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Inspection Training Program

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Our pilot Inspection Training Program will train participants to become vacant building and housing inspectors. The program aims to allow participants to earn extra income while helping the agency keep pace with the District’s growing demand for inspections. Participants that complete and pass the appropriate training exams will be able to work as an independent contractor (this is not a government employment position).

Please complete our interest form here to be considered. After completing, please be on the lookout for an email from us that provides will provide information on next steps. Due to the great amount of interest in the program, please allow up to two weeks to receive the follow-up email.

Our first cohort began on July 20th and our second began on August 3rd - both met their maximum capacity. Our third cohort will begin in September. Participants that have completed the onboarding process and were cleared through their background check will be contacted through email to sign up for cohorts in the future. Please see the program steps below.

Program Steps:

Step 1: Complete the interest form
Step 3: Complete required background check and fingerprinting
Step 4: Based on background check results, the first 80 candidates will be accepted into the training sessions (Candidates will be contacted for additional training opportunities in the near future)
Step 5: Complete classes and field training
Step 6: Take exam (DCRA and/or International Code Council (ICC), depending on inspection program)- Vacant Building Enforcement (VBE) or Property Maintenance (PM) being offered in the pilot program
Step 7: Receive certification (Only PM inspectors are certified through ICC, VBE is not a certified position, but candidates will have to pass the Vacant Building Enforcement DCRA exam)
Step 8: Once the ICC International Property Maintenance Code Certification is obtained, there is an additional 6-hour class and DCRA exam (PM only)
Step 9: Complete field supervised inspection requirements (Both VBE and PM)
Step 10: Become an inspector and begin working

Inspection Program Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need more inspectors?
The District of Columbia has been growing at record pace and so has the demand for required inspections by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). Currently, there are 68 inspectors and the forecast for demand is approaching 150,000 inspections per year. DCRA is embracing an alternative solution that will decrease the wait in scheduling an inspection and provide job opportunities for District residents.

Am I eligible to be an inspector?

  • DC Resident Preferred
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Pass Background Check

I have questions about the background check, who should I contact?
Contact the DC Department of Human Resources (DCHR), 1015 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003, on the 9th floor during walk-in hours from 10 am to 3 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays only or call (202) 658-9019.

What types of inspection positions are available?

  • Vacant Properties
  • Housing (Property Maintenance)
  • Additional inspection training programs will be available in the future
    o    Illegal Construction (not available through pilot)
    o    Construction (not available through pilot)
    o    Licensing (not available through pilot)

What are the qualifications to become an inspector?

Inspector

Entry Requirements

Training

Cost

Pay per Inspection

Vacant Properties

High School Degree/GED

  • Two, 6-hour - Saturday Classes and Field Training
  • Three Supervised Field Inspections
  • DCRA Exam (75% passing score)

Free

$30

Housing Inspections

High School Degree/GED

  • Three, 6-hour - Saturday Classes and Field Training
  • ICC Exam
  • Three Supervised Field Inspections
  • DCRA Exam (75% passing score)

ICC Exam $209

$40

Illegal Construction (Training Program currently not available)

High School Degree/GED

  • Five, 6-hour - Saturday Classes
  • Three Supervised Field Inspections
  • DCRA Exam

 

$100

Construction Inspections (Training Program currently not available)

High School Degree/GED

ICC Certifications

  • Three, 6-hour - Saturday Classes
  • ICC Exam
  • Three Supervised Field Inspections
  • DCRA Exam

 

Paid by Customer- Rates Vary

Licensing (Training Program currently not available)

High School Degree/GED

  • Three, 6-hour – Saturday Classes
  • DCRA Exam

 

 

*Estimates based off of industry standard rates.

Do I have to be trained to be an inspector?
Training is required and offered through DCRA. Certain inspection types will require additional training and exams at a cost.

How much training is needed to be an inspector?
Training requirements vary depending on the inspection type and complexity of the inspection. You can train to be an inspector in as little as 18 hours and by passing required exams.

Does the training cost anything?
Training is free and provided by DCRA. Costs may include the purchase of a tablet/PC/smartphone and required ICC certifications. Inspections are completed using a tablet/PC/smartphone so one will be required.

How much can I make as an inspector?  
Inspectors will be paid per inspection. Payment varies from $30 to $300 depending on the complexity and type of inspection. Payments will be made through an independent company.

Can I work flexible hours?
Inspectors will be able to create their own schedules.

Do I need insurance to be an inspector?
We are evaluating insurance requirements and options for this program.

Since I will be considered a contractor, will I need a business license?
No

Are resident inspectors eligible to become DCRA inspectors?
Yes, resident inspectors may apply for open DCRA inspector positions.

Will this program certify me to be a professional home inspector?
No, this is not a home inspector training program and does not train individuals to perform home sale related inspections.

How will DCRA monitor inspectors and ensure that they perform quality inspections?
DCRA has had a supplemental inspectors’ program for years. We will ensure that each inspector is trained and approved by DCRA and/or the International Code Council (ICC). Performance of inspectors will be monitored by DCRA. Inspectors will also undergo a background check for certain types of inspections and will be required to comply with ethics and conflict of interest rules.

How will this all work? How will I get notified that an inspection is needed?
Once certified, inspectors can be included in DCRA’s inspector pool. DCRA will connect residents with qualified and certified inspectors in their area through a booking system that will be closely monitored by DCRA to ensure quality assurance. The booking system will assign inspectors to a service request based on availability, location, prior ratings, and other relevant factors.

When will this program start?
Our first cohort began on July 20th and our second began on August 3rd - both met their maximum capacity. Our third cohort will begin in September.

How can I get more information?
Sign up here for more information.

Program Information: