Current and new home inspectors in Montana should be aware, per Senate Bill 269, a new registration law for home inspectors will become effective January 1, 2020. All home inspectors in Montana will be required to register with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.
Steps to become a registered home inspector in Montana:
Step 1. Take and pass our online course. We will physically mail your certification to you immediately upon completing the self-paced online training program. At this point you can start inspecting residential and commercial properties in Montana for yourself or another inspection business.
Step 2. Pass the National Home Inspector Exam. Our training will fully prepare you for this test. All ICA graduates receive a 200 page online study guide specific to passing along with 700 plus practice questions in our exam prep course.
Step 3. Take advantage of the free one year association membership ICA provides to all graduates. You will get a full year membership for free to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors – InterNACHI upon completing the ICA home inspection certification program.
Step 4. Carry liability insurance, and a minimum of 100,000 errors and omissions insurance; and obtain personal workers’ compensation coverage OR an independent contractor exemption certificate (ICEC).
At this point you will be qualified to start you own home inspection business in Montana or have the apply for work with an another inspection company.
Why Take Our Montana Home Inspector Course
Register for the our Montana Home Inspector Course now. The course will give you all the knowledge you will need to perform a home inspection and own or operate your own successful home inspection business. Whether you have years of construction experience or have never picked up a hammer, you can learn a new trade in your spare time, thanks to ICA’s convenient online classes.
In the course, you will also learn all about commercial inspections, mold inspections, radon inspections and building code. Upon completion of the course, you’ll be ready to start your own home inspection company or take a job at an existing business. Either way, the path forward is clear once you’ve earned your ICA home inspection certification.
Montana home inspection licensing requirements might be relatively lax, but we hold our students to high standards thanks to our professional partners. ICA has been training and certifying home inspectors for more than 20 years. Our program is designed to help students prepare for and pass the National Home Inspectors Exam. We’ve achieved gold certification status from the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and we’re also a partner school of InterNACHI, which is the world’s largest association of certified home inspectors. All ICA home inspector course graduates, including Montana home inspectors, receive a complimentary one-year InterNACHI membership following completion of their training.
About ICA’s Montana Home Inspector Training
Inspection Certification Associates makes it fast, easy and affordable to become a certified Montana home inspector. Our all-inclusive home inspector certification program is the most comprehensive training available anywhere within the state.
There are no time limits on completing the course. Using iOS or Android smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktop PCs, students complete the online home inspection training working at their own pace. All training modules and reference materials are available online around the clock, which means the classes can be taken anywhere and any time there’s an Internet connection. Most students finish the training in just a few weeks, although some complete the work in as few as 10 days.
All 28 ICA online home inspection training videos are hosted and narrated by professional home inspectors with years of hands-on inspection experience. Collectively, they’ve conducted literally thousands of property inspections and have dealt with just about everything having to do with inspecting commercial and residential properties. Your ICA training will cover it all, from the basics of inspections to starting a rewarding new career as a certified Montana home inspector.
Not sure you feel comfortable enough with technology to take an online course? You’d be surprised at how quickly you’ll adapt to online learning. Watch a short video demonstration of one of our fully narrated online training classes today!
While you could certainly turn to other resources to prepare yourself for a career in home inspection, there’s no course quite as comprehensive or convenient. We go beyond the books and cover more topics in greater detail than any of our competitors. ICA is simply the best way to become a certified Montana home inspector. Compare us to other home inspection training schools, and you’ll understand why.
When you complete ICA’s Real Estate Inspection Certification Training, you’ll be qualified to work for an established home inspection company. You’ll also have the knowledge to open your own residential and commercial property inspection business in Montana. Here are some of the topics covered in our online training program:
- Introduction to the Home Inspection Industry – Insight into home inspection as a career
- Legal Aspects and General Business Considerations – Setting up and operating a home inspection business, creating client/inspector agreements, marketing techniques, E&O and other insurance requirements
- Performing Inspections – Inspection methods and industry standards
- Roofing and Rooftops – Types of roofs and roof materials, basic and advanced roof inspections, ways to detect defects in roofs
- The Home’s Exterior – Site, slopes and grading, siding and trim, exterior defects, porches, decks and balconies, paving and vegetation
- Structural Components – Inspecting foundations, beams, joists, trusses, roof, framing and detecting structural defects
- The Home’s Interior – Inspecting individual rooms, attics, walls and insulation, fireplaces and chimneys, windows, interior doors, bathrooms and bathroom fixtures, kitchens and kitchen appliances, basements and crawl spaces
- The Plumbing System – Supply lines, waste piping, types of connections, vents, drainage, fixtures and faucets, water heaters, fuel lines and fuel storage tanks, septic systems, sump pumps and ejector pumps
- The Heating System – Combustible fuels, forced air heating, hydronic heating, space and wall heaters, fireplaces and chimneys, wood stoves, ventilation
- The Home’s Air Conditioning System – Basics of cooling and refrigeration, split A/C systems, ductless systems, geothermal and air source heat pumps
- The Electrical System – Theory of electricity, drops and distribution, wire gauges, main panels and subpanels, outlets and switches, electrical fixtures, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
- Writing Inspection Reports – Preparing reports for clients, how to use Report Form Nitro inspection report software with digital devices (Report Form Nitro is a $399 value if purchased separately, but it’s free with ICA Montana home inspection training)
- Marketing Your Business – Techniques and strategies for growing a successful home inspection business
- Performing Commercial Property Inspections – Inspecting commercial buildings and understanding ASTM international standards
- Using Drones – Inspecting rooftops with drones
Other benefits that come with your Montana home inspector training include lifetime refresher training, along with access to all ICA home inspection courses and instructional materials. All students and graduates also receive unlimited assistance and support from ICA instructors. Although most other schools charge extra for these, Radon and Mold Certification Courses are included in your ICA tuition, which, if purchased separately, are a $200 value.
Get Started Today
Why wait? Given how far our course can take you, registration is a no brainer. Enroll now in ICA’s Montana Home Inspector Training and Certification program and you’ll be on your way to starting your own business as a Montana home inspector in just a few weeks. Don’t need your Montana home inspector certification right away? Take your time learning at your own pace. Whether you plan to cram in as much content as you can right away or prefer to take your time learning a new trade, ICA is flexible. Ideal for career switchers, busy parents or anyone curious about how to become a home inspector in Montana, our classes are as convenient as it gets!
Got more questions?
Still have questions or need more information about ICA’s Montana home inspector training? Check the FAQs below, send a message or call us at 888-374-4096. We look forward to helping you start a new and rewarding career as a certified Montana home inspector.
How do I become a home inspector in Montana?
Once you complete our online home inspection course, you 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. At that point, you’re ready to go!
How much money do home inspectors make?
The average annual salary for a home inspector in Montana is approximately $68,000 per year.
How much does a home inspection pay?
The average fee for a home inspection in Montana is $400. The amount you charge for any given home inspection will vary based on age and square footage of the home. As part of our course, we teach you how to calculate a proper home inspection fee.
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 and our training is certified Gold by ASHI.
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 training recognized by NAHI?
In 2016 NAHI merged with ASHI, so NAHI no longer exists as a home inspection membership organization.
Does Montana require continuing education for home inspectors?
No. Continuing education is not required for home inspectors in Montana.
Do you mail me a physical copy of my certification?
Yes. We mail out your home inspection certification to you upon completion of our online course. We also mail out a laminated copy of your credentials that you can carry in your wallet.
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 Nitro 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 Nitro home inspection report 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.
Does the online home inspection course for Montana 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.
Does this online home inspection course certify me in mold inspection and radon inspection?
Do you provide students with a list of tools needed for performing a home inspection?
Yes. We provide you with a list of tools needed. The total cost of the tools, including your moisture meter and combustible gas detector, comes out to about $200.
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?
There is no state exam for home inspectors in Montana.
Do you send my certificate to the board?
There is no home inspection board in Montana.
Can I start my own business after taking your online home inspection 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.
Will I be able to do commercial inspections after taking this course?
Yes. On the commercial side of things, we train you to the ASTM standards.
What if I have questions during the online home inspection 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 via phone, text, or email.
Do I need to be a home builder or a contractor to become a home inspector in Montana?
Absolutely not. We train students from all different backgrounds to be successful home inspectors. Although a building background can be beneficial, it is certainly not necessary to become a home inspector in Montana.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to become a home inspector in Missoula, Bozeman, Helena, Great Falls, Butte, or Kalispell; our online home inspection course can be completed from anywhere. What are you waiting for? Enroll now and start your career as a home inspector in Montana!