California is one of several states that still have not adopted licensing requirements for home inspectors.
In states that have licensing requirements for home inspectors, real estate agents and your clients just want to see that you are licensed. In states like California that do not have licensing requirements, real estate agents and your clients will want to see that you have been trained and certified in home inspection. That is where our program comes in.
The ICA Real Estate Inspection Certification Program is approved by the California Real Estate Inspection Association, a membership organization that home inspectors can join.
Becoming a home inspector in California is a simple process.
Taking the ICA Real Estate Inspection Course
Register for the ICA Real Estate Inspection Certificate Program. The course will give you all the knowledge you will need to perform a home inspection and own/operate your own successful home inspection business.
In the course, you will also learn all about commercial inspections, mold inspections, radon inspections, and building code.
Once the Coursework Is Done
Upon completion of the course, you will be an ICA Certified Home Inspector. We will issue you a certificate number, which you can use on your business cards, website, and inspection reports. Start your own home inspection business or got to work with an existing home inspection company!
Got more questions? Read on for more information about California home inspection courses.
How do I become a home inspector in California?
Once you complete our course, you become a certified home inspector. We will mail your home inspection certificate and issue your certification number. Use that number on your business cards, website, and home inspection reports. At that point, you're ready to go!
How much money do home inspectors make?
The average salary for a home inspector in California is approximately $73,000 per year.
How much does a home inspection pay?
The average fee for a home inspection in California is $420. The amount you charge for a home inspection will vary based on age and square footage of the home. Don't worry, though. Information about how to appropriately charge for your work will be covered during your online home inspection course.
Is ICA training recognized by CREIA?
Yes. We work closely with the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA). If you want to join CREIA after taking our course, you just need to take and pass the National Home Inspectors Exam. Our course is approved to fulfill the initial CREIA training requirements.
Is ICA training recognized by ASHI?
Yes. We work closely with ASHI. In fact, we train you specifically to the ASHI standard of practice. Because our home inspection school is an ASHI Gold Affiliate, all of our graduates are eligible for a free one-year associate membership with ASHI. After that, if you want to further your membership, you just need to take and pass the National Home Inspectors Exam along with the ASHI standards and ethics exam.
Is ICA training recognized by NAHI?
Yes. In fact, all of our graduates are eligible for a free 6-month membership with the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI). To take advantage of that, you just need to provide NAHI with a copy of your certification from us along with two completed home inspection reports. Those can even be practice inspections if you like. Also, to receive the free 6-month membership, you must initiate that membership within 90 days of completing our online home inspection course.
Does California require continuing education for home inspectors?
No. Continuing education is not required for home inspectors in California.
Will you mail me a certification?
Yes. We will mail out your home inspection certification to you upon your completion of our online course.
When I perform a home inspection, what should I use for my inspection report?
We have an arrangement with www.homeinspectionform.com for our graduates to receive a free copy of their Report Form Pro 2 home inspection reporting software. That report is the one 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 report can be printed and filled out by hand or filled out on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can even insert photos easily. There is also a mobile app version of the home inspection report that can be used on an Android or Apple mobile device. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you have a home inspection report form with which you are comfortable, and these are both good home inspection report options.
Does the online home inspection training course for California have a time limit?
No. There is no time limit on our course, so you can take as much time as you would like to complete it.
Do you provide a list of tools that I will need for performing a home inspection?
Yes. We will provide you with a list of tools needed. The total cost of the tools, including the non-invasive moisture meter, comes out to roughly $200.
What about marketing materials for my home inspection business?
We suggest using www.vistaprint.com for your business cards, brochures, and company website if you decide to use one. They are very affordable and even have templates specific to home inspection businesses.
Do you offer the state test for California?
There is no state exam for home inspectors in California.
Do you send my certificate to the board?
There is no home inspection licensing board in California.
Can I start my own home inspection business after taking your online course?
Yes. In fact, the majority of our graduates will start their own successful home inspection business after completing our course. We will also train you on the whole marketing and business start-up side of things.
What if I have questions during the course?
We have full support for all students and graduates, both during and after the course. Even if you have questions when you are on a home inspection, we can assist!
Do I need to be a contractor to become a home inspector?
No. With our home inspection training course, we train students from all different backgrounds to be successful home inspectors. A contractor background can be beneficial but it is not necessary to become a home inspector in California or any other state.
It doesn't matter whether you want to become a home inspector in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, Modesto, Fresno, Bakersfield, or Anaheim. Our online home inspection course can be completed from anywhere! What are you waiting for? Enroll now and start your new career as a home inspector in California!