How Long Does It Take to Become a Home Inspector?
One of the main benefits of a new career in home inspection is the flexibility from pre-license training through the entirety of the career. How long it takes to become a home inspector is dependent on the state, as well as what style of learning a student prefers.
Choosing to learn online or live in-person will factor into the time it takes to earn a home inspector license, but ultimately, it comes down to you, the student.
The Time It Takes to Complete Home Inspection Training Varies (A Lot)
The amount of time that is required to earn a home inspector license varies from state to state. Some states do not require any licensing or home inspector training. While other states require you to complete a specific number of training hours, which can vary from 60 hours to 200 hours to complete and pass an exam for a home inspector license. For example, Illinois requires 120 hours of online course training, or a 5-day classroom course with field training including a mock inspection through local homes.
Home inspection students might also be required to have supervised home inspections by licensed professionals, to help with their careers as well as write concise inspection reports. Make sure to check the licensing requirements in your state for more information.
Full-Time Training Vs. Part-Time Training
How you approach their training will impact the length of time it takes to complete training. Some students treat training like a full-time job, while others work part-time. States like Arizona require 84 hours in a training course and could technically take a month, while other states have fewer time requirements or none at all.
Again, the time it takes to complete training comes down to you, the student. Home inspection training, much like a certified home inspector, can be done either full-time or part-time.
Your Training Modality: In Field, In Classroom Training, and Online Training
AHIT designed its home inspection courses to meet the needs of students with all styles of learning and schedules. Flexibility is a core tenant of our training program, which is why we offer students in-person and online training.
AHIT’s live classroom course provides students with in-person learning from instructors with decades of experience in the home inspection industry. Our industry experts will show you the step-by-step approach to perform a professional home inspection.
AHIT’s “The Professional Home Inspection Online Course” is the industry’s best home inspection training available from the convenience of your own computer. Most online courses teach students the technical side of the business, but AHIT takes students through the entire process of an inspection. By utilizing instructor presentations and GoPro video footage, students can walk through a home inspection from their own couch.
In Field Training
Getting hands on experience helps students build confidence before receiving their home inspector license and entering the field as a professional home inspector. Through AHIT’s approach, students can take the concepts learned in the classroom and apply them in real life scenarios with the help of experienced home inspector instructors so students feel prepared to start their own home inspection business.
Prepping for the NHIE
Every home inspection student must pass the National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE) to earn their home inspector license. AHIT’s training program will prepare you for your career as a home inspector, but students must pass the national home inspector examination to complete their education. That’s why AHIT has its own home inspector Exam Prep to give students the edge when it comes to the National Home Inspector Exam.
AHIT’s Exam Prep features practice modes that help students learn the concepts and the “why” behind each question. It also gives students exam mode, which gives them a 2-hour, 200-question practice exam that is just like the real exam. The exam prep option isn’t just practice, it’s preparation for the real licensing exam.
The Licensing Process
Licensing requirements for home inspectors differ in each state, having information on your state’s requirements is important for you to understand what is required of you to become a licensed home inspector. Some states have education requirements as well as hands-on experience, while others don’t. For example, the state of New York requires students to have:
- 140 hours of home inspector education
- Pass the NHIE
- Application fee
- Errors and omissions (E&O) insurance or general liability insurance
- Notarized application
- Background check
- Highschool diploma or GED
Once students are licensed home inspectors, they must receive home inspector continuing education either every year or every two years. Be sure to check with your state to see what the requirements are for continuing education if required.
Ultimately, how long it takes to become a certified home inspector comes down to the student, and how they approach their training. There are pros and cons of different styles of training, but online training will be faster, while live in-person training will take longer but give students more hands-on training. Treating training like a full-time job will allow students to complete it quickly, while part-time will take longer. Take the route that works best for you, and get excited about your new career as a licensed home inspector!