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Some suggested reference and study materials are listed below for both the national and state portions of the real estate inspector examination.

From time to time, this list will be updated with educational and reference materials that might be of assistance to inspectors in Texas or to the education providers who develop materials or offer courses designed to prepare inspector license candidates, or to educate currently licensed inspectors to be able to do their job more professionally. The list is given to identify resources and does not constitute an endorsement by the Texas Real Estate Commission or Person VUE.

Examination Study Materials From the Person VUE

Pearson VUE Candidate Handbook

Material for the National Exam

The Illustrated Home, Carson, Dunlop & Associates, Ltd. (2003)

Essentials of Home Inspections Series, Carson, Dunlop & Associates, Ltd. (2003)

Principles of Home Inspection Series, Dearborn Publishing

International Code Council (2009). International Residential Code for one- and two-family dwellings, 2003. Falls Church, VA: International Code Council

International Code Council (2009, 2012). International Residential Code

National Electrical Code (2008, 2011)

Journal of Light Construction. Field Guide to Residential Construction, Vol 1, 2 2003 - 2005

Taunton Press, Code Check series:

  • Code Check Complete (2007, 2012)
  • Code Check: A Field Guide to Building a Safe House (2007)
  • Code Check: Plumbing and Mechanical (2011)
  • Code Check: Electrical: Field Guide to Wiring a Safe House (2008)
  • Code Check: A Field Guide to Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Codes

Materials for the State Exam

Texas Occupation Code, Chapter 1102

Rules of the Texas Real Estate Commission related to Real Estate Inspectors

Deceptive Trade Practices Act, Texas Business and Commerce Code, Sections 17.42 through 17.5