Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Washington Approved Home Inspector Course:Bellingham Technical College

Here in Bellingham, at the time I am posting this, we are just about a month away from the next course in residential home inspections and field training. Bellingham Technical College is one of only a few approved providers of home inspection training in the State of Washington.

The state law requires anyone who wishes to enter the field of home inspection to complete a 120 hour course in the fundamentals of home inspection. Mandatory training, also, includes obtaining 40 hours of field training. If any prospective inspector does not meet those basic requirements, he or she is not allowed to take the state exam. I receive many inquiries from potential students asking about "online" courses. Washington law is written in such a manner that only classroom training counts toward obtaining a home inspector license.

The next four-week program, offered by Bellingham Technical College, is scheduled to begin on Monday, February 4, 2013. The fundamentals training will run for three weeks and there is a week of field training so, all in all, the course lasts four weeks.

For additional information on course offerings, contact Steven Smith, lead instructor, at 360-676-6908.

Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 5 commentsSteven L. Smith • January 09 2013 07:32AM


Those have to be among the stiffest entry requirements in the country Mason.  But for sure you are the hit of the party!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Nice to see that WA and MA have some license reciprocity.

Too bad you can't take the test first. 

During my engineering college days I had a few professors that administered the final exam on the first day of class.  It was a great way to find out what you needed to know, yet it seemed to work out that about 20% of the class dropped out after the first day.  It was also nice to be able to pass some courses on the first day. 


Posted by Jim Mushinsky (Centsable Inspection) almost 7 years ago


Before the section of the course on wood destroying organisms I do give them an initial test. It always makes them feel much better to realize how many answers they had no clue when they started but they got correct after the class is over.

As to accepting someone passing the test and therefore avoiding the class: The test is about 200 questions and kind of scratches the surface of the 120 hours of study. So someone could pass the test, maybe, even without knowing as much as they should. That might involve some luck too. In the course of teaching, I have seen three guys take the class who really did not need to do so as far as what they knew. That was back when licensing first kicked-in and some veteran inspectors had to get training because they missed the grandfathering deadline. Other than those guys, even the longterm contractors usually only have a cursory knowledge of many areas. And, even with the three veteran guys, after the course each one said came up to me or Charlie and said they were glad they took it because they picked up alot of good information.


Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Steve, You guys do an awesome job up there in Smellingham. I would not be the pain I am without your guidance ; )

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Most people respect classroom training over on line courses, basically because they know what it is. It's school work.

Good well designed on line materials can be excellent and you can do them at your own pace. For me that means faster. Classroom speed runs at the pace of the instructor and if there is a lot of Q and A, at a pace just below the average student.

I was bored in class and was always reading months ahead.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) almost 7 years ago