As we approach the “Back To School” season, we thought we would change things up a bit for this blog and discuss a career as a home inspector. Collectively, AcuSystem Inspectors hold decades of experience and nearly as much in education and training—and that’s because our training and education has never ended.

If you are interested in becoming a home inspector, it is important to note that you never stop learning! Whether on-the-job surprises come up and unusual finds are discovered during an inspection, or you attend addition online or in-person trainings, you will likely learn something new every day.

If ongoing education and attention to detail are your niche, then home inspecting might be for you. To become a home inspector in Florida, you first need to get your license and then follow up with some important steps.

Here is our simple 4-step guide to becoming a Florida home inspector:

1. Take a State Approved Course

Candidates looking to become a licensed Florida home inspector must complete a 120-hour course prior to taking a state approved exam. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is the Florida department responsible for licensing and regulating home inspectors.  During the 120-hour course, candidates will learn about a home’s structure, HVAC system, roofing system, electrical system, plumbing system, interior and exterior components, and property conditions that can affect a home’s structure.

While there are several home inspector schools which offer a DBPR approved course, the list below are just some examples of well-known schools in the industry. These schools may offer online or in-person courses or a combination of both.

  • InterNACHI
  • American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)
  • ASHI School
  • Home Inspection University Florida
  • IFREC Real Estate Schools
  • The Home Inspection Academy
  • Professional Home Inspector Institute
  • Inspection Certification Associates

2. Take the State Exam

Once the course is complete, you’ll take the State Exam. For a list of approved home inspector examinations, visit the DBPR’s Home Inspector Examinations Information page. Exams include about 100 multiple-choice questions and candidates are given 2 hours to take the exam. Each question is worth 1pt and to pass candidates must score a 70% or better.

Exam questions cover the following topics:

  • Florida Standards
  • Report Writing
  • Contracts
  • Inspecting a Home (structure, HVAC system, roofing system, electrical system, plumbing system, interior and exterior components, and property conditions)

3. Apply for Your License

If you pass your DBPR approved examination, you’ll then need to submit an application to the DBPR, pay a licensing fee, provide proof of insurance, and submit fingerprints for a criminal background check to obtain your Florida home inspector’s license.

4. Continue Your Education

Ongoing education is required to maintain a license—it will help you to stay on top of changing building regulations as well as being a leader in the industry. There are also many organizations you can join (like InterNACHI and ASHI) to help you with your continuing education and growing your business as a home inspector.

To learn more about applying for a license, visit the DBPR’s website at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/home-inspectors/.