Hello Home Inspectors…
I’m about to take my 50 hour training class required in the state of Oklahoma in order to become a licensed home inspector. Once done I then have to take the National Home Inspector Examination. I have never been in the construction business as a paid employee. My only experience is helping build a Habitat for humanity home and now I’m on my second house. The first house I didn’t learn as much as I wanted to but the second one I’m definately asking more questions. I’m also on my second week helping a guy flip a house he bought. I’m trying to read every thing I can find. For example…I’ve read everything twice now on hometips.com and remodelguide.com! Now I do shadow a certified master inspector. Been on 26 ride alongs to date. Learned a great deal to include how much of the systems are suppose to work and what I’m suppose to look out for, but my teacher was grandfathered in and didn’t have to take the test. After reading the topics covered according to the content outline provided by the National Home Inspector Examination website I’m kinda worried about failing this test. Seems to be alot more than just a basic home inspection covers in the field. Please look below and help answer my questions…
A. Will the 26 ride alongs, the 50 hour Vo tech training class and the little knowledge I have about construction be enough to pass this test? Or do I have a long way to go? If so where do I start. I can’t afford ASHI’s $2999 home study course. Has someone been in my position? If so how did you prepare to pass the test?
B. Should a new wanna be inspector join NACHI first before taking the test? Is there prep material on this website designed to help pass the test the first time? I’m joining either way but with a $400 vo tech class and a $195 test fee and a guy who don’t believe in credit cards It takes time to save my money. I will join now but only if this site can directly help me pass the exam.
Thanks to everyone in advance for the time spent helping me out with my concerns. I look forward to anyone’s insight and if I can help you out in any way within my means please let me know. Thank you!
P.S. If someone has designed a specific training guide or something that can truly help me get through this test I would like to make a trade with them. Like most of you have mad skills in the construction business well I have skills in web code and design. To view my site I’m currently building go to http://www.housedetective.ws This site will be my home once I’m licensed. It’s currently under construction right now even though the main page looks like its in business. If interested contact me through the schedule inspection function on my website.