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Check this post out for all the information and best practices to receive your home inspection license in the state of Florida. We are the states leading organization for home inspectors. Check back in with us after you receive your license to become the best inspector in your area!

Step 1: Taking a 120 credit hour state approved course.

You may take many courses listed online. Furthermore, there may be in-person class sessions available to you in your area. Below you may find a list of approved FABI vendors for this.

List of FABI approved home inspector schools:

Popular Online Home Inspector Course:

After taking a 120 credit hour course. Once prepared you can take a state exam.

The Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI) recommends combining a use of in-person sessions through an affiliate school, alongside, online or studying alone.

Step 2: Preparing and taking the state exam.

You can purchase a study book online through our website. Once you thoroughly study the book. Read our page about scheduling to take your exam. The exam will need to be in-person and proctored.

Information about Our Approved Exam – Florida Home Inspection Exam

You will have 2 hours to answer 100 questions in multiple choice format. Here are the sections of the examination:

1.           Florida Standards, Report Writing, Inspecting a Home, Contracts, Etc. 
2.           Roofing 
3.           Structure, Interiors, Exteriors 
4.           Plumbing and Gas 
5.           Electrical 
6.           Air Conditioning and Heating 

To pass this exam, you must receive a 70% score. All questions will be weighed equally.

Step 3: Now that you have passed the exam.

Now that you have passed the Florida Home Inspector Exam, you still need to ensure you apply for your license through Florida DBPR. Click the link to be directed to the home inspector licensing application.

These are the items you will need to submit to receive your license from DBPR:

  • Examination Results
  • Proof of Education – 120 Credit Hours
  • Fingerprints
  • Insurance
  • Attached Payment
  • Proof of Insurance

Step 4: Becoming the best home inspector in your area.

The process does not stop once you receive your home inspection license. Not only are there continuing education requirements, but continuous home inspection education, as well as, business education you should be receiving.

FABI offers four state conferences a year to assist home inspectors be the best they can be and receive more business. Furthermore, we offer designations as a member of our organization to help market your experience and education to home buyers and realtors.

FABI Membership Designations

  • Associate Inspector
  • Registered Professional Inspector
  • Master Professional Inspector

To learn more about designations and becoming a member of FABI, visit our membership information page.

Have a question about becoming a licensed home inspector in the state of Florida? Contact us directly or comment on this post! We are always happy to help!

12 Comments

  • Scott Bucko says:

    Where do I take the 120 hours course?

  • BRANDON NESTELL says:

    I am to begin My building inspection classes next week I have soon spoke to a family member who is a building inspector in New York and She has informed me He has informed me that I probably have to do when 100 inspections for free and work for a building inspection company before I am to go on my own is this true

    • Anthony Galvez, Instructor says:

      In Florida, You have to have your license and insurance before you can work for anybody, for a fee or other compensation. There is no magical number of Inspections you need to do before doing them on your own. I teach a course and recommend all of the students do the Inspections on their homes and the friends and families’ homes to get some Inspections under their belts. If you follow the checklist (All soft wares follow the same basic work flow), you will know what to look at and after 10+ your efficiency will increase and you should be fine.

      I recommend all of my Students send me pictures of anything they see and don’t know what it is or what to say, so I can help them with a note or comment if one isn’t provided in the software they are using.

  • Phil Morgan says:

    if you work for a home inspecting company, do you need to have your own insurance

    • Not if the company has you listed as an insured. If they are paying you as a contractor you would need your own insurance

    • Anthony Galvez, Instructor says:

      In Florida, you can’t practice without $300K in liability insurance and no company will hire you without you indemnifying them with your own insurance.

  • Andres Molina says:

    I would like to get Home Inspection certificatory

  • Jennifer Milone-Tock says:

    My husband is a NYS Licensed Home Inspector – how does he go about reciprocity?

  • Keith says:

    After training, exam and passing. Is there a roster I should apply to let home inspectors know I’m certified? Or do I need to any apprenticeship for couple months?

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