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Our extensive Home Inspection training will cover professional practices, including Standards of Practice, Business Practices, Legal Issues, Client Communications, and more. Start your new career by enrolling in our Nevada Fundamentals of Home Inspection program today!

The Fundamentals of Home Inspection program at the SCHOOL OF PROFESSIONAL HOME INSPECTION is one of the most rigorous programs in the country. Classes are live lectures and allow direct interaction with the students and teachers. Our classes give you the best chance for success in this rewarding career.

The SOPHI Certified Structural Inspection Pre-License Course is an online live lecture. Our class prepares you for the Nevada Inspector of Structures Exam. Nevada requires mentorship with Nevada-certified inspectors and shadowing them for 25 inspections.

What is the Home Inspector Salary in Nevada?

The average salary for a home inspector in Nevada is over $67,000.
(as of 04/27/22 Source Salary.com)

What does the class cost?

Nevada FUNDAMENTALS OF HOME INSPECTION | $2,500
State-Required (120 Hours)
All SOPHI courses are taught via zoom, live lecture in real time. Classes are twelve 10-hour sessions with a special emphasis on Inspection standards of practice (SOP), and practical inspection techniques. Our courses are taught by local, experienced Home Inspection Professionals who are ready to help you succeed. This intensive State-Certified course fulfills the requirement to take the Nevada Home Inspection Exam.

What the Standard of Practice for Inspection of Structures in Nevada?

Inspection of Structures Read the complete chapter here

      NAC 645D.480  Interior components. (NRS 645D.120)

     1.  A certified inspector shall inspect the interior components of the structure being inspected, including, but not limited to, the following components of the interior:

     (a) The walls, ceilings and floors;

     (b) The steps, stairways, balconies and railings;

     (c) A representative number of doors and windows; and

     (d) The counters and a representative number of cabinets.

     2.  An inspection of the interior components must include, without limitation:

     (a) The operation of a representative number of the windows and interior doors; and

     (b) The reporting of any sign of abnormal or harmful water penetration into the structure or any sign of abnormal or harmful condensation.

     (Added to NAC by Real Estate Div. by R214-97, eff. 5-11-98)

      NAC 645D.490  Built-in kitchen appliances. (NRS 645D.120)

     1.  A certified inspector shall inspect the built-in kitchen appliances of the structure being inspected, including, but not limited to, the following kitchen appliances if they are not shut off or otherwise inoperable:

     (a) The dishwasher;

     (b) The range, cook top and oven;

     (c) The trash compactor;

     (d) The garbage disposal;

     (e) The ventilation equipment and range hood; and

     (f) The microwave oven.

     2.  An inspection of the built-in kitchen appliances must include, without limitation, the operation of the dishwasher through at least one normal cycle.

     (Added to NAC by Real Estate Div. by R214-97, eff. 5-11-98)

      NAC 645D.500  Insulation and ventilation systems. (NRS 645D.120)

     1.  A certified inspector shall inspect the insulation and ventilation systems of the structure being inspected, including, but not limited to, the following components of the insulation and ventilation systems:

     (a) The insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces;

     (b) The ventilation of the attics and the area of the foundation; and

     (c) The kitchen, bathroom and laundry venting systems.

     2.  An inspection of the insulation and ventilation systems must include, without limitation:

     (a) The operation of any readily accessible attic ventilation fan;

     (b) If the temperature of the structure permits, the operation of any readily accessible thermostatic control;

     (c) A description of the condition of the insulation in the unfinished spaces; and

     (d) A description of any unfinished space at conditioned surfaces in which the insulation is absent.

     (Added to NAC by Real Estate Div. by R214-97, eff. 5-11-98)

      NAC 645D.510  Plumbing systems. (NRS 645D.120)

     1.  A certified inspector shall inspect the plumbing system of the structure being inspected, including, but not limited to, the following components of the plumbing system:

     (a) The hot and cold water systems;

     (b) The waste and drain systems;

     (c) The vent systems; and

     (d) The readily accessible gas lines.

     2.  An inspection of the plumbing system must include, without limitation:

     (a) An identification and description of the type of water lines and a determination of whether the system has been activated;

     (b) The operation of all plumbing fixtures and a visual inspection of all readily accessible components of the plumbing system;

     (c) A determination of the functional flow of the waste, drain, water and vent lines; and

     (d) An identification and description of the type of domestic water heater, energy source and any safety devices attached thereto.

     (Added to NAC by Real Estate Div. by R214-97, eff. 5-11-98)

      NAC 645D.520  Electrical systems. (NRS 645D.120)

     1.  A certified inspector shall inspect the electrical systems of the structure being inspected, including, but not limited to, the following components of the electrical system:

     (a) The switches, receptacles and fixtures;

     (b) The main panel box and all subpanel boxes, including, but not limited to, the feeders; and

     (c) The readily accessible wiring and junction boxes.

     2.  An inspection of the electrical system must include, without limitation:

     (a) An identification and description of the amperage and type of overcurrent protection devices, including, but not limited to, the fuses and breakers;

     (b) A description of the condition of the electrical system, including, but not limited to, the grounding cables;

     (c) A verification of the compatibility and condition of the main and branch circuit overcurrent protection devices to the size of the conductors served by them;

     (d) The testing of a representative number of readily accessible switches, receptacles and light fixtures in each room or area of the structure;

     (e) A test and verification of the grounding, polarity and operation of all readily accessible ground fault circuit interrupter devices; and

     (f) An evaluation of the system and all readily accessible wiring.

     (Added to NAC by Real Estate Div. by R214-97, eff. 5-11-98; A by R177-01, 5-20-2002)

      NAC 645D.530  Heating systems. (NRS 645D.120)

     1.  A certified inspector shall inspect the heating system of the structure being inspected, including, but not limited to, the following components of a heating system:

     (a) The heating equipment and heating distribution system;

     (b) The operating controls; and

     (c) The auxiliary heating units.

     2.  An inspection of the heating system must include, without limitation:

     (a) An identification and description of the type of system, distribution, energy source and number of units or systems in the structure;

     (b) The opening of all readily accessible access panels or covers provided by the manufacturer so that the enclosed components can be evaluated; and

     (c) An evaluation of the readily accessible controls and components.

     (Added to NAC by Real Estate Div. by R214-97, eff. 5-11-98)

      NAC 645D.540  Air-conditioning systems. (NRS 645D.120)

     1.  A certified inspector shall inspect the air-conditioning system of the structure being inspected, including, but not limited to, the following components of the air-conditioning system:

     (a) The cooling equipment and cooling distribution systems; and

     (b) The operating controls.

     2.  An inspection of the air-conditioning system must include, without limitation:

     (a) An identification and description of the type of system, distribution, energy source and number of units or systems in the structure;

     (b) The opening of all readily accessible access panels or covers provided by the manufacturer so that the enclosed components can be evaluated; and

     (c) An evaluation of the readily accessible controls and components.

     (Added to NAC by Real Estate Div. by R214-97, eff. 5-11-98)

      NAC 645D.550  Exterior components. (NRS 645D.120)

     1.  A certified inspector shall inspect the exterior components of a structure being inspected, including, but not limited to:

     (a) The exterior wall components;

     (b) The exposed molding and trim;

     (c) The windows and exterior doors; and

     (d) The fireplaces, flues and chimneys.

     2.  An inspection of exterior components must include, without limitation:

     (a) An identification of the type of structure and covering of the exterior component, including, but not limited to, whether it is block, siding, shingle, stucco, wood, asbestos, hardboard or masonry;

     (b) An evaluation of the wall covering;

     (c) An evaluation of the condition of a representative number of windows and doors, including, but not limited to, the associated trim and hardware; and

     (d) An inspection and description of the condition of readily accessible porches, decks, steps, balconies and carports attached to the structure.

     (Added to NAC by Real Estate Div. by R214-97, eff. 5-11-98)

      NAC 645D.560  Roofing components. (NRS 645D.120)

     1.  A certified inspector shall inspect the roofing components of the structure being inspected, including, but not limited to:

     (a) The roof covering;

     (b) The flashing;

     (c) The insulation;

     (d) The ventilation;

     (e) The soffits and fascia; and

     (f) The skylights, roof accessories and penetrations.

     2.  The inspection of roofing components must include, without limitation:

     (a) An identification and description of the materials of the visible roof structure, roof flashing, skylights, penetrations, ventilation devices and roof drainage;

     (b) An evaluation of the condition of the readily accessible attic areas;

     (c) A determination of the type, condition and approximate thickness of the attic insulation; and

     (d) A description of the method of observation used to inspect the roof.

     (Added to NAC by Real Estate Div. by R214-97, eff. 5-11-98)

      NAC 645D.570  Structural systems. (NRS 645D.120)

     1.  A certified inspector shall inspect the structural system of the structure being inspected, including, but not limited to, the foundation, floors, walls, columns, ceilings and roof.

     2.  An inspection of the structural system must include, without limitation:

     (a) An identification and description of the type of foundation, floor structure, wall structure, columns, ceiling structure, roof structure and other attached structural components;

     (b) A probe of all structural components in which deterioration is suspected, unless the probe will damage any finished surface;

     (c) Entry under the floor crawl spaces and attic spaces, except when access is obstructed or not readily accessible, entry could damage the property, or dangerous or adverse conditions are obvious or suspected;

     (d) A report of all signs of water penetration or abnormal or harmful condensation on building components; and

     (e) A description of any visible structural damage to the framing members and foundation system.

     (Added to NAC by Real Estate Div. by R214-97, eff. 5-11-98)

      NAC 645D.580  Site of structure. (NRS 645D.120)

     1.  A certified inspector shall inspect the site of the structure while conducting an inspection of the structure, including, but not limited to:

     (a) The land grade and water drainage;

     (b) The retaining walls affecting the structure;

     (c) The driveways and walkways; and

     (d) The porches and patios.

     2.  An inspection of the site must include, without limitation:

     (a) An identification and evaluation of the materials and conditions of the driveways, walkways, grade steps, patios and other items contiguous with the inspected structure;

     (b) An observation of the drainage and grading for conditions that adversely affect the structure; and

     (c) An observation of the above-grade vegetation which affects the exterior of the structure.

     (Added to NAC by Real Estate Div. by R214-97, eff. 5-11-98)

 NRS 645D.190  Submission of proof of insurance with the application; maintenance of policy of insurance.

      1.  The Administrator shall require each applicant for an original certificate or license and each applicant for renewal of a certificate or license to submit proof that the applicant or his or her employer holds a policy of insurance covering:

      (a) Liability for errors or omissions in an amount of not less than $100,000; and

      (b) General liability in an amount of not less than $100,000.

      2.  Each certified inspector, energy auditor or his or her employer shall maintain a policy of insurance that complies with the requirements of subsection 1.

What is the class schedule?

Class runs 2 weeks from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and then Sunday off then Monday through Saturday and then you’re done.

This is an intensive accelerated program that exceeds all the requirements for Nevada’s state licensing requirements.
Why do we have 120 hours of Education when Nevada only requires 60 hours? Our classes are a Nevada State-licensed program. It is 120 hours of Education. This additional education will help assure our students are some of the best trained in the nation.

 

There are fourteen Technical Subjects including Structural Components, Exteriors, Roofing, Plumbing, Electrical Systems, and nine others.

The class wraps up with special subjects including Common Building Codes, Product Quality, Safety Issues, Environmental Conditions, Hazardous Materials, and a review of Inspection Tools tips and Techniques.

You can complete this intensive training program in just two weeks. We will prepare you for success in this lucrative career.

Do I need to study before?

No. The books that we will be using are the code check series and we deliver those electronically to you after class has begun.  All classes are taught via Zoom. 

What should I do next? Consider joining InterNACHI
InterNACHI Partner School

In the meantime, you may consider joining InterNACHI. There are lots of learning materials and sample tests that you can take to prepare yourself for the state exam. If you join here and use our school’s discount code  “SOPHI1MO“ you will get a 1-month free membership.

You must go to nachi.org/trial and enter the code there to create a membership.

Are there optional study materials?
Paid students get discounts on the e-book

There is an optional study guide, the print version is available from nhie but it is pretty expensive at $259.00 for the printed version. We do offer this guide to our paying students at a discount. Students that have paid tuition can purchase these books for $125 for the E-book.

Is there any funding available for VA students?

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/vonapp. Or they can call
1-888-442-4551
The phone number for students to call and check VA benefit status:
1-800-827-1000
VA paperwork example

Is there any financing available?

We are happy to work with you. By making arrangements ahead of time, you can pay the deposit of $1250 for the class and pay the balance over the next three months. You will not receive a certificate of completion until your tuition is paid. We hope that this will help you join us in class.  

What tools do I need?

Be sure to check out our recommended tools in our Amazon store:
The minimum tools you will need include:

  • high-quality respirators
  • good flashlight
  • camera
  • moisture meter
  • outlet tester
  • minimal hand tools (screwdrivers, nut drivers, etc.)
  • ladder
  • safety gear, (eye protection, gloves, shin guards, jumpsuit)
  • computer/software
  • vehicle (think gas mileage)
    In one super busy month when I was inspecting with my original gas-hog 350cid van, I spent $750 in fuel alone. When I doubled my gas mileage, it paid for a newer efficient van. Consider an efficient vehicle.

Other nice to have tools include:

  1. thermal camera (I like the Flir E4)
  2. drone (DJI makes great drones)
  3. electrical multimeter (you can’t go wrong with an entry-level Fluke meter)

I would consider buying these later, but I love all of these tools.

 

What are the opportunities for a licensed home inspector?

While most inspectors work for themselves, there are opportunities to work with multi-inspector firms and franchises. Be sure to read any offer to work for another company very carefully. We recommend you have this offer reviewed by an attorney.

HUD
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has several kinds of inspections. See the link above.

Sewer Scopes
This requires no license in Washington State and can be a lucrative business to run along with home inspections. It is an easy sell, I tell my clients that their sewer “is the most expensive thing I can’t see”.

Energy Audit
An energy audit is an inspection survey and an analysis of energy flows for energy conservation in a building. It may include a process or system to reduce the amount of energy input into the system without negatively affecting the output.
A home energy audit helps individual homeowners find out their residential consumption and energy flow. An audit is useful to determine areas of your home where there is energy loss and by identifying where power usage may be curbed to earn savings.

 


JJ Greive

JJ & Suzanne are both licensed, highly skilled inspectors and educators. We are the authors of our class curriculum, and truly enjoy sharing this with our students