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How to Become a Home Inspector in North Carolina

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A home inspector is responsible for inspecting and evaluating a home's overall integrity. Inspectors working in North Carolina must be licensed by the state before they may begin to practice. This entails passing the Home Inspector Licensure Board (HILB) exam, after fulfilling a number of education and experience requirements. Upon attaining their licenses, many home inspectors join a professional organization, such as the North Carolina Licensed Home Inspector Association (NCLHIA). Candidates must first earn their Associate Home Inspector license, before attaining the title of licensed home inspector.

Earn a bachelor of science degree from an accredited school, and gain two years of experience working in an inspection-related field, such as building design or construction. Candidates may also receive an Associate of Applied Science and subsequently work for four years designing building, electrical, mechanical or plumbing systems, or work under the supervision of a licensed general contractor for four years. Those without a degree must work six years under the supervision of a licensed general contractor. Check with the Office of State Fire Marshal website for further alternatives to fulfilling the education requirement.

Become an Associate Home Inspector, practicing for one year under this designation while completing at least 100 home inspections. You must submit an application and pass a one-hour 100-question exam to receive your Associate Home Inspector license. Furthermore, you must be in the employ of a licensed home inspector, or demonstrate that you intend to work for one in the future.

Submit an application to the state HILB exam. Applications may be downloaded from the board's website. You must provide documents proving that you have met the education and experience requirements, and have these requirements notarized. Pass the two-hour 200-question licensing exam and pay all corresponding fees to receive your license. A score of 70 is required to pass. The exam covers topics like: roofing, plumbing and fireplaces.

Be bonded or have net assets of at least $5,000, but less than $10,000. Join a professional organization like the NCLHIA, which presenting networking and continuing education opportunities.

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Marlon Trotsky was born in St. Paul, Minn. and graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, while minoring in sociology. His work has appeared in various print and online publications, including: "The Trentonian," "San Jose Mercury News" and "Oakland Tribune."

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