It’s a business with relatively low overhead, fairly quick licensing requirements and potentially high income. Beginning an entrepreneurial enterprise as a professional home inspector can be an especially good fit for those with previous experience in construction or home repair.
On Nov. 27, individuals interested in pursuing a career in home inspection have the opportunity to begin a state-approved “Home Inspection Licensing” class at Pellissippi State Community College.
The non-credit course is offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division. Students will engage in both classroom work and on-site inspections. Topics covered include tools, techniques, systems and fundamentals for roofs, exteriors, and foundations; structural problems; case studies; liability management; report writing; communications; business start-ups. The course also includes actual home inspections.
Instruction is provided by the Home Inspection Institute of Cincinnati. Students who satisfactorily complete the state-approved course are prepared to take the licensing exam required by Tennessee. According to the Home Inspection Institute, licensed home inspectors can expect to earn $250-400 for the typical inspection.
“Home Inspection Licensing” is a 90-hour class that meets over the course of nine days. Class dates and times are Nov. 27-Dec. 2, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, 4-10 p.m.; and Dec. 8-9, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. The fee is $2,095.
Classes meet at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, with travel to on-site home inspections to be determined.
For information or registration, visit www.pstcc.edu/bcs or call (865) 694-6400. The BCS website also lists updated class schedules and information on new course offerings.