The Texas Real Estate Commission "TREC" Licensing Requirements

Governing Body:
The Texas Real Estate Commission

Governing Rules:
Texas Occupations Code
The Texas Real Estate Commission RULES




 











GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS
 

  • Citizen of the United States or lawfully admitted alien
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Meet TREC's Qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity

Consider requeting a Moral Character Determination before applying for the license. 

BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL INSPECTOR
Complete Your Qualifying Education

  • 130 Hours of Qualifying Real Estate Inspection Courses as Follows
    • 10 hours foundations
    • 8 hours framing
    • 10 hours building enclosures
    • 10 hours roofing
    • 8 hours plumbing systems
    • 10 hours electrical systems
    • 10 hours HVAC
    • 8 hours appliances
    • 4 hours Texas Standards of Practice
    • 12 hours Texas Standard Report Form Report Writing
    • 8 hours Texas Legal/Ethics
    • 8 hours Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update
    • 24 hours in any qualifying inspection subject

Meet the Experience and Additional Education Requirements

  • The chart below shows three options for an applicant to satisfy the experience and additional education requirements.  Applicants for a professional inspector license must select one option and satisfy all requriemtns for that option. 
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Have at least 12 months of active experience as a licensed real estate inspector during the 24-month period preceding the application date. Have 3 years of experience as an active practicing licensed or registered architect, professional engineer, or engineer-in-training.  A license history from the regulator agency that issued the license or registration must be submitted. Complete an additional 200 hours of qualifying inspection courses as follows:
  • 30 hours foundations
  • 30 hours in framing
  • 24 hours in building enclosures
  • 16 hours in plumbing systems
  • 24 hours in electrical systems
  • 24 hours in HVAC
  • 6 hours in appliances
  • 8 hours in Texas standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update
  • 8 hours Texas Standard Report form report writing
  • 6 hours in any qualifying inspection subjects
AND AND AND
Have performed at least 175 real estate inspections under indirect supervision. Complete an additional 16 classroom hours of qualifying inspection courses as follows:
  • 8 hours in Texas Standard Report Form Report Writing
  • 8 hours in Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update
Complete 40 hours of fieldwork AND 24 hours of approved experience coursework
OR
Complete 16 hours of fieldwork AND 60 hours of approved experience coursework
OR
Have 5 years of personal experience in a field directly related to home inspection and provide two affidavits from persons who have personal knowledge of your experience.



Insurance Requirements
Upon passing the exam you must provide proof of liability insurance or any other insurance that provides coverage for violations of Subchapter 6 of Chapter 1102, Texas Occupations Code ($100,000 per occurrence) before an active license will be issued.


TREC Approved Training Provider:

Real Estate Training Systems – RETS #4700

Website: www.retshomeinspectortraining.net

Phone: 817-861-9998
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