How Do You Become a Home Inspector in Texas?

Are you ready to lay the foundation of your own home inspection business? We’ve compiled the eight steps you’ll need to start your new career as a licensed home inspection professional in the Lone Star State. Follow the steps below to learn more about home inspection courses (and why they’re necessary), taking the National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE), and where to go from here.  AHIT can help you get your career started with everything you’ll need to meet TREC licensure as a real estate inspector. AHIT offers comprehensive online options with coursework that covers the Texas law and Standards of Practice, the basics of homeowner report writing, business operations, working with real estate agents, and more. Texas does require a 40hr hands on practicum, which AHIT offers in locations across the Texas including Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Killeen, Midland, Houston, Arlington, and others.

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Prerequisites:

To become a licensed Texas home inspector, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
  • Meet TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
  • Visit TREC to learn more about Texas home inspector qualifications for each license type
  1. Enroll in Texas-Approved Home Inspection Courses

    Prospective home inspectors must enroll in a school that offers courses approved for Texas home inspection certification. Some schools offer online courses, while others have live classroom options. All schools must include “practicum” hours that provide you with field training for hands-on inspection experience in real homes. The education program you should select depends on the license level you want to hold. Each license level has different training program requirements.

  2. Complete the Required Hours of Home Inspection Training

    Home inspector training requirements in Texas vary by license type.

    Texas Professional Real Estate Inspector License: 194 hours (includes 40 hours of Texas practicum)

    This is the highest-level license available in Texas, and it offers you the most freedom with your career, allowing you to work independently and operate your own inspection business. You also can have Apprentice or Real Estate Inspectors to work under you.

    Texas Real Estate Inspector License: 154 hours (includes 40 hours of Texas practicum)

    A Real Estate Inspector License is an intermediate-level license. You will be required to work under the indirect supervision of a Professional Real Estate Inspector.

    AHIT offers training packages for both license levels. Completing the full AHIT Texas licensure track allows you to skip the levels of Apprentice Inspector and Real Estate Inspector, starting your career as a fully licensed Texas Professional Real Estate Inspector.   For more information on choosing the right Texas license for you, visit the Texas Real Estate Commission website.

  3. Complete 40-Hour Practicum

    Applicants will need to complete 40 hours of field training with a licensed Texas home inspector, otherwise known as a practicum (or sometimes referred to as the “ride along”). This is an excellent opportunity for fieldwork that will serve you throughout your home inspection career.  This field training also fulfills the licensing requirements for inspecting homes under the direct supervision of a licensed home inspector. 

  4. Submit Your Fingerprints and a Background Check

    Applicants are required by law to have fingerprints in the Texas Department of Public Safety database. To complete this step, you’ll need to visit the Texas Division of Real Estate website to learn more about submitting your fingerprints.  TREC has set of qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity that you will need to meet.  If you’re unsure of your qualifications you can request a Fitness Determination.  You should use the fitness determination to find out if a past criminal, civil, or disciplinary action could impact your ability to be licensed.    

  5. Take the NHIE & Texas Licensing State Exam

    Once you have met the experience and education requirements, you will be sent an exam approval notice with instructions for scheduling the exam and obtaining a copy of the Candidate Handbook.

    The Texas licensing exam can be taken at any Pearson Vue testing center. Visit their website, find a location near you, and sign up to take the exam. Enrolling in Exam Prep courses can significantly improve your odds of passing the test on your first attempt, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars in exam retake fees.

    You will also be responsible for taking and passing the National Home Inspector Exam. The exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions (25 of which are not scored) covering three major domains, or sections, that every home inspector should know. Those domains are:

    • Property and Building Inspection/Site Review
    • Analysis of Findings and Reporting
    • Professional Responsibilities

    Test takers are given 4 hours to complete the national portion, and 45 minutes to take the 30-question state portion. If you take both exams at the same time, the cost is $199.

  6. Pay the Real Estate Inspection Recovery Fund Fee

    After you pass the exam, you will be sent a notice requesting the required fee for deposit in the Real Estate Inspection Recovery Fund.

  7. Obtain Proof of General Liability Insurance

    You must submit proof that you have purchased General Liability insurance. Your policy must provide coverage for violations of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1102, Subchapter G ($100,000 per occurrence) and $100,000 aggregate annual total of at least $100,000 before you can become a certified home inspector.

    Send the TREC Certificate of Insurance form or Proof of Financial Responsibility form to [email protected].

  8. Apply for Your Texas Professional Home Inspector License

    You should now be ready to apply for your license in Texas! The application fee for a standard Real Estate Inspector License is $120. For the Professional Real Estate Inspector License, the cost is $130. You can find the application on the TREC website. Good luck with your new career!

See TX Course Pricing & Packages
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Quick Facts:

American Home Inspectors Training (AHIT) is an approved qualifying inspector course provider. We offer industry-leading live classroom, field training (Texas Practicum) and flexible online home inspection training in Texas.TREC (TREC QE Provider #4567 and CE #10077)

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