West Virginia is one of just a few states that require classroom home inspection training to become a state licensed home inspector. Inspection Certification Associates is fully approved to provide this home inspection classroom training.
Steps to become a licensed home inspector in West Virginia:
- Complete a state-approved home inspection training course that is at least 80 hours in length. The ICA home inspection classroom training program is fully approved to fulfill this requirement. In West Virginia the governing body for home inspectors is the WV Office of State Fire Marshal. You can click here to view our listing on their list of approved schools. Our course is 8 consecutive days in length, beginning on a Saturday and ending the following Saturday. Tuition is $1,395. Most of our WV home inspection students attend one of our 8-day classes in Maryland.
- Take and pass the National Home Inspectors Exam. We fully prepare all students for the National Home Inspectors Exam and include a 200 page online study guide as well as 700 exam prep practice questions.
How the ICA Real Estate Inspection Certification Program Can Help
What’s Included in a West Virginia Home Inspection?
West Virginia defines a home inspection as a written evaluation of one or more of the following components of a residence:
- Structural elements
- Interior and exterior components
- Heating and cooling systems
- Plumbing system
- Any other house-related component
All these and more are covered when you choose ICA for your 80-hour West Virginia home inspection license training.
What ICA Home Inspection Training Includes
Here are some of the topics covered in ICA’s home inspection classroom training:
- Home Inspection Overview – Introduction to the home inspection industry
- Business and Legal Aspects – Starting a home inspection business, pre-inspection agreements, insurance and marketing needs
- Conducting an Inspection – Inspection industry standards and methods
- Roofs – Terms, materials, basic and advanced roof inspections, detecting roof defects
- The Home’s Exterior – Site and grading considerations, trim, porches, decks and railings, paving and vegetation
- Structural Components – Foundations, beams, joists, trusses, roof and framing
- Inside the Home – Individual rooms, windows, walls and doors, attics and insulation, bathrooms, kitchens, basements and crawlspaces
- The Plumbing System– Water supply lines, waste piping, connections, vents, drainage, fixtures and faucets, water heaters, sump pumps and ejector pumps
- The Heating System – Forced air heating, hydronic heating, space heaters, fireplaces and chimneys, wood stoves and vents
- The Air Conditioning System – Refrigeration basics, ductless systems, split systems, air source and geothermal heat pumps
- The House’s Electrical Systems – Theory of electricity, drops and distribution, wire gauges, main panels and subpanels, switches and outlets, fixtures, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
- Inspection Reports – Preparing written reports with digital devices using Report Form Pro 2 software
- Marketing Your Home Inspection Business – Techniques and strategies for starting and growing a home inspection business
- Commercial Inspections – Inspecting commercial properties
- Using Drones During Inspections – How to inspect rooftops with drones
When you’ve completed Inspection Certification Associates’ West Virginia Home Inspection Classroom Training, you’ll be ready to sit for the Maryland home inspector license exam. Once you’ve passed the exam and received your license, you’ll be qualified to perform home inspections anywhere in Maryland.
Valuable Extras To Home Inspection Training
Students enrolled in ICA’s West Virginia home inspection classroom training also have access to our Online Home Inspection Course and Training Materials. You’ll also receive Radon and Mold training and certification, which is a $200 value. Unlike most other home inspection trainers, radon and mold training is included with your ICA tuition.
Here are more valuable features included with ICA’s classroom home inspection training:
- Lifetime access to our online home inspection training program
- Residential and commercial inspection certifications
- Free one-year America Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) membership
- Report Form Pro 2 Inspection Report Software for mobile devices ($399 value)
- Free lifetime listing in the HireAnInspector.comdirectory
- Unlimited lifetime support from the ICA staff
- Downloadable video training models for accessing course materials when there’s no Internet connection
- Free downloads of reference materials in ICA’s extensive online library
- Lifetime access to all ICA home inspection courses and training materials
- Online refresher training, including access to all annual course updates
Enroll now! You could be starting a new career and opening your own business as a licensed West Virginia home inspector in just a few short weeks.
Still have questions about ICA’s West Virginia home inspector classroom training? Browse through our FAQs, the FAQs listed below or feel free to call us at 888-374-4096.
West Virginia Home Inspector Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a home inspector in West Virginia?
As stated above, once you complete our 8 day (80 hour) home inspection classroom training course you are ICA Certified and have fulfilled the home inspection training requirements for West Virginia. You also will need to take the National Home Inspectors Exam, for which we prepare you. After that you are licensed and ready to go.
How much money do home inspectors make?
The average salary for a home inspector in West Virginia is approximately $74,000 per year.
How much money should a home inspector charge for a home inspection in West Virginia?
The average inspection fee for a 2,000 square foot home inspection in West Virginia is $370. The amount you charge for a home inspection will vary based on age and square footage of the home. Our course will teach you how to structure your home inspection fees.
Does a West Virginia licensed home inspector need to get on the roof of the home?
No. Home inspectors in West Virginia should not go on the roof of the home during the inspection. Per current standards of practice, the proper way to inspect a roof is to stand back and use a good pair of binoculars. Over ninety percent of home inspectors use the binocular technique for inspecting the roof of a home. Some home inspectors have even started using small drones to inspect a roof. We actually include a module on how to use a drone to inspect the roof of a home in our course.
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 hard copy of my home inspection certification?
Yes. We mail out your home inspection certification to you upon completion of our 80 hour West Virginia home inspection classroom course. We also mail out a wallet-sized, laminated copy of your credentials.
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 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 reporting 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. Report Form Pro 2 is the number one home inspection reporting software program for home inspectors in Maryland.
Is there a time limit for the classroom course in West Virginia?
No. There is no time limit on our course, so for example if you needed to take 4 days in one class session and then 4 more days next session to get all 8 days of home inspection training completed that is no problem..
Do you provide a list of tools that I need for performing a home inspection in West Virginia?
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 home inspection test?
No schools are allowed to give the home inspection exam in West Virginia. That test is given by a third-party testing company and is called the National Home Inspectors Exam.
Do you send my certificate to the West Virginia home inspection licensing board?
Actually, the way it works is once you complete our course and pass the National Home Inspectors Exam, you will send the board a copy of your certification from us along with your score sheet from the National Home Inspectors Exam. Then you will be issued your home inspection license.
Can I start my own home inspection business after taking your online course?
In West Virginia you must complete our 8 day classroom training course to become a licensed home inspector and start your home inspection business in West Virginia.
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 out in the field performing a home inspection, we can assist via email, text, or phone.
Do I need to be a contractor to be a home inspector in West Virginia?
No. We train students from all different backgrounds to be successful home inspectors. A contractor background can be helpful but it not necessary or mandatory to become a home inspector in West Virginia.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to become a home inspector in Charleston, Elkins, Morgantown, Huntington, Beckley, Parkersburg, Wheeling, Clarksburg, or Princeton; our home inspection classroom course will fulfill the West Virginia home inspection licensing requirements. What are you waiting for? Enroll now and begin your new career as a home inspector in West Virginia!