More than 35 states require licensing for home inspectors, and each has its own statutory and regulatory requirements. Since every state is different, you’ll first have to look at the requirements, if any, and then find out how soon you can take a class .
If your state requires live classroom training, expect to spend anywhere from 7-14 days depending on how the training company you choose presents the material. While interviewing a prospective training company, be sure to ask how the educational hours are calculated because you don’t want to find out later the training company you chose added incorrectly. You do not want the horrors of being shorted on the hours because they can’t read the law properly or their instructors want to bust out of class early every day.
If your state doesn’t require live classroom training and you prefer the path of independent study, an online class is usually the way to go. How long does it take to complete the online training? Most of our students tell us it takes them 2-4 weeks working on it full time and 45-90 days part time. Full time would be about 8-9 hours per day, and part time just a couple hours per day. No matter which training company you choose, however, there will be a lot of reading involved, and your reading style and speed is an individual characteristic.
More important than asking how long the class takes, you need to ask yourself, “How dedicated am I to completing the work?” Becoming a home inspector is an attainable goal for just about anyone who can read and has the determination to see it through. The reason why determination and dedication are required is simple: there’s a LOT of material to cover. Depending on which training company you choose, there will be anywhere from 700 to 1800 pages of material to read, and you MUST decide that you’re going to do it to avoid burnout.
The best part is that the benefits are huge. At an average of 305 inspections per year at $450 each, the income potential is nearly $137,000 for an independent home inspector! Keep that goal in mind to help motivate you.
Ask your training company whether they provide assistance AFTER graduation. Can they help you when you have questions while performing a home inspection? And by the way, be wary of the CEO giving you their personal phone number to call for help whenever you need it. No one individual can be everything to everybody and answer THAT MANY calls each day and still run a business! Rather, look for the company with a realistic promise of service after course completion.
At HI-TEC, we think like a school AND a business, and that means foundational education and innovative offerings for you. It’s why we offer the 1-day response time to your questions whether it’s for exam prep or a home inspection you’re performing – next month or next year! Our school offers simple, easy to access educational materials that have all the information you need to get started in your new career.
We’re here because we’ve already worked for the biggest schools in the country. We know what the students want, what they need to be successful, and how to best provide everyone with the knowledge and skills required to make home inspections a lifelong career.
Give us a call at 877.51.HI.TEC and let one of our admissions experts help you get the answers you need!