Bellingham Technical College Home Inspector Training Course Now 135 Hours

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Bellingham Technical College's home inspector training faculty is pleased to announce that our Fundamentals of Home Inspection Course has recently been approved by Washington State as a 135 classroom hour course. State law requires inspection students to obtain at least 120 hours of training, and BTC is the only state college level course that offers substantially more credits than the bare minimum. We provide a full 15 clock hours above the baseline 120 hours. In addition to acquiring the training and certification necessary for licensing, our students earn state college credits as well!

Best of all for students, the new and longer inspection course is still priced the same as it has been in recent years. That's because we were able to eliminate some breaks, sharpen the pencil and tighten things up without increasing the number of days. Another benefit here is students can, as before, complete the  course in 15 days. And the 40 hours of supervised field training takes another 5 days. Therefore, despite the big gain in state approved hours, this remains a four week course that, comparatively, gives students maximum benefit for their tuition.

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BTC students studying during classroom training

Here's some history: Back in 2009, the BTC inspection course was the first training program to receive approval from the Washington State Department of Licensing. We are equally excited, BTC being a part of the state college system, to provide students substantially more clock hours than what are mandatory. Furthermore, with this adjustment, there is more flexibility: A student, who suffers an illness during class, has a stronger likelihood of acquiring enough hours to pass the course than was previously the case.

Below is a video that describes the course as of recent 2017 curriculum updates.

BTC's fast-track program takes a student from start to finish in four weeks (20 days). Classes meet M-F from 8AM to 5PM -- the exception being we might have makeup days on weekends to counter major holidays or inclement weather delays.

After the course, the faculty provides online support that helps students prep for state exams. The BTC class, also, presents an overview of wood destroying organism education and WSDA licensing options. These are some of the reasons BTC has an exceptionally high pass rate among our students who take the state licensing exams.

The next 4 week course is scheduled to begin on October 9, 2017. Enrollment is limited to 12 students, and we are about 1/3 full as I update this in June, so anyone interested should sign up as early as is possible. To obtain additional information on the course call me, the lead instructor, at 360-319-0038 or Email:

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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Great Job Steve. I think I heard another course also got signed off for more than 120 hrs.

Jun 13, 2017 07:25 AM #2
Eugene Kanciar
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As a professional engineer and property inspector I really appreciate the value of education and ongoing professional development. Kudos to your organizations for providing more learning opportunities!

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