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A Professional Real Estate Inspector is a person who is trained and qualified to perform real estate inspections and who accepts employment to perform a real estate inspection for a buyer or seller of real property.  Professional inspectors may also supervise or sponsor Real Estate Inspectors and Apprentice Inspectors.

You have one year from the date your application is filed to meet all license requirements.  Once you have met all license requirements, TREC will send an active professional inspector license to you via email.

General Qualifications

  • Citizen of the United States or lawfully admitted alien
    • A DACA recipient does not qualify as a lawfully admitted alien.
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Meet TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity

Requirements

If you enrolled in coursework prior to March 1, 2021, review previous license requirements.
Experience and Education
Current Real Estate Inspectors: Sponsored Experience and Education
  • Have at least 12 months of active experience as a licensed real estate inspector sponsored by a Texas professional inspector during the 24-month period preceding the application date.
  • Complete 175 real estate inspections under direct supervision.
  • 40 hours in Property and Building Inspection Module I
  • 40 hours in Property and Building Inspection Module II
  • 10 hours in Business Operations and Professional Responsibility Module
  • 20 hours in Texas Law Module
  • 24 hours in Texas Standards of Practice Module
Substitute Experience and Education
  • 40 hours in Property and Building Inspection Module I*
  • 40 hours in Property and Building Inspection Module II*
  • 10 hours in Business Operations and Professional Responsibility Module
  • 20 hours in Texas Law Module
  • 24 hours in Texas Standards of Practice Module
  • 20 hours in Analysis of Findings and Reporting Module
  • 40 hours in Texas Practicum

Find a qualifying education provider. After completing your course work, you are welcome to submit a course and instructor evaluation

*You may receive credit for these courses if you have 3 years of personal experience in a field directly related to home inspection and provide two affidavits from persons who have personal knowledge of your experience.

Filing your Application
Get your Fingerprints Taken and Pass Your 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.
Take the Exam
  • License exams are administered by PearsonVUE, a testing service company.  
  • Once you have met the experience and education requirements, you will be sent an exam approval notice with instructions for scheduling the exam and obtaining a copy of the exam Candidate Handbook.
  • If you fail the exam three times, you will be required to take additional education before you can retake the exam.
Real Estate Inspection Recovery Fund

After you have passed the exam, you will be sent a notice requesting the required fee for deposit in the Real Estate Inspection Recovery Fund.

Financial Responsibility