The Deadline Looms -- Supplemental Home Inspection Education

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

Time is running out for those people who are doing home inspections in Washington state without a license. As of July 1, 2010, anyone doing home inspections without a license is violating state law.

There are a number of people out there who have, previously, taken home inspector training but the hours were not sufficient to meet current state guidelines. Those inspectors who require supplemental education are operating under a tight time-frame.

The applicant must have completed the supplemental training, and have passed the state exam, before July 1, 2010. Failure to do so in a timely manner means that said person will have to quit inspecting until he or she has completed a 120 hour course and also completed 40 hours of field training.

There are a number of providers of "fundamentals training", the 120 hour course. But Bellingham Technical College offers one of only a few approved supplemental courses. I got word today, due to the last minute demand and tight time-frame, that the college has planned to fit in two more supplemental courses prior to the licensing deadline.

One 40 hour supplemental course, already planned, will run as part of our 120 hour class beginning May 3, 2010. It was determined today that another supplemental class, 40 hours only and running one week, will begin on June 7 and run through June 11.

I will make no bones about it, this last minute course in June is for the serious inspector only. It is going to require real effort on the part of the student. To make this work, the student will have to study to be prepared to take the state test ASAP. That will have to be completed in just over two weeks. Additionally, based on how swamped the test facilities are, potential inspectors might have to drive to another destination, farther from home, to get a testing slot prior to the deadline. All of this is speculative, but a distinct possibility.

If those taking the supplemental course require field training, some students do not require it, then that will be provided for both the May or June classes in late May, from May 21 to 28.

Anyone trying to figure out their options should call BTC at 360-752-8796.

Steven L. Smith

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