How to Become a Home Inspector in Vermont

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According to the Vermont Secretary of State,  home inspectors in Vermont are governed by two appointees. These advisors are professional inspectors with at least five years of experience. They collaborate with the Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) about industry-related concerns, such as training.

Before home inspectors, known as property inspectors in Vermont, are licensed, they’re required to meet certain eligibility standards, including education credits. If your career path is headed toward home inspecting, here’s what you can expect.

Vermont Has Pre-Licensing Requirements

Vermont is strict but also straightforward with licensing home inspectors. The OPR’s objective is to protect state citizens through property inspector requirements such as these:

  • Be a minimum of 18 years old
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Complete at least 80 hours of approved education
  • Pass a pre-licensing property inspection examination
  • Offer proof of certification to the board

Some Property Inspectors are Grandfathered In

Not every new licensee needs formal education coursework. Any inspector who worked in the industry before the new licensing requirements were instituted may apply for a license under their “grandfathered” rule.

To qualify for “grandfathering,” license applicants must have at least five years of in-state experience as a property inspector. Check out the state’s legislation, Sec. 1. 3 V.S.A. § 122  to learn more about grandfathering and whether or not you qualify.

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Although ICA School courses are online, you can communicate with an instructor anytime you need help.

Everyone Else Needs Property Inspector Education Through an Approved Provider

If you’re brand new to the industry, you need formal education. According to the Secretary of State, the 80 required hours of study must cover these elements:

  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Structural
  • Foundations
  • Roof coverings
  • Exteriors and interiors
  • “Site aspects as they affect the building”

Luckily, ICA School meets those requirements and more. Our comprehensive educational program includes these modules and many others:

  • Overview of Home Inspections
  • Roofing I & II
  • Exteriors I & II
  • Structure I & II
  • Interiors I & II
  • Plumbing I, II & III
  • Heating I, II & III
  • Electrical I, II, III & IV
  • Structure I & II

ICA School Goes the Extra Mile for Students

Although Vermont’s education requirements are enough to train property inspectors for the job, there’s more to being a home inspector than finding property defects. That’s why ICA School also helps you learn to run a small business.

Here’s some of what you’ll learn:

  • Legal and business aspects
  • Report writing
  • Marketing
  • Inspecting with drone technology
  • Commercial inspections

There’s more. ICA School is an even greater value because of the vast library of resource materials. You won’t have to pay extra to learn about inspecting for mold, radon or indoor air quality. You’ll also have access to the International Building Code plus more than 20 helpful e-books you can download and keep.

Once you complete your education course, your certification serves as proof of completion. The next step is licensure, then you can get to work for your own business or go the employment route with an existing property inspection company.

Vermont has serious guidelines for property inspectors, and ICA School is serious education. Enroll now and take the next step toward your new career today.

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