To become a licensed home inspector in the state of Florida you must complete the following steps:
1. Complete a state of Florida approved home inspection training course that is at least 120 hours in length. Our online home inspection course is fully approved to fulfill this requirement. Our Florida approved provider number is 006006 and our course approval number is 0000528. We also include the wind mitigation inspection course free of charge ($200 value) which will allow home inspectors to perform wind mitigation inspections in Florida.
2. Take and pass the Florida home inspection exam. We fully prepare you for this exam.
3. Start your own successful home inspection business or go to work for an existing company!
Note: We are also a home inspection training affiliate with FABI (the Florida Association of Building Inspectors) and because of that our graduates are eligible to receive a free one year membership to FABI. FABI is a home inspection membership organization in Florida. Membership in FABI (like membership in any home inspection organization) is not mandatory, and the majority of home inspectors in Florida are not members, but it can be an extra feather in your cap.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a home inspector in Florida?
As stated above, once you complete our 120 hour online course you have now become a certified home inspector. Upon completion of the course we mail out your home inspection certification and issue you your certification number. That number is what you’ll want to put on your business cards and home inspection reports. You also will need to take the Florida home inspectors exam, which we prepare you for.
How much money do home inspectors make?
The average salary for a home inspector in Florida is approximately $71,000 per year.
How much does a home inspection pay?
The average fee for a home inspection in Florida is $375. The amount you charge for a home inspection will vary based upon age and square footage of the home. We cover that all during the course.
Do you offer wind mitigation inspection training for Florida?
Yes, all of our Florida home inspection training students have free access to the 3 hour wind mitigation course that is needed to perform wind mitigation inspections when you are a home inspector. Florida home inspectors who wish to perform wind mitigation inspections must complete a 3 hour wind mitigation course. We offer that training online for our Florida home inspection students. In Florida, a wind mitigation inspection can help homeowners save money on their insurance. Students can purchase the wind mitigation course seperately for $200, otherwise it is free to students of our $695 online home inspection training course.
Is your training recognized by FABI?
Yes. We work closely with the Florida Association of Building Inspectors. If you want to join FABI after taking our course you can actually get a free 1 year membership by attending a FABI event.
Is your training 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. 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 can take and pass the National Home Inspectors Exam along with the ASHI standards and ethics exam.
Is your 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. To take advantage of that you just need to provide them with a copy of your certification from us along with two completed home inspection reports. Those can even be practice inspections. Also, to receive the free 6 month membership you must initiate that within 90 days of completing our online home inspection course.
Do you mail me a certification?
Yes. We mail out your home inspection certification out to you upon completion of our online course.
What should I use for my inspection report 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 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 report 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. They also have 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, all that matters is that you have a home inspection report form that you’re comfortable with and these are both good home inspection report options.
Is there a time limit for the online home inspection course for Florida?
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 need for performing a home inspection.
Yes. We provide you with a list of tools needed. It comes out to a little under $200, including the non-invasive moisture meter.
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 test?
No schools are allowed to give the home inspection exam in Florida. That test is given by a third party testing company.
Do you send my certificate to the board?
Actually, the way it works is once you complete our course and pass the Florida exam, you will send the board a copy of your certification from us along with your score sheet from the Florida exam. Then you will be issued your home inspection license.
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 also train you on the whole marketing and business start-up side of things.
What if I have questions during my home inspection course?
We have full support for all of our home inspection 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 be a home inspector?
No. We train students from all different backgrounds to be successful home inspectors.
It doesn’t matter whether you wan to become a home inspector in Tampa, Clearwater, Miami, Dade County, Miami-Dade, Jacksonville, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Gainesville, Tallahassee, Pensacola Naples, Ocala, Sarasota, or Palm Beach – our online home inspection training course can be completed from anywhere.