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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is your tuition so inexpensive compared to other home inspection schools?

It’s just a business decision.  With all the topics we cover, and the quality of our course, we could certainly charge considerably more for it, but then we’d probably enroll fewer students.  Not everyone who is looking to get into this business wants to spend a thousand or more dollars on a course, so by us keeping our tuition as affordable as we do, we’re able to enroll quite a few more students.  Not only that, but those students are able to get a quality home inspection education for a reasonable price, so it’s a win/win for everybody.

Can I see a sample of the online home inspection course content before I enroll?

Yes.  We have an eight minute long online home inspection course demo video.  You can view that by clicking here or by clicking the Inspection Course Demo tab at the top of your screen.

Will I have an instructor during the online home inspection class?

Yes.  Our lead instructor is our Director of Education Steve Preins.  Steve has been training new and existing home inspectors for nearly twenty years and is a highly respected trainer, appearing and speaking at many state and national home inspection conventions

How many hours is the ICA Home Inspection course?

Our updated 2016 Online Home Inspection Course is a 120 hour self-paced program.

How long does it take to complete the home inspection course?

Most students finish in 3 – 4 weeks.  That’s the average.  Since the course is self-paced though, we do have some students who finish as quickly as a week or 10 days, if they have the time to put into it.

Why do you call the course Real Estate Inspection Certification Program?

The reason we use the term real estate inspection is because we train and certify our students for both home inspection and commercial inspection, so the use of the term real estate in this instance is meant to show that the course is all-encompassing.  For home inspection we train you to the ASHI standards of practice.  For commercial we train you to the ASTM standards.

Will this course prepare me for my state home inspection exam?

Yes.  All state home inspection exams and the National Home Inspectors Exam are based primarily on the ASHI standards of practice, which is exactly what our course is based on.  We train and certify all of our home inspectors to the ASHI standards of practice.  We also include a 700 question exam prep app from www.homeinspectionform.com that is a very nice study tool for the home inspection exams.

Do you offer continuing education?

Yes, we offer ongoing continuing education for home inspectors through our sister company, Quality Education Group.

Can I join ASHI, NAHI, or another membership organization after I complete your course?

Absolutely.  We are approved affiliate members of ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors), NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors), FABI (Florida Association of Building Inspectors) and also CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Association).  In fact, since we are a NAHI home inspection educational affiliate you can receive a free 6 month membership to NAHI by providing them with a copy of your certification after you finish our online home inspection course.  All graduates of our online home inspection training course are also eligible for a free one year membership to ASHI.  Roughly 20% of home inspectors belong to a home inspection membership organization, so it’s definitely not mandatory, but something you may consider.  Even though we train you to the ASHI standards, we do provide copies of the standards of practice for all of the organizations as part of our online reference library, so you’ll have access to all of those.

Does ICA issue a certification after completion of the home inspection course?

Yes.  Upon completion, you will be mailed a hard copy of your certification, which will also display a certification number that you can put on your business cards, marketing materials, and home inspection reports.

If I enter in my phone number or email address to request information from you, are you going to be calling me non-stop and sending me a bunch of emails?

Absolutely not.  Unlike some other home inspection schools, we value your privacy.  We may give you a quick call or email to introduce ourselves and see if you have any questions the home inspection rules in your state, but that’s it.  You won’t get any follow-up calls, emails, or any other high-pressure sales tactics.  At the end of the day, its up to you which home inspection course to enroll in – and we respect that.

Can I download the e-books in your online reference library so I can view them later on?

Yes.  All of the e-books, and reference material in our online library can be downloaded to your computer so you’ll have access to those even after completing our course.

If I have questions during the online home inspection course is there someone I can call?

Absolutely.  We have unlimited support for our students and graduates so if you have questions as you’re taking the course you can just give us a call.

What should I use for my home inspection report software when I perform a home inspection?

We have an arrangement with www.homeinspectionform.com where our graduates receive a free copy of their Report Form Pro home inspection report. That is the report that most of our graduates start with since it is so easy to use. Normally selling for $300 the Report Form Pro home inspection report can be printed and filled out by hand, or filled out on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can even put in photos easily. Also included in the package is a mobile app version of their home inspection report that can be used on an android or apple mobile device. At the end of the day your home inspection report is what your home inspection clients are going to judge you on.  The Report Form Pro is the number one mobile and desktop all-in-one home inspection reporting software package on the market  – and that is all free of charge for our graduates.

Another top-notch home inspection reporting software program that is popular with our graduates is Horizon Home Inspection Software, which is put together by our good friends at Carson Dunlop.  They have decades of experience in the home inspection industry.  That particular home inspection software program also works on mobile devices such as android and ios and is very user friendly.

Do you sell the tools that I need to perform a home inspection?

We provide all students with a list of recommended tools.  We suggest students take a look at that list and then do a google shopping search for the items, or hit up a big box retailer like home depot.  That’s how you get the best deals.  At the end of the day there’s a only a handful of items you need, and your total home inspection tool costs should come in around $200 or so – maybe less if you already have some of the items, like a good flashlight or a GFCI tester.  There are some other home inspection schools that will offer to sell you an inspection tool kit or supply kit, but they charge two or three times as much as you can find the same items for elsewhere.  For example, there’s one home inspection school in particular that sells 1,000 business cards for $99, when by doing a little legwork online you could get those same 1,000 business cards for $20 from someone like www.vistaprint.com.  The bottom line is that starting a new business is expensive enough already.  We know that.  That’s why we’ll always do our best to help you get the best deals possible, whenever possible.

Is a home inspection franchise a good way to get started in the home inspection industry?

The short answer to that question is no. It’s not like opening a McDonald’s where you’re going to get business right off the bat because everyone knows McDonalds. In the home inspection industry you still need to get out there market yourself to real estate agents and brokers. That is the case whether you spend $25,000 on a franchise or whether you start Johnny Smith’s home inspection business. Either way you have to do the legwork, so you’re better off not spending all that money in franchise fees and paying ongoing royalties. Our online home inspection training course will teach you how to market yourself and how to build the business, plus we’re here to help you every step of the way if you have any questions – both during and after completing your home inspection training online.

Does your online home inspection course cover how to use drones to inspect the roof of a home when conducting a home inspection?

Yes, we have an entire bonus module in our online home inspection training course that will teach you how to use a drone to help you conduct a home inspection.  Drones can be especially useful for inspecting steep roofs or flat roofs in urban areas.

I’ve seen a few  home inspector website directories online where home inspectors can advertise.  Are those worth it?

There’s a couple home inspection directories that are great for generating leads for home inspectors.  The biggest one is www.hireaninspector.com and you’ll be pleased to know that all graduates of our home inspection training course receive a free 60 day listing on that site.  Since all graduates of our online home inspection course are also are eligible for a free one year membership with the ASHI, you can be listed in their directory as well.

Is there a time limit on the ICA home inspection course?

There is no time limit on our online home inspection course, so you can work through it at your leisure.

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If you’d like to enroll in the online home inspection course, you can click here, or call us toll free at (888)374-4096 to enroll over the phone. Either way, once you enroll you’ll automatically receive an email with your online home inspection course login information so you can get started on your home inspection training immediately.