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)
Icon - Home Inspector Qualifying Education (QE)

Step 1: Complete the Professional Home Inspector Qualifying Education classes at Champions School of Real Estate®

330 Education hours including the following:

  • 90-Hour Course - Standards of Practice General Provisions (4-hours), Texas SOP Report Writing (4-hours), Appliances (8-hours), Framing (8-hours), Plumbing (8-hours), Texas Legal and Ethics (8-hours), Building Enclosures (10-hours), Electrical(10-hours), Foundations/Structure (10-hours), HVAC (10-hours), Roofing (10-hours)
  • 40-Hour Course - Mechanical (4-hours), Plumbing (4-hours), Building Enclosures (8-hours), Electrical (8-hours), Texas SOP Report Form/Report Writing (8-hours), Legal and Ethics (4-hours), Texas SOP Review (4-hours)
  • 200-Hour Course - Appliances (6-hours), Other Approved Courses (6-hours), Legal and Ethics (4-hours), Texas SOP Review (4-hours), Texas SOP Report Form/Report Writing (8-hours), Plumbing (16-hours), Building Enclosure (24-hours), Electrical Systems (24-hours), HVAC Systems (24-hours), Roof Systems (24-hours), Foundation Systems (30-hours), Framing (30-hours)

In addition to the 330 hours, one of the following requirements must be met:

  1. 24-hour Interactive classroom and 40-hour Ride-along experience courses. OR
  2. 3 years as an active licensed professional engineer, engineer-in-training, or licensed/ registered architect (provide a license history); OR
  3. 5 years of personal experience in a field directly related to home inspection, including but not limited to installing, servicing, repairing or maintaining the structural, mechanical and electrical systems found in improvements to real property. Must provide 2 affidavits from persons other than the applicant who have personal knowledge of the applicant's work, detailing the time and nature of the applicant's relevant experience. Each affidavit must be from a different source and include a contact telephone number and signature and must be notarized.
Estimated Time:
3 - 6 Months
Estimated Cost:
$2699
Ready to Start?
Choose a Program
Icon - Home Inspector TREC License Application

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
Ready to Start?
Choose a Program
Icon - Home Inspector Exam Prep

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)
Ready to Start?
Choose a Program
Icon - Pearson Vue

Step 4: Upon receipt of your exam authorization letter from TREC and instructions to access the Candidate Handbook, call Pearson Vue to schedule the State Exam

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 Exam Candidate Handbook that will include instructions explaining how to schedule your exam. Once you have the handbook, contact Pearson Vue to schedule a date and time for your exam:

Pearson Vue Contact Information:

Estimated Time:
5 - 7 Days
Estimated Cost:
$220
Ready to Start?
Choose a Program
Icon - Pearson Vue

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:

  • $220.00 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

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, Standards of Practice Legal/Ethics Update.

Estimated Time:
5 - 7 Days
Estimated Cost:
$220 (Each Attempt)
Ready to Start?
Choose a Program
Icon - Home inspectio Continuing Education (CE)

Step 6: Renew Your License Every Two Years by Completing Inspector Continuing Education

Annually complete your Inspector Continuing Education requirement by completing 32-Hours of Continuing Education every 2 years (must be different courses). 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
Ready to Start?
Choose a Program

Programs for Those Without Prior Experience
Choose a Program to Enroll

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
Choose a Program to Enroll

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.

Professional Inspector License Program Icon
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)
Real Estate Inspector License Program Icon
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)

Learn More about our Delivery Method Options

Classroom

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

Online

A module based, online option that can be completed on any device with an internet connection and a web browser.

Champions Advantage

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

Helpful Links

Home Inspection Class Schedule

Download our current Home Inspection class schedule.

Qualifying Education

Get started on your path to a career in Home Inspection!

Important TREC Notices

Important rules and notices from TREC.

Find a Campus

Important contact information for campus location.

Classroom

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

Online

A module based, online option that can be completed on any device with an internet connection and a web browser.

Champions Advantage

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