There is currently no state licensing required to become a home inspector in British Columbia. However, home inspectors must follow laws related to the profession such as contracts and fair trade practices.
As of March 31, 2009 all home inspectors in British Columbia are required to be licensed through the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority (BPCPA). http://www.consumerprotectionbc.ca/home-inspector-portal
In order to be licensed in British Columbia, the home inspector needs to meet the requirements of ONE of the following:
- Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) – Provisional Certified House Inspector, Certified House Inspector or Certified Property Inspector. Inspectors become members of the BC Institute of Property Inspectors (BCIPI)
- Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI BC) – Associate Member or Registered Home Inspector
- National Home Inspector (NHI) through National Home Inspector Certification Council (NHICC). Students can use the 184.5 hours of course work accredited by NHICC to become a certificate holder through NHI.
PHII is accredited by the National Home Inspector Certification Council to provide up to 184.5 hours of the required 450 for the National Home Inspector (NHI) designation which can be used for pre-certification training in British Columbia.
NHI (National Home Inspector) from the NHICC
B.C. Licensing Requirements are Changing!
- Submit completed Application for Background Review.
- Provide copies of all relevant documentation.
- Need a minimum total of 850 points from all sections of the application.
- Personal background: (max 100 pts)
- Education: (max 600 pts)
- Up to 450 points for courses
- Courses with Proctored exams – 3 pts. per hour
- Courses without proctored exams – 1 pt. per hour (*PHII)
- Mentored (supervised) field work – 3 pts. per hour - Maximum 150 pts.
- Pass the NHICC National Exam and a TIPR (80% on both) plus inspection requirement to qualify to be an NCH (NHI).
- Fee paid inspections: (max 500 pts) (Provision for AB and BC inspectors)
- Business for 1 year
British Columbia is currently standardizing its home inspector licensing requirement. Meeting the
qualification requirements of one of the four designated home inspector
associations will no longer be required. This change is expected to occur before March 2016:
Consumer Protection BC
#307-3450 Uptown Blvd.
Victoria BC V8Z 0B9
Professional Home Inspection Institute
1533 NW 2nd St, Madison, SD 57042
Toll Free 605-427-2908
Included in PHII's British Columbia
Home Inspector Training
Home inspection topics covered in our British Columbia home inspector certification program
Each home inspection lesson starts by listing the objectives you will learn, followed by a short practice quiz to check your prior knowledge, the lesson content, a review and a quiz. Below are the subjects you will master as you take the online home inspection training course. All course objectives are aligned with national standards of practice for home inspectors.
Introduction to Home Inspection Terminology
Limits and Exclusions for Home Inspections
Site, Grounds and Grading
Exterior and Structure
Insulation & Ventilation
Bathrooms and Kitchens
Basement & Crawlspace
Heating and Air Conditioning
Garage and Carport
Conducting a Home Inspection
Home Inspection Business Start-Up
Mold and Allergens
Radon in Air and Water
After passing PHII's home inspector exam and meeting any other state requirements, you will be well-qualified to perform residential home inspections in British Columbia.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our British Columbia
Home Inspection Training Program
How long does your home inspection course for British Columbia
PHII's British Columbia
home inspection course can be completed in 1-2 weeks based on your past level of experience. However,
you can take as much time as needed, and there are no limits on re-taking exams. The total course time for training in British Columbia
is broken up into hours for course instruction, field assignments, report writing and testing. PHII's British Columbia
course allows you to take your time or push yourself through quickly.How much does the British Columbia
home inspection training cost?
Professional Home Inspection Institute will teach you how to become a home inspector in British Columbia
for the lowest average tuition rate in the industry. The course comes complete with all required instructional materials including 100% online access, workbook, back-up CDs, DVDs, and other materials you need to become a home inspector in British Columbia
. You can view the current prices by clicking the link on this page or by calling 1-605-427-2908.
What is home inspection errors and omissions insurance?
Home inspectors in British Columbia
should consider getting Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance, which is a professional liability policy covering the policyholder for negligent acts and omissions that occur during an inspection. A good Errors and Omissions liability policy can help limit your out-of-pocket expenses if you are named in a lawsuit in British Columbia
should a problem occur with a home inspection. Our coursework is approved for British Columbia
home inspector errors and omissions insurance by major insurance underwriters.
Why should I choose PHII for home inspection training?
PHII gives British Columbia
residents interactive training, experienced support, a lot of value and the most affordable tuition
in the industry. Plus we offer a satisfaction guarantee. Over the years we have successfully trained thousands
of home inspectors throughout the U.S. and Canada, including many home inspectors in British Columbia. We have been there to support our students from British Columbia
during and after the training. We have up-to-date British Columbia home inspection course material,
and we provide a turn-key system for setting up your own home inspection business in British Columbia.
Questions about home inspection course enrollment?
Call us toll-free at 605-427-2908
Free 1-YEAR NAAHI Membership for British Columbia Home Inspector Graduates
As a gold-level NAAHI-accredited training provder, PHII can offer all British Columbia home inspector graduates a free 1-year membership in the North American Association of Home Inspectors (NAAHI), a national non-profit professional home inspector association.