It is a very straightforward process to become a licensed home inspector in the State of Arkansas.
Steps to become a licensed home inspector in Arkansas
- Complete an approved 80 hour home inspection training course. Note: Inspection Certification Associates is fully approved by the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board. Our 8-day classroom course provides all 80 hours needed. You can click here to view our home inspection course approval letter from the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board. Tuition is just $1,695.
- Take and pass the National Home Inspectors Exam. We fully prepare all students for this exam. We include a 200-page online study guide and 700 practice questions.
- Start your own business or go to work for an existing company!
Little Rock, AR 8 day Classroom Course (80 hours)
- February 2 – 9, 2019 ($1,695)
- June 8 – 15, 2019 ($1,695)
Fayetteville, AR 8 day Classroom Course (80 hours)
- April 6 – 13, 2019 ($1,695)
The next step in qualifying for your Arkansas home inspector’s license is to sit for the National Home Inspectors Exam, which is required by the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board. ICA’s classroom training program includes a 200-page online study guide with more than 700 practice questions. By taking the practice questions, our graduates will be prepared to take the exam with confidence.
The Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board also requires home inspectors to register with the Arkansas Secretary of State. As a condition of registering, applicants must provide evidence of general liability insurance coverage of not less than $100,000. After passing the NHI exam and having been issued your Arkansas home inspector license, you’ll be ready to either start your own home inspection business or go to work for an existing inspection company.
Renewing and Maintaining Your Arkansas Home Inspector License
Arkansas home inspection licenses must be renewed annually. To renew your license, Arkansas requires a minimum of 14 hours of continuing education each year, which can be in the form of online training. Through Inspection Certification Associates’ affiliations with the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) and the International Association of Home Inspector (InterNACHI), continuing education can be arranged free of charge for ICA graduates.
As a condition of maintaining your Arkansas home inspector’s license’s good standing, home inspection methods must meet minimum criteria. Inspections are to be conducted in accordance with the standards of practice and codes of ethics established by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the Arkansas Association of Real Estate Inspectors or an equivalent professional home inspector association.
What ICA’s Home Inspection Classroom Training Covers
Here’s a summary of the topics included in ICA’s Arkansas home inspector classroom training:
- Introduction to Home Inspections – Overview of the home inspection industry and the life of a licensed home inspector
- Business and Legal Aspects – Starting a home inspection business, the importance of written inspector/client pre-inspection agreements, error & omissions and liability insurance requirements
- Inspection Process – Home inspection methods and industry standards
- Roofing – Roofing terms and roof types, roof materials, basic and advanced roof inspection techniques, detecting roof defects
- Exterior of the Home – Site grading and drainage, siding or stucco and trim, exterior defects, porches, decks, balconies and railings, paving and vegetation
- Structural Components – Foundations and footings, beams, joists, trusses, framing, techniques for inspecting structures and detecting structural defects
- Interior of the House – Interior rooms and walls, attics and insulation, windows and doors, bathrooms, kitchens and kitchen appliances, basements and crawl spaces
- Plumbing – Water supply lines, waste piping, septic systems, connections, vents, drainage, bathroom and kitchen faucets and fixtures, water heaters, fuel storage tanks and lines, sump pumps and ejector pumps
- Heating System – Heat sources, fossil fuel combustion requirements, forced air heating, hydronic heating, space and wall heaters, fireplaces and chimneys, wood stoves and vents
- Air Conditioning – Basics of refrigeration, split cooling systems, ductless systems, geothermal and air source heat pumps
- Electrical Systems – Theory of electricity, service drops and distribution, wire gauges, main panels and subpanels, switches and outlets, ground fault interrupters, electrical fixtures, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
- Marketing Your Business – Strategies, tips and techniques for starting, growing and operating a successful home inspection business
- Commercial Inspections – Performing commercial building inspections, understanding ASTM international standards (formerly American Society for Testing Materials)
- Using Drones in Home Inspections – Inspecting rooftops without climbing onto the roof
Once you’ve passed the exam, registered with the Secretary of State and received your Arkansas home inspector’s license, you’ll be qualified to perform home inspections anywhere in the state!
Here’s More of What’s Included with ICA Arkansas Home Inspector License Training
In addition to the most comprehensive home inspector training in available in Arkansas, here are some of the other benefits you’ll receive when you train for your Arkansas home inspector license through Inspection Certification Associates:
- Lifetime access to all ICA online home inspection training materials
- Graduates of our program will be certified as both residential and commercial inspectors
- Unlike most other home inspector training schools, Radon and Mold certification courses are included at no extra cost, which is a $200 value if purchased separately
- Free Report Form 2 inspection report software, which is an app for generating inspector/client agreements and issuing final reports using mobile devices. It’s a $399 value, but is included free with your ICA Arkansas home inspector license training
- Unlimited lifetime ICA staff and instructor support for all students and graduates
- Lifetime listing in a local com directory, which normally costs $200 per year, but is free to ICA graduates
- Lifetime access to all ICA online home inspection courses
- Lifetime online refresher training, including access to all the latest ICA course materials
- Free one-year InterNACHI membership, which is the world’s largest home inspector organization
Still have questions about ICA’s Arkansas home inspector classroom training? Browse through our FAQs, the FAQs listed below or feel free to call us at 888-374-4096.
How do I become a home inspector in Arkansas?
As stated above, once you complete our 8 day (80 hour) home inspection classroom training course you are ICA Certified and have fulfilled the home inspection training requirements for Arkansas. You also will need to take the National Home Inspectors Exam, for which we prepare you. After that you are licensed and ready to go.
How much money do home inspectors make?
The average salary for a home inspector in Arkansas is approximately $79,000 per year.
How much money should a home inspector charge for a home inspection?
The average inspection fee for a 2,000 square foot home inspection in Arkansas is $400. The amount you charge for a home inspection will vary based on age and square footage of the home. Our course will teach you how to structure your home inspection fees.
Does a home inspector need to get on the roof of the home?
No. Home inspectors in Arkansas should not go on the roof of the home during the inspection. Per current standards of practice, the proper way to inspect a roof is to stand back and use a good pair of binoculars. Over ninety percent of home inspectors use the binocular technique for inspecting the roof of a home. Some home inspectors have even started using small drones to inspect a roof. We actually include a module on how to use a drone to inspect the roof of a home in our course.
Is your home inspection training course recognized by InterNACHI?
Yes. We work very closely with InterNACHI. In fact all of our graduates receive a free one year membership to InterNACHI.
Is your home inspection training class recognized by ASHI?
Yes. We work closely with the American Society of Home Inspectors. In fact, we train you specifically to the ASHI standards of practice and our training is certified Gold by ASHI.
Is your home inspection training class recognized by NAHI?
In 2016 NAHI merged with ASHI, so NAHI no longer exists as a home inspection membership organization.
Do you mail me a hard copy of my home inspection certification?
Yes. We mail out your home inspection certification to you upon completion of our 80 hour Arkansas home inspection classroom course. We also mail out a wallet-sized, laminated copy of your credentials.
What should I use for my inspection report when I perform a home inspection?
We have an arrangement with www.homeinspectionform.com wherein our graduates receive a free copy of their Report Form Pro 2 home inspection reporting software. That is the report that most of our graduates start with since it is so easy to use. Normally selling for $400, the Report Form Pro 2 home inspection reporting software can be printed and filled out by hand or filled out on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can even put in photos easily. Report Form Pro 2 is the number one home inspection reporting software program for home inspectors in Arkansas.
Is there a time limit for the classroom course in Arkansas?
No. There is no time limit on our course, so for example if you needed to take 4 days in one class session and then 4 more days next session to get all 8 days of home inspection training completed that is no problem..
Do you provide a list of tools that I need for performing a home inspection in Arkansas?
Yes. We provide you with a list of tools needed. The total cost of tools comes out to a little under $200, including the non-invasive moisture meter, combustible gas detector, etc.
What about marketing materials?
We suggest using www.vistaprint.com for your business cards, brochures, and company website if you set one up. They are very affordable and even have templates specific to home inspection businesses.
Do you offer my state home inspection test?
No schools are allowed to give the home inspection exam in Arkansas. That test is given by a third-party testing company.
Do you send my certificate to the Arkansas home inspection licensing board?
Actually, the way it works is once you complete our course and pass the Arkansas exam, you will send the board a copy of your certification from us along with your score sheet from the Arkansas exam. Then you will be issued your home inspection license.
Can I start my own home inspection business after taking your online course?
No, in Arkansas you must complete our 8 day classroom training course to become a licensed home inspector and start your home inspection business in Arkansas.
What if I have questions during my course?
We have full support for all students and graduates, both during and after the course. Even if you have questions when you are out in the field performing a home inspection, we can assist via email, text, or phone.
Do I need to be a contractor to be a home inspector in Arkansas?
No. We train students from all different backgrounds to be successful home inspectors. A contractor background can be helpful but it not necessary or mandatory to become a home inspector in Arkansas.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to become a home inspector in Conway, Little Rock, Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Hot Springs, or Bentonville ; our home inspection classroom course will fulfill the Arkansas home inspection licensing requirements. What are you waiting for? Enroll now and begin your new career as a home inspector in Arkansas!