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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
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Meet TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity

Becoming a Professional Inspector

Complete Your Qualifying Education

  • 130 classroom hours of qualifying real estate inspection courses as follows:
    • 10 hours in foundations
    • 8 hours in framing
    • 10 hours in 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
    • 12 hours in Texas Standard Report Form/Report Writing
    • 8 hours in Texas Legal/Ethics
    • 8 hours in Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update
    • 24 hours in any qualifying inspection subject

Meet the Experience and Additional Education Requirements

  • The chart below shows three options for an applicant to satisfy the experience and additional education requirements. Applicants for a professional inspector license must select one option and satisfy all requirements for that option.
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3

Have at least 12 months of active experience as a licensed real estate inspector during the 24-month period preceding the application date.

Have 3 years of experience as an active practicing licensed or registered architect, professional engineer, or engineer-in-training. A license history from the regulatory agency that issued the license or registration must be submitted.

Complete an additional 200 classroom hours of qualifying inspection courses as follows:

  • 30 hours in foundations
  • 30 hours in framing
  • 24 hours in building enclosure
  • 16 hours in plumbing systems
  • 24 hours in electrical systems
  • 24 hours in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems
  • 6 hours in appliances
  • 8 hours in Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update
  • 8 hours in Standard Report Form/Report Writing
  • 6 hours in any qualifying inspection subject

AND

AND

AND

Have performed at least 175 real estate inspections under indirect supervision

Complete an additional 16 classroom hours of qualifying inspection courses as follows:

  • 8 hours in Texas Standard Report Form/Report Writing
  • 8 hours in Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update

Complete 40 hours of fieldwork AND 24 hours of approved experience coursework

OR

Complete 16 hours of fieldwork AND 60 hours of approved experience coursework

OR

Have 5 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.

  • Affidavits of personal experience must detail the time and nature of your 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.

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 TREC has approved you to take the exam, you will receive a 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 from TREC requesting the required fee for deposit in the Real Estate Inspection Recovery Fund before your license will issue.

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