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Real Estate Inspector Information

  • Reference: Complete Rules Governing Inspectors

    Application Requirements

    1. Citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
    2. Sponsored by a licensed professional inspector who is eligible to sponsor
    3. At least 18 years of age
    4. Satisfy the Commissionís requirements for honesty, integrity and trustworthiness (Background Investigation through DPS)
    5. Must be sponsored by a licensed Professional Inspector who must provide indirect supervision for all inspections performed by the Real Estate Inspector

    Education and Experience Requirements

    A real estate inspector applicant must complete 90 classroom hours of core real estate inspection courses as follows:

    • 10 hours in foundations
    • 8 hours in framing
    • 10 hours building enclosure
    • 10 hours in roof systems
    • 8 hours in plumbing systems
    • 10 hours in electrical systems
    • 10 hours in heating ventilation, and air conditioning systems
    • 8 hours in appliances
    • 4 hours in Texas Standards of Practice
    • 4 hours in Texas Standard Report Form/Report Writing; and
    • 8 hours in Texas Legal/Ethics AND one of the following:
      1. Must have been actively licensed as an Apprentice Inspector for at least 3 months during the 12 month period prior to filing the Real Estate Inspector application AND must have completed 25 complete inspections while licensed as an Apprentice Inspector under the direct supervision of a qualified eligible licensed Professional Inspector. OR

      2. In addition to the 90 hours, must have completed an additional 32 hours in core inspection courses which must include 8 hours in Texas Standard Report Form/Report Writing, 8 hours in Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update; 16 additional hours in any core inspection subjects AND one of the following:

        1. 20 hours of field work through a ride along course AND 12 hours of an approved classroom or alternative delivery interactive experience training module presented by an approved instructor; or
        2. 8 hours of approved live interactive webinar sessions AND 40 hours of an approved classroom or alternative delivery interactive experience training module presented by an approved instructor; or
        3. Upon delivery of a Commission approved affidavit form that the applicant is unable to reasonably complete requirements i or ii listed above, complete 60 hours in an approved interactive experience training module presented by an approved instructor. These must be completed prior to March 1, 2015 for credit to be awarded; OR
        4. 3 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 has personal knowledge of the applicantís work, detailing the time and nature of the applicantís relevant experience. Each affidavit must be from a different source and include a contact telephone number and signature and must be notarized; OR
      3. In addition to the 90 hours, must have completed an additional 8 hours in Texas Standard Report Form/Report Writing and 8 hours in the Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update; AND have at least 2 years of experience as an active practicing licensed or registered architect, professional engineer, or engineer-in-training (and provide a license history documenting active practice under the license).

    Fees

    $89.00 Application Fee

    $100.00 Recovery Fund paid to TREC after exam is passed

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

    The fees listed above are non-refundable.

    Examination

    • Once the complete application is received and processed and education is satisfied, the applicant will be notified of eligibility to sit for the examination. License examinations are administered by a national testing service contracted by TREC/ TALCB. The exam eligibility notification will have instructions for contacting the exam administrator and obtaining a copy of the Candidate Handbook to register for the exam. The Candidate Handbook contains information about the examination, study material, and instructions for making an exam reservation. Two forms of current signature identification are required for admission to a testing site. The name on the identification must match the name on the application for a license. The applicant must pass the examination within one year after the date the application is filed with TREC.
    • If all requirements for license are not met within one year of the filing date, the application terminates. An applicant who fails the exam 3 times must complete additional core inspector education before retesting on this application or submitting a new application. An applicant who fails the national part of the exam must take 32 hours. An applicant who failed the state part of the exam must take 8 hour and an applicant who fails both parts must take 40 hours. After the education requirements have been met, an applicant will receive instruction on how to obtain a copy of the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) which will provide instructions on how to make reservations to take the examination. If the application terminates, the applicant must meet the current education and/or experience requirements.
    • Upon successful completion of the examination and final processing of the application, the applicant must pay a fee of $100 into the Real Estate Inspection Recovery Fund. Do not submit this fee until the Commission requests it.

    Fingerprint Requirements

    The filing of an application authorizes an investigation of the applicantís 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 applicantís 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. An applicant must pay a license application fee AND a fingerprint or background check fee.

    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 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 and who pass the examination 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 Real Estate Inspector

    Reference: Complete Rules Governing Inspectors

    Timely Renewal-

    For a two year license term $66.00

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

    Proof of Financial Responsibility and Education Required for Renewal -

    To renew your license on ACTIVE status, you must provide proof of financial responsibility that provides coverage for violations of Subchapter G of Chapter 1102, Texas Occupations Code ($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, at least 20 days prior to the expiration date of your license.

    For each 2-year license period the real estate inspector must complete 32 classroom hours of TREC approved continuing education real estate inspection courses, 8 hours of which must be in the Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update course. You must submit copies of course completion certificates to TREC ten (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)

    Up to six months after license expiration, an individual can file another application for a license without having to re-take and pass the examination if the exam was passed within two years of the application filing date. However, additional education will be required.

    To renew a license 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.


    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 a Real Estate Inspector license is considered the responsibility of the sponsoring professional inspector; all communications will be sent to the permanent mailing address provided with 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. To be eligible to file an application for a Real Estate Inspector License, an individual must be a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien, 18 years of age or older.

    3. 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.

    4. The application fee must 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 and NONTRANSFERABLE. Fees not pertaining to this application should NOT accompany the application.

      SEE FEE SCHEDULE

    5. Upon successful completion of the examination and final processing of the application, the applicant must pay the Real Estate Inspection Recovery Fund fee of $100 made payable to TREC. This fee exists to compensate persons who successfully sue a real estate inspector and then find inadequate attachable financial resources to satisfy the judgment. The fund does not and should not substitute for general liability insurance or errors and omissions insurance. DO NOT SUBMIT THIS FEE UNTIL THE COMMISSION REQUESTS IT.

    6. 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)

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


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