How to Get a
Texas Home Inspector License

Follow these six easy steps to get your Texas Home Inspector license. If you have ever considered getting a Professional Home Inspector License in Texas, now is the time! Below are the six steps to start you on your new career path. Whether you would like to be an Apprentice Inspector, Real Estate Inspector, or Professional Inspector working for yourself, Champions School of Real Estate has all the necessary courses to meet these license requirements. If you have any additional questions, please contact a Career Counselor at your nearest campus to get the answers to your questions. Sign up today and take the first steps toward your new career in Home Inspection.

The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) issues three levels of inspector licenses: Apprentice Inspector, Real Estate Inspector, and Professional Real Estate Inspector. Information about requirements for the Apprentice and Real Estate Inspector can be found on the TREC website's Inspector licensing page.

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Step 1:

Complete Education Requirements

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Step 2:

Submit Online Application to TREC

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Step 3:

Take Exam Prep Class and Practice Exams

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Schedule State Exam with Pearson Vue

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Step 5:

Pass the State Exam within One Year of Filing Application

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Step 6:

Complete annual Continuing Education (CE)

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Detailed Requirements

A detailed breakdown of the Home Inspector licensing process.

Home Inspection FAQ

Answers to the most important Home Inspector questions!

Programs for Those Without Prior Experience
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The following programs include the TREC mandated Ride Along and Experience Lab sessions. These hands-on courses are required of all applicants who have no prior, relevent experience working in the home inspection (or related) industry.

Professional Inspector License Program with Ride-Along Icon
Professional Inspector License Program with Ride-Along
$2699 Save $1589
This Package Includes:
  • 200-Hour Inspector Course (Online)
  • 90-Hour Inspector Course (Online)
  • 40-Hour Inspector Course (Online)
  • 20-Hour Ride Along Session x2 (Classroom)
  • 24-Hour Experience Training (Classroom)
  • State Exam Prep Course
  • 394 TREC Credit Hours
  • FREE Prep Retakes for 1 Year
  • FREE Printed Books
  • FREE Exam Proctoring
Real Estate Inspector License Program with Ride-Along Icon
Real Estate Inspector License Program with Ride-Along
$1639 Save $1400
This Package Includes:
  • 90-Hour Inspector Course (Online)
  • 40-Hour Inspector Course (Online)
  • 20-Hour Ride Along Session (Classroom)
  • 24-Hour Experience Training (Classroom)
  • State Exam Prep Course
  • 174 TREC Credit Hours
  • FREE Prep Retakes for 1 Year
  • FREE Printed Books
  • FREE Exam Proctoring

Programs for Those With Prior Experience
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The following programs do not include the TREC mandated Ride Along and Experience Lab sessions. These programs only include the online coursework and are intended for applicants who are exempt from taking the additional experience hours.

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Professional Inspector License Program
$1899 Save $1165
This Package Includes:
  • 200-Hour Inspector Course (Online)
  • 90-Hour Inspector Course (Online)
  • 40-Hour Inspector Course (Online)
  • State Exam Prep Course
  • 330 TREC Credit Hours
  • FREE Prep Retakes for 1 Year
  • FREE Printed Books
  • FREE Exam Proctoring
For those with prior, related industry experience (approved by TREC)
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Real Estate Inspector License Program
$1449 Save $396
This Package Includes:
  • 90-Hour Inspector Course (Online)
  • 40-Hour Inspector Course (Online)
  • 24-Hour Experience Training (Classroom)
  • State Exam Prep Course
  • 154 TREC Credit Hours
  • FREE Prep Retakes for 1 Year
  • FREE Printed Books
  • FREE Exam Proctoring
For those with prior, related industry experience (approved by TREC)

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Classroom

Traditional instructor-led classes for students who learn best in a Classroom environment.

Online Correspondence

A self-paced, online option that can be completed on any device - including mobile - with an internet connection.

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Customize a program to fit your needs by utilizing all of our delivery methods and resources.

TREC Required Qualifying Education (QE) Courses

The following courses are required by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) and must be completed by every license applicant. All of the courses are also available at a discounted rate when purchased together in one of the QE programs listed above.

Books / Materials Included
Hours
Price

200-Hour Home Inspector Course

An overview of the IRC codes as they relate to the Texas Standards of Practice.
200
$1149

This 200-hour course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the IRC Codes as they relate to the various building systems involved in Real Property and which mirror the Texas Standards of Practice for performing Real Estate Inspections.

Course Outline:

Foundations (30-Hours), Roof Systems (24-Hours), Framing (30-Hours), Electrical Systems (24-Hours), HVAC Systems (24-Hours), Plumbing (16-Hours), Building Enclosures (24-Hours), Appliances (6-Hours), Texas Report Form Writing (8-Hours), EPA CPSC and Business (6-Hours), SOP Review (4-Hours), and Legal and Ethics Update (4-Hours).

Shipping / Pickup Required - Classes marked with "Shipping/Pickup Required" do not include an online textbook. This means that students must pick up the textbooks from one of our campuses (Located in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio) or have the books shipped to them at the cost of $8 per course.

To choose shipping, be sure to select a shipping method from the appropriate drop down menu when setting up your shopping cart.

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90-Hour Home Inspector Course

An overview of the IRC codes as they relate to the Texas Standards of Practice.
90
$945

This 90-hour course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the IRC Codes as they relate to the various building systems involved in Real Property and which mirror the Texas Standards of Practice for performing Real Estate Inspections.

Course Outline:

Texas Legal and Ethics (8-Hours), General Provisions (4-Hours), Foundations (10-Hours), Roofing (10-Hours), Building Enclosures (10-Hours), Electrical (10-Hours), HVAC Systems (10-Hours), Plumbing (8-Hours), Appliances (8-Hours), Framing (8-Hours), and Standard Report Form Writing (4-Hours).

Please Note: If you choose to take this course in the classroom, it is required that you read through the course material prior to attending class.

Shipping/Pickup Required: Classes marked with "Shipping/Pickup Required" do not include an online textbook. This means that students must pick up the textbooks from one of our campuses (Located in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio) or have the books shipped to them at the cost of $8 per course.

To choose shipping, be sure to select a shipping method from the appropriate drop down menu when setting up your shopping cart.

Please Note: Due to the limited number of seats currently available in our classrooms as a result of social distancing guidelines, Champions is implementing a $15 No Show Fee for students who fail to notify us of their expected absence at least 24-hours before the start of class. This fee is temporary and will be retired once we return to our regular classroom capacities.

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40-Hour Home Inspector Course

An overview of the IRC codes as they relate to the Texas Standards of Practice.
40
$475

This 40-hour course is designed to provide the student with an overview of the IRC Codes as they relate to the various building systems involved in Real Property and which mirror the Texas Standards of Practice for performing Real Estate Inspections.

Course Outline:

SOP Review (4-Hours), Texas Report Form / Report Writing (8-Hours), Building Enclosures (8-Hours), Electrical (8-Hours), HVAC (4-Hours), Plumbing (4-Hours), and Legal and Ethics Update (4-Hours)

Shipping / Pickup Required: Classes marked with "Shipping/Pickup Required" do not include an online textbook. This means that students must pick up the textbooks from one of our campuses (Located in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio) or have the books shipped to them at the cost of $8 per course.

To choose shipping, be sure to select a shipping method from the appropriate drop down menu when setting up your shopping cart.

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200-Hour QE Course - Individual Components

The following courses are individual course topics that make up the 200-hour QE course offered above. These are intended for those who may only need a specific number of QE hours to satisfy the licensing requirements.

Books / Materials Included
Hours
Price

Framing

Develop an understanding of the provisions regulating floor construction.
30
$300

This 30-hour Framing Course will help the student develop an understanding of the provisions regulating floor construction, including the sizing and installation of floor joists and girders; drilling and notching of floor framing members; engineered wood products such as trusses, glue-laminated members and I-joists; draft stopping; floor sheathing spans and installation; steel floor framing; and concrete slab-on-ground floors. It also covers the requirements for dealing with wall construction and wall covering, including wood wall framing details; headers in both exterior and interior walls; fire blocking; braced wall panels and braced wall lines; cripple walls; steel wall framing; masonry wall construction; exterior windows and exterior doors; gypsum board plaster, ceramic tile and other interior wall finishes; and exterior wall finishes such as siding, plaster and veneer.

Please Note: The textbook for this course is available as a downloadable PDF and is not available in physical format. No shipping options are applicable.

Please Note: The IRC Binder is required to complete this course and must be purchased serparately for $130. If you do not have this binder already, please contact a campus to speak with a counselor.

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Foundations

Develop an understanding of the requirements related to foundation systems.
30
$300

This 30-hour Foundations Course will help the student develop an understanding of the requirements relating to foundation systems, including soil evaluation; footing size, depth and slope; foundation design and reinforcing; frost-protected shallow foundations; wood foundations; insulating form foundation walls; foundation drainage; water proofing and damp proofing; and under-floor spaces. It also covers the provisions regulating floor construction, including the sizing and installation of floor joists and girders; drilling and notching of floor framing members; engineered wood products such as trusses, glue-laminated members and I-joists; draft stopping; floor sheathing spans and installation; steel floor framing; and concrete slab-on-ground floors.

Please Note: The textbook for this course is available as a downloadable PDF and is not available in physical format. No shipping options are applicable.

Please Note: The IRC Binder is required to complete this course and must be purchased serparately for $130. If you do not have this binder already, please contact a campus to speak with a counselor.

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Roofing Systems

Develop an understanding of the requirements for ceiling and roof construction.
24
$240

This 24-hour Roofing Systems Course will help the student develop an understanding of the design criteria to be used in the application of the prescriptive provisions of the International Residential Code. Including wind and seismic limitations. Snow loads and live loads, as well as the methods for addressing buildings located in very close-proximity to property lines. It also covers the requirements for ceiling construction, roof construction and roof coverings, including ceiling joist and rafter sizing; cutting and notching of framing members; framing at openings; purlins; steel roof framing; roof ventilation and attic access; and roof covering materials such as asphalt shingles, concrete or clay tiles, wood shingles and wood shakes.

Please Note: The textbook for this course is available as a downloadable PDF and is not available in physical format. No shipping options are applicable.

Please Note: The IRC Binder is required to complete this course and must be purchased serparately for $130. If you do not have this binder already, please contact a campus to speak with a counselor.

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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems

Gain a detailed understanding of the Heating and Air Conditioning portion of the IRC.
24
$240

This 24-hour Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems Course will provide the student with detailed information over the Heating and Air Conditioning portions of the International Residential Code (IRC) which will help enable/guide the Real Estate Inspector in performing inspections. As identified by the IRC, which mirror the Texas Standards of Practice, this will provide today's inspectors with clear guidelines also aiding in limiting liability for inspections.

Please Note: The textbook for this course is available as a downloadable PDF and is not available in physical format. No shipping options are applicable.

Please Note: The IRC Binder is required to complete this course and must be purchased serparately for $130. If you do not have this binder already, please contact a campus to speak with a counselor.

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Electrical

Develop an understanding of the general requirements for electrical systems.
24
$240

This 24-hour Electrical Systems Course will help the student develop an understanding of the general requirements for electrical systems, equipment and components, including gaining an understanding of the provisions regulating wiring methods, power and lighting distribution, devices and lighting fixtures, appliances installation and swimming pools.

Please Note: The textbook for this course is available as a downloadable PDF and is not available in physical format. No shipping options are applicable.

Please Note: The IRC Binder is required to complete this course and must be purchased serparately for $130. If you do not have this binder already, please contact a campus to speak with a counselor.

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Building Enclosures

Learn about the health and safety criteria of the code as it pertains to building enclosures.
24
$240

This 24-hour Building Enclosure Course will help the student develop an understanding of the health and safety criteria of the code, including light and ventilation; minimum room areas and ceiling height; sanitation; toilet, bath, and shower spaces; glazing, including safety glazing; carports and garages; emergency escape and rescue openings; and exits. It will also give them an understanding of the fire and life safety criteria of the code, including stairways, ramps and landings; handrails and guards; smoke alarms; foam plastic and insulation; flame spread and smoke density of wall and ceiling finishes; separation of dwelling units, including town house separations; protection against decay and termite infestation; and flood-resistant construction.

Please Note: The textbook for this course is available as a downloadable PDF and is not available in physical format. No shipping options are applicable.

Please Note: The IRC Binder is required to complete this course and must be purchased serparately for $130. If you do not have this binder already, please contact a campus to speak with a counselor.

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Plumbing

Gain a detailed understanding of the plumbing portions of the IRC.
16
$160

This 16-hour Plumbing Course will provide the student with detailed information over the Plumbing portions of the International Residential Code (IRC) which will help enable/guide the Real Estate Inspector in performing inspections. As identified by the IRC, which mirror the Texas Standards of Practice, this will provide today's inspectors with clear guidelines also aiding in limiting liability for inspections.

Please Note: The textbook for this course is available as a downloadable PDF and is not available in physical format. No shipping options are applicable.

Please Note: The IRC Binder is required to complete this course and must be purchased serparately for $130. If you do not have this binder already, please contact a campus to speak with a counselor.

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Standards of Practice – Report Writing

Detailed instruction covering the legal portion of the Standards of Practice.
8
$125

This course will provide the Student with detailed instruction over the legal portions of the Standards of Practice as identified with professional ethics, conduct, legal standards, and the Standards of Practice for Real Estate Inspectors to perform inspections. As identified by the minimum standard outline to provide today's inspectors with clear guidelines also aiding in limiting liability for inspections.

Please Note: The textbook for this course is available as a downloadable PDF and is not available in physical format. No shipping options are applicable.

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EPA-CPSC

Develop an understanding of health and safety criteria as they pertain to real estate inspections.
6
$60

This course aims to provide an understanding of the health and safety criteria, reporting concerns of possible violations as it relates to the Environmental Protection Agency and Consumer Product Safety Commission. As well as an awareness to the functions of each. As well as the fire and life safety criteria, reporting concerns of possible violations as it relates to the Environmental Protection Agency and Consumer Product Safety Commission. As well as an awareness to the functions of each.

Please Note: The textbook for this course is available as a downloadable PDF and is not available in physical format. No shipping options are applicable.

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Appliances

An introduction to common household appliances for real estate inspectors.
6
$60

This section will introduce the Inspector to common household appliances. Per our Standards of Practice, built-in appliances (with certain exceptions) are part of the standard home inspection and deserve the same care and attention as foundations, electrical, and plumbing systems. Appliances are easier to change than roofs, plumbing or heating and air conditioning systems, but to miss a non functioning unit can cost an inspector hundreds of dollars.

Please Note: The textbook for this course is available as a downloadable PDF and is not available in physical format. No shipping options are applicable.

Please Note: The IRC Binder is required to complete this course and must be purchased serparately for $130. If you do not have this binder already, please contact a campus to speak with a counselor.

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Texas Standards of Practice Review

This course reviews the components covered by the Standards of Practice and how they aide in the training process.
4
$62.50

This course will emphasize practical training for students seeking the opportunity to see and touch all the equipment discussed in their textbook in order to familiarize themselves with the hardware/systems they encounter in the field. Training includes Texas Standards of Practice Review of Report Writing, Structural Systems, HVAC (Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation Systems), Electrical Systems, Roofing, Plumbing Systems and various other components that will also aide in completing this training process.

Please Note: The textbook for this course is available as a downloadable PDF and is not available in physical format. No shipping options are applicable.

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Inspector Legal & Ethics, Edition 2.0 2019

This course emphasizes the importance of operating under the current laws and rules applicable to an Inspector license.
4
$62.50

This course will emphasize that it is every license holder's responsibility to know and operate under the current laws and rules applicable to their license. There are two primary laws that govern the conduct of real inspectors in Texas. These two laws are found in Chapters 1101-1102 of the Texas Occupations Code (TOC). In addition, the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) may adopt new rules or amend existing rules applicable to real estate inspectors.

Please Note: The textbook for this course is available as a downloadable PDF and is not available in physical format. No shipping options are applicable.

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Classroom

Traditional instructor-led classes for students who learn best in a Classroom environment.

Online Correspondence

A self-paced, online option that can be completed on any device - including mobile - with an internet connection.

Champions Advantage

Customize a program to fit your needs by utilizing all of our delivery methods and resources.