HOUSE & PROPERTY INSPECTION
you buy a pair of jeans, you probably find it pretty easy to figure
out whether the price is fair and reasonable. There willl notbe
any hidden surprises; you can tell the seams are strong or the pockets
have holes in them. But what about buying a house or a commercial
building? How would you know that the wiring is safe or that the
roof is not going to leak in two months?
House & Property inspectors are trained to make visual inspections
of structures and their related systems. They look at mechanical,
electrical, plumbing and heating systems. They examine the structure,
roof and interior for defects.
As a house orproperty inspector, you use moisture meters, pressure
meters, electrical meters and other investigative tools and techniques
to determine soundness and viability of a structure and its systems.
Where Will You Work?
As an inspector, you do much of your work on-site, making visual
assessments of buildings. The hours are flexible, although they
depend on hours suitable to your clients. You may need to work
evenings and weekends. Generally, it takes three to four hours
to complete a residential inspection and one to three days for
a commercial property.
You may work independently, for an inspection company or for
How Much Will You Earn?
Inspectors are generally self-employed, so how much money you
may earn is somewhat dependent on how much you work and how much
Average annual salary: To be updated
How Does the Future Look?
With many national initiatives in the works, the employment outlook
is exceptionally good.
How Can You Get Started?
In high school be sure to take English, drafting and business
courses. Industry recommends inspection courses offered at BCIT.
Additional code and communications courses would also be beneficial.
For More Information
British Columbia Institute of Property Inspectors, ph: 585-2770,
What Will You Need?
Currently, there are no mandatory regulations in this area. You
do not require experience in the trades or specific education
to become a house or property inspector. However, in BC, accreditation
is available through the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians
of BC (ASTTBC). ASTTBC will certify you as a House or Property
Inspector which you can use to help market yourself and your skills.
Knowledge of construction, electrical, plumbing and drafting
is an asset. You should have an interest in construction techniques,
an ability to communicate well, and possess good English language
Post Secondary Possibilities
BCIT offers an evening program in house and property inspection.
A certificate or diploma of technology in fields such as building
or civil is an excellent foundation.
- Check with your career facilitator or counsellor for other sources
of information applicable to education options for this technology.
- A prerequisite to becoming certified as a Property Inspector
requires registration with ASTTBC in the applicable technology
area as an AScT, CTech or Associate member.
- The TechWORKS! web site is an important online resource and
provides links to career information that will be of interest
to students pursuing a career in technology.