Texas Home Inspector
Licensing Requirements

Everything You Need to Know to Meet the Texas Home Inspector License Requirements!

Champions School of Real Estate® is here to guide you on your path to a Texas Professional Home Inspector license! Below are the six steps you will need to complete in order to earn your license and start your new career. If you have any additional questions, please contact a Career Counselor at your nearest campus.

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.

Basic Requirements to Apply for a Texas Inspector License

  • Citizen of the United States or lawfully admitted alien
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Meet TREC's qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity (TREC recommends submitting an optional 'Fitness Determination' form)
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Step 1: Complete the Professional Home Inspector or the Real Estate Inspector Qualifying Education Classes at Champions School of Real Estate®

Please Note - A Real Estate Inspector must work under a Professional Home Inspector and cannot work on their own.

194 Education hours are required to become a Professional Home Inspector. These hours are broken down into the National and State portions of the course.

110 National education hours including the following:

  • 40-Hour Property and Building Inspection Module I
  • 40-Hour Property and Building Inspection Module II
  • 20-Hour Analysis of Findings and Reporting
  • 10-Hour Business Operations and Professional Responsibilities Module

Please Note - After completing the above 110-Hour national courses, you may file your application with TREC to become eligible for taking the national portion of the state exam or you can continue on with taking the state portion of the course and take both the national and state portion of the state exam at the same time. You cannot take the State portion of the state exam before the National portion.

84 State education hours including the following:

  • 40-Hour Texas Practicum (Ride Along)
  • 24-Hour Texas Standards of Practice Module
  • 20-Hour Texas Law Module

154 Education hours are required to become a Real Estate Inspector. These hours are broken down into the National and State portions of the course.

90 National education hours including the following:

  • 40-Hour Property and Building Inspection Module I
  • 40-Hour Property and Building Inspection Module II
  • 10-Hour Business Operations and Professional Responsibilities Module

64 State education hours including the following:

  • 40-Hour Texas Practicum (Ride Along)
  • 24-Hour Texas Standards of Practice Module
Estimated Time:
3 - 6 Months
Estimated Cost:
$2699
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Step 2: Submit Professional Inspector License Application and Educational Documents to TREC

Once you have completed your courses at Champions, you will now need to submit your certificates of completion, Inspector license application, application fee, and if applicable, experience records to the Texas Real Estate Commission by mail.

You can mail your documentation to:

Texas Real Estate Commission
PO Box 12188
Austin, Texas 78711-2188

The application fee for a Professional Inspector license is $120 and should be paid by cashiers check, personal check, or money order payable to the Texas Real Estate Commission.

Estimated Time:
8 - 10 Days
Estimated Cost:
$120
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Step 3: Take the National/State Exam Prep Course at Champions School of Real Estate®

While waiting for your education to be evaluated and the application to be approved, our exam prep course is the perfect tool to keep your knowledge fresh and help you prepare for the exam. You may retake the course as many times as you want for one year at no additional charge!

Estimated Time:
3 Days
Estimated Cost:
$695 (Included in Package)
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Step 4: Get your Fingerprints Taken and Pass a Background Check

  • You are required by law to have fingerprints on file with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) so a background check can be performed. Fingerprints on file for other agencies will not be accepted.
  • A license will not issue if the background check has not been passed. Expect a delay if you are notified of an investigation into your background history.
Estimated Time:
7 - 10 Business Days
Estimated Cost:
$38.25 Fingerprinting Fee
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Step 5: Pass the National/State Exam within One Year of Filing Application with TREC

The final step in attaining your license is to pass the state exam within one year of filing your application. Below is everything you need to know about the Professional Inspector National/State Exam:

  • $199.00 exam fee due at time of scheduling
  • 4.75 hours, 200 National Questions and 30 State Questions (each exam includes 5 pretest questions that do not affect a candidate's score), Multiple choice
  • National passing score of 63% or higher / State passing score of 75% or higher.
  • May take 3 times prior to the application expiration date (1 year).
  • No required waiting time between test attempts

In order to take the state exam, your application must first be approved by the Texas Real Estate Commission. Upon approval, you will receive an eligibility letter with instructions on how to access the Exam Candidate Handbook and schedule your exam. Once you have the handbook, contact Pearson Vue to schedule a date and time for your exam:

Pearson Vue Contact Information:

Please Note - If you fail the exam three times, you will be required to take additional education before you can retake the exam. Upon passing the National/State Exam, we recommend you take the Continuing Education course, Inspector Legal & Ethics and SOP Review (9/1/21 - 8/31/23).

Estimated Time:
5 - 7 Days
Estimated Cost:
$199 (Each Attempt)
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Step 6: Renew Your License Every Two Years by Completing Inspector Continuing Education

Complete your Inspector Continuing Education requirement by completing 32-Hours of Continuing Education every 2 years (no more than 16 CE hours of credit for any one subject). We recommend that you take your education from Champions School of Real Estate® and submit your renewal application and pay the renewal fee to TREC (Fee schedule below). The 32 hours of continuing education must include 4 hours of Inspector Legal & Ethics and 4 hours of Standards of Practice Review.

Inspector Renewal Fee Schedule: (Learn More)

  • Apprentice Inspector - $32
  • Real Estate Inspector - $53
  • Professional Inspector - $63

Please Note: To expedite processing, renew online and email your course completion certificates to TREC at documents@trec.texas.gov. More information is available on www.trec.texas.gov

Estimated Time:
Every Two Years
Estimated Cost:
$448
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Programs for those without Prior Experience
New Program Effective March 1, 2021

The following programs include the Texas Practicum (Ride Along) necessary to satisfy the TREC mandated substitute experience requirement. These hands-on courses are required of all applicants who have no prior, relevent experience working in the home inspection (or related) industry.

194-Hour Professional Inspector License Program with Texas Practicum

$2699$5464
SAVE $2765
This Package Includes:
  • 110-Hour National Course Modules
  • 40-Hour Property and Building Inspection Module 1
  • 40-Hour Property and Building Inspection Module 2
  • 10-Hour Business Operations and Professional Responsibilities Module
  • 20-Hour Analysis of Findings and Reporting Module
  • 84-Hour State Course Modules
  • 20-Hour Texas Law Module
  • 24-Hour Texas Standards of Practice Module
  • 40-Hour Texas Practicum / Ride Along
  • State Exam Prep Course
  • 194 TREC Credit Hours
  • FREE Prep Retakes for 1 Year
  • FREE Printed Books
  • FREE Exam Proctoring
Students must complete the 110-Hour National Course Modules FIRST.

154-Hour Real Estate Inspector License Program with Texas Practicum

$2324$3919
SAVE $1595
This Package Includes:
  • 90-Hour National Course Modules
  • 40-Hour Property and Building Inspection Module 1
  • 40-Hour Property and Building Inspection Module 2
  • 10-Hour Business Operations and Professional Responsibilities Module
  • 64-Hour State Course Modules
  • 24-Hour Texas Standards of Practice Module
  • 40-Hour Texas Practicum / Ride Along
  • State Exam Prep Course
  • 154 TREC Credit Hours
  • FREE Prep Retakes for 1 Year
  • FREE Printed Books
  • FREE Exam Proctoring
Students must complete the 90-Hour National Course Modules FIRST.

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