Illinois for two years, expiring on the 30th of November in even numbered years. The renewal fee is $400 for home inspectors and entities. Late renewal comes with an additional $50, unless the license is renewed after two years have passed. In that case, a new full application for business license and the accompanying fees is required.
Continuing education isn’t just good for home inspectors, it’s also required for business license renewal in Illinois. Every home inspector needs 12 hours of Illinois-approved CE courses every two years, due any time before license renewal.
Of those 12 hours, 6 must be from mandatory or technical courses. You can find the CE courses that you need at Quality Education Group, which is the ICA School affiliate.
Illinois home inspectors are required to follow Standards of Practice that essentially mirror those of most national home inspector organizations. And like many other states, Illinois regulates home inspectors as a protective measure for citizens. It might seem like a lot to complete before you can go to work as an inspector, but in the long run it is good for your business and the whole industry.
If you’re ready to start the educational portion of becoming a home inspector, click here and enroll now. Our program is approved by the state. And once you’re working in the field, our affiliate can help you keep your continuing education credits up to date before every license renewal period.