Texas Home Inspector Education FAQ

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Home Inspection Qualifying Education Questions

Can I take the classes at a campus?
The core Home Inspection classes (90-Hour, 40-Hour, and 200-Hour) are all completed online. The interactive class and ride along sessions are completed at a Champions campus location.
What are the experience requirements?

In order to become a Professional Inspector, one of the following requirements must be met in addition to completing the core classes:

  • 24-Hour interactive class and 40-Hour ride along experience courses
  • Three years as an active licensed professional engineer, engineer-in-training, or licensed/registered architect (provide a license history)
  • Five years personal experience in a field directly related to home inspecting (provide two reference letters from persons other than applicant with personal knowledge of applicant's work)
Will my previous experience count toward the license?
To confirm that your previous experience will meet TREC experience requirements, we recommend submitting your state application prior to choosing a Champions program. In addition to the application, please submit your application fee and supporting documents via email to information@trec.texas.gov. TREC will review your application and experience and confirm which classes will be required.
What is the difference between a Professional Home Inspector and a Real Estate Inspector?

A Professional Home Inspector is able to inspect both commercial and residential properties. Professional Inspectors are able to work for themselves.

A Real Estate Inspector is only able to inspect residential properties and is required to work under a Professional Inspector.

How long does the course take to complete?
The core classes (90-Hour, 40-Hour, and 200-Hour) are all self-paced online. For this reason, the length of time to complete the classes will vary from person to person.
How much is the application fee?
Please visit the TREC fee schedule for more information on application fees: https://www.trec.texas.gov/agency-informaiton/fee-schedule
Can I make payments on the course?
Champions offers a payment plan for the 394-Hour Professional Inspector course. Please contact a career counselor today for more information about the payment plan and our Military discount program.
Are the books available online?
The textbooks are not available in PDF format. All Home Inspection material can be shipped ($7.00 per material) or picked up from a Champions campus for free.

Home Inspection Continuing Education Questions

What is the continuing education requirement for Home Inspection?
All licensed inspectors must complete 32 Hours of Continuing Education every two years. The 32 hours of Continuing Education must include 4 hours of Inspector Legal & Ethics and 4 hours of Standards of Practice Review.
Does Champions report my continuing education to TREC?
Licensee must report all CE to TREC for renewal. You may submit the certificates via email to information@trec.texas.gov. Please include all relevant license and contact information in the email.
What is the renewal fee?
As of 1/1/17, the renewal fee is $63.00, payable to TREC.
How do I renew my Home Inspector license?

Once you are done with your courses, you can either renew your license online using TREC's Online Services or through the mail by submitting a completed Renewal Form for Inspector License. On the TREC website, click on 'Renew License,' select 'Inspector,' and follow prompts from there. When renewing, please be sure to do the following:

  • Submit copies of your inspector CE course completion certificates to TREC.
  • Provide current proof of financial responsibility that provides coverage for violations of Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1102, Subchapter G ($100,000 per occurrence) using the TREC Certificate of Insurance Form or the Proof of Financial Responsibility Form.
  • Apprentice Inspectors and Real Estate Inspectors must be sponsored by a Professional Inspector. Find a Professional Inspector qualified to sponsor you.
How often do I need to renew my license?
Licensed Inspectors must renew their license every two years.
What will it cost me to ship the class textbook?
$7 per book for standard shipping or $19 per book for FedEX
Can I just download the textbook(s)?
Most of our CE classes have a downloadable PDF version of the book available. You will be able to see if the PDF version is available in the course description.
What happens if I fail to pay my renewal on time?
Any license that is not renewed at the end of the license period will be considered late, and may move to expired status. The license may subsequently be renewed only if the licensee meets the other qualifications specified by TREC rules.