How to Become an Illinois Home Inspector
Steps to Becoming a Licensed Illinois Home Inspector
1) Complete a 60 Hour Training Course
2) Complete a 5-inspection events hands-on instruction with a licensed Illinois inspector who has at least 5 years experience.
3) Pass the state test. Illinois is using the National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE) as the state test.
Here is how we help you satisfy these requirements:
1) Our $499 60-Hour Home Inspection Training Package meets the first requirement. This package includes:
- The 12-Volume Video set showing you close to 2000 scenes of real defects from actual homes.
- The 500-page manual with over 350 line diagrams, hands-on inspection procedures, marketing ideas, and more.
- The 2-Video Virtual Inspection set (regular price $100).
- As a Special Bonus, we include the Residential Inspection Forms on CD at no extra cost. Most companies charge $300 to $900 for inspection forms.
- Study Guide and 5 full length practice tests for the state exam.
- We will throw in the 11 DVD "Live" Classroom set for only $100 more
3) We provide a study guide and 5 full length practice tests to help you prepare for the National Home Inspector Illinois State Test.
60-Hour Home Inspection Training Course
Online 60-Hour Home Inspection Training Course
Includes all the same material as the 60-Hour Home Inspection Training Course, but all the material is online. You have access to the course for one year.
90-Hour Home Inspection Training Course
Online 90-Hour Home Inspection Training Course
Includes all the same material as the 90-Hour Home Inspection Training Course, but all the material is online. You have access to the course for one year.
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Analysis - Illinois Home Inspector/Inspection License Law/Statute – This opinion/analysis information is not to be treated as legal advice. Please contact an attorney if you have legal questions.
Some important provisions in the law found in the Illinois home inspector license law located in Chapter 225 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes Act Prefix 441, (225 ILCS 441), Professions And Occupations
Home Inspector License Act (Source: Public Act 92-239, Eff. 8-3-01) And Illinois Administrative Code, Title 68: Professions And Occupations Chapter VIII: Department Of Financial And Professional Regulation Part 1410 Home Inspector License Act:
"Home inspection" means the examination and evaluation of the exterior and interior components of residential real property, which includes the inspection of any 2 or more of the following components of residential real property in connection with or to facilitate the sale, lease, or other conveyance of, or the proposed sale, lease or other conveyance of, residential real property:
(1) heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system;
(2) plumbing system;
(3) electrical system;
(4) structural composition;
(7) masonry structure; or
(8) any other residential real property component as established by rule.
Comment: This section defines a home inspection as an inspection involving at least two on a list of the general aspects of a home.
(c) The licensing requirements of this Article do not apply to:
(1) any person who is employed as a code enforcement official by the State of Illinois or any unit of local government, while acting within the scope of that government employment;
(2) any person licensed by the State of Illinois while acting within the scope of his or her license; or
(3) any person engaged by the owner or lessor of residential real property for the purpose of preparing a bid or estimate as to the work necessary or the costs associated with performing home construction, home remodeling, or home repair work on the residential real property, provided such person does not hold himself or herself out, or advertise himself or herself, as being engaged in business as a home inspector.
Comment: This explains which individuals/activities are exempt from the home inspector licensing law statute including code officials, certain government employees, individuals serving within an arena in which they already hold a license, and bid inspectors.
(11) Accepting an inspection assignment when the employment itself is contingent upon the home inspector reporting a predetermined analysis or opinion, or when the fee to be paid is contingent upon the analysis, opinion, or conclusion reached or upon the consequences resulting from the home inspection assignment.
Comment: This paragraph signals the inappropriateness of accepting an arrangement where the choice of the inspector or payment of the inspection fee is contingent on the report containing or omitting any predetermined content or on the close of escrow on the home. This last prohibition could be interpreted to mean that a home inspector cannot agree to wait to be paid until the house “closes” at the mortgage company.