Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update Course

Welcome to InterNACHI's free, online 8-hour Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update Course. 
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**This course is currently being redesigned to meet new TREC regulations. You must take this course and corresponding final exam prior to September 1, 2017 in order to obtain credit. 

The goal of this course is to teach students the Texas Real Estate Inspector Standards of Practice, Legal and Ethics Rules and Updates. It is based upon: 
  • Section 535.227-.233 of the TREC Rules,
  • Chapter 1102 of the Texas Occupations Code, and
  • Section 535.220, 535.221, and 535.224 of the TREC Rules. 

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • perform a home inspection according to the Standards of Practice;
  • comply with the licensure and education requirements for inspectors; and
  • abide by the Code of Ethics. 
The course includes:

  • 60,172 words;
  • 40 quiz questions in 12 quizzes;
  • a 100-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • instant grading;
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and 
  • accreditations and state approvals.

8-Hour Texas TREC Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update

Course #4512




Estimated hours for the average student

Academic Engagement

Reading online course instructional material at 140 words per minute


Watching and listening to instructional video


Taking quizzes


Taking the exam


Conducting a directed and independent inspection study performed according to the Standards of Practice, including the development of an inspection report 


Submitting an inspection and writing assignment

Submitting a research and writing assignment




Studying and reviewing instructional material in preparation for taking quizzes and exam


Reading the downloaded student course book including taking the quizzes with the book
Reading, research, and studying related to completing the research and writing assignment
Studying and preparing for inspection processes according to a Standards of Practice, including capturing and storing digital images with a camera or device, making observations, evaluating conditions, deducing, formulating opinions, communicating observations in written form, attaining competency in performing inspections and using an inspection checklist or software and other inspection tools in producing a report.



Sub Total


Overall Total

40.0 hours / 1.0 SCH

And, in keeping with InterNACHI's commitment to Continuing Education, this online training course is open and free to all members, and can be taken again and again, without limit.
Reminder to members:  InterNACHI's Code of Ethics 1.10 requires that you comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where you conduct business.  InterNACHI's courses and Standards generally exceed the Standards of Practice that you are required to abide by locally. 
This course has been approved by:

The course covers the following categories:

    Student Verification & Interactivity



       Section 535.227 to 535.233 of TREC Rules
       Summary of Changes to Section 5535.227-.232
       535.227 Definitions & Interpretations
       Quiz #1
       Standards of Practice

        5535.228 Structural Systems
        Quiz #2
        535.229 Electrical Systems
        Quiz #3
        535.230 Heating, Ventilation, and Air Cond.       
        Quiz #4

        535.231 Plumbing Systems
        Quiz #5
        535.232 Appliances
        Quiz #6
        535.233 Optional Systems
        Quiz #7

        Departure Provisions
        Section 535.222-.223 of Commission Rules
535.222 Inspection Reports
        Quiz: Reports
        535.223 Standard Inspection Report Form
        FAQ's for Standards of Practice
        FAQ 1
        FAQ 2
        FAQ 3
        FAQ 4
        FAQ 5
        FAQ 6
        FAQ 7
        FAQ 8
        FAQ 9
        FAQ 10
        FAQ 11
        FAQ 12
        FAQ 13
        FAQ 14
        FAQ 15
        FAQ 16
        FAQ 17
        FAQ 18
        FAQ 19
        FAQ 20
        FAQ 21
        FAQ 22
        FAQ 23
        FAQ 24
        FAQ 25
        FAQ 26
        FAQ 27
        FAQ 28
        FAQ 29
        FAQ 30
        FAQ 31
        FAQ 32
        FAQ 33
        FAQ 34
        FAQ 35
        FAQ 36
        FAQ 37
        FAQ 38
        FAQ 39
        FAQ 40
        FAQ 41
        FAQ 42
        FAQ 43
        FAQ 44
        FAQ 45
        FAQ 46
        FAQ 47
        FAQ 48
        FAQ 49
        Quiz #8
        FAQ's for Inspectors - General
        FAQ 1
        FAQ 2
        FAQ 3
        FAQ 4
        FAQ 5
        FAQ 6
        FAQ 7
        FAQ 8
        FAQ 9
        FAQ 10
        FAQ 11
        FAQ 11
        FAQ 12
        FAQ 13
        FAQ 14
        FAQ 15
        FAQ 16
        FAQ 17

       Other Relevant Standards of Practice Issues
       Highlights of National Standards
       Safety and Recall Issues


    Summary of Changes to Chapter 1102
    Section 1: General Provisions
    1.1. Definitions
    1.2. Applicability
    1.3. Rules and Inspection Forms
    1.4. Texas Real Estate Inspector Committee
    Section 2: License Requirements
    2.1. Apprentice Inspector License Required
    2.2. Real Estate Inspector License Required
    2.3. Professional Inspector License Required
    2.4. Supervision
    2.5. Application
    2.6. Moral Character Determination
    2.7. Eligibility for Apprentice License
    2.8. Eligibility for Real Estate Inspector
    2.9. Eligibility for Professional Inspector
    2.10. Eligibility of Previous License Holders
    2.11. Substitute Requirements
    2.12. Waiver for Applicant Licensed in...
    2.13. Eligibility as Sponsor
    2.14. Issuance of License
    2.15. Denial of License
    2.16. Probationary License
    2.17. Inactive License
    2.18. Change of Address
    Section 3: License Examination
    3.1. Content of Examination
    3.2. Offering of Examination
    3.3. Deadline for Completion
    3.4. Examination Results
    3.5. Re-examination
    Section 4: License Renewal
    4.1. License Term and Expiration
    4.2. Notice of License Expiration
    4.3. Renewal of License
    4.4. Continuing Education Requirements
    Section 5: License Fees
    5.1. Fees
    5.2. Payment
    5.3. Review of Fee Amounts
    Section 6: Prohibited Acts
    6.1. Negligence or Incompetence
    6.2. Agreement for Specific Report; Dishonest
    6.3. Acting in Conflicting Capacities
    6.4. Repairs and Maintenance
    6.5. Violation of Law
    Section 7: Inspection Recovery Fund
    7.1. Fund
    7.2. Payments Into Fund
    7.3. Management of Fund
    7.4. Deadline for Action/Notice to Commission
    7.5. Claim for Payment From Fund
    7.6. Issues at Hearing
    7.7. Commission Response
    7.8. Court Order for Payment
    7.9. Payment Limits; Attorney's Fees
    7.10. Application of Judgment Recovery
    7.11. Subrogation
    7.12. Effect on Disciplinary Proceedings
    7.13. Waiver of Rights
    7.14. Notice to Consumers & Service Recipient
    Section 8: Disciplinary Proceedings
    8.1. Disciplinary Powers of Commission
    8.2. License Revocation for Claim on Fund
    8.3. Administrative Penalty
    8.4. Injunctive Relief
    8.5. Appeal Bond Exemption
    8.6. General Criminal Penalty
    8.7. Criminal Penalty
    8.8. Temporary Suspension
    Section 9: Related Case Law
    Quiz #9
    Other Rules Relating to Inspectors
    Agency Enforcement Actions Relating to Inspectors

   Section 535.219
   Related Case Law & Industry Studies


    Section 535.220-.221 of Commission Rules
    Quiz #10
    Section 535.221 Advertisements
    Referral Fees
    FAQs Relating to Ethics
    FAQ 1
    FAQ 2
    FAQ 3
    FAQ 4
    FAQ 5
    FAQ 6
    Section 535.224 of Commission Rules
    Other Relevant Ethics Issues
    Agency Relationships
    Contract Issues
    Defect Disclosure
    Intellectual Property
    Dispute Resolution
    Property Management
    Canons of Professional Ethics
    Responsibilities to Client

    Quiz #11

Upon completion of this course and passing of the 100-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool), the student can download and print their own Certificate of Completion which is auto-generated in their own name. 

The student's (InterNACHI member's) information is recorded on InterNACHI's servers for membership compliance verification, and automatically logs completion into InterNACHI's online Continuing Education log. It counts as eight InterNACHI Continuing Education hours (8 CEU).
Non-members may view only the first page of the course.
Members will need their username and password.  If you have forgotten your password, CLICK HERE (instant response) or email fastreply@internachi.org and request it (don't forget your name). 
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Some features which make InterNACHI's courses superior to existing continuing education options:
  • The course is free for all InterNACHI members.
  • The course is written in pure XHTML code for quick loading.  The course loads fine on old computers and loads fast, even with dial-up.
  • The course is designed using a hierarchal menu coupled with a sequential page navigation.  This provides the student with the option to easily repeat areas of weakness.
  • The course permits the student to start, stop and restart any part of the course as often as desired.
  • There are a variety of images within the course, including diagrams, illustrations and photos. 
  • The illustrations can be enlarged for clearer viewing by clicking on them.
  • The text is integrated into InterNACHI's Inspector Glossary.  Rolling over blue-colored terms provides their definition.
  • The final exam uses multiple-choice questions that reference the images. 
  • The course's quizzes and final exam have numerous advantages over traditional exam systems:
    1. The course, quizzes and final exam incorporate built-in intelligence which identifies and strengthens each student's unique subject weaknesses.
    2. Not only is each question weighted with regard to score, but each answer is weighted, as well as the correctness of each answer being weighted.
      1. Answers to easy questions are weighted such that the student is penalized, in terms of score, for answering incorrectly, but rewarded modestly for answering correctly.
      2. Answers to difficult questions are weighted such that the student is rewarded, in terms of score, for answering correctly, but not penalized for answering incorrectly.
      3. Answers to questions regarding basic safety, or questions every inspector should know the answer to, are weighted such that the student is severely penalized, in terms of score, for answering incorrectly.
  • Upon passing the final exam, the student can print out a Certificate of Completion which is auto-generated in their own name.
The student's (InterNACHI member's) information is recorded on InterNACHI's servers for membership compliance verification, and automatically logs completion into InterNACHI's online Continuing Education log.
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