It is a very straightforward process to become a licensed home inspector in South Dakota.
Steps to become a licensed home inspector in South Dakota:
- Take our state-approved home inspection course. The ICA course is fully approved to meet the 40-hour training requirement in South Dakota.
- Take and pass the South Dakota Home Inspectors Exam.
- Start your own home inspection business or go to work for an existing home inspection company!
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. Take the South Dakota Home Inspectors exam, for which we will thoroughly prepare you. Then, start your own home inspection business or go to work with an existing home inspection company!
Got more questions? Read on for more information about South Dakota home inspection courses.
How do I become a home inspector in South Dakota?
As stated above, once you complete our online course, you have 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 South Dakota home inspectors exam, for which we prepare you.
How much money do home inspectors make?
The average salary for a home inspector in South Dakota is approximately $71,000 per year.
How much does a home inspection pay?
The average fee for a home inspection in South Dakota is $360. The amount you charge for a home inspection will vary based on age and square footage of the home. Our course provides instruction on how to price a home inspection in South Dakota.
Does a home inspector need to get on the roof of the home?
No. Home inspectors should not go on the roof of the home. Per current standards of practice, the proper way to inspect a roof is to stand back and use binoculars. A few home inspectors have even started using small drones to inspect a roof, but that is not very common yet. Over ninety percent of home inspectors use the binocular technique for inspecting the roof of a home.
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 certification?
Yes. We mail out your home inspection certification 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 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.
Is there a time limit for the online home inspection course for South Dakota?
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 a list of tools that I need for performing a home inspection?
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 test?
No schools are allowed to give the home inspection exam in South Dakota. 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 South Dakota exam, you will send the board a copy of your certification from us along with your score sheet from the South Dakota exam. Then you will be issued your home inspection license.
Can I start my own home inspection 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.
What if I have questions during my 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 text, phone, or email.
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. No states require a contractor background to be a home inspector.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to become a home inspector in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Pierre, Brookings, Aberdeen, Sturgis or Deadwood; our online home inspection course can be completed from anywhere. What are you waiting for? Enroll now and begin your career as a home inspector in South Dakota!