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How to Prepare for a Career in Home Inspection

Considering a career as a home inspector?  Real Estate is one of the most active parts of the economy and for every home that is sold, a home inspector is needed.  Housing is fundamental to human life, and home inspectors will always be needed.

If you want a job doing home inspections, here are five tips to help you on your way:

Future home inspectors can prepare during high school for a future care.  Courses in geometry, algebra, English, shop, physical education with additional training through trade or vocational programs in drafting, blueprint reading, and construction technology assist in advanced training programs.

Training requirements for home inspectors vary by state and employment opportunities.  Working in an apprenticeship based program allow students to learn hands on experiences to expand professional knowledge.  Experienced home inspectors train students by teaching code and ordinance regulations, contract and building specifications, recordkeeping, and reporting tasks. Construction related work experience and vocational courses allow individuals to become entry level home inspectors or advance to degree programs.

Career diplomas offered through trade or vocational schools or online programs train students to evaluate the safety, energy efficiency, age, and condition of homes. Courses like: introduction to home inspection, fundamental construction practices, principles of blueprinting, building codes and safety standards, surveying techniques, roof systems, interior and exterior elements, structural systems, insulation and ventilation, cooling systems, hot water supply systems, inspection materials and equipment, and inspection reporting allow students to qualify for entry level home inspection jobs or advance to higher degrees.

An undergraduate degree through a traditional college or online university allows students to take courses like: building codes and safety standards, fundamental construction practices, principles of blueprint reading, surveying techniques, recordkeeping, mechanical and electrical systems, computer specifications, introduction to home inspection and interior and exterior elements.  Courses also include training with: structural systems, insulation and ventilation, plumbing systems, hot water supply systems, cooling systems, and roof systems to allow students to qualify for certification requirements determined by state regulations.
Students who advance to bachelor or master degree programs often enter programs in construction, architecture, or engineering related majors.  Students who attain advanced degrees are often qualified as experts in the field of home inspection.

Completing an internship under the supervision of a qualified home inspector, architect, or engineer allows bachelor or graduate degree students to meet licensing requirements determined by state regulations.  Licensing examinations are administered by the International Code Council, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, and the National Fire Protection Association.   Graduate students are additionally required to complete a masters thesis before embarking in a career as a home inspector. 

This article was adapted from How to Become a Home Inspector at The Best Degrees.

How to Become a Home Inspector

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