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Apprentice Inspector Information

  • Reference: Complete Rules Governing Inspectors

    Application Requirements

    1. Citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
    2. Resident of Texas at the time application is filed
    3. Sponsored by a licensed Professional Inspector who is eligible to sponsor
    4. At least 18 years of age
    5. Found to be honest, trustworthy, & possessing integrity (Background Investigation through DPS)
    6. File the Apprentice Inspector License Application form
    7. Provide proof of financial responsibility($100,000 per occurrence)

    Fees

    $84.00 Application Fee - File the Apprentice Inspector License Application form

    $31.50 Subsequent Background Check Fee (only for applicants that already have fingerprints on file with TREC)

    The fees listed above are non-refundable.

    Exam

    None Required

    Fingerprint Requirements

    The filing of an application authorizes an investigation of the applicant’s background. Information revealed in an investigation may be cause for disapproval of an application even though other requirements for a license are met. If an investigation is necessary, it may not be conducted until the applicant has passed the examination.

    An applicant who has not been previously fingerprinted for TREC must pay a fee to DPS to get fingerprinted and satisfy the statutory requirement for honesty, trustworthiness and integrity. Each licensee is required by law to have fingerprints on file with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for TREC. Fingerprints on file for other agencies will not be accepted. The license will issue once all requirements are met and TREC receives confirmation from DPS that the applicant’s fingerprints are on file. The applicant will be required to pay a fee for a background check with each renewal. The applicant must present a completed FAST Pass at the time of fingerprinting. For directions on how to download the FAST pass and make an appointment to get fingerprints taken go to http://www.trec.state.tx.us/FASTPass/. The digital fingerprinting process may take up to 10 days, so plan accordingly.

    If an applicant has been previously fingerprinted for TREC, additional prints are not required. However, the applicant must pay a subsequent background check fee of $31.50 with the application. An applicant must pay a license application fee AND a fingerprint or background check fee. An applicant MUST complete the fingerprint requirements within one year after the date the application is filed with TREC or the application will terminate.

    Proof of Financial Responsibility

    Inspector applicants who have met the requirements to apply for a license must submit proof of financial responsibility that provides coverage for violations of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1102, Subchapter G ($100,000 per occurrence). Financial responsibility information should be submitted to TREC by mail, fax to 512-936-3864 or by email at to using the TREC Certificate of Insurance form or Proof of Financial Responsibility form, as applicable. An inactive license will issue if this requirement is not met. An inactive license does not permit a person to perform inspections.

    Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG)

    If the applicant has defaulted on a student loan with the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG) and is not currently making payments under a repayment agreement, contact the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, P.O. Box 83100, Round Rock, TX 78683-3100, Telephone: 1-800-252-9743 BEFORE filing an application. State law prohibits renewing a license after a licensee has defaulted on a student loan guaranteed by TG unless the licensee has entered into a repayment agreement with TG. A renewal may be rejected if TG has notified the agency that the applicant has defaulted on a student loan.


    Renewal Requirements for Apprentice Inspector

    Reference: Complete Rules Governing Inspectors

    Timely Renewal -

    • Cost

      $56.00 Renewal Fee

      $31.50 Subsequent Background Check Fee (only for applicants that already have fingerprints on file with TREC)


      Paper Processing Fee - $20.00 (For paper transactions that can be submitted online)
    • Proof of Financial Responsibility and Education Required for Renewal -

      Inspector applicants who have met the requirements to apply for a license must submit proof of financial responsibility that provides coverage for violations of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1102, Subchapter G ($100,000 per occurrence). Financial responsibility information should be submitted to TREC by mail, by fax to 512-936-3864 or by email at to using the TREC Certificate of Insurance form or Proof of Financial Responsibility form, as applicable. An inactive license will issue if this requirement is not met. An inactive license does not permit a person to perform inspections.

      You must complete 32 hours of inspector continuing education which must include at least 8 hours in the Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update course for each 2-year renewal of an active license. These courses must be commission-approved core real estate inspection courses or courses related to wood destroying insects, radon, asbestos, lead or other hazardous substances..

      You must submit copies of course completion certificates to TREC 10 business days PRIOR TO renewing online.

      If you submit your renewal without the required proof of financial responsibility or continuing education, you will be issued an inactive license until these requirements are met. An inactive license does not permit a person to perform inspections.

      See the list of pdf iconTexas Real Estate Inspector Approved Courses.

      Renewal length: Two (2) years

    Renewal After License Has Expired

    Up to six months after license expiration, an individual can file a late renewal application for a license.

    To renew a license that has been expired less than six months on active status without lapse in active licensure, an apprentice or real estate inspector must also submit a Real Estate Apprentice and Inspector Sponsorship Form certifying sponsorship for the period from the day after the previous license expired to the day the renewal license issued and for the period beginning on the day after the renewal license issued. The commission will renew the license on inactive status for the periods in which the apprentice or real estate inspector was not sponsored.

    If the license has been expired more than six months, a new application will need to be filed to reinstate the license and the licensee may not practice until a new license is received . If the license has been expired less than twenty four months, no examination will be required for this new application.

    Proof of Financial Responsibility

    Inspector applicants who have met the requirements to apply for a license must submit proof of financial responsibility that provides coverage for violations of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1102, Subchapter G ($100,000 per occurrence). Financial responsibility information should be submitted to TREC by mail, fax to 512-936-3864 or by email at to using the TREC Certificate of Insurance form or Proof of Financial Responsibility form, as applicable. An inactive license will issue if this requirement is not met. An inactive license does not permit a person to perform inspections.


    More Detailed Information

    1. An application must be filed through the sponsorship of a Texas Professional Inspector who is qualified to sponsor applicants and who currently holds an ACTIVE license. The Sponsoring Professional Inspector should determine that the application is complete in all respects before it is filed. An application for an Apprentice Inspector license is considered the responsibility of the sponsoring professional inspector; all communications are sent to the permanent mailing address given in this application. The application is NOT TRANSFERABLE. A sponsoring professional inspector cannot be changed during the processing of an application. If an applicant desires a different sponsoring professional inspector, a new application and fees must be filed with the Commission.

    2. Filing an application authorizes an investigation of the applicant's background. Information revealed in an investigation may be cause for disapproval of an application even though other requirements for a license are met.

    3. The application must be on a form provided by the Commission and that form can be obtained from the sponsor. The Professional Inspector is responsible for the Apprentice's inspection activities.

    4. An incomplete application will not be returned for completion. If the application is incomplete, a letter will be mailed requesting additional information.The fee should be submitted in the form of a single check, cashiers check or money order payable to the Texas Real Estate Commission. Cash will not be accepted

      ALL FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE/NONTRANSFERABLE. Fees not pertaining to this application should NOT accompany the application.

      SEE FEE SCHEDULE

    5. State law prohibits the renewal of a license if a licensee has defaulted on a student loan guaranteed by the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG) unless the licensee has entered into a repayment agreement with TG. YOU SHOULD CONTACT TG BEFORE FILING THIS APPLICATION if you have defaulted on a student loan. An application or renewal may be rejected if this agency has received information from TG that the applicant has defaulted on a student loan. TGTM
      P.O. Box 83100
      Round Rock, Texas 78683-3100
      Telephone: (800) 252-9743
      (in Austin, call 219-5700)

    6. The time involved in processing an application depends on work volume. Inquiry as to the status of an application delays processing work. Inquiry should not be made unless there is reason to believe that information submitted to the Commission has not been received.

    Page last modified: 1/22/2014

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