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What Qualifications do I Need to Become a Home Inspector?

by Jan 13, 2022Your Career

Whether you start a business or go to work for a multi-inspector firm, the qualifications are:

  • Licensure
  • Technical know-how
  • Proper communication skills
  • Raw determination

1: Licensure

We cover licensure in a couple of other blogs and from multiple perspectives so, take a look at those articles if you haven’t already.  You can also call us at 877.51.HI.TEC (877.514.4832), or click here for more information regarding your state’s licensing requirements.

2: Technical Know-How

Choosing a school is also covered in another article, and a good read, but let’s talk about what you need to know instead of which schools actually teach it. You’re going to need a thorough understanding of the basic fundamental principles of:

  • Structure
  • Roof
  • Exterior
  • Site
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Interiors
  • Insulation and Ventilation
  • Moisture Management
  • Fireplaces and Chimneys

These topics make up the majority of Standards of Practice required in licensing states across the US.  Some states require a little more, some less.  Either way, EVERY home inspector must have them as a knowledge base. HI-TEC will teach you all of what you need to know in each subject area and more.

3: Proper Communication Skills

Real estate agents often refer us to their clients because real estate and home inspections are both relationship-based businesses. Agents love working with home inspectors who:

  • Invite the client to attend the inspection
  • Answer the clients’ questions on site
  • Communicate deficiencies, maintenance items, and deferred cost items in the proper perspective.

Communicating in the proper perspective is something we’ll teach you in your class.  In fact, we teach proper communication and perspectives throughout your class – it’s that important.  Agents don’t like to refer home inspectors who communicate their findings in a know-it-all manner because it scares the clients and can jeopardize the entire transaction.  When speaking to agents while marketing, you’ll hear them refer to inspectors with this style of communication as either a “deal killer,” or an, “alarmist.”

HI-TEC teaches you to communicate your findings in an objective, professional manner to provide just the right perspective – every time.   

4: Raw Determination

Discussing this topic without sounding cliché is so difficult because Hollywood has told the story a thousand or more times, right?  The thing is, though, that raw determination is necessary, and it’s always a significant element to success at just about anything.  We need to decide we’re going to do what’s necessary to learn the materials, pass the National Home Inspector Exam, get licensed, and start marketing to build our business. 

HI-TEC’s instructors are trained to encourage each and every student in every class we teach.  We provide ongoing support after you complete your course because we love watching our students succeed.  We can coach and cheer you on as much as you need us to because we have a passion for what we do.  Just remember, accountability is yours to get out of bed each day and make it happen!


HI-TEC thinks like a school AND a business.  We have live classes and a fully self-paced curriculum to suit the many needs of our students.  We discuss everything about the home inspection career in every class we teach.  Like we’ve mentioned so many times, we want to be a part of your success and that means teaching you everything we know about becoming qualified.  It’s how we give you the high ground advantage.  We’re better because we focus on the core competencies you need to get started. We’ve worked for the biggest schools in the country.  We know what students need to be successful, and how to best provide everyone with the knowledge and skills required to make home inspections a lifelong career. We don’t make sales pitches in class, and we teach the marketing in every class so you can get licensed, get marketing, and start recouping your investment right away.

Give us a call at 877.51.HI.TEC and let one of our admissions experts help you get the answers you need!

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