5 Steps to Become A Home Inspector

There is no denying that home inspectors make a lucrative amount of money. Aside from that, the hours are flexible and—if you do your job right—there is a certain amount of job security that other careers don’t offer. The length of time it takes to become a home inspector depends entirely on you, depending on your willingness to undergo training and certification. Our days are never coming back, so here are several steps to keep in mind to make your home inspection journey easier.

  1. License Requirements

There’s no national standard for certification. Every state has different requirements to become a house inspector. Some states only require 60 hours of education; some require almost 200. Some require you to pass the national exam; some have their own exam for you to pass, too.

Each state has its own requirement for becoming a certified house inspector. For example, California has no requirements, while Texas requires you to pass several pre-licensing courses for a total of 128 classroom hours. New York, for example, requires you to pass 140 classroom hours, while Illinois requires you to have 60+ hours of pre-licensing courses of top of 40 hours of real-world experience before certification. Some states require you to pass the national state exam, as well as their own exam, and some do not.

  1. Construction Knowledge

Do you know everything there is to know about construction? Unless you’ve absolutely mastered the trade like a Karate master with a 10th-degree black belt, you may need even more construction education. This is because the amount of homes on the market are as diverse as there are food spices. From LEED-certified modern homes, to Jacobean mansions – there is a variety of homes you need to be familiar to accommodate for the varying checklists each home requires. Doing so will also teach you how to maintain the integrity and safety of each home.

  1. Classes

You don’t need to be an engineering expert. However, your business/firm/career depends on your ability to inspect hundreds of properties. This means applying for pre-licensing courses (online courses may or may not be valid in your state) that will show you the ropes and give you valuable home inspector training before inspecting your first property.

  1. People Skills

Part of being a good home inspector means interacting with people every day. This is because the relationships you establish as a part of your career make or break your success. As a part of doing good business with repeat customers, it’s wise to read several “relationship building books” such as the legendary How To Win Friends and Influence People book by Dale Carnegie.

  1. Certificates

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) suggests that job-seekers acquire an associate degree in building inspection technology, drafting or construction-based technology. It is also advisable to seek coursework in business or customer service. This is because there is a level of ongoing education and practical experience in the construction trades that benefits you tremendously.


Inspector associations such as The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors requires membership by state law before you become certified. Some states in the U.S. require only a high school degree and not a college level education. You may also require an apprenticeship or the completion of 130-140 pre-licensing class hours. To look for jobs, it is suggested that you join an inspector’s association. Colleges and associations are also great places to search, as they offer employment job boards.

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