- Complete application process for certification.
- Complete 84 hours of classroom training.
- Pass National Home Inspector Examination.
- Provide a legible board log of the required 30 parallel in-training home inspections.
- Provide proof of financial assurance.
- Provide 2 fingerprint cards.
Anyone wanting to conduct home inspections are required to complete an application process for certification.
- All persons must have a high school diploma or passed the General Educational Development Test (GED).
- A Home Inspector Certification application can be accessed online by using the internet address: https://btr.az.gov/resources/forms/application-formsand should be submitted to the Board of Technical Registration
The following information must be submitted along with application to the Board of Technical Registration:
An applicant for certification as a home inspector shall submit an original and one copy of a completed application package that contains the following:
- Evidence of successful completion, within two years before the date of application, of the National Home Inspector Examination as administered by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors;
- Two (2) completed fingerprint cards;
- Applicable fees: Non-refundable application fee ($100) and Fingerprint processing fee ($32)
Evidence of successful completion of 84 hours of classroom training or an equivalent course conducted by an educational facility that is licensed by the applicable post-secondary education regulatory agency in the home state of the facility, The course of study shall encompass all of the following major content areas:
- Structural Components
- Insulation and Ventilation
- Fireplaces and Solid Fuel-Burning Devices
- Professional Practice
- Pool & Spa
A legible log of completed home inspections, containing the address and date of inspection, of at least 100 inspections or at least 30 parallel inspections (see the provisions of R4-30-247). A computer printout of this information is acceptable.
Complete your 30 parallel in-training home inspection requirement with our approved provider, Advantage Inspection Service. We have selected AISI, based on the following:
- Provides a reporting system that meets the Arizona standards
- Inspections are done in the field with expert inspectors having no less than 500 inspections
- Gives the option to ride-along with multiple inspectors to get different perspectives
- More versatility in scheduling parallels
- Limits number of trainees to no more than 2 per inspection so that you get the attention you deserve
- Available for a full year after training is completed to help answer questions and give support
- Parallels are $80 each with ½ due up front after your 15th inspection.
- A refund is available for any unused portion if you decide to discontinue.
An original home inspection report of one of the parallel inspections listed on the log required in that you have prepared that meet the standards set forth in R4-30-301.01; and
Proof of financial assurance. As specified in A.R.S. § 32-122.02(B), proof must be provided within 60 days after certification is issued. Please ensure that your insurance carrier identifies your name (not your business name) on any documents sent to the Board.
- You must register before you may take the exam.
- 200 multiple choice questions. You are given four hours to complete the exam.
- Examination fee is $225 per test.
- Exam centers are located in Scottsdale and Tucson.
- For more information about Home Inspector Examinations, go to www.homeinspectionexam.org or call 847-298-7750.
State Exam Registration
- To register to take the National Home Inspection Examination, go to http://candidate.psiexams.com or call toll-free 800-733-9267.
- You will receive two copies of your official passing score sheet and a Certificate of Achievement before you leave the testing center.
- Passing score sheets show your score on the scale of 200-800, with 500 as the pass point.
- Failing score sheets show a graph of your performance in each content area of the examination.
State Exam Locations
7418 E Helm Dr, #200
5727 N. 7th Street, Suite 301
1961 E Flightline DrOR
Copper Plaza Office Building, 2601 N. Campbell Ave Suite 201-3
You must arrive at testing center at least 30 minutes before your scheduled exam.
State Exam Retesting Information
- Retesting is available in NOT less than 30 days.
- In order to retest the student must have the original score sheet from their examination and call the above number to reschedule.
- There is no limit to the number of times you can retest.
Send your completed application along with the above required documents & appropriate fee(s) to:Board of Technical Registration
1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 240
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Once a properly filled-out application packet has been received in the Board office, assigned an application number, and a file established, no refund will be made. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete. An application is not considered “complete” until all verifying data is received. Upon receipt by the Board of the required documents, your application will be evaluated. Please check back with this office, in writing, approximately five weeks after submitting your application to ensure that all necessary information has been received. If additional information is needed regarding the application you may contact the board at: 602-364-4930 (phone) or 602-364-4931 (fax).
The Arizona State Board of Technical Registration (BTR) certifies and regulates the practice of home inspectors.
The law requires:
- Complete 84 hours of classroom training
- Successful completion of the National Home Inspector Examination
- Provide a legible board log of the required 30 parallel in-training home inspections completed, conducted on separate residential dwelling units, in the presence of a certified home inspector, meeting the standards required. (A computer printout of the information is acceptable)
- Note: The candidate’s application package for certification as a home inspector may be held in abeyance for a period of one year to allow for the completion of the requisite number of parallel home inspections.
- Proof of financial assurance as specified in A.R.S. 32-122.02(B) must be provided within 60 days of receipt of certification.
- For more specific information regarding certification requirements, please go to http://www.btr.state.az.us/ and, under Regulations on the Table of Contents panel, click on “Applicable Statutes” (see A.R.S. § 32-122.02) or “Applicable Rules” (see A.A.C. R4-30-247).
Student Policies and Information
- Programs must be paid for in advance, or at the time of enrollment.
- Pre-Registration is required.
- Acceptable forms of payments are AMEX, Visa, Discover, MasterCard, Cash or Checks.
- Students cannot be more than 10 minutes late for classes and must remain in the classroom for roll call at the end of class in order to receive credit for attendance in the classroom. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for classes you may have to re-sit’ the class in order to receive class credit. Some programs allow for instructor homework to be given in lieu of re-sitting a class.
- This is a no smoking facility. Designated smoking areas outside are marked.
- Handicap parking is available and requires that your vehicle have a handicap emblem or a handicap license in order to use these designated parking areas.
- Parking areas owned by the school are designated as “student parking”. Other areas are available for your use and a map of these may be obtained at the front desk.
- All students should bring a calculator, notebook and writing utensil to class with them.
- Books and materials are provided by the school and are part of the cost of each program.
- Beepers and Cell Phones are prohibited in the classroom; please be sure to turn these off prior to entering the classroom.
- Instructors will give designated breaks from the classroom. You are considered tardy if you take breaks other than the designated breaks without prior approval from your instructor.
- Missed classes can be made up according to the Course Repeat/Restart Policy outlined in your signed registration/enrollment contract.
- Messages for students will be given to the instructor.
- Assistance is requested from students in placing any trash in the receptacles upon leaving the classroom.
- Students in good standing who miss classes or are tardy have six months to make up classes without additional charges.
- If a student has exceeded their six month time frame they will be subject to the school Repeat/Restart Policy as outlined below:
Course Repeat/Restart Policies
- A student may re-sit any class during the first 6 months from their original start date.
- A student who wishes to retake or continue any portion of the program more than 6 months from their original start date, but less than 1 year, who paid the tuition in full, will be charged a non-refundable fee of one-third of the current tuition schedule.
- A student who wishes to retake or continue any portion of the program more than 1 year from their original start date, but less than 2 years, who paid the tuition in full, will be charged a non-refundable fee that is two thirds of the current tuition schedule.
- A student who has not completed the entire course after two years from their original start date must pay the full tuition in order to finish the program.
- A student who has completed the entire course, but has not passed the school exam within 6 months of the original starting date of the program may test by paying a non-refundable test fee. Once the fee is paid the student has 3 months from that date to complete the test requirement successfully.
- Requests for refunds are subject to the guidelines outlined below and are also stated in the enrollment agreement between the applicant and the school.
Home Inspector Refund Policy (Example outlined below)
An applicant denied admission by the School is entitled to a refund of all monies paid.
Three-Day Cancellation: An applicant who provides written notice of cancellation within three days (excluding Saturday, Sunday and Federal and State holidays) of signing an enrollment agreement is entitled to a refund of all tuition paid. Text books and materials are not part of the tuition and are not refundable. Returns are given no later than 30 days of receiving the notice of cancellation; the School shall provide the 100% tuition refund.
Other Cancellations: An applicant requesting cancellation more than three days after signing an enrollment agreement and making an initial payment, but prior to entering the School, is entitled to a refund of all monies paid minus an administrative/registration fee of $200 and textbook and materials fee of $200. NO CASH REFUNDS or tuition credit will be given after 12 months from the date of this agreement.
Refund after Commencement of Classes:
- Procedure for withdrawal/withdrawal date:
- A student choosing to withdraw from the School after the commencement of classes is to provide written notice to the Director of the School. The notice is to indicate the expected last date of attendance and be signed and dated by the student.
- For a student who is on authorized Leave of Absence (LOA, “Leave”), the withdraw date is the date the student was scheduled to return from the Leave and failed to do so.
- A student will be determined to be withdrawn from the institution if the student has not attended any class for 3 consecutive class days.
- All authorized refunds will be issued within 30 days of the determination of the withdrawal date.
- Tuition charges:
- Tuition charges will be determined based upon the percentage of the clock hours attempted. The percentage of the clock hours attempted is determined by dividing the total number of clock hours elapsed from the student’s start date to the student’s last day of attendance, by the total number of clock hours in the program (less the $200 administrative/registration fee and $200 books and material fee).
- Tuition refunds will be issued within 30 days of the date of student notification of date of School determination (withdrawn due to absences or other criteria as specified in the School catalog), or in the case of a student not returning from an authorized Leave of Absence (LOA) within 30 days of the date the student was scheduled to return from the LOA and did not return.
Tuition refunds are determined as follows:
- Before the beginning of classes, the student is entitled to a refund of 100% of the tuition (less administrative/registration fee of $200 and $200 books and material fees, if applicable).
- After the commencement of classes, the tuition refund amount (less the administrative/registration fee and $200 books and material fees if applicable), shall be determined as follows:
|Percent of Clock Hours Attempted:||Tuition Refund Amount:|
|10% or less||90%|
|More than 10% and less than or equal to 20%||80%|
|More than 20% and less than or equal to 30%||70%|
|More than 30% and less than or equal to 40%||60%|
|More than 40% and less than or equal to 50%||50%|
|More than 50%||No Refund is required|
- Books, Supplies and Fees: There is no refund for equipment, books or supplies received by the student ($200).
- Special Cases: In case of prolonged illness or accident, death in the family, or other circumstances that make it impractical for the student to complete the program, the School may make a settlement which is reasonable and fair.
- A $35.00 charge will be imposed on all returned checks.
- In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with disabilities who require an accommodation to attend classes must notify the School at least 72 hours in advance of attendance by calling or faxing notification to the telephone or fax numbers found on the top of the first page of this document.
Holder in Due Course Statement
Any holder of this consumer credit contract is subject to all claims and defenses which the debtor could assert against the seller of goods or services obtained pursuant hereto or with the proceeds, hereof. Recovery hereunder by the debtor shall not exceed amounts paid by the debtor (FTC Rule effective 5-14-76).
In the event a student has a dispute or grievance they wish to bring before the school, the student is asked to follow the procedures outlined below.
- We encourage any student who may have a complaint or concern to contact the President and request a meeting to discuss the grievance(s).
Phone: (480) 946-5388
- If this meeting does not result in a resolution of the student’s grievance, the next course of action would be to file a written complaint with the school following the procedures outlined below.
- Any student with a grievance or dispute has the right to file a complaint, in writing, with the School.
- Any complaint must be received within 30 days of the course completion.
- Complaints should be specific as to their nature in order for the School to investigate and respond.
- The School will respond to all complaints, in writing, within 30 days of receipt.
- If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the School’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. The student must contact the State Board for further details. The State Board can be contacted at:
1400 W. Washington, Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone (602) 542 – 5709
Graduate Employment Opportunities
ALTHOUGH THE ARIZONA SCHOOL OF REAL ESTATE & BUSINESS DOES PROVIDE
INFORMATION FOR ITS STUDENTS, THE SCHOOL DOES NOT GUARANTEE JOB PLACEMENT NOR WARRANT THAT EMPLOYMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR THE APPLICANT.
HOME INSPECTORS IN-TRAINING PROGRAM
Licensing is being requested for the 84-hour Home Inspector’s In-Training Program.
The purpose of this application is for the Arizona School of Real Estate & Business, based on a prior perceived need in the community from original market analysis and proven results of the necessity of this program now and into the future, to continue the training as part of our overall curriculum.
Our objective for this training program is to prepare new students for the Home Inspection field by teaching them the necessary elements of preparing home inspections appropriately and to meet current rules, standards and regulations.
At the end of the program the student will be required to take an exam of approximately 200 questions to prepare them for their National Home Inspector Examination. The passing ratio at the school will be 75%.
While we do not usually suspend students from the school (as this is adult education) we may do so if the student’s behavior is unsatisfactory, at which time the student would need to see the general manager of the school to be allowed back into the classroom. The student will be required to guarantee the general manager that the unsatisfactory behavior will be modified prior to re-admittance.
Program/Course of Study ("PCS") Course Descriptions
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will briefly familiarize students with the various aspects of real estate contracts and disclosures, including but not limited to:
- U.D. “For Your Protection: Get a Home Inspection
- FHA Does Not Warrant the Value or the Condition of a Home!
- Arizona Association of Realtors® (AAR) – Buyer Advisory
- AAR Residential Seller Advisory – When In Doubt – Disclose!
- AAR Residential Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement (SPDS)
- AAR Residential Resale Real Estate Purchase Contract
- AAR Domestic Water Well Addendum
- AAR Residential Buyer’s Inspection Notice and Seller’s Response
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will go over the Standards of
Professional Practice for Arizona Home Inspectors, including what the inspector is required to observe and what the inspector is NOT required to observe. This section will teach the students the correct way to handle themselves; their inspections; and write a final report which meets all state requirements:
- Purpose & Scope
- General Limitations & Exclusions
- Structural Components
- Exterior Components
- Roofing Components
- Plumbing Components
- Electrical Components
- Heating Components, Including Alternative Fuel System Components
- Central Air Conditioning Components
- Interiors Components
- Insulation & Ventilation Components
- Pool & Spa Components
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will review the various aspects of buildings, including but not limited to:
- Framing; Windows; Walls; Flashings & Finishes
- Foundations; Footings; Basements; Floors & Beams
- Roofs; Stairs; Insulation & Ventilation
- Soil; temperature & pest problems
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will go over various aspects of the exteriors of buildings, including but not limited to:
- Retaining Walls
- Drainage & Waterproofing
- Porches & Decks
- Exterior Finishes
- Gutters & Downspouts
- Exterior Stairs & Steps
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will go over in-depth the various roofing aspects, including but not limited to:
- Framing and the various types of Construction Systems and roofing materials
- Sheathing & the two basic types; installation & fastening
- Flashing & the various types; for roofs & skylights
- Shapes; Pitch & Types of Roofs; Durability & Fire resistance
- Gutters & Downspouts; Types & recommendations according to rainfall in our area
- Insulation & Ventilation; Low intake & High exhaust vents; Frieze blocks; Soffits; Fascia & Ridges; Warm Roofs vs. Cold Roofs; Flat Roofs & Vented Parapet Walls
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will go over in-depth aspects of plumbing, including but not limited to:
- General Regulations & Abbreviations
- Drainage – Types & Cleanout Expectations; Backwater valves; Sump pumps & Sewage Ejectors
- Traps; Fittings; Joints & Drainage
- Vents; Main vents; Admittance Valves; Common Venting Systems & connections to offsets and stacks; Island Sinks & Wet Venting
- Water Supply & Distribution; Pressure Regulators; Joints & Connections; Required Valves
- Gas Piping; Materials; Joints & Connectors; Inspection Tests; Valves & Shutoffs; underground or Under building or slab piping; Propane
- Water Heaters; Locations & Access; Required Pans & Drains; Heat Exchangers & Combustion Air; Indoors vs. Combined Use of Air; Valves & Piping; Terminations
- Fixtures; Laundry; Bathrooms & Kitchens
- Inspections & Training of all areas
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will go over in-depth aspects of electrical requirements, including but not limited to:
- Codes; Organizations & Keys
- Work; Power & Ohm’s Law
- Grounding Fundamentals
- Ground Faults & Arcing Faults
- Service Equipment
- Temporary Power; Multi-Meter Services; Service & Subpanels
- Calculations & Multiwire Circuits
- Branch Circuits & Kitchens
- Conductor Ampacity
- Cables; Protection & Voltage Drop
- Conduit; Tubing & Conduit Fill
- Boxes & Appliances
- Lighting & Swimming Pools
- Photovoltaics & Generators
- Furnaces; Conductors & Sizing
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will go over in-depth aspects of heating, including but not limited to:
- General Regulations & Abbreviations
- Appliance Access & Location
- Appliance Installation & Electric Heat
- Heat Pumps
- Combustion Air
- Exhaust & Ventilation; Ranges & Dryers
- Water Heaters; Boilers; Hydronics
- Wall & Floor Furnaces
- Oil & Propane
- Natural Gas
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will go over in-depth aspects of fireplaces and other heating sources and their potential Hazards:
- Fireplaces & Gas Appliances
- Woodstoves & Solid Fuel
- Room Heaters
- Hazards; Care & Fire Protection
- Hearths & Connections & Recommended Inspections
Insulation & Ventilation:
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will go over in-depth aspects of ventilation requirements, including but not limited to:
- Attic and Wall Insulation
- Insulated Water Lines
- Vapor Retarders
- Mechanical Sites; Underfloor
- Forced Air Furnace
- Combustion Air
- Inside vs. Outside Sources
- Floor Furnaces
- Connectors; Vents & Chimney’s
- Multiple Appliances
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will go over in-depth aspects of air conditioning, including but not limited to:
- Model Codes; Organizations & Abbreviations
- Access; Location & Installation
- Appliance Installation & Forced Air
- Electrical Requirements for Air Conditioners
- Condensation & The Refrigeration Cycle
- Ducts and Air Supply
- Return Air & Penetration
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will go over in-depth aspects of building interiors; requirements and safety; including but not limited to:
- Codes & General Regulations
- Interior Stairs & Steps; Balustrades; Handrails & Posts
- Insulation & Ventilation; Ceilings; Floors & Walls
- Skylights; Vents & Flashing
- Wiring & Electrical Outlets
- Doors & Windows; Installation & Effectiveness
Pool & Spa:
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will go over aspects of pool and spa components and concerns; including but not limited to:
- Codes & General Regulations
- Grading, Drainage and Expansive Soil Issues
- Water Chemistry
Report Writing & Disclosure Red-Flag Issues:
This segment of the Home Inspectors In-Training Program will go over aspects of Home Inspection Report Writing and disclosure red-flags notated in Home Inspection
Reports; including but not limited to:
- Home Inspection Report Writing Essentials
- The Home Inspection Report Writing Checklist Supplement
- Record Retention
- Hazardous Building Materials (Asbestos, Lead, Polybutelyne Water Pipes)
- Omega Fire Sprinklers
- Aluminum Wiring, Federal Pacific, Zinsco
- Expansive and Collapsible Soils
- Mold, Mildew and Fungus
- Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup
- How Far is the Inspector Responsible in Disclosure?
- Appropriate Recommendations to Clients
- Referring Clients to Appropriate Professionals in Other Fields (Termite, Mold, Moisture, etc.)
- Home Inspector’s Insurance (Bond, Errors and Omissions, General Liability)
Calendar of Holidays
|January 1, 2015 – New Years||January 1, 2016 New Years|
|April April 5, 2015 – Easter||March 25, 2016 Good Friday|
|May 25, 2015 – Memorial Day||March 27, 2016 Easter|
|July 4, 2015 – Independence Day||May 30, 2016 Memorial Day|
|September 7, 2015 – Labor Day||July 4, 2016 Independence Day|
|November 26 & 27, 2015 – Thanksgiving||September 5, 2016 Labor Day|
|December 24, 2015 Christmas Eve||November 24 & 25, 2016 Thanksgiving|
|December 25, 2015 Christmas||December 24, 2016 Christmas Eve|
|December 25, 2016 Christmas|