Friday, January 25, 2019

How to become a Home Inspector - Education at BCIT, Mentorship at ASTTBC, Licensing at CPBC


Become a House Inspector

BCIT offers a series of six courses in the house and property inspection fields that together comprise a program in House Inspection. Subject areas include:  roofing, flashing, chimneys, the exterior system, the structural system, the electrical system, the heating and cooling systems, the insulation and venting systems, the plumbing system, and the interior system.

Students must successfully complete the following six courses to be eligible for a statement of completion in the House Inspection program:

Course NamePrerequisite/s
BLDC 1500
Building Code Part 9 (SFD)
none
BLDG 2915
House Inspection 1
English 12 or equivalent
BLDG 2925
House Inspection 2
BLDC 1500, BLDG 2915 and English 12 or equivalent
BLDG 2935
House Inspection 3: Report
BLDC 1500, BLDG 2915, BLDG 2925 and English 12 or equivalent
BLDG 2945
House Inspection 4: Field Inspection
BLDC 1500, BLDG 2915, BLDG 2925 and BLDG 2935
BLDC 3050
Building Envelope Performance
none

This program meets the requirements of the BC Consumer Protection Office as an approved Home Inspector Educational Program according to Section 3 of the Home Inspector Licensing Regulation.
This program also meets the academic requirements of Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) for their Certified House Inspector (CHI) and Certified Property Inspector (CPI) designations. A final grade of 70 percent in each course is required by ASTTBC.
2015 ASTTBC-PI Certification Policy

ASTTBC-PI is an institute established under the provisions of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians (ASTT) Act, to represent the professionally certified house and property inspectors in British Columbia. Think of it as ASTTBC-PI under the umbrella of ASTTBC.
Membership is required in ASTTBC-PI.  To apply, please visit www.asttbcapply.ca
  • Certification by that organization.
Once a member has received the CHI(P) Provisional Certified House Inspector they qualify under the Government mandate to be licensed. Once the license has be received the member can undertaken inspection services with the public for a fee. See steps to certification.
  • Obtaining Insurance.
ASTTBC-PI Insurance Provider is Willis Canada. Use the contact number below for all the information you will need for acquiring the necessary insurance. All applicants must submit confirmation of insurance with their application to the Consumer Protection BC (CPBC).
It must be noted that ASTTBC-PI Inspectors enjoy the lowest premiums in the province due to the highest quality of performance reflecting the lowest claim rate.
Willis Canada Inc.
1500 – 1095 West Pender St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 2M6
Tel: (604) 683-6831 Email: ASTTBC.insurance@willis.com
Toll Free: 1 (800) 665-5252
Fax: (604) 683-5746
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
  • Application for Government Licensing -Please visit Consumer Protection BC to apply for a license.
  • Welcome aboard, you can count on ASTTBC-PI for assistance at each stage of your journey.

Home inspections Licensing at CPBC

By law, anyone who engages in home inspection activity needs a licence. Generally speaking, a home inspection is a visual (and typically non-invasive) inspection of a residential home or property.

How to get licensed

You are required to provide the following to be licensed.