Frequently Asked Questions on
How to Become a Home Inspector
1. After I complete the course, do I receive a license?
You don't have to be registered/certified to work as a home inspector
in most states or provinces. See our Home
Inspector regulation page
to review the qualifications required in your area. Upon successful completion
of the complete training course
Infinity Schools will issue you a Certificate of
Course Completion certifying that you have successfully completed the entire
inspection training series and that you are ready to perform real life home inspections.
2. How long does it take to complete the course?
Each of the 12 modules takes roughly 35 hours to complete. If you study full time, the
course may take as
little as approximately 10 weeks. Most people take longer.
3. What does the video/CD-ROM consist of and how long is each video/CD-ROM?
The nine videos or CD-ROM's contain hundreds of computer-enhanced real-world inspection scenes,
professional home inspectors. There are over 17 hours of video in total (approximately 2
hours each). You can chose CD-ROM's or videos
depending on what medium is most convenient for you.
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or greater. Download the FREE Shockwave Player.
4. Is your course recognized by any home inspection association?
There are many associations and in most states and provinces, it is not mandatory to join any. The largest
the American Society Of Home Inspectors (ASHI). This program meets the requirements of the ASHI
Curriculum, which sets out the set of
skills needed to perform a competent home inspection to ASHI Standards.
Several Canadian home inspection associations also recognize the program. These
ASTT of BC, CAHPI Manitoba, CAHPI Atlantic and CAHPI Saskatchewan.
5. How many students are currently enrolled in the Home Study System?
Hundreds of students have taken or are taking the course.
6. What time frame do I have to complete the course?
The course is geared for home study; you work at your own pace. Students can enroll at any time and complete
the course whenever they are finished (regardless of how long it takes).
7. Can I complete the modules in any order?
The course has been designed so that you can work on any Module at any time. We recommend starting with
Communication and Professional Practice Module, and Heating I and Heating II should be taken in order.
Otherwise, it's up to you.
8. Is there a final exam? What is the passing grade?
Each Module contains approximately 3 exams (31 in total). You send the exams to us for marking. Results
promptly returned, along with helpful commentary. Once all the exams are successfully completed, a certificate
and mark transcript are
issued. The passing grade is 70%. If you do not get 70% on any given exam, you may re-take
the exam. Exams are graded and a certificate
issued upon completion.
9. Do I have to enroll in the entire course, or can I buy modules individually?
You can purchase modules individually
text and video, or CD ROM
You can purchase in sets
text and video or CD ROM
You can also purchase all the modules as a complete package
the 14 texts,
14 texts and 8 videos, or CD-ROM's
10. What happens after I finish the course? Do I get a job with CDA? Do you find
You are in a good position to start your home inspection business or career. You are also well prepared to
the membership examinations from Home Inspection organizations. We do not have a placement service
per se, although we can list the names
of graduates on our Website as referrals.
11. How much money can a Home Inspector make?
A home inspector can perform up to 500 inspections per year. ASHI's 1999 Business Operations Study showed
average of 243 inspections per inspector per year (including part time inspectors) and an average inspection
fee of $265. At $250 per
inspection, 200 inspections would result in a gross income of $50,000. Inspectors performing
500 inspections per year can gross more than
$125,000. It takes time to build up a business to that level, depending on
market conditions and your business development skills.
12. How big does a market have to be to support an Inspector?
500 house sales per year within your travel area is probably an absolute minimum. You can get information about
the number of house sales from your Board of REALTORS.
13. Is it good if there are no Inspectors in my area now?
Some people feel it's better to have no competition, others feel the competition will have educated the market
for them. Either way, starting a new business is a challenge.
14. Do I need insurance?
You will want to insure your vehicle and property, of course. You should also have liability insurance in case
a house or cause an injury. You may also want to purchase Errors and Omissions Insurance that protects you if a client
you of missing a problem in the home, (especially if the problem causes financial loss, damage or injury).
There are other insurance's to consider as well, including health and dental insurance and disability
15. What tools does an Inspector need?
The tools used are numerous. We can mail, fax or e-mail this recommended list to you. Many of your required
are available for purchase from our toolshop.
16. What kind of reporting do I have to do?
There are several report writing systems available to inspectors. We happen to think that our Home Reference
is the best. Call for more information.
17. What kind of business partnerships can I make in this
Establishing business partnerships just makes sense. For many home inspectors their partners are key to the
of their business. Many inspectors seek out Real Estate agents as the two industries work hand in hand. However there
related industries that welcome the services of home inspectors such as Financial Institutions, publication
companies who require technical
articles, and many others.
18. If I choose the Easy Payment Plan do I receive one module for each payment made?
No, all the course materials are sent to you after you register so you can structure and complete the course in
you are most comfortable with.
21. How do I submit my test(s) for marking once completed?
For your convenience you can either use the postage paid envelopes that are included in every textbook, fax
or email a scanned copy in a JPEG file format to email@example.com
Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us directly.
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