Most home inspectors are generalists. They take a comprehensive look at a property and provide homeowners and buyers with insight into its condition. Some home inspectors, however, opt to pursue additional training and certification to help round out their service offerings. If you’re hoping to grow your skills and offer even greater value to clients, a septic certification class is an excellent option. It is estimated that one in four American homes is on a septic system. Home inspectors who aren’t trained to inspect these systems may be leaving valuable opportunities and money on the table.
How to Become a Certified Septic Inspector
While you might expect the process of becoming a septic tank inspector to be very complicated, the opposite is true. A single course can teach you all you need to know about inspecting septic systems. Simply taking and completing a septic tank inspection class with ICA (Inspection Certification Associates) will set you up for success.
Designed for novice and experienced inspectors alike, ICA’s Septic Certification Class covers the two main types of onsite wastewater or septic treatment systems. After completing the class, you’ll be ready to perform both maintenance and functional inspections of client septic systems. We’ll also cover how to write up your findings in an inspection report you can share with home-buyers.
Topics covered in the course include:
- Fundamentals of Septic System Components
- Tools Required for Inspection
- Locating and Evaluating the Plumbing
- Evacuating the Components
- Recommended Maintenance Schedule
- Measuring Tank Volume
- Sewage Flow
Septic Inspection Course Demo Video
Why Septic Tank Inspectors Matter
Septic tank inspections aren’t considered standard. They’re not typically included in home inspection jobs and are seen as an extra that clients can add to their overall inspections. Given this dynamic, some might be tempted to think that septic tank inspectors are unnecessary. In reality, septic inspections give buyers updated information about a home’s septic system. The information gleaned from such an inspection can save buyers thousands of dollars in the long run. By identifying issues early, buyers can take potential repair or replacement costs into consideration.
Septic systems are efficient as long as they’re properly maintained. Septic tanks need to be inspected every three to five years to prevent leaks and other issues, but this upkeep is frequently neglected. And since they’re located underground, they are often overlooked during the traditional home inspection process.
Earn More as a Septic Tank Inspector
Because septic tank inspections aren’t considered standard, it’s tempting to forgo training in this area. In reality, a licensed septic inspector can earn a healthy living just by diversifying their skill set. Home buyers considering investing in a property with a septic tank are often eager to pay a higher rate to have the system inspected. If you’re a home inspector who lacks the training to perform a septic tank inspection, prospective clients may opt to work with your competition instead.
Given how frequently septic tanks need inspecting, homeowners may also require your services. Though we typically think of home inspections as part of the home buying process, homeowners hoping to keep their property in good condition may call on inspectors to perform septic tank checks every three to five years. These inspections can run between $100 and $200, depending on your location, making a great add-on to a full home inspection or a standalone service for homeowners.
Education on Your Schedule
Our septic inspector training will teach you everything you need for both full and visual tests. Though visual inspections tend to be more popular, full tests are sometimes necessary. Training can help you identify common issues like leaks, overflows, and corrosion. Septic systems generally have a life expectancy of around 25 years, so inspections reveal issues more often than you might expect!
Our septic tank inspection course is led by experienced home inspectors who are up to date on the latest tools, techniques and strategies for the job. Content is delivered in an approachable manner, and those in need of extra help can always reach out to instructors for guidance. Courses are offered at your convenience, allowing you to set the pace of your learning experience.
Our flexible course offerings make it easy to study on your own schedule. While other courses might require you to sacrifice valuable business hours to attend class, our online modules are accessible any time, day or night. As long as you have an internet connection, you can continue working towards your home inspection goals with ICA.
Register for ICA School’s Septic Certification Class Now
If you’re looking for a septic certification class to bring your skills to the next level, ICA is an affordable and convenient option. Even better, our septic system class is included for those who enroll in the online home inspection course – just one of the many bonus classes available to those who pursue their certification through ICA.
Get your home inspection career started today by registering for the course online. If you’re already a certified home inspector and just need a septic system training class to stay updated on the latest techniques, the class is available à la carte. For just $100, you’ll gain access to the septic system resources you’ll need to perform quality inspections. Call 888-374-4096 to get started – there’s never been an easier way to educate yourself!
Frequently Asked Questions About How to Become a Certified Septic Inspector
Why Should I Take ICA’s Septic System Inspection Training?
This Septic Certification Class is one of the greatest assets a new or experienced home inspector can use to educate themselves on septic systems. Whether you’re an old pro or haven’t yet conducted your first inspection gig, our septic tank inspection training is the ideal way to diversify your service offerings. Clients will demand this service – why not be prepared for their request?
Do I Need a License to Install a Septic Tank?
The answer to this question depends on your location. While some states have legal requirements for septic tank inspection certification and installation, many do not. It’s important to note that our course teaches learners how to inspect – not install – septic tanks. Installation requires a far different skill set than inspection, and the licensing requirements for septic tank service are quite different than those for home inspectors.
What Are the Requirements to Enroll in ICA’s Septic Certification Class?
Anyone can join our Septic Certification Class. While most participants are on the road to becoming licensed home inspectors, anyone with an interest in this subject matter can sign up. There are no requirements to join, nor is there a certifying exam to take and pass at the end of the course. Instead, you can list your participation in the course on your resume or website to showcase your commitment to growing your skill set.
How Long Does This Course Take to Complete?
Our home inspection courses are self-paced, giving you the freedom to complete the material on your terms. In just a few short hours, you’ll learn the ins and outs of septic systems and how to inspect them with fidelity. Whether you break up the course into chunks or power through the material in one sitting, you’ll be ready to conduct septic system inspections sooner than you might expect!
When Does the Next Septic Inspection Course Begin?
Because our bonus courses are all self-paced, you can begin learning new skills any time you’d like! As soon as you enroll in ICA’s online home inspection course, you’ll gain complimentary access to our Septic Certification Class.
How Much Does Registration in ICA’s Septic System Inspection Training Cost?
ICA students have this bonus material included with their tuition. Should you prefer to only take the septic system course, you can register for just $100. Either way, you’ll retain lifetime access to the content, making it easy to return to the material for a refresher course any time you might want!