Become a Real Estate Inspector
A Real Estate Inspector is licensed to perform a real estate inspection for a buyer or seller of real property but is required to do so under the indirect supervision of a Professional Real Estate Inspector.
You have one year from the date your application is filed to meet all education and experience requirements for a license.
- Citizen of the United States or lawfully admitted alien
- 18 years of age or older
- Be sponsored by a professional inspector
- Meet TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
- Consider requesting a Fitness Determination before applying for the license
Complete Your Qualifying Education
An applicant for a Real Estate Inspector License must complete 90 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
- 4 hours in Texas Standard Report Form/Report Writing
- 8 hours in Texas Legal/Ethics
After completing your course work, you are welcome to submit a course and instructor evaluation.
Meet the Experience and the Additional Education Requirements
There are three options available for an applicant to satisfy the experience and additional education requirements to become a Real Estate Inspector.
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Have at least 3 months of active experience as a licensed apprentice inspector during the 12-month period preceding the application date.
Have 2 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 32 classroom hours of qualifying inspection courses as follows:
Have performed at least 25 real estate inspections under direct supervision.
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.
Complete an additional 16 classroom hours of qualifying inspection courses as follows:
Complete 20 hours of fieldwork AND 12 hours of approved experience coursework.
*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.
Finding a Ride Along Instructor
Qualified Ride Along Instructors must have at least five years of active experience as a Texas Professional Inspector and meet one of the following criteria:
- have performed at least 200 real estate inspections as a Texas professional inspector
- have three years of experience in teaching or sponsoring trainees or inspectors
You may reference a list of of previously approved ride along instructors here.
To request qualifying credit for field work through a ride along inspection course, submit the Qualifying Credit Certification of Completion of Ride Along Inspection Substitute Experience Course Session form with your application.
Filing your Application
- Mail your Application for Inspector License and fee to TREC.
- Mail copies of your education and experience documents to TREC with 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
- Once you have met all other requirements for a license, you must submit proof of professional liability insurance or any other insurance that provides coverage for violations of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1102, Subchapter G ($100,000 per occurrence).
- Use the TREC Certificate of Insurance form or Proof of Financial Responsibility form.