The time taken for an individual to qualify as a home inspector or domestic energy assessor would depend on their previous experience and the amount of training they require in order to meet the required standards.
Currently advertised training schemes for home inspectors can vary between three and 12 months, depending on the starting competency level of the candidate. Domestic energy assessor courses range between four and 12 weeks, with the duration dependant on the initial level of knowledge and competence of the candidate, although at least one other provider is offering an intensive course lasting one week.
To meet the needs of candidates who are already employed and cannot study full-time, most courses comprise several days of assessed workshops, together with distance learning carried out in the candidates own time. If a candidate wished to undertake their distance learning on a full-time basis, they could complete their course in a shorter period.
The register will hold names of all certified Home Inspectors from 1 August 2007. These data are provided by Home Inspector Certification schemes. Due to the Data Protection Act, full contact details of certified Home Inspectors are only available if the individual has consented for these details to be used in this register.
The Energy Performance Certificate and Home Condition Report Register (www.hcrregister.com) was down for maintenance for 10 minutes at 2.30 pm on Friday 18 May 2007 while the explanatory text for users was updated.
The purpose of this site is to allow users to retrieve existing Energy Performance Certificates and Home Condition Reports, or to verify assessors or inspectors to ensure they are accredited or certificated.
From 1 August 2007, Home Inspector Certification Schemes are required to provide a daily update on the status of Home Inspectors, which is run by the Register Operator at the end of each day. The details on the website will reflect the status of Home Inspectors at the close of business the previous day.