Low Cost Career.
We offer up to
4 months of 0% financing!
Costs and FAQ
How much does the training program cost?
Our NJ certificate program costs as little as $4500 or up to $6900, depending on your unique situation.
What does the tuition include?
The includes 200 hours of elite training leading to the NJ Home Inspection Certificate and Home Inspection Fieldwork Certificate. You need both of these to apply for a license in NJ.
What supplies do I need?
It is recommended that students have a laptop/PC/tablet and printer to read the powerpoints, create reports and print tests. The same device can be used to access our live, online classes, too.
For reporting writing, a PC/laptop is recommended, with Word processing software or equivalent.
For fieldwork , you need work boots and suitable clothes required for outdoor work, a notebook, flashlight, and digital camera.
Carson Dunlap Principles of Home Inspection: Systems and Standards, 3rd Edition
10 volume Dearborn Home Inspection Certification program books (soft cover); available directly from Dearborn, Inc.
Do you accept federal financial aid?
No, the Home Inspection Institute does not offer college credit courses and thus is not a part of the federal student financial aid programs.
Are you accredited or approved by the state?
The Home Inspection Institute is a state approved private vocational school in New Jersey, and have been since 2008. Private vocational schools for home inspection in this state are not required to be accredited by any organization. And, we are are an InterNACHI Partner School, highest rated by students since 2008!
Do you accept VA educational benefits, like the GI Bill?
Yes, we regularly enroll students with GI Bill educational benefits. It is a quick and easy process. We've also had students access Vocational Rehabilitation and Chapter 35 funding from the VA. Some of our best students have been members of the armed forces!
How is training done now, during Covid-19?
Our live, advanced training classes are now conducted via live interactive video. You see our instructor and all the same training materials, and we see and hear you... just like in the classroom! However, you don't have to wear a mask for 4 hours OR worry about staying 6 feet apart. It sure saves on travel time several days a week, too!
Do you offer financing?
We always recommend paying in full, since the school gives a 10% prepayment cash/check discount, lowering tuition rates.
What discounts or coupons do you offer?
We offer a number of discounts. Usually, we limit students to a single discount, but do contact us if you think you qualify for more than one. We will try to work with you.
What if I just want to learn about home inspection and won't be licensed?
Community members can 'audit' or observe our entire academic, 140 class sequence for just $2500. This is GREAT if you just want to learn, don't need an NJ license, or want the information to help you in your real estate or construction career.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept cash and check prepayments for a 15% discount.
Why is your tuition sometimes higher than other schools'?
How do I get the NJ home inspector license?
First, you have to successfully completed an approved course of study of 180 hours, like our HII program. Our program also includes the 40 hours of unpaid field-based inspections in the presence of and under the direct supervision of a licensed home inspector, which is also required to apply for the NJ license.
Then, you take the National Home Inspector Examination Test and pay them a $225 fee
When you pass and finish the HII program, you submit an application and fee of $125 to the New Jersey Home Inspector Advisory Committee.
What are my business costs after licensure?
This is a very low cost career!
Every two years, you pay $500 to the Home Inspector Advisory Committee.
You also pay some amount of liability insurance every year (~$1500, depending on underwriting).
And, you'll probably need some tools (see our list in the FAQ).
You may want to pay a few hundred dollars to create a website, but some inspectors just use Facebook or word of mouth advertising.
Similarly, many inspectors use reporting software, some of which seamlessly integrates into websites. You may be charged a few dollars for every report, or a monthly fee. It depends on what you choose. Many inspectors use simple word processing software that doesn't have a cost associated with it!
If you choose to employ others, you will have employment costs. And, if you choose to work as a solo practitioner or contractor rather than employee, you may need to consider health or dental insurance for yourself.
What tools will I need after I am licensed?
Our inspectors will walk you through how to use these, and how to be cost savvy if you need to get more tools over time!
What if I am disabled?
We've had so many successful students that were differently abled!
Do I have to have a license in NJ to inspect homes?
Yes, you must be licensed as a home inspector to inspect homes of 1-4 units. Larger residential or commericial properties require a different license.
Can I work in other states once licensed?
Each state has different requirements, but NJ is the most stringent in the US!
Are there ways to make more money, once I am licensed?
roof data technician program
mold or air quality
radon testing certified technician (available online via Rutgers University in NJ)
home buyback program
annual maintenance inspections
construction project oversight
lead paint testing
meth lab testing
pool & spa inspections
radon gas testing
septic system inspections
water quality testing
Are there diverse students in your school?
Yes!! HII is a welcoming school, committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion for its staff and students. We respect cultural, racial/ethnic, religious, age, gender, ability, sexual orientation, socioecomic, and cognitive diversity... as well as diversity of perspectives. We recognize the value of each individual student and encourage anyone to apply!
What is it like to work as a home inspector?
Check out these resources and see!
Can I attend virtually if I live out of state and don't need a license in NJ?
Yes! In fact, if all you need is elite classroom training, you can sit in on all 140 hours of our classes for just $2500.
How do I get a personal loan to pay for career training?
There are many options online that fund private loans for career training. One quick search on google offers these examples:
Can I get unemployment funding?
As of 2020, only three counties provide training funding for home inspection: Hudson, Middlesex, and Morris. You will want to search online for their "One Stop Shop" services in each county. Call and ask about home inspection funding. You do NOT have to live in one of those counties, but you will to go there to apply, have required meetings, etc. And, funding is not guaranteed.
What if I have to cancel or withdraw?
We offer you a full year to complete the program for any reason - health, time, financial, etc.
If withdrawal or cancellation occurs: HII retains:
During the first module 10% of the tuition
During the second or third module 20% of the tuition
After the third module but prior to completion of 50% of the tuition
the fifth module
After completion of more than five modules 100% of the tuition
Can I work in PA after your class / Does my Philly license allow me to be an NJ inspector?
PA inspectors, even those licensed in Philadelphia, still need to take the NJ coursework and apply for a license in NJ. There is no reciprocity.
Are there hidden costs or fees your school?
No. The cost of school includes your learning materials, fieldwork, and classes. There are optional things, like a recommended book, but there are no hidden fees.