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How to Become a Certified Home Inspector in California

home inspector state regulations PHII's training complies with all California requirements for home inspectors including the California Trade practice act (Chapter 338) enacted in 1996 that establishes a required standard of care. While California does not require a home inspector license, the home inspector profession is regulated under Chapter 9.3 [195-7199]. For that reason it is important to understand the California laws, which are covered in our course, before you start inspecting.

Many Realtors, Lenders, home buyers, and home owners want to make sure a home inspector has been properly trained and is compliant with all state requirements. PHII will give you a nationally recognized home inspector certification and the credentials you need to become a successful home inspector in California. Becoming certified now may also help you when new licensing laws or stricter regulations take effect.

One recent change is an amendment to the California Swimming Pool Safety Act SB 442, Chapter 670 which took effect in 2018, which makes California the first state to require home inspectors to report on the safety of Pools and Spas. Our free Report Software has this California requirement incorporated into it, and information is included in the course. PHII also offers a Pool and Spa Inspection Course for just $99.

Mold Course Add-On
Home Inspectors normally disclaim mold conditions and do not inspect for mold, but inspectors should be aware that California passed SB 655 Housing Standards: Mold, effective since 2016. This new law makes California the first state to declare mold an enforceable substandard housing condition if there is:

any visible or otherwise demonstrable mold growth, excluding the presence of mold that is caused by inappropriate housekeeping practices or improper use of natural or mechanical ventilation.

In general terms, SB 655 requires landlords to provide housing that is free of mold unless the mold is due to the renter's lack of cleaning. Many experts feel SB655 will force home inspectors to reduce their liability by being trained in mold. PHII's exclusive 4-course mold training package which includes CRMI, CCMI, and CMR certifications, can be added-on to your home inspector training for just $299 which is a valuable investment for your home inspection business! The package includes:

  • MD201: Residential Mold Inspection Course
  • MD202: Mold Remediation Course
  • MD203: Commercial Mold Inspector Course
  • MD204: Mold Remediation Protocols

    California Real Estate Inspection Association
    The California Real Estate Inspection Association is the symbol of real estate inspection professionalism in the State of California. PHII is an affiliate of CREIA and offers a course that is aligned with CREIA's Standards of Practice.

    California Home Inspector Certification

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    State Board:

    California Contractors State License Board
    Approved: Yes

    Training Provider:
    Professional Home Inspection Institute
    1533 NW 2nd St, Madison, SD 57042
    Toll Free 800-983-6322

    Included in PHII's California Home Inspector Training
    Home inspection topics covered in our California 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 that you will master for each lesson of the home inspection certification course. All course objectives are aligned with national standards of practice for home inspectors.

  • Introduction to Home Inspection Terminology - Overview of the common language used throughout the home inspection industry by licensed home inspectors
  • Limits and Exclusions for Home Inspection - Pre-inspection agreements and liability during a home inspection, understanding home inspector responsibilities
  • Site, Grounds and Grading - Components outside the home including paving, vegetation, ground slope and drainage, decks, steps and porches that apply to a home inspection
  • Exterior and Structure - Foundation, chimneys, trim and siding, doors and windows, eaves, soffits, and down spouts
  • Roof Components - Types and styles, roof materials and home inspection methods, flashing and gutters, skylights for a typical home inspection
  • Plumbing Systems - Water and fuel service type, size and location, waste and vent pipes, kitchen and bathroom faucets and fixtures, water heaters
  • Electrical Systems - Service entrance location and capacity, inspecting panels and branch circuits, wire gauges, determining grounding and bonding, ground fault interrupters (GFIs), outlets, fixtures, switches and smoke detectors
  • Attic Inspection - Attic access methods, roof framing and sheathing, insulation types, ventilation methods, roof vent pipes, defects and moisture issues
  • Insulation & Ventilation - R Factor, vapor retarders, crawl space and below-grade ventilation, theory of exhaust and plumbing ventilation as it applies to home inspection
  • Interior Components - Home inspection methods and standards for walls and rooms, bedroom egress, windows, types of doors, stairs and railing, defects, fire places.
  • Bathrooms and Kitchens - Toilets, sinks, ventilation, bathtubs, showers, flooring, GCFI protection, defects and moisture damage, cabinets, counters, flooring, built-in appliances following home inspection industry standards
  • Basement & Crawlspace - Type and entry methods, evaluating foundation and supports, stairs, flooring, walls, ceiling, exposed insulation, vapor barriers, evaluating joists, trusses, sub floors, floor drains and sump pumps
  • Heating and Air Conditioning - Location(s), fuel type(s), age, capacity, distribution methods, heat exchangers, combustion venting, humidifiers, air filters, evaporator and condenser coils, supplemental heat, electrical disconnect home inspection standards
  • Garage and Carport - Home inspection standards for identifying structure type, attached, detached, door openers, floors ceiling walls, ventilation, safety features, separation wall, door to a living space, ventilation, GFI protection
  • Conducting a Home Inspection - Pre home inspection agreements, professional behavior, procedures with clients, home inspection methodology, home inspection tools, written report, follow-up
  • Home Inspection Business Start-Up - Registration for home inspection business, website set-up, payment processing, pricing services, business vehicle, ladders and basic tools, electronic tools, sales tax and write-offs, filing requirements, state tax I.D. number, records, profit, cash flow, advertising, brochures, tracking ads, customer service
  • Mold and Allergens - Mycotoxins and pathogenic molds, sources and outbreaks, collecting samples during home inspection, client agreements, findings, common allergens, health effects, mitigation procedures, how to become a mold certified home inspector
  • Radon in Air and Water - Properties of radon, health effects, how radon enters buildings and water supplies, measurement, elevated/unsafe levels, seasonal effects, mitigation methods, how to become a radon certified home inspector
  • Commercial Inspections - Types of commercial home inspections, challenges, ASST. E2018-01 guidelines, property condition assessment (CPA) reports, walk-through survey, home inspector vs. a field observer, entering the market, referrals, liability, how to become a home inspector with commercial certification

  • After passing PHII's home inspector exam and meeting any other state requirements, you will be well-qualified to perform residential home inspections in California.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Our California Home Inspection Training Program

    How long does your home inspection course for California take?
    PHII's California 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 California is broken up into hours for course instruction, field assignments, report writing and testing. PHII's California course allows you to take your time or push yourself through quickly.

    How much does the California home inspection training cost?
    Professional Home Inspection Institute will teach you how to become a home inspector in California 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 California . You can view the current prices by clicking the link on this page or by calling 1-800-983-6322.

    What is home inspection errors and omissions insurance?
    Home inspectors in California 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 California should a problem occur with a home inspection. Our coursework is approved for California home inspector errors and omissions insurance by major insurance underwriters.

    Why should I choose PHII for home inspection training?
    PHII gives California 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 California. We have been there to support our students from California during and after the training. We have up-to-date California home inspection course material, and we provide a turn-key system for setting up your own home inspection business in California.

    Questions about home inspection course enrollment?
    Call us toll-free at 800-983-6322

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    Free 1-YEAR NSHI Membership for California Graduates
    All California home inspector graduates receive a free 1-year membership in the National Society of Home Inspectors (NSHI), a non-profit professional home inspector association.

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