Home inspectors are licensed in Texas by the Real Estate Commission. There are 3 levels of licensure. The lowest level is an apprentice inspector. Next up is the real estate inspector, and the highest level is the professional inspector.
Apprentice inspectors do not have education or exam requirements. And they must be directly supervised by a licensed professional inspector. Apprentices do have to pass a background check and have insurance in the amount of $100,000 per occurrence. All applicants must be a Texas resident, legally present in the U.S., and at least 18.
Apprentice applicants pay a $60 application fee, $27 for a background check, and an additional fee if fingerprints are not already on file with the Commission.
Real estate inspectors must be indirectly supervised by a licensed professional inspector. So they can do a job alone. But their overall work activities must be supervised by a professional inspector. 90 classroom hours must be completed to get this level of license. And the applicant must complete one of the following:
1. has been an apprentice inspector at least 3 of the last 12 months and completed at least 25 inspections as an apprentice;
2. 2 years of experience as an architect, engineer, or engineer-in-training plus 8 hours of training in Texas Standard Report Form/Report Writing and 8 more in Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update; or
3. 8 hours in Texas Standard Report Form/Report Writing, 8 more in Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update, 16 in other core inspection subjects, and one of the following:
a. 20 hours of a ride-along field course and 12 hours of interactive experience training;
b. 40 hours of interactive experience training and 8 hours of live interactive webinar sessions; or
c. 3 years of personal experience related to home inspections, such as installation and repair. 2 affidavits from people with knowledge of the work experience (not the actual applicant) are required to qualify through this option.
Real estate inspector application and background check fees total about $137.
A professional inspector applicant must first complete 130 hours of training plus one of the following:
1. real estate inspector at least 12 of the last 24 months and at least 175 indirectly supervised inspections;
2. 8 hours each in Texas Standard Report Form/Report Writing and Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update plus 3 years as an architect, engineer, or engineer-in-training; or
3. 200 additional classroom hours of home inspection training plus one of the following:
a. 24 hours of interactive experience training and 40 hours of ride-along field work;
b. 80 hours of interactive experience training and 16 hours of live interactive webinar sessions; or
c. 5 years of experience in a field involving home inspections, such as installation, repairs, and servicing (2 affidavits required as per c. above).
Both real estate and professional inspectors must also take an exam to get licensed. Apply for a license first after meeting the other qualifications. You will then receive info on how to access the Candidate Handbook.
Professional inspector applicants pay fees totaling about $157.
Approved home inspection education providers can be found on the Texas Real Estate Commission’s website at http://www.trec.texas.gov/inspector/providers/. To fetch application forms for apprentice, real estate, and professional home inspector licenses, use the following pages: