PRE-COURSE QUESTIONS

Why should I go with your course and not your competitors?

AHIT has been in business for over 22 years and has trained over 50,000 inspectors.  We are the largest and most recognized training provider in the country, and real estate agents and mortgage companies recognize AHIT quality and know that you were trained properly.  We have the best instructors in the trade and are proud of having the most graduates in the industry.

In addition to our classroom and online training, AHIT offers more than our competitors as we teach you how to start and market your business.  We provide unlimited business and technical support to our students and graduates. This service is free of charge for your entire career as a Home Inspector, whether you are going through the training or need support down the road, we are here to help. Also, all AHIT graduates receive a complimentary 12-month membership to InterNACHI.

 

What steps do I need to take to become a certified Home Inspector?

Each state has different education requirements. Some states allow online training while others require some form of live classroom/field training.  AHIT customizes its classes by state to ensure we meet all the education requirements.

 

Do I need a construction background to be a home inspector?

Absolutely not!  We have students from all different “first careers” that do very well in this field. We train you from the ground up! Previous experience in the trades is helpful but not necessary.

 

Is the home inspection market flooded?

No, quite the opposite! In most parts of the country, Home Inspectors continue to be in high demand. AHIT training will help you differentiate yourself from your competitors and help you stand out amongst the competition.

 

What is the outlook for the profession?

Experts are projecting an eight percent increase in jobs for Home Inspectors and related professionals to 2024.[1] Home inspectors can rely on people are always purchasing homes for upgrades, down-sizing, investing and relocating.

 

How much can I expect to make in my first year doing this?

It depends if you will be working full-time or part-time. Typically, a full-time inspector makes an average of $50,000 – $75,000 their first year. Most inspections pay between $300 and $500.

 

What types of buildings / properties can I inspect once I complete your course?

Residential and light commercial (salons, apartment complexes, condos, strip malls, fast-food restaurants etc.) as well as foreclosures.

 

How do women fit into the inspection industry?

Women are becoming more and more prominent in the industry every year.  Working with the numerous female real-estate agents and lenders provide some great advantages to women in the home inspection field. 

 

What type of tools will I need to do a home inspection?

Common tools of the trade include mirror, flashlight, electrical testers, gas detector and laser thermometer, and a ladder. We provide a start-up tool kit at a low cost to our students. You will also likely want an app that will save you time writing your inspection reports. We offer the InspectIT reporting software that will make your life easier and more convenient for your clients.

 

Where can I find testimonials from people who have completed AHIT’s training?

You can find testimonials on the website, in our catalog, and on our Facebook page.  While we can’t provide direct contact information for our alumni, we certainly can get you in touch with one of our instructors who can answer any questions you may have.

 

What is the registration deadline?

We don’t have a set deadline—registration for online class is always open and registration for live training is on a “first come, first served basis.”  We recommend that for live training you enroll as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat in the class, and to make sure you have enough time to read through all the course books and online materials. 

 

How long is the online course?

The online course includes 14 modules, or lessons, and typically takes about 120 hours to complete.

 

How long do I have access to my online course?

You have 12 months from the purchase date to complete your course.  If you are unable to complete your course within the initial 12-month period, you may extend your course access for a fee of $50 per month.  Students must contact AHIT within 30 days of expiration to obtain an extension.  Access to the course after 30 days from initial expiration requires re-enrollment.  A discounted fee of 50% of the original purchase price will be charged.[2]

 

Are there technical requirements for the online course?

After you create an account online and register for a course, you will need reliable internet access, and a browser (Firefox, Chrome, etc) with Flash and Java Script capabilities.  Please review our technical requirements page for details.

 

Why does your online course cost more than other providers?

We go above and beyond our competitors by offering unlimited business and technical support, teaching business and marketing, and providing a 12-month free membership to InterNACHI. Our online course – including our textbook – addresses current industry standards to best meet state pre-licensing requirements and prepare you for a fruitful career in home inspection.  We are the largest and most recognized trainer of Home Inspectors in North America. Other schools simply don’t have the man power to provide this level of education and support to their students.

 

Do you offer live classes in my city?

We have live training across the country and currently hold over 200 live classes a year.  We are always updating our live class offerings, but we typically set the schedule for all live classes at the end of each year. Check the schedule here.

 

How long are the live courses?

Although live training can last anywhere between three and 19 days, live courses typically last three to five days.

 

Do you offer any night classes?

Our classes run from 8am to 6pm.  We have found that the way our courses are structured work out best for our students.  Our courses are designed to eliminate as many business days as we can, so if you have a full-time job, you will miss as little work as possible.  You will meet all the requirements of your state and get the training done quickly, allowing you to get your license and get your business started as soon as possible.

 

Why would I need the training since I live in a state that has no licensing requirements?

Although your state may not have any licensing requirements, the real estate agents and banks you will work with want to make sure you have been properly trained. In a state with no requirements, having a certification is crucial for you to differentiate yourself from the competition. 

 

What if I move to another state? Will my license transfer?

It depends on which state you move to, as our courses are recognized in almost every state. We will apply the tuition you already paid towards additional training if needed in the state you move to.  In most cases, you will be covered but may have to take an additional exam. No matter where you move, we can get you the training you need to be successful.

 

What are the payment options for tuition?

We have several payment options to accommodate our students, including a split payment option for live training as well as a form of financing. Please contact us for more information.

 

IN-COURSE QUESTIONS 

I have questions with the online course.  How do I contact an instructor?

You can call 855-919-1438, Option 2 to discuss.

 

I’m having technical issues with my online course.  How do I contact tech support?

You can call or email Technical Support at 800-743-8703 or techsupport@oncourselearning.com.

 

What is the link to the online training?

You can login here: https://symphony.ocltraining.com/login/cws

 

Do I need my final exam proctored?

If you live in Illinois or Texas, you will need to take your final exam with an approved proctor.

 

How do I get a proctor?

For information on proctor requirements, visit click on the Documents tab in your course.  You may also call or email 800.441.9411 or proctor@oncourselearning.com.

 

POST-COURSE QUESTIONS

When will I get everything I ordered during my live class?

Shipments of purchases normally arrive within 7-10 business days from your purchase date. 

 

Where is my Completion Certificate?

Depending on your state’s requirements, a Completion Certificate will be available online or issued via U.S. mail within 72 hours of completing all requirements.

 

Can I inspect in numerous states?

You can inspect in numerous states as long as you meet the requirements.  Some states will have more requirements than others.  Should you need more training, we will apply the tuition you already paid towards additional training if needed. 

 

Do you offer support for the InspectIT app?

Absolutely. We offer support during typical business hours: Monday-Friday, 8am – 6pm CT if you are current on your maintenance agreement.

 

Do I need Continuing Education (CE) credits to maintain my license?

In some states, yes. The state in which you live will determine the hours and courses required to maintain your home inspection license.

 

What support do you offer now that I’ve completed my course?

An AHIT graduate receives unlimited support.  Whether you are working through your online training or are in the field 10 years after graduating from our program, our instructors and technical support team are only a phone call away.

We also offer Continuing Education (CE) and Professional Development courses to continue to build your skills. Our lively Facebook Group is followed by current and past students where they have numerous discussions every day. Past instructors are also active on AHIT’s Facebook Group, offering helpful answers and guidance.

 

Do you help find employment now that I’m licensed?

We currently do not have a job board, but we recommend that you utilize the business and marketing skills your learned in class, including how to get your own business off the ground and how to market yourself using tested techniques designed to maximize your income potential. Some students choose to start by working for a home inspection company in their area, but we have found this to be the less profitable option.

 

How often do I have to renew my license and how do I go about doing that?

It depends on your state. We have online continuing education (CE) courses approved in most states.

Typically, your license will have to be renewed every two years (sometimes every year) depending on your state.  You can renew your license by completing a certain amount of CE hours (courses), and by re-applying with the state. As a training provider, we make sure we have classes available to meet your state’s renewal requirements. We have an entire library of courses you can take to meet your state’s requirements and add additional services to your business.

 

How long will it take to have a revenue-generating business?

Not long at all! Once you obtain proper certification/license and start marketing yourself you will gain momentum. Most students say it takes a few months. Usually after one year of hard work, your business will be up and running well.  Some inspectors are doing five inspections or more per week after only a couple of months.  It really depends how well you market yourself and how motivated you are to achieve success.

 


[1] According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for all building and construction inspectors, which includes home inspectors, were expected to grow by 8% between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov).

[2] In the event of an extension or re-enrollment, it is the responsibility of the student to verify with a school representative that the course approval is still active.