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How to Get a Home Inspection License

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Home inspectors are specialists in evaluating the condition of a home. Homebuyers hire inspectors to review the home’s condition before purchasing a property. Some financial institutions require an inspection before lending on a home. A home inspector is trained in evaluating a home’s structural soundness and identifying potential issues. States regulate the practice of home inspecting through local licensing requirements.

Meet the education requirements. Home inspectors are required to have at least a high school diploma. A GED equivalent is also acceptable, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Coursework in math, such as algebra and geometry is also desirable.

Research local requirements for inspectors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each state has different requirements for home inspectors. However, typical requirements may include on-the-job training and passing a state administered exam. Request study guide materials if the state requires a home inspector examination.

Secure an apprenticeship. Completing an apprenticeship typically satisfies the state experience requirement. Find local inspectors through professional associations, like the American Society of Home Inspectors. Contact several local inspectors to inquire about apprenticeship opportunities. A modest wage is usually paid during the apprenticeship.

Find a home inspector position. Home inspectors usually start out working for home inspection firms. Find firms in the area through the American Society of Home Inspectors. Job search engines, such as Career Builder and Monster, also posts these jobs.

Renew your license. The state will require a renewal after securing the initial inspector license. Some states require renewal every other year; however, this varies by state. Qualify for renewal by completing the required continuing education courses. Courses are offered through professional associations, such as the American Society of Home Inspectors and community colleges. Proof of continuing education requirements typically needs to accompany application materials.

Tip

A bachelor’s degree may substitute for apprenticeship experience. Degrees in building inspection or engineering are usually preferred. Contact the state department of licensing to determine local regulations.

Warning

Home inspectors are required to crawl in small spaces to evaluate the home’s condition. For this reason, good physical condition is a requirement for this career.

About the Author

Nicki Howell started her professional writing career in 2002, specializing in areas such as health, fitness and personal finance. She has been published at health care websites, such as HealthTree, and is a ghostwriter for a variety of small health care organizations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Portland State University.

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