Career Training For Home inspectors
Becoming a home inspector has become an increasingly more attractive career option for men and women who are looking for a rewarding career in the real estate industry.
Home inspectors can earn a very good income working for a home inspection company, and if they gain enough experience and want to make on the risks involved in running their own business, they can also choose to start their own inspection firm.
It’s important for anyone who is interested in a career as an inspector to realize that starting up your own home inspection firm is much more challenging that most people expect.
It is estimated that nearly 60% of people who go through the training courses, and achieve their home inspector certification have either quit the business or failed to get their business started within a year after becoming certified.
There are several factors that contribute to the high failure rate for home inspectors, but the biggest issue seems to a combination of a lack of marketing skill/experience, and not having enough resources to dedicate to a marketing plan.
In the bigger metro areas, a home inspector can earn as much or more working for a home inspection company as they could working for themselves anyway – if they get a job working for one of the top inspection companies in their city.
State Requirements To Become A Home Inspector
Most states regulate licensing of inspectors, but some states don’t require a formal licensing process to work as a home inspector.
The states that do have formal licensing will require that inspectors complete a training course, and achieve their certification from one of the nationally-recognized home inspector training organizations.
After completing their training, and becoming a certified inspector, the candidate must then pass a state examination, and then submit their application packet to the state board that handles licensing for home inspectors.
Many states require inspectors to pass a background check as part of their home inspector licensing requirements.
Some states that do not require licensing for home inspectors have no training, educational, or experience requirements at all. However, even if you live in a state that doesn’t require licensing, if you want to work as a home inspector you can be sure your potential clients (Homebuyers and sellers), as well as real estate agents and mortgage lenders will want to see that you are certified by a group like Nachi, or ASHI.
Some of the states that do not require licensing simply require that you be certified as a home inspector by one of the nationally-recognized training and certification outfits, such as Nachi or ASHI as mentioned earlier.
What Training Is Required To Become A Home Inspector
Most training courses designed to help you become a certified home inspector consist of 120 hours of instruction, with additional time required after the training course in many cases for hands-on continuing education/training known as field training.
The most popular courses offered by the training institutes will cover topics like:
- how to conduct home inspections
- report writing
- inspection tools
- business development
- running a home inspection business
Home Inspector Training & Certification
There are several organizations that offer training and certification for new home inspectors. The four most well-known are:
Of those four organizations, the two biggest are InterNachi (NACHI), and ASHI.
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) is the biggest, and most widely-recognized home inspector trade organization in the United States.
Based in Boulder, Colorado InterNACHI is a non-profit membership trade organization that operates in 65 countries around the world.
InterNACHI is the largest provider of education and training for home inspectors in the industry.
The InterNACHI school offers both free and paid training options for those who want to become home inspectors.
If you want the free, online training offered by InterNACHI, you simply need to become a member and pay the associated monthly recurring membership fee.
InterNACHI also offers in-person, classroom instruction for home inspectors and those looking to pursue their certification.
If you are interested in InterNACHI’s in-person classroom training option can attend the training at Nachi’s Boulder Colorado headquarters.
ASHI, which stands for American Society of Home Inspectors, is located in Des Plaines Illinois.
As the second largest, and most widely-recognized home inspector training organization, ASHI also offers online training options, as well as in-person classroom training.
ASHI has classroom training locations in 10 states across the U.S.
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