The Government's policy is that mandatory Home Condition Reports (HCRs) remain on the table if the industry fails to make a success of the roll-out of HCRs. We will promote the voluntary take-up of HCRs, and have allocated £4 million to support their take-up and testing of home information packs. Therefore home inspectors will still be needed and job opportunities for home inspectors remain for those who have undertaken training. Moreover, the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates for private and social rented properties will further enhance these opportunities.
The most recent figures, as at 5 October, supplied by assessment centres show that
(a) there are 500 home inspectors who have completed their training, of whom 190 have now been issued with their certificate
(b) there were 4,180 candidates still in training.