3 Steps To Becoming A Home Inspector in 2022Jul 23, 2022
So... I assume you're here because you are interested in becoming a Home Inspector, right?👀
Well, you're in the right place!
First, let's cover the definition of a Home Inspection and what it includes...
A Home Inspection is a non-evasive visual inspection of the maor systems of a house that includes a corresponding written report.
Okay, so now you understand what a home inspection is, I'm sure your next question is, how do I become a Home Inspector?
1. State Requirements: Regulated vs Non Regulated
At this point, we're in 2022, there are 35 regulated states, and 15 non regulated states. So if you live in a state that is regulated, they typically have a professional body that governs the licensure process, and also the licensees, once they complete the process and pass the test. They determine what you have to do in order to be issued a Home inspector license.
If you're in a non regulated state, your process is a lot easier.
"Non regulated" means just what it says, there are no specific licensure requirements or regulations, there's generally no professional body from the state that governs Home Inspectors. So basically, as soon as you can learn how to actually inspect, and write the report, you're literally able to start inspecting.
2. Complete the Educational Requirements
In regulated states, there are usually a certain amount of educational or classroom hours that you're required to complete. In some states there is also a requirement for field hours or mock inspections to be completed with a Licensed Inspector. Some states even require you to be "sponsored" by an experienced Inspector in order to get your license.
Check with your state to find out how many hours you need.
Your state may also have a list of approved educational providers.
Some states don't allow virtual classes. Some states only provide virtual classes.
It's literally different in every state.😫
In most regulated states, the required test is the National Home Inspector Examination.
So after you complete the required classroom hours and mock inspections (if required)
You have to pass the NHIE with at least a 500. (More on this in another blog)
3. License & Professional Requirements
Once you complete the hours and pass the exam, you are well on your way!
Most regulated states will require you to submit an application in order to be issued a license. Along with the application, you have to submit documentation of your education, test score, and insurance.
There is generally a fee. But you knew that already.😎
It's very important to be clear on your state's requirements and the best way to complete them. This is an area where alot of peope struggle because the information is not always clear or easily accessible. You may have to make some phone calls and be persistent about getting answers.
The beauty of this industry is that you don't need a degree or any background in construction.
Whenever you're ready, there are 3 ways I can help you:
1. If you've never considered a career as a Home Inspector, get the Home Inspector Workshop, it will outline everything you need to get Certified as an Inspector in any state.
2. Once you decide you want to be a Home Inspector, Inspector Flow ON DEMAND is a comprehensive Home Inspector Curriculum where you can learn at your own pace.
3. Inspector Flow LIVE: A Live 20 Week Session of Home Inspector school that teaches you the 10 Major Components, NHIE Test Prep, and Home Inspector Business Setup
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