How to Become an Independent Building Inspector?

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Being an independent building inspector can be a tough job. The benefits, however, make up for the effort. Most inspectors will need a driving licence and a vehicle to get around along with abilities to communicate, solve problems, manage time, market yourself, pay attention to detail, and be able to handle mechanical work. You will also need to have a lot of stamina, since; you will be walking and traveling a lot. Some other qualifications include -

  • Degree – A degree in architecture, engineering, or building inspection technology is needed. The curriculum should contain information on how to conduct building inspections. Certificates are also acceptable if they cover specific information on inspections.
  • Experience – 3 to 5 years of experience is required in the field of construction. The person must have worked in a variety of construction work and projects from plumbing to carpentry.
  • Inspector training – Training is usually on the job. You will be asked to do inspections under supervision until you learn all there is to know about local building codes and regulations.
  • License – To gain a licence, you must complete a examination by the government or international Institutions like the International Code Council (ICC) and National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI). The licence must be maintained to be allowed to conduct inspections.

Independent building inspectors in Melbourne do not need to be registered or licence to conduct inspections. However, being certified by the government will give you an edge over the competition since most clients prefer a registered inspector.

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