So you want to become a licensed home inspector in Connecticut? We’ve got great news. The path to licensure doesn’t contain any twist, turns or unnecessary red tape. Just devote a little time to getting the right education, show the state that you know your stuff and get to work.
Here’s what Connecticut requires of all new inspectors who haven’t held a license in the past.
Choose an Education Provider and Learn About the Industry
Connecticut is one of several states that require all new home inspectors to complete a home inspection education program. Approved providers, such as ICA School, offer coursework that meets or exceeds statewide minimums in both course hours and subject matter.
Acceptable courses, according to the CT Department of Consumer Protection:
- Home inspection licensing laws
- Home inspection forms and contracts
- Fireplaces and chimneys
- Roofs and roof structure
- Porches and decks
- Mechanical home systems such as HVAC
- Water supply such as wells
- Sprinkler systems and other fire protections
- Pests and insects
- Environmental hazards
- Telecommunication systems
- Inspection guidelines for appliances, cooling systems, evaporative coolers, heating, ductwork, electrical and other systems
Apply for a Home Inspector Internship Permit
Before a license is issued, prospective home inspectors spend some time working as an intern. New inspectors must complete no fewer than 100 home inspections under the supervision of a licensed Connecticut home inspector.
The first 10 inspections need a hands-on approach with direct supervision. After you complete 10 successful inspections, your home inspection mentor or supervisor may switch to an indirect supervisory role.
Sit for the Home Inspector’s Examination
Home inspectors who make it this far are in the licensing home stretch. There’s one more significant hurdle, and that’s the exam. Connecticut administers their own home inspection exam, but students can sit for the National Home Inspector’s Licensing Exam instead. Either exam is acceptable.
The national exam covers much of material that new inspectors learned through their education program of choice. Education providers such as ICA School help prepare students for the lengthy test with review materials and prep tests, which gives you a bit of an edge.
Apply for a State-Issued License
The final step in becoming a licensed home inspector in Connecticut is the license application. Good licensing prospects have fulfilled the education and supervised inspection requirements and are ready to take the last step forward.
Connecticut charges $40 for the license application and $250 in initial fees, for a total of $290, according to the Department of Consumer Protection. Fees are due and payable when you submit the necessary documentation. All that’s left is to wait for the state to issue your license. Then you could go to work for an existing home inspection company or forge ahead with your own business.
No matter where you begin, you may qualify for Connecticut home inspection licensing. The right education, inspection supervision and a passing exam score equal a good candidate for the job. All that it takes is industry knowledge, determination to complete at least 100 inspections as an intern and ultimately sitting for the national exam.
If that sounds like your path, ICA School has the courses to keep you on track. Enroll now and apply for your internship in a matter of a few short weeks.