How to Become a Home Inspector

Home inspection has become a standard practice in the home-purchasing process. Home owners and prospective buyers of any type of home largely depend on home inspectors to assist them regarding their biggest investment. Home inspectors are hired immediately prior to making a purchase offer on a home or as a contingency of a sales contract. As a home inspector, you will have to inspect and report on the home's systems, components and structure. Upon completing the inspection, you'll have to submit a written report of your findings to the prospective home buyer. It goes without saying that you will have to undergo training in areas that include house foundations, roofing, plumbing, electrical, HVAC and environmental issues [source: BLS]. Now let us find out how to become a home inspector.

  1. Earn a high school diploma.
  2. Earn a bachelor's degree in either engineering or architecture. Although you may be able to find a job after taking home inspection, construction technology, drafting and mathematics courses in a junior college, most employers prefer hiring college graduates.
  3. Take courses in English along with courses in writing techniques. This is important since you will be communicating with people and will have to submit written reports in correct English.
  4. Work under the supervision of a certified home inspector until you obtain your certification. Although this supervised work is an optional step, it's the best way to get experience, which will be necessary to gain certification.
  5. Get certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). You won't be eligible to work as a licensed home inspector without this certification. Although licensing requirements vary from state to state, applicants must have a minimum number of years of experience, and must have completed training and education courses. The license generally costs around $74,000 per year [sources: Home Inspector, BLS].