Hey everyone new to the forum. Currently I’m a licensed plumbing contractor in Modesto California and I’m interested in entering the home inspection field. I understand California doesn’t have any license requirements but I was wondering what is the best online course to get started. Any help would be appreciated.
Welcome to our forum, Samuel!..Enjoy!
Thanks Larry. I’ve been reading through threads there’s a lot of knowledge to be absorbed.
This will help you get started: https://www.nachi.org/become-home-inspector.htm
Welcome to the forum. Samuel, Enjoy!!
Welcome aboard! Merry Christmas!
As far as “the best” online course, there is no one specific course, you need to take several.
Samuel, InterNACHI has requirements specifying which courses must be completed first. Look them up and take them in the required order before asking about other courses.
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Welcome Samuel. I just went in order of the required courses.
I started with AHIT. Not bad. I joined InterNACHI and have been taking classes ever since. Better. Although, I haven’t yet, I will be going to the House of Horrors for some hands-on training as soon as things open up again. BTW - I learn a ton of stuff on this forum.
Wishing You Continued Success,
Level Best Home Inspection
You are here at NACHI as a member. This course is in depth and the price can’t get any better. Take advantage of all the programs they have here. They are in depth and accurate.
Not sure if you are a member here or not but the classes are free to members. If you already are a member: go to your Dashboard and scroll down to “Certification”, you’ll see the online courses required to be a CPI. The initial first year required courses are basically what you would learn in a course required by most licensing states. The membership fee here is a lot less than what you would pay for the classes by a state approved provider. To put it in to perspective… My state required course was done in six 10 hour days. I learned just enough to qualify to take the state test. But probably not enough to pass the state test. There’s no way I could do the interNACHI free courses in 6 days. The courses here are more in-depth and you can do them at your own pace and get help from experienced inspectors if you want it.
I was also looking for the best route to get my Home Inspection education up to about 2 months ago. I happen to run into a deal with a local Association in NC that had a deal with Internachi. The deal was a no-brainer otherwise I would have still been looking for better options to commit to. I am not disappointed in the program Internachi provides at all.
Try this look for a way to reduce your first-year subscription to internachi via student options or contact a local Home inspectors association in California. I was able to pay a local 1-year association fee of $100 which included 1 year of Internachi student membership. The amount that Internachi charges which I cannot remember somewhere around $500 is still worth it now that I have started I can see that would have been the best $500 I would have spent had I been willing to take the leap. If committed and managing your time you can get all the training you could possibly want minus the hands-on training of 80 hrs which my state requires.
if the cost is your concern do some digging for an option for student membership for your first year.
If cost is not an issue, as a new member that is studying while deployed in Iraq, I highly recommend jumping headfirst into Internachi’s membership and taking advantage of all there is to learn in every avenue. Internachi has a lot almost too much, but they teach you all how to use all of their resources throughout their training that as you progress through each course they have laid out step by step based on your states require that you can see the benefits of being a member more and more each day.