Frequently asked Questions
QUESTION: Who is eligible to take the IRC “International Code Council” ICC B1 Residential Building Inspector Certification Exam?
ANSWER: Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to become a Certified Residential Building Inspector.
Construction experience is not required, however many contractors & real estate agents have seriously increased their earning potential by gaining their home inspectors certificate.
QUESTION: What is the exam like?
ANSWER: The B1: Residential Building Inspector Certification Exam is an open-book exam that consists of 60 multiple-choice questions and a minimum passing score of 75 points.
Examinees have 2 hours to answer all of the questions & must provide their own copies of the 2015 IRC when they test.
QUESTION: What are the exam topics?
ANSWER: The exam topics include: Code Administration, Building Planning, Footings & Foundations, Floor Construction, Wall Construction & Coverings, Roof-Ceiling Construction and Penetrations, and Public Safety.
These topics are thoroughly covered in the first eleven chapters of the 2015 IRC International Residential Code which is published by the ICC.
The B1 Exam Prep Manual is a comprehensive review of these chapters and is intended to be a companion manual to the IRC
QUESTION: Why should someone study this course if it is an open-book exam?
ANSWER: The 2015 IRC is a large and complex publication and it is difficult to locate every correct answer in the time allowed during the exam.
Our course is designed to familiarize you with the IRC so that you will know exactly where to find the correct answers.
We prepare you to successfully pass your exam by thoroughly covering each subject appearing on your B1 Residential Building Inspector Exam.
QUESTION: Why is a copy of the 2015 IRC required by this course?
ANSWER: This course is an excellent study companion to the 2015 IRC. This course makes frequent references to code sections and guides you through the exam topics however it does not reprint entire code sections.
Furthermore, the ICC B1: Residential Building Inspector Exam is an open-book test. The only reference allowed in the room is the 2015 IRC.
NOTE: the testing center will not provide you with a copy of the IRC. You must bring your own copy with you to the test site.
QUESTION: How do I sign up for the exam?
ANSWER: The exam is administered online via ICC PRONTO or by a third-party testing center, Pearson Vue. Sign up online at ICC PRONO or call Pearson Vue at 1-800-275-8301 to set up an on-site exam date.