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Oregon Home Inspection Licensing

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It is a very straightforward process to become a licensed home inspector in Oregon. Oregon operates on an “experience points” system. You must have or obtain 20 experience points.  It used to be that only 10 of those points could come from education, however due to recent rule changes all 20 points can come from education.  Inspection Certification Associates is fully approved by the Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB), so our course will get you all twenty points.

Once you complete our course to receive your 20 points you just need to take and pass the National Home Inspector Exam. Our course prepares fully prepares you for that exam.  The Oregon CCB used to have their own state home inspection exam for new home inspectors, but in late 2015 they switched to requiring the National Home Inspector Exam.

Steps to become a home inspector

  1. Register for the ICA Real Estate Inspection Certification Program. This course will provide you with 20 points.  Upon completion of the online home inspection training course you will be an ICA Certified Home Inspector and we will issue you a certification number, which you can use on your business cards and home inspection reports.
  2. Take and pass the National Home Inspector Exam for Oregon
  3. Start your own business or go to work for an existing company!

 

Oregon Home Inspector Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I become a home inspector in Oregon?

As stated above, once you complete our online course you have now become a home inspector and earned your 20 education points for the Oregon license. 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. In addition to your 20 experience points you also will need to take the National home inspectors exam, which we prepare you for.

How much money do home inspectors make?

The average salary for a home inspector in Oregon is approximately $73,000 per year.

How much does a home inspection pay?

The average fee for a home inspection in Oregon is $370, although 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.

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 home inspection 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 the Word version of their Report Form Pro home inspection report. That is the report that most of our graduates start with since it is so easy to use. Normally selling for $149 the Report Form Pro 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.

Is there a time limit for the online home inspection course for Oregon?

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 Oregon. 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 Oregon exam, you will send the board a copy of your certification from us showing that you have achieved your 20 points, and your score sheet from the Oregon 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 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 be a home inspector?

No. We train students from all different backgrounds to be successful home inspectors.

 

It doesn’t matter whether you want to become a home inspector in Portland, Eugene, Salem, Bend, Medford or Corvallis – our online home inspection course can be completed from anywhere.