Home Inspector Licensing FAQ's

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Welcome to the Home Inspector Licensing Frequency Asked Questions.  Below you will find answers to some of the commonly asked questions.  To find out more about starting a business in British Columbia you can visit Small Business BC.  To find out more about corporate and tax registration visit OneStop BC Business Registry.  You can also find out more about the role of Consumer Protection BC in the licensing and regulating of home inspectors here.  

APPLYING FOR A LICENCE
Q. Where do I find out how to apply for a licence?
Q. Where do I find out what documents are required? 
Q. Who needs a criminal record check?
Q. Can I do my own criminal record check?
Q. How do I do a criminal record check?
Q. I had a criminal record check before, do I need to have a new one for my application?
Q. Can I run my business from my home?
Q. What are my obligations to Consumer Protection BC as a licencee?

FEES
Q. Where do I find out how much fees are?
Q. Are fees prorated?
Q. What forms of payment do you accept?

NOTICE OF CHANGE
Q. How do I notify you that I am moving and/or changing my contact information?
Q. How do I notify you that I am changing my corporate name of changing/adding my trade name?
Q. Is my licence transferable?
Q. Do I get a refund if I cancel my licence?

GENERAL QUESTIONS
Q. How long does it take to process my application?
Q. How long is my licence good for?
Q. Will you sent me a renewal notice?
Q. Can I operate before I receive my licence?
Q. How do I get a photo ID?

APPROVED TRAINER AND EVALUATOR
Q. How do I become an approved trainer?
Q. How do I become an approved evaluator?
Q. How do I find an approved trainer or evaluator?
Q. Do I need to enter into a contract with an approved trainer or evaluator?



APPLYING FOR A LICENCE
Q. Where do I find out how to apply for a licence?
A. You can find the Complete Application Package on our Licence Applications Forms web page. 

Q. Where do I find out what documents are required? 
A. You will find all the required documents in the Complete Application Package.  You can also download the Licence Application Checklist which will list all the documents that are required for a complete application.  These documents are located on the Licence Application Forms web page.

Q. Who needs a criminal record check?
A. All applicants are required to complete a criminal record check.  If any Canadian applicants have a criminal record, the Statutory Declaration for Criminal Record Check must be submitted.  This form can be located on the Licence Application Forms web page. ALL APPLICANTS that do not reside in Canada MUST submit a certified criminal record check from their home jurisdiction. Example in the USA FBI Checker is the preferred.

Q. Can I do my own criminal record check?
A. Yes you can do one through your local RCMP or police.  However, you must pay the cost if you chose to do a criminal record check yourself. 

Q. How do I do a criminal record check?
A. You can either do a criminal record check yourself through your local police or RCMP, or complete the Consent for Disclosure of Criminal Record Information form and include it in your application package to Consumer Protection BC.  This form can be found on the  Licence Application Forms web page either in the Complete Application Package or list of forms, Consent for Criminal Record Search

Q. I had a criminal record check before, do I need to have a new one for my application?
A. Yes, your criminal record check must be current to the date of your application.

Q. Can I run my business from my home?
A. Yes however, the Home Inspector Licensing Regulation requires that all licencees have a business location where records are maintained.

Q. What are my obligations to Consumer Protection BC as a licencee?
A. Licensing requirements include, but are not limited to:

FEES
Q. Where do I find out how much fees are?
A. You can find the fee schedule on the Licence Application Forms webpage.  Select the current Fee Schedule document. 

Q. Are fees prorated?
A. Yes, as all home inspection licences expire on March 31st.  Fees are prorated based on the application date.  Prorated fees can be found on the Licence Application Forms webpage.  Select the current Fee Schedule document. 

Q. What forms of payment do you accept?
A. We accept both cheque and credit card payment.  To pay be credit card you must complete the Credit Card Payment Authorization Form located on the Licence Applicastion Forms webpage.

NOTICE OF CHANGE
Q.
How do I notify you that I am moving and/or changing my contact information?
A. Complete the Notice of Change – Business Information form found on our Licence Application Forms web page.

Q. How do I notify you that I am changing my corporate name of changing/adding my trade name?
A. Complete the Notice of Change – Business Information form found on our Licence Application Forms web page.

Q. Is my licence transferable?
A. No, a licence is not transferable.

Q. Do I get a refund if I cancel my licence?
A. No, licensing fees are non-refundable. 

GENERAL QUESTIONS
Q. How long does it take to process my application?
A. Application processing time is approximately 2-3 weeks but processing times may vary depending on volume.  

Q. How long is my licence good for?
A. Licences are renewed annually.  For home inspectors, all licences expire March 31. 

Q. Will you sent me a renewal notice?
A. Yes, renewal notices will be sent approximately six weeks prior to renewal.

Q. Can I operate before I receive my licence?
A. No, you must be licenced to operate as a Home Inspector.

Q. How do I get a photo ID?
A. complete the Photo ID Request Form, which can be found on the Other Forms web page. Please note there is a fee for picture ID.

APPROVED TRAINER AND EVALUATOR
Q. How do I become an approved trainer?
A. To become an approved trainer you will need to complete a statutory declaration found here and submit it to Consumer Protection BC.  To qualify you will need to be currently licensed as a home inspector and have completed at least 250 home inspections.

Q. How do I become an approved evaluator?
A. To become an approved evaluator you will need to complete a statutory declaration found here and submit it to Consumer Protection BC.  To qualify you will need to be currently licensed as a home inspector and have completed at least 1000 home inspections.

Q. How do I find an approved trainer and evaluator?
A. You can search, by region, from the webpage found here.

Q. Do I need to enter into a contract with an approved trainer or evaluator?
A. No, it is not a requirement of Consumer Protection BC.  However, a contract may serve as an important document for both parties to be fully aware of the terms and expectations of the training process, and using contracts can give both parties a level of protection.