Home inspectors are always in demand; they can set their own hours and be their own bosses. In Maryland, as in most other states, the licensing requirements for these important professionals became more formal in October, 2008. The home inspector is the one who gives a full report of the condition of the house before a house is sold. It's a crucial part of the process and can be the basis for voiding the sale contract or bargaining to make sure any faults in the inspection are corrected.
Find a school approved by the state of Maryland. There are more than 30 schools, both online and conventional, that have been approved. Community colleges and private providers in Maryland and outside the state are certified to offer home inspection pre-licensing education. In most cases, Community college courses are offered in a block during certain times of the year, rather than continuing throughout the semester, so you will need to call in advance to find out when these courses are offered. Private providers are more likely to offer continuous cycles of pre-licensing education. Generally, the cheapest way to take the course is through an approved Maryland community college. Those approved by Maryland for offering home inspection pre-licensing education are listed below. Complete information on all 30 providers, along with their websites, if available, is provided via the link below.
Frederick Community College
7932 Oposumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702
Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
The Community College of Baltimore County
800 South Rolling Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21228
Ann Arundel Community College
101 N. Crain Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Hagerstown Community College
Center for Continuing Education
11400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown, Md 21742
Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, Md 21015
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD 21044-3197
Wor-Wic Community College
3200 Campus Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
Take all 72 hours of training required to become a home inspector if you have never been licensed in Maryland. This requirement, plus the requirement that you successfully complete the Maryland Home Inspector Licensing Exam, went into effect on Oct. 1, 2008. If you have taken courses previously to fulfill previous requirements, see step 4, below.
Take the home inspector licensing exam upon completion of your training. In Maryland, PSI Examination Services provides examination services for the Commission of Home Inspectors. PSI has computerized examination centers located in Baltimore, College Park, Hagerstown and Salisbury. You can find out about qualifying to take the examination and scheduling the examination by contacting PSI at 1-800-733-9267. The Commission of Home inspectors also provides computerized examination centers in many locations in Maryland, sometimes at the community college that offers the course. Your instructor at the pre-licensing education program should be able to help you find the examination center most appropriate for you. Your license is good for two years in the state of Maryland, at which time, a supplemental 16- hour course is required.
Take a 48-hour home inspection training program if your present training falls below 32 hours. If you have any questions about Maryland's change in licensing procedures, call Elwood A. Mosley at (410) 230-6379.
Tips & Warnings
- Network with veteran inspectors by joining associations and professional organizations.
- Make sure never to go after a job where you have a conflict of interest, such as knowing either the buyer or the seller or having an interest in the property, and remember never to discuss the inspection with anyone except your client.
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