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1) What is a Home Inspector?
2) What are the requirements to become a Home Inspector?
3) How long is the course?
4) Is there a test?
5) What materials are included with the course?
6) What is required to maintain a license?
7) How do I start my own business?
8) Is AREA recognized with any professional organizations?
9) What is the cost of the course?
10) Can I be a Real Estate Agent, Appraiser and Home Inspector?
   
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1) What is a Home Inspector?
 

A home inspector performs a very important service. They inspect existing homes using professional standards as a measure to accurately report the condition of the home to those involved in the real estate transaction. They do not evaluate the home for cost or value, which is more the function of an appraiser. They do however, report objectively, in writing, the condition of all resident home systems as they appear and operate at the time of the inspection

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2) What are the requirements to become a Home Inspector?
  AL has very specific Licensing Requirements for Home Inspectors these can be viewed more in depth on our Home Inspection State Requirements page.
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3) How long is the course?
 

There are two courses you can choose from the fast track which is 60 hrs and the Master Curriculum which is 120 hr.

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4) Is there a test?
 

There are several unit exams for the online course designed to test your knowledge of course material. You will also need to pass a state exam on Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and an exam demonstrating adequate knowledge of performing home inspections.

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5) What materials are included with the course?
  Students who enroll in the online course will receive electronic versions of a pre-inspection agreement, field worksheet, and narrative report that can be utilized in their own business, along with additional support material. You will also receive a discounted membership for your first year with HIF (Housing Inspection Foundation) and a free year membership with NACHI (National Association of Home Inspectors). As well as demo copies of HomeGauge and InspectVue which are two home inspection reporting programs. You also will get a completion certificate mailed to you upon your course completion.
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6) What is required to maintain a license?
  Licenses in AL expire annually on December 31st. Licenses must be renewed 60 days before they expire and errors and omissions insurance as well as a written examination will also be required for renewal.
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7) How do I start my own business?
  With this course you will review business formation, marketing, and report writing which should assist you with the necessary information for getting your business started. You will need to obtain a home inspection license as well by meeting all state requirements.
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8) Is AREA recognized with any professional organizations?
 

AREA’s courses are recognized for a free one year membership in the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) obtaining full benefits, and discounted membership your first year with the Housing Inspection Foundation (HIF). HIF is also a recognized professional body with the state of Alabama which fulfills the professional qualifications.

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9) What is the cost of the course?
 

Prices vary on the Home Inspection courses. We offer a 120 hour and 60 hour course. As well as several continuing education courses.

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10) Can I be a Real Estate Agent, Appraiser and Home Inspector?
  Definitely, this course will give you a complete understanding of what to look for with regards to the quality of a home to better assist your clients and prepare a higher quality report.
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