Are you interested in becoming a home inspector in Florida? We’ve compiled the six steps you’ll need to take to start your new career as a licensed home inspector in the Sunshine State. Follow the steps below to learn more about Florida home inspection education requirements and pricing options.
This exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions covering the various areas of home inspection. FABI has a specific exam book you will need to prepare for the exam, “Principles of Home Inspection: Systems and Standards” 3rd Edition Update (ISBN 978-1078801386) – You can purchase this book at the FABI store. Test takers have 2 hours to complete the exam, and each test costs $200. The test is only offered in person. Testing site locations are available after registration.
The ACICP website does not list the number of questions on the exam, but it does state that students have 2 hours to complete the test. Test takers can choose to take the exam in person for $250 or online for $150.
Due to the unignorable cost of taking an exam, we highly recommend taking an Exam Prep course to greatly increase your chances of passing on the first try. If an individual does not pass, they must wait 30 days before taking the exam again.
Complete a Background Check With Fingerprints
The state of Florida requires that all Home Inspector License applicants submit to a criminal background check. The screening costs roughly $54.25. The state reviews applications on a case-by-case basis, so applicants with a criminal record are not automatically excluded, but the process may require some extra paperwork.
Provide Proof of Commercial General Liability Insurance of at Least $300,000
Making mistakes is a part of human nature, and it happens to the best of us. To protect yourself from career-ending lawsuits, taking out a commercial general liability insurance policy of at least $300,000 is required for all Florida home inspection professionals.
General liability policies for small businesses are roughly $40 per month, but that could change based on coverage needs. To get the best rate and a better idea of what coverage actually costs, speak with a licensed local insurance agent who has worked with other home inspectors, members of local home inspector trade organizations, or shop for insurers online.
Register Your Business or Join a Multi-Inspector Firm
After you’ve completed your AHIT Home Inspection Training and passed one of the home inspection exams, it’s time to get to work. You can choose to start your own home inspection business (either as a sole proprietor or LLC) and call a tax professional. Or, if you prefer to gain some experience and have a steady flow of leads first, you can look to join an established multi-inspector firm. Regardless, there’s no wrong path to success in the lucrative and exciting world of home inspection.
Students can choose between four different state-approved exams.
Applicants must submit to a background check with fingerprints, but a criminal record doesn’t exclude candidates.
Applicants can apply for their Home Inspector License online or send in completed paperwork.
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