Classroom Training Schedule for Core Home Inspector Training

64 hour - Classroom / Field / Lab Inspection Course

The RETS 64 hour program can be taken by anyone wanting to learn the practical aspects of home inspection or taken to be used towards the TREC required Education / Experience Alternative Program.

The 64 hour training program utilizes a combination of Classroom Lab, field training and performing practice inspections with instructor guidance and assistance. You will learn inspection routines from Leading Home Inspection Professionals.

Our renowned classroom and field program combine easy to understand educational materials, hands on modules, interactive PowerPoint presentations and real life field home inspection experiences in order to apply the knowledge learned in the classroom.

Upon successful completion of the course and final examination, students will receive a Certificate of Completion and ride-along forms documenting their achievement.

This license will allow you to start your own home inspection business without a sponsor or to join an established home inspection company.

If you are excited about entering the home inspection industry, then choosing RETS- Real Estate Training Systems as your primary educator, and business partner is the BEST decision you’ll ever make.

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We specialize in Real Training for the Real Professional!

The Texas Real Estate Commission has approved the following Texas Home Inspection Courses for the required experience training to obtain a Professional Home Inspector License through the Education / Experience Alternative Method.

Upcoming Classes:


Grand Prairie, TX February 2019 
Houston, TX March 2019 





24 hour classroom setting

Introduction to home inspections

  • The scope of a residential home inspection, with inclusions, limitations, and exclusions. 
  • The history of the home inspection profession. 
  • The home inspector's role in a real estate transaction. 
  • Basic tools for a home inspection.
  • General Home inspection versus a Technically Exhaustive inspection
  • Overview of starting a home inspection business. 
  • Telephone techniques to be able to “book” the inspection. 
  • Presentation of the inspections and report delivery. 
  • Insurance options and availability. 
  • Payment and pricing recommendations. 
  • Who will buy or refer inspections to you. 
  • Hidden business you should know about.

Structure – Basic Components

  • Foundations – (Slab / Pier & Beam / Basement)
  • Fireplaces and Chimney’s
  • Exterior walls, flashing, and trim. 
  • Eaves, soffitt, and fascia. 
  • Doors and windows. 
  • Problem identification. 
  • Decks, balconies, steps, porches, and railings. 
  • Driveways, walkways, and landscaping 
  • Retaining walls. 
  • Walls, ceilings, and floors. 
  • Stairways. 
  • Cabinets and counters. 
  • Dwelling unit/garage separation.
    Problem identification:  (You will view hundreds of examples of defects).
    The real art of the structural inspection.

Roofing and Roof Structure

  • Asphalt shingles (composition) roofs. 
  • Wood shingle and shake roofs. 
  • Tile roofs, including clay and concrete. 
  • Low Slope/Flat roofs, including built-up tar and gravel roofs and single ply membrane roofs. 
  • Other roofing systems, including metal and slate. 
  • Roof drainage systems. 
  • Flashings, skylights, chimneys and roof penetrations. 
  • Detection of water penetration and condensation.


  • Service entrance wires and Electrical equipment. 
  • Main disconnect. 
  • Grounding Systems. 
  • Distribution panelboards. 
  • Distribution wiring systems and methods. 
  • Fuses and breakers. 
  • Light switches and outlets. 
  • Ground Fault and Arc Fault circuit interrupters. 
  • Practical examination: Hands-on inspection of electrical panels and components.

Heating Systems

  • Gas Furnaces. 
  • Electric Heating. 
  • Heat Pump Systems
  • Combustion air supply Requirements. 
  • Normal operating controls. 
  • Safety controls. 
  • Distribution (Duct) systems. 
  • Insulation, ventilation and vapor retarders. 
  • Practical examination: Hands-on inspection of heating systems. Experience the actual process of inspecting; blowers, heat strips, flues, heat exchangers and more…

Cooling Systems

  • Principles of refrigeration and cooling. 
  • Evaporator coils and Condensers. 
  • Normal operating controls. 
  • Distribution systems. 
  • Hands-on demonstration.  


  • Supply piping system. 
  • Drain, waste and vent system. 
  • Fixtures and faucets. 
  • Functional flow and functional drainage. 
  • Leaks and corrosion. 
  • Water heater equipment (Gas / Electric / Tankless)
  • Practical demonstration: Hands-on inspection


  • Dishwashers
  • Disposers
  • Range Exhaust Systems
  • Ranges, Cooktop and Ovens
  • Microwaves
  • Garage Door Operators
  • Bathroom exhaust and heat systems
    Problem identification (You will view hundreds of examples of defects).

Report Writing

  • Texas Standard Report Forms
  • Concise and accurate reporting of your findings
  • Report Writing - “Do’s & Don’t”
  • Report writing options and terminology. 
  • Advantages of different reporting formats. 
  • Sample reports will be provided and reviewed. 
  • Report Generation - “When, Where & How”
  • Digital Photography
  • Words to Use and Not to Use
  • Exercise: Creating a report that meets standards.

40 hour Actual In-field Property Inspection Training
Conduct Actual Inspections 
Report Writing and SOP Training in the field 

  • Hands-on field inspections and report writing exercise.

Upon successful completion of the course and final examination, students will receive a Certificate of Completion and ride along forms documenting their achievement.

This program meets the TREC experience requirement to obtain your Professional Home Inspector License through the Education / Experience Method.

We specialize in Real Training for the Real Professional!