Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about Inspection Certification Associate’s home inspector training, chances are you’ll find the answers below! If you still have lingering questions, feel free to contact us.

Why is ICA’s tuition so inexpensive when compared to other home inspection training schools?

That’s easy—it’s just a good business decision. Given the number of topics our training covers and the quality of our instructors and training programs, we could easily charge more for our classes, but that would probably reduce the number of students that enroll in our classes. Not everyone who is considering becoming a home inspector is able or willing to spend a thousand dollars or more for home inspection training, so by offering tuition that’s affordable, we end up enrolling considerably more students. Since our students receive a quality home inspection education at a price that’s reasonable, it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Is it possible to see an example of ICA’s online home inspection course content before I enroll in the program?

Of course! There is an approximately eight minute online video that will give you a good idea of how our home inspection training classes are taught. You can view the demo video or access it by clicking on the “Watch Demo” tab at the top of this page.

Will there be an instructor for the home inspection training, or is all course material written?

Absolutely! Our head instructor is Steve Preins, who is also ICA’s Director of Education. Steve has more than 20 years’ experience training both new and veteran home inspectors, and is the recipient of numerous home inspection industry awards. Under his leadership, ICA has grown to become North America’s foremost provider of home inspection training and certification.

How many hours of training are there in the ICA Home Inspection course?

Our online Home Inspection Course, which is updated annually, contains 120 hours of class training. Students complete the course working at their own pace.

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

It varies among individual students. Most of them finish in three to four weeks. Since the course is self-paced, it depends upon the amount of time available that can be dedicated to completing the training. Some may take longer than the three to four week average, and others have finished in as little as a week to ten days.

Why is the course called a “Real Estate Inspection Certification Program”?

We use the term “Real Estate Inspection Certification” because our students are trained and certified to perform both residential and commercial property inspections. The course title is intended to show that ICA’s inspection and certification training is all-encompassing. Our residential inspection training conforms to the American Society of Home Inspector (ASHI) standards, while commercial inspection construction is taught to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) international standards.

Will this training prepare me to take the home inspector exam in my state?

Yes. Home inspection exams in every state, as well as the National Home Inspectors’ 200 question exam, are based in large part on the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. These are also the basis for ICA’s home inspector training. Our course comes with an online study guide that contains more than 700 practice questions. When you complete ICA’s pre-licensing training, you’ll be fully prepared to take and pass both the NHIE exam and also the exam in your home state.

Does the ICA course include training on mold detection?

Yes. Our home inspector training includes a special four module Mold Inspection Certification Course. If purchased separately, the mold certification course would cost $100, but unlike most other home inspector trainers, we include it in your ICA course tuition.

Does ICA offer continuing education?

We do. Continuing education for home inspectors is available through our affiliate company Quality Education Group.

Am I eligible to join ASHI, InterNACHI or similar professional home inspection organizations after I complete ICA training?

Absolutely. Inspection Certification Associates home inspection training course is certified gold with ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) and we work very closely with ASHI.  ICA trains all students to the ASHI standards of practice.

We also work very closely with InterNACHI and all graduates of the ICA home inspection training course are eligible for a free one year membership with InterNACHI.

ICA is also an affiliate member of the Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI) and the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA), along with several other professional organizations. Membership in these and similar organizations isn’t mandatory, but something you might consider to enhance your professional image. Regardless of your decision, you’ll have free access to the standards of practice for each of these organizations through our extensive online reference library.

Will I receive a certificate of completion after I finish my ICA Home Inspector Training Course?

Yes. After you complete your home inspector training, you’ll receive a copy of your certification by mail. The certificate will include the certification number assigned to you that can be used on your business cards, marketing materials, pre-inspection agreements and home inspection reports.

Does the ICA training course include radon certification?

Yes. A Radon Certification Course is included with our training. Although most home inspector training courses charge extra for radon training, it’s free to ICA students.

If I request information from ICA and it’s necessary to enter my email address or phone number, will you be calling me non-stop or sending unwanted email?

Absolutely not! Unlike some other home inspection schools, we respect our students’ privacy. We may give you a quick call or send you a short email to introduce ourselves, welcome you to the ICA training program and check to see if you have questions on home inspection regulations in your state. Rest assured, you won’t be receiving unnecessary follow-up calls or emails. ICA doesn’t use high-pressure selling tactics. At the end of the day, it’s entirely up to you as to which of our training courses you choose to enroll in, and we respect that.

Can I download the e-books and other materials in ICA’s online reference library so that I can refer to them later?

Sure. All e-books and other training materials in our online reference library can be downloaded to your computer free of charge. This means you’ll always have access to them, both during and after your online home inspection training.

If I have questions or need more information while I’m taking the course on how to become a home inspector, is there someone at ICA I can speak with?

Of course. We provide unlimited support both for our students and graduates. Feel free to call us at 888-374-4096 with any questions or concerns, both during your training and after you graduate.

I understand reporting software is included with my home inspector training—what is it for and how do I use it?

At the end of the day, the quality and content of the home inspection report establishes how you will ultimately be judged by your clients. Clients expect and are entitled to a thorough and accurate report delivered to them in a timely manner, which should be within 24 hours.

We have an arrangement with that provides all our graduates with a free copy of their Report Form Pro 2 inspection report software. Because it’s so easy to use, most of our graduates prepare their reports following completion of their inspections with Report Form Pro 2.

Report Form Pro 2 lets inspectors generate reports for their clients directly from iOS or Android smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktop computers. Report Form Pro 2 will also generate pre-inspection agreements between the client and the inspector, which are used to establish the scope of the work, cost of the inspection and any other agreements between the parties.

The Report Form Pro 2 app is the very best all-in-one home inspection reporting software package available for mobile devices and desktop computer. Among Report Form Pro 2’s many unique features is that it lets the inspector use his or her mobile phone or tablet to insert digital images directly into the report during the actual inspection. Although Report Form Pro 2 retails for $400 if purchased separately, it’s included free of charge in your ICA training on how to become a home inspector.

Another home inspection report software program that’s used by some of our graduates is Horizon Home Inspection Software, which was developed by our colleagues at Carson Dunlop, who literally have decades of experience in the home inspection industry. As with Report Form Pro 2, Horizon Home Inspection Software is very user friendly, and is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

Does ICA sell the tools I’ll need to use when I become a home inspector?

We provide all our students with a list of the tools recommended for a home inspector to carry in his or her toolbox. It’s suggested that after reviewing the list, students do Google searches for each of the items. Home Depot and other big box retailers are also a good source of quality tools and equipment at reasonable prices. An adequate home inspector’s basic tool kit will probably cost around $200, although chances are you may already have some of the items, such as flashlights, screwdrivers and other small tools

When all is said and done, there are only a handful of items that are absolutely necessary. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) Standards of Practice recommends that at a minimum, home inspectors carry a flashlight and a circuit tester for testing ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices. In theory, that’s all that’s needed to conduct home inspections, but in practicality, there’s other equipment home inspectors need in order to thoroughly and safely carry out home inspections. These additional items are included on the list of recommended tools given to ICA students.

Some home inspection schools may offer to sell you an inspection tool kit or various marketing supplies such as business cards and letterhead, but they’re usually much more expensive than the same or equivalent items you can find elsewhere.

The bottom line is that starting a new business can be expensive, which is why Inspection Certification Associates will always try to save you money whenever and wherever possible.

Is it worthwhile to look into a home inspection franchise as a good way to get started in the home inspection industry in my area?

The short answer is no. Unlike opening a fast food franchise where you’ll be generating revenue from day one, getting started in the home inspection industry will require you to aggressively market yourself to lenders, agents and estate brokers before money starts coming in. Aggressive marketing will be required regardless of whether you spend $25,000 or more on a franchise or start out as John Smith’s Home Inspection Services. Since you’ll need to do the legwork under either scenario, you’re probably better off saving the cost of the franchise fee and avoiding those ongoing royalty fees.

Learning how to market yourself and build your business is included as a part of ICA’s home inspector training. In addition, we’ll be here to help you both during and after your training if you have questions or need assistance along the way.

Does ICA’s Home Inspection Training Course cover how to use drones to inspect roofs when conducting a home inspection?

Yes, ICA’s training package includes a bonus module that will teach you how to use drones to inspect rooftops without having to climb up a ladder or go through a roof hatch. Drones are especially useful when inspecting a steep-roofed home or a multi-story commercial building.

I’ve come across a few home inspector website directories online where home inspectors can pay to advertise. Are they worth it?

There are some home inspector directories that are great for generating leads for home inspections. The biggest of these is Normally, the cost to be listed in the directory is $200 per year. As an ICA Home Inspection Training Program graduate, however, you’ll receive a free lifetime listing in their directory.

Is there a time limit to complete the ICA online home inspection course?

No, there’s no time limit. Although most people finish the course in three to four weeks, each student completes the studies at his or her own pace by working whenever it’s convenient.

OK! I’m ready to enroll and begin my home inspector training. Where do I start?

It’s really simple. Enroll online or call us toll-free at (888) 374-4096 to enroll over the phone. Whichever method you choose, you’ll automatically receive an email from us with your online home inspection course login information, which means you can get started immediately on your way to a new and exciting career as a certified home inspector!