The prospect of being a home inspector, though challenging, offers extensive benefits including:
- Flexible work schedule
- Great pay (part-time work averaging $46,000/year)
- Job security
It’s also a career path open to anyone with any background as long as they’re certified. ICA offers state-specific, online home inspector training and certification courses starting at just $695.00 with the opportunity to take bonus certification courses at no additional charge for graduates. Finish training at your own pace and get certified in as little as 10 days – though most of our students average 3 to 4 weeks to complete their online home inspector certification course – and start pursuing your new career.
Don’t know where to begin? Our experts break it down for you below and are also available to discuss options online and over the phone.
3 Steps To Become A Licensed Home Inspector
Step 1: Determine the state home inspector license requirements where you live or plan to work.
Step 2: Complete training, pass the exam, and receive your home inspector certification.
Step 3: Start your own business or go to work for an existing company!
People of all ages and backgrounds have trained with us to start their own successful home inspection businesses or take a job with an existing home inspection company. Inspecting homes on a part-time basis can also be a great way to bring in some extra money.
Licensing Requirements Vary State to State
Once you’ve decided to become a home inspector, the first step is to determine what’s required in the state where you live or plan to work, since licensing requirements vary widely from state to state. Some states, including Texas and New York, require more than 100 hours of classroom training, plus passing a state exam in order to receive a home inspector’s license. Illinois, Virginia and Connecticut are among the states that also require students to have “hands on” field training under the supervision of a certified home inspector before receiving their licenses. California, Wyoming and Colorado are among the states that don’t require home inspectors to be licensed. To get a better understanding of your state’s home inspector licensing requirements, get in touch with one of our experts online or over the phone.
Regardless of where you live, Inspection Certification Associates’ Home Inspector Training will prepare you to become a professional home inspector.
Find Courses and Training that Fit Your Needs
The type of home inspector training you receive is crucial to both passing your state’s licensing exam and your success as a practicing home inspector. There are lots of places that offer home inspector license training, but not all of them offer the same level of instruction, and none can compare with ICA in terms of quality, cost, content and convenience.
When selecting a home inspection training program, here are some things to consider:
- Are the instructors certified home inspectors with “hands on” field experience?
- Are all training materials up to date and available online 24/7?
- Does the tuition include free training beyond the basics, such as mold and radon inspection?
- Can students complete the program working at their own pace?
- Is the school endorsed by or otherwise affiliated with professional organizations like the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) or American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)?
- Does the training also cover the inspection of commercial buildings?
- Is free instructor support available when you have questions during training or while conducting actual inspections following graduation?
- Is free professional-grade software for generating inspection reports included in the tuition?
Your home inspector training should also include how to write pre-inspection agreements, issue inspection reports, use drones to inspect rooftops and starting and marketing a home inspection business.
ICA offers all of the benefits outlined above in an online format, giving you the flexibility to get your home inspector certification at your own pace and the freedom to choose your own career path. Enroll today or speak with one of our experts to discuss your options.
Passing Your State’s Home Inspector Exam
State home inspector examinations and the National Home Inspectors 200 question test are based largely on the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. If you live in or plan to work in a nearby state that requires home inspectors to pass their state exam and/or NAHI exam before being licensed, you’ll need adequate preparation. This is true even if you have building and construction industry experience. ICA’s online and classroom home inspector training programs are based on those same ASHI Standards, which means you can be assured your Inspection Certification Associates training will prepare you to pass both exams.
Our Home Inspector Certification Program is the most comprehensive and convenient home inspection training available anywhere. Using a smartphone, PC, laptop, tablet or another digital device, you’ll train at your own pace. Since all course materials are available online 24/7, training can be completed any time that’s convenient and anywhere there’s access to the Internet. After passing the exam, you’ll receive a certificate of completion evidencing your successful completion of home inspector training, which means you’re ready to begin your new career as a professional home inspector. ICA’s student pass rate is 100%. Learn more about your state’s requirements.
Sharpen Your People Skills
Beyond technical knowledge, much of your success as a professional home inspector will depend upon your ability to establish and maintain relationships with real estate agents and others associated with the real estate industry. These people are in a position to send business your way on a regular basis.
Repeat business is crucial to your success as a self-employed home inspector. Maintaining positive relationships with homeowners and real estate agents will help stabilize your cash flow. When a home is being sold, realtors sometimes have months of work and thousands of commission dollars at stake, which means having all contingencies removed on time, including the buyer’s approval of a home inspection report. Agents will often continue to use the same home inspector once they’re comfortable that he or she is capable of conducting thorough and accurate inspections and submitting their findings on or before the deadline. After they know you’re a reliable professional, realtors and others will refer friends, family members and coworkers to you for their home inspection needs.
Join Professional Home Inspector Organizations
After you’ve received your certification, you’ll need to market your services. A good way to start is by joining professional organizations such as the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). Home inspector certification through ICA’s online training includes a free, one-month InterNACHI membership. Being an InterNACHI member is a great way to keep up with the latest trends and techniques in home inspection, as well as getting helpful tips from industry experts. You’ll also be able to use the InterNACHI logo on your business cards, which will add to your credibility as a home inspector.
Another way to generate business is to be listed in a home inspection directory such as Hire An Inspector, which is a resource for people seeking home inspection assistance, including homebuyers, real estate agents and lenders. Being listed in a Hire An Inspector directory normally costs $200 per year, but ICA graduates receive free lifetime listings.
Other organizations for professional home inspectors include the National Association of Home Inspectors, the National Society of Home Inspectors and the International Association of Certified Home Inspections, as well as state and local home inspector groups.
Choose a Career Path
After receiving your home inspector training and certification, there are lots of opportunities, but you’ll need to make some decisions as to the direction of your new career. Here are some of the options available to you:
- Be a Self-Employed Inspector and Start Your Own Home Inspector Business
- Work for an Established Home Inspection Company
- Work Either Part Time or Full Time
- Purchase a Home Inspection Franchise
- Take a Job as a FEMA Inspector
- Specialize in Commercial Property Inspections
- Apply with a Municipality to Become a Local Building Code or New Construction Inspector
The pros and cons of each of these and more will be covered in your ICA online training and certification classes.
Never Stop Learning
Just because you’ve completed your training, received your license and are being paid to conduct home inspections, doesn’t mean that your education is over, nor should it. Even in states where continuing education isn’t mandatory, taking classes is a good idea. Continuing education (CE) will keep you up to date with the latest industry trends and techniques and generally make you a better, more qualified home inspector.
Several states require home inspectors to take continuing education classes as a condition of renewing their licenses. These requirements range from as little as four hours annually in Alaska and Arkansas to 40 hours every two years in Wisconsin and Delaware.
Even if continuing education isn’t required in your area, regularly taking classes is still a good idea. Some professional associations, including ASHI and InterNACHI require CE as a condition of maintaining memberships.
InterNACHI, in which ICA graduates receive a free-one-month membership offers an assortment of online continuing education classes that are available to both members and non-members. Maintaining your InterNACHI membership is a good idea, since ICA graduates are eligible for free continuing education training, which more than offsets the annual membership fee. ASHI also offers its members free continuing education classes.
Our graduates have free lifetime access to all ICA training modules and refresher training materials, along with access to our extensive online library of downloadable inspection e-books and other reference materials. Both refresher training, which is free for life to ICA graduates, and continuing education classes are strongly recommended regardless of whether they’re required in your state.
Increase Your Knowledge of Home Inspections
After you’ve completed your training, received your certification and are actively working either as a self-employed home inspector or employed by a home inspection company, you’ll want to consider taking advantage of ICA’s Bonus Inspection Courses.
Although most training schools charge extra for these additional credentials, they’re completely free to graduates of ICA’s Home Inspector Training and Certification Course. Being qualified to provide clients with services beyond basic home inspections will help to both expand your client base and increase your income, since you’ll be paid for most, if not all of these specialized inspections. If you’re working for an established home inspection company, the additional certifications will make you more valuable to your employer and help advance your career.
Below are the online courses available to you free of charge as an ICA graduate:
- Commercial Inspection. Taught to the ASTM Standards, our instructor teaches you how to inspect commercial buildings.
- Building a Multi-Inspector Business. Our expert instructor lays out the groundwork for the startup, operation, and success of large-scale home inspector business.
- Mobile Home Inspection. The online mobile home inspector course covers trailers, manufactured homes, tiny homes, and even log home inspection.
- Mold Inspection. You’ll learn everything you need to know about detecting mold in both commercial and residential buildings.
- Radon Inspection. This is a four-part, self-paced course that covers everything you need to know about performing radon inspections for your commercial and residential clients.
- Pool and Spa Inspection. After completing this course, home inspectors will know how to inspect swimming pools and spas, including understanding their mechanical components.
- Septic System Inspection. Although septic systems can be found just about everywhere, they’re most common in outlying and rural areas. Graduates of this course will understand septic systems, their components and how they work.
- Thermal Imaging. The objective of this course is for inspectors to understand thermal imaging, how it can increase the scope and accuracy of their home inspections, what special equipment is needed and how it is.
- Irrigation and Sprinkler System Inspection. ICA created this course to familiarize home inspectors with lawn sprinkler and irrigation systems and how to include them in the home inspection process.
- Wood Destroying Organisms. This course was designed for home inspectors so they can identify termites and other wood destroying organisms while inspecting client’s homes.
- Smart Home Inspection. Smart technology is being installed in homes from coast to coast. Our online smart home course prepares home inspectors for the future.
- Lead Paint Inspection. Gain knowledge about lead paint testing and the signs of lead paint in the home. Your client’s will rely on your ability to inform them about lead paint.
- Asbestos Inspection. Learn how to identify Asbestos during a home inspection. The home inspection process requires you to report on health and safety concerns found within the home.
- Well Water Testing Course. You will know the proven methods and best practices of testing well water. In rural areas, this is an excellent add on service in addition to your home inspection fees.
Become a Home Inspector Today
Take the next step on the road to a new and rewarding career as a full or part-time home inspector by enrolling in Certification Associates’ Home Inspection Online Training and Certification Program. Our Online Home Inspection Training is the fastest, most convenient and affordable way to receive your home inspector certification, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s what ICA graduates say about ICA online home inspection training.