Testing One, Two, Three

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. Home Inspector Lic #207

Many home inspectors in Washington State are now busy taking the state licensing test. The state test consists of 175 questions on the national part, which is the National Home Inspector Exam. The state component consists of 35 questions that encompass standards of practice, records retention, license renewal and basics that are written into the law.

The two-part exam, which is taken at testing centers in various parts of the state, is done while sitting at a computer and the questions are multiple choice with four possible answers. Anyone who has read National Home Inspector Exam study guides should be reasonably familiar with the format. If you have never seen any such practice exams, I suggest that you find some and study. While I do not consider it hard to pass the exam, questions go to enough detail that someone who was not prepared would almost assuredly fail. It is hard to skate by on specific questions about air conditioning, heat pumps, furnaces, etc.

Once you take the tests, you are told on the spot whether you passed or failed. You are not told exactly what questions you got right or wrong, but you are given a score based on category. For example, a candidate might have gotten 85% in electrical and 96% in structural content. Many questions involve common sense, ethics and the candidate's depth of understanding of the whole process.

After completing the test, if you passed, you go out to the office where they give you two forms -- one showing you passed the national portion and another for the state portion. These official forms must be submitted to the state with the licensing fee. The forms have built-in state-of-the-art high security. To prevent fraud, prior to taking the test, the test taker must prove his or her identity with photo I.D. -- so people are not paying someone like Charles Buell to skate through the test for them with his eyes closed. The candidate is fingerprinted and they take a photo on the spot -- prior to the candidate going into the testing center. They want a guarantee that the person posing for the photo, taking the test, is the candidate who will receive a license.

These procedures assure an honest test and also assure that the person who took the test is the one who is applying for and will be working under the license. There is no chance of a smart buddy taking the test for a dim bulb.

I am happy to say that I passed both sections with good scores and the official form that they provided to me is displayed below. I am ready to be licensed.

 

Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Kate,

You get after Nutsy like a big sister.

Jul 20, 2009 01:05 PM #15
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Thanks Kate. Nutsy must be sleeping off a binge since he hasn't shown up to defend himself.

Jul 20, 2009 10:38 PM #16
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Dear Mr James,

You are jumping to conclusions. You are way off. I was attending a seminar on the advantages of fire-nothing engineered trusses in residential construction. Who is the dummy now? As Nutsy says: One who jumps to conclusions often jumps off the roof without a parachute.

Nutsy

Jul 21, 2009 01:58 AM #17
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Kate Kate
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Nutsy, I have a suggestion. Go jump off a roof. Ms. Kate, CEO of Parachutes-R-Us

Jul 21, 2009 02:02 AM #18
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Is seminar the code word for the local watering hole?

Jul 21, 2009 02:03 AM #19
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mr James

I am serious. I am presently learning how to firenotch trusses. You need to learn to do this, some of my handywork after the first class is below.

Mrs Kate, you are one mean woman. You rub my fur the wrong way.

Nutsy

PS -- Nutsy always says that if you are not getting a head, then you are getting behind.

That is what Nutsy says.

 

 

Jul 21, 2009 02:11 AM #20
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Kate Kate
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There is a strange odor hanging around this blog. Hanging out at the "seminar" will do it every time.

Jul 21, 2009 02:16 AM #21
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

That could not possibly be your handy work, it hasn't been gnawed. More half truths and fabrications.

Jul 21, 2009 02:26 AM #22
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mr James,

You fail to realize that I am taking courses and learning to use sophisticated tools. The boss is encouraging me to crawl in electric panels.

I will be using one of those infernal info red reading devices like you got before too long. You mark my words on that. You can take that to the bank. That is what I think. I am just now graduating to electronics. I learned the sawzall  last week in truss modification class. You are so outdated.

Nutsy, handy with his hands

 

Jul 21, 2009 02:58 AM #23
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Kate Kate
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Quick, Ms Barbara, press on the accelerator.

 

Nutsy, take an English class.

Jul 21, 2009 03:00 AM #24
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James Quarello
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I also encourage you crawl into electric panels. Btw the Sawzall is a plumbing tool you silly squirrel. Everyone knows that!

Jul 21, 2009 03:07 AM #25
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mrs Kate,

You are oh so nasty and you need a spanking.

Mr James,

The boss has another fun game for me. I enter at the red arrow, then have to get out before the flame, below, comes on. I was singed once only but I am getting better at this.

 

This is very fun.

Nutsy

Jul 21, 2009 03:40 AM #26
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Kate Kate
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Mr. Steven might be a little smarter than I thought. Nutsy is as dumb as ever. Ms Kate CEO Mensa International

Jul 21, 2009 03:45 AM #27
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James Quarello
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Let me know when you take the next test. I would like to observe. I will bring a special flue pipe lubricant. You rub it on your body before entering the pipe.flue pipe lubricant fo Nutsy ;) Then you will taste move speedy quick.

Jul 21, 2009 05:27 AM #28
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mr James,

The level of hilarity provided by you is way over my head.

nutsy

Jul 21, 2009 05:50 AM #29
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Kate Kate
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James gets another Kate Ford Heheh Award

Ms Barbara, Would you like a heheh award by Kate Ford

Jul 21, 2009 06:20 AM #30
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mrs Kate,

While you have been waving the Canadian flag, I have been studying to become an electrical engineer. I have so much homework to share. I am learning more about drains too.

Nutsy

Nutsy....with a mind working overtime

     

Jul 22, 2009 03:31 PM #31
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Kate Kate
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Nutsy, when that little pea brain of yours goes up in flames, douse the fire with some BBJimQ. Ms Kate, CEO of Duct Tape International

Jul 23, 2009 01:42 AM #32
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Mrs Kate,

I beg your pardon. I have a very difficult job remembering all this stuff for the boss. I get tired of keeping track of what is what and which is that for the boss, and worst of all, that Mr Charles. Nutsy with a mind at capacity. They think I have an endless memory for stuff.

Nutsy, lost in thought

Jul 28, 2009 07:42 AM #33
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Kate Kate
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Danger Will Rogers

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