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Home Inspector Licensing Requirements & Home Inspection Legislation

Find the latest information on home inspection legislation and regulation in your state. Choose your state or professional association from the list below for a summary of home inspector legislation in your state. Please contact applicable licensing agencies directly for the most current and authoritative information.

Choose your Professional Association:
ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors)    

Choose your State:
Alabama Hawaii Michigan North Carolina Utah
Alaska Idaho Minnesota North Dakota Vermont
Arizona Illinois Mississippi Ohio Virginia
Arkansas Indiana Missouri Oklahoma Washington
California Iowa Montana Oregon West Virginia
Colorado Kansas Nebraska Pennsylvania Wisconsin
Connecticut Kentucky Nevada Rhode Island Wyoming
Delaware Louisiana New Hampshire South Carolina
District of Columbia Maine New Jersey South Dakota
Florida Maryland New Mexico Tennessee
Georgia Massachusetts New York Texas



ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors)

Membership Educational Requirements

Levels of Membership    Renewal Period  Prelicensing Education  CEU Requirements  # Of Inspections
Associates   Annual none 20 hours none
Associates w/Logo Annual Pass NHIE, Complete ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics 20 hours 50
Certified Inspector   Annual Pass NHIE, Complete ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics 20 hours 250

Contact
American Society of Home Inspectors
932 Lee St, Suite 101
Des Plaines, IL 60016
800-743-ASHI (2744)
http://www.ashi.org

Approved Courses

Format(s)

Approved Courses

Hours

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection

90

Fast Track Home Inspection

55

Electrical Inspection - 101

8

Plumbing Inspection – 101

8

Mechanical Inspection - 101

8

Roofing Inspection - 101

8

Structures, Interior, & Roof Inspection - 101

8

Plumbing Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

HVAC Codes Relevant to Home Inspection – 101

8

Electrical Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

Building Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

Home Inspector Safety on the Job - 101

8


Approved under educational requirements. For more information see Kaplan's home inspection training courses.

Updated 05/22/12

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InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors)

Membership Educational Requirements

Membership Renewal Period Prelicensing Education CEU  Requirements  # Of Inspections
Member Annual Pass InterNACHI's Online Inspector Exam, Complete InterNACHI's Ethics Obstacle Course, Take Internachi's Standards of Practice Quiz

24

4 Mock Inspections (For new members who have never performed an inspection for a fee)

 

For additional details regarding membership, please refer to the following website: www.nachi.org/membership

Contact

International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
Lisa Endza, Director of Communications

1750 30th Street   
Boulder, CO  80301

1.877.346.3467

303.502.6214


[email protected]
www.nachi.org

Approved Courses

Format(s)

Approved Course

Hours

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection

90

Fast Track Home Inspection

55

National Online Home Inspection Course

100

Feel The Surge: Electrical Inspection 101

8

From “A”BS to “Z”one Valves: Plumbing Inspection 101

8

From Hot Air to Icy Stares: Mechanical Inspection 101

8

From The Top Down: Roofing Inspection 101

8

Know the Ins & Outs of Structures, Interiors, and Roof Inspection 101

8

Plumbing Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

Clearing The Air: HVAC Codes Relevant To Home Inspection 101

8

Keeping Current with Electrical Codes Relevant to Home Inspection 101

8

**Proctored Final Exams for Home Study & Online Courses May be Required for Reciprocal Credit in the Following States: Illinois, Nevada, Texas, & West Virginia

Approved under educational requirements. For more information see Kaplan's home inspection training courses.

Updated 05/22/12

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NAHI (National Association of Home Inspectors)

Membership Educational Requirements

Levels of Membership Renewal Period Prelicensing Education            CEU  Reqs # Of Inspections
Associate     Annual 40 hrs of  education (or 20 inspections)              16 hrs 20 inspections (or 40 hrs of education)
Regular    Annual Pass NAHI CRI Exam, NHIE, or CREIA Exam 16 hrs 100
NAHI CRI     Annual Pass NAHI CRI Exam 16 hrs 250

Contact
National Association of Home Inspectors
4426 5th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34207 
Tel: (800) 448-3942

Approved Courses

Format(s)

Approved Course

Hours

National Online Home Inspection Course

100


**Proctored Final Exams for Home Study & Online Courses May be Required for Reciprocal Credit in the Following States: Illinois, Nevada, Texas, & West Virginia
    

Approved under educational requirements. For more information see Kaplan's home inspection training courses.

Updated 05/29/12

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Alabama

Legislative Summary

(1) In order to receive a license, a Home Inspector must successfully complete the following actions:

(a) File an accurate, complete, timely, and notarized application for license with the Director, along with the appropriate fee.

 

(b) Obtain bodily injury and property damage liability insurance covering the applicant’s home inspection operations in the sum of not less than $20,000 for injury or damage to property; $50,000 for injury or damage, including death, to any one person; $100,000 for injury or damage, including death, to more than one person; and $250,000 of errors and omissions coverage.

 

(c) Provide evidence of one of the following professional qualifications:

1. Membership in and adherence to the ethical standards of one of the following professional bodies at the time of application:  American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc. (ASHI), Housing Inspection Foundation, dba The Association of Home Inspectors, Home Inspection Institute, National Association of Home Inspectors, Inc., National Institute of Building Inspectors (NIBI), American Inspectors Society, Home Inspection Institute of America, Inspection Depot, Advantage Systems ASP, LLC, Inspection Technology Institute or International Society of Home Inspectors OR

 

2. Approval or certification by one of the following agencies to inspect residential construction: The United States Veterans Administration, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Southern Building Code Congress International, or the Council of American Building Officials OR

 

3. A high school diploma or its equivalent, work experience for at least one year as a home inspector, and completion of at least 100 home inspections for compensation OR

 

4. Alabama licensure on or after January 1, 1998, as a general contractor, registered professional architect, registered professional engineer, or residential home builder. Renewals of home inspector licensure previously supported by evidence of an acceptable professional license shall not require the applicant to repeat proof of such professional licensing.

 

(d) Complete a written examination demonstrating to the Building Commission that the applicant possesses an appropriate understanding of the Standards of Practice (Rule 170-X-25-.01) and the Code of Ethics (Rule 170-X-25-.02) promulgated by the Building Commission and a written examination demonstrating adequate knowledge of performing home inspections. The written examination for Home Inspectors to demonstrate appropriate understanding of the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics will be the American Society of Home Inspectors Standards and Ethics Examination. The written examination demonstrating adequate knowledge of performing home inspections will be the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors National Home Inspectors Examination. Applicants shall pay any and all fees associated with testing directly to the organizations conducting the testing. Applicants must present with their application, original or duplicate test score reports demonstrating that the applicant has passed both tests within ninety (90) days of submitting the application.


Alabama Building Commission
Phyllis Thomas (334) 242-4810
Home Inspector's / EIFS Coordinator 
770 Washington Ave., Ste. 444
Montgomery, AL 36104
http://www.bc.state.al.us

Submit Inspector App. to the Secretary of the State
Attn: Home Inspector Registration Section
Office of the Alabama Secretary of State
P.O. Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103-5616

Kaplan Courses
Approved under educational requirements. For more information on AL home inspection training click here.

State requirements were reviewed on 04/06/2012; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Alaska

Legislative Summary
There is no specific Pre-licensing Education requirement in Alaska.  Candidates must comply by doing the following:
1) pass the National Home Inspector Examination; 2) meet requirements as determined by the Dept.; 3) submit a complete app. for reg. within 1 year of passing exam; 4) not have been convicted of specific crimes in the past 7 years of the date of the application; 5) not have had the authority to perform home inspections revoked in the state or another jurisdiction; 6) not be the subject of an unresolved criminal complaint or unresolved disciplinary action in the state; 7) pay the appropriate fees. Inspector must carry insurance and a bond of over $5000.  All inspectors must be licensed by July 1, 2004.

The Dept requires at least 8 hours of continuing competency in each licensing period.

Contact
Info
Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development .
Division of Corporations, Business & Professional Licensing 
[email protected] 
(907) 465-2550

Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
P.O. Box 101020
Anchorage, AK 99510-1020
1-800-478-AHFC

Approved Courses

Format(s)

Recommended Training Education –  Approved Course

Hours

Course Approval Number

National Online Home Inspection Course

100

8485

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection

90

10421

Fast Track Home Inspection

55

10422

Kaplan Courses
Kaplan Courses are the best preparation to begin a home inspection career. For more information on AK home inspection training click here

State requirements were reviewed on 05/22/2012; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

Updated 10/04/12

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Arizona

Legislative Summary
Board of Technical Registration requires that Educational training is approved as long as the provider is licensed by the appropriate post-secondary education regulatory agency in the home state of the facility. (BTR) certifies and regulates the practice of home inspectors. The law requires 80 hours of education, pass the National Home Inspector Examination and evidence of successful completion of 30 parallel inspections. Must have one of the following: 1) Errors and Omissions Insurance in the amount of $200,000 in the aggregate and $100,000 per occurrence; 2) a $25,000 bond or proof of assets in that amount, 3) an alternate financial assurance mechanism by the BTR with a value of at least $25,000.  If a home inspector loses or otherwise fails to maintain the required financial assurance, the Home Inspector certificate shall be automatically suspended.

BTR does not recognize CE's.

Contact Info
Arizona State Board of Technical Registration
1110 W. Washington St., Suite 240
Phoenix, Arizona  85007
Phone: (602) 364-4930 Fax (602) 364-4931
http://www.btr.state.az.us/

Approved Pre-License Courses

Format(s)

Prelicensing Education –  Approved Course

Hours

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection

90



Kaplan Courses
Kaplan Courses are the best preparation to begin a home inspection career. For more information on AZ home inspection training click here.


Updated 10/04/12


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Arkansas

Legislative Summary
Effective 9/16/05:
80 hours of education from training course approved by the board. All Home Inspectors must register with the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board. Applicants must pass the National Home Inspector Examination. Home Inspectors prohibited from making repairs on properties they have inspected within the last 12 months. Must have general liability insurance of at least $100,000.

14 Hours CEC per year. No more than 4 hours can be from a home study, online, or correspondence course. Up to 10 hours of CECs may be carried over to the following year. 
(Correspondence and online courses are not acceptable for pre-licensing education).

Contact Info
Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board
P.O. Box 251911 
Little Rock, AR 72225
Phone: (501) 683-3710  Fax: (501) 244-2333
Don Loudon, Chairman  (479) 968-4590
Full registration statute, forms & other contact information on the Board's Internet site:  http://www.ahib.org

Kaplan Courses
Kaplan Courses meet educational hour requirements for Arkansas registered home inspectors. For more information on AR home inspection training click here

State requirements were reviewed on 3/30/2012; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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California

Legislative Summary

California home inspectors are not required to be licensed. The California 
Business & Professions Code defines a home inspection as a “a noninvasive,
physical examination, performed for a fee in connection with a transfer, as
defined in subdivision (e), of real property, of the mechanical, electrical,
or plumbing systems or the structural and essential components of a
residential dwelling of one to four units designed to identify material
defects in those systems, structures and components.” The complete text is
available at:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=bpc&group=07001-08000&file=7195-7199
California home inspectors are prohibited from performing any repair work on
a property they have inspected within the prior 12 months. In 10 of the last
12 years, new legislation has been proposed. Kaplan works with the California
Coalition of Home Inspectors
http://www.thecchi.org/ in representing the
inspection profession before the state legislature.


Contact Info
N/A

Kaplan Courses
Kaplan Courses are the best preparation to begin a home inspection career. For more information on CA home inspection training click here.

Updated 7/17/07

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Colorado

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

Kaplan Courses
Kaplan Courses are the best preparation to begin a home inspection career. For more information on CO home inspection training click here.

State requirements were reviewed on 3/30/2012; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Connecticut

Legislative Summary
Connecticut Licensure (Chapter 400F enacted in 1999) - Connecticut law requires home inspectors to be licensed: 1) have successfully completed high school or its equivalent; 2) have either been a home inspector intern one year and performed 200 inspections for compensation or taken our program and earned an intern permit, and performed 100 inspections; 3) have passed an oral, written, or electronic competency exam; 4) have paid a $200 fee. (Intern permit similar, but with $100 fee.) Pre-licensing courses must meet a minimum of 40 hours. Minimum 20 CEC hours for each 2 year period, at least 3 CEC hours must be in legislation.

Contact Info
Home Inspection Licensing Board
Connecticut Dept. of Consumer Protection
Robert Kuzmich (860) 713-6145 fax
(860) 713-7230
165 Capitol Ave
, Hartford, CT 06106

 

Format(s)

Continuing Education –

Approved Courses

Hours

Electrical Inspection - 101

8

Plumbing Inspection – 101

8

Mechanical Inspection - 101

8

Roofing Inspection - 101

8

Structures, Interior, & Roof Inspection - 101

8

Plumbing Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

HVAC Codes Relevant to Home Inspection – 101

8

Electrical Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

Building Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

Home Inspector Safety on the Job - 101

8

For more information on CT home inspection training click here.
Updated 05/22/12

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Delaware

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

Kaplan Courses
Kaplan Courses are the best preparation to begin a home inspection career. For more information on DE home inspection training click here.

State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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District of Columbia

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

Kaplan Courses
Kaplan Courses are the best preparation to begin a home inspection career. For more information on District of Columbia home inspection training click here.

State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Florida

Legislative Summary                             

State of Florida :
Senate Bill 2234, enacted June 27, 2007 as Chapter 468, Part XV, Florida Statutes, Provides for licensure and regulation of home inspectors. Chapter 468, Part XV, Florida Statutes, became effective July 1, 2010, and provides that the home inspector licensing program will be administered by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. There is not a Board of Home Inspectors. The department administers the licensure and regulation functions for this profession.

 

The links below will provide you with helpful information regarding the Implementation process, licensing and grandfathering requirements, links to the department’s proposed legislation, and department contact information.

 

Grandfathering Clause:  On July 1, 2010, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation began its licensing and regulation of home inspectors and mild related services. Applications with instructions and requirements are available on the DBPR website at:

http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/homein/ondex.html for home inspectors and

http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/mold/index.html for mold related services. Please visit the websites to access answers to questions you might have concerning the application process, licensing and general information about the professions.

There are two methods of licensure by grandfathering:

1. If the applicant is certified as a home inspector by a state or national association that requires successful completion of a proctored examination on home inspection services and completion of at least 14 hours of verifiable education on such services;

or

2. At the time of application, the applicant has at least three years of experience as a home inspector and completion of at least 14 hours of verifiable education on home inspection services. To establish the 3 years of experience, an applicant must submit at least 120 home inspection reports prepared by the applicant. The department may investigate the validity of a home inspection report.

Only option #2 requires 120 inspection reports.

If you are applying for licensure using option #2 and submitting the required 120 home inspection reports, the reports have to be submitted by hard copy on paper. The department cannot accept an electronic version at this time. In addition, if any confidentiality issues exist, the applicant can redact information on the reports they do not wish to make public record. Please contact the department at 850-487-1395 if you have problems or questions when filling out your application.

**Mold Remediators have different licensing requirements.

Contact Information:
Division of Professions
Home Inspectors
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Fl 32399-0783
Phone: 850-487-1395
[email protected]

  
County of Charlotte:

There are specific home inspection requirements in the county of Charlotte in Florida. To become a home inspector, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  1. The applicant currently possesses an active FL license as a professional Engineer, Architect, General Contractor, Building Contractor, Residential Contractor, Building Code Administrator or Building Official or has maintained one or more of the above licenses for a combined total of 4 years during the 10-year period immediately preceding the application;
  2. The applicant (1) currently possesses and active FL license as a Building Code Inspector or Building Inspector or has maintained one pr more of the above licenses for a combined total of 4 years during the 10-year period immediately preceding the application, and (2) has obtained a grade of 75% or better on the ASHI exam;
  3. The applicant (1) has produced proof satisfactory to the board that he or she has 3 years of experience in a Building Trade or as a home inspector or a combined total of 3 years in those fields, and (2) has obtained a grade of 75% or better on the NHIE

 

Charlotte County Contact Info
County of Charlotte
Code Compliance Division
18500 Murdock Circle
Port Charlotte, FL 33948
941-743-1201 - THIS OFFICE CAN ONLY PROVIDE INFORMATION REGARDING CHARLOTTE COUNTY

Kaplan Courses
Kaplan Courses are the best preparation to begin a home inspection career. For more information on FL home inspection training click here.

State requirements were reviewed and updated according to state regulation and legislation changes on 5/24/2012.

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Georgia

Legislative Summary

CURRENT LAW
Georgia Trade practice act (Chapter 3, Title 8) enacted in 1994. Law requires them to provide written docs with certain info.: 1) must include the scope of the inspection; 2) include structural elements and the systems to be inspected; 3) state that it is a visual inspection; 4) that they will notify the person in writing of any defects; No Education or CE requirements.

Proposed HOUSE BILL 1217 was Vetoed by Governor Purdue on May 14, 2008

Contact Info:

 

Professional Licensing Boards Division

237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858

Phone: 478-207-2440

Other Offices: 478-207-1300
Fax: 478-207-1363

http://sos.georgia.gov/plb/contractors/default.htm

Kaplan Courses
Kaplan Courses are the best preparation to begin a home inspection career. For more information on GA home inspection training click here.

State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

Updated 10/4/12

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Hawaii

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

Kaplan Courses
Kaplan Courses are the best preparation to begin a home inspection career. For more information on HI home inspection training click here.

State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Idaho

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

Kaplan Courses
Kaplan Courses are the best preparation to begin a home inspection career. For more information on ID home inspection training click here.

State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Illinois

Legislative Summary
Candidates must:  be at least 21 years of age; show proof of a high school diploma or equivalent; successfully complete 60 hours of education by an education provider approved by DFPR; take and successfully pass a state exam.

Section 1410.160 Continuing Education Requirements

a) A home inspector who makes application to renew his or her Home Inspector License shall successfully complete the equivalent of 6 hours per year of approved continuing education persuant to Subpart F, preceding the renewal; For example, a total of 12 hours of approved continuing education must be completed during each 2 year renewal cycle. A minimum of 6 hours of continuing education must be approved as mandatory courses, as defined by Subpart F.

b) If a home inspector was issued an initial license for less than one year prior the the expiration of the license, no continuing education is required for that renewal. If a home inspector has held a license for more than one year prior to the expiration, but less than two years, 6 hours of approved continuing education is required. A mminimum of 3 hours of continuing education must be approved as mandatory courses as defined by Subpart F.

C) Continuing education may be obtained anytime during the pre-renewal period.

Contact Info
Department of Banks and Real Estate
310 S. Michigan Ave Suite 2130
Chicago, IL 60604-4278
312-793-3000



For more information on IL home inspection training click here.
Updated 05/29/12

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Indiana

Legislative Summary

Effective May 18, 2005
1.) Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;  2.) Have graduated from high school or have earned a GED;
3.) Have not been convicted of a crime or act that would prohibit you from obtaining the license;  4.) Complete a pre-licensing course of at least sixty (60) hours provided by a Board-approved course provider (NOTE: Of the 60 hour educational requirements,  a minimum of 40 hours need to be of classroom (study or lecture) training and 12 hours or practical experience .The balance may consist of classroom, home study, or practical experience.) ** Kaplan's Residential Home Inspection & Fast Track Home Inspection Courses meet these requirements.**  5.) Pass the National Home Inspector Examination as provided by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors;  6.) Submit proof of having minimum insurance liability coverage of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000); and 7.) Pay the application/license issuance fee of four hundred fifty dollars ($450).

For renewal, the Board requires the below Continuing Education.

* A licensed home inspector is required to complete 32 hours of continuing education for each renewal cycle that is 24 months or more
* A licensed home inspector who has had their license for less than 24 months but more than 12 months is required to complete 16 hours of continuing education.
* A licensed home inspector who has had their license for less than 12 months is not required to complete any continuing education for this cycle.

To view
licensure laws and grandfathering clause see contact information below.
 
Contact Info
Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
402 West Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Pat Price
Phone (317) 234-3047
Fax (317) 232-2312
Email
[email protected]
Website http://www.in.gov/pla

Approved Pre-License Courses


Format(s)

Recommended Prelicensing Education –  Approved Course

Hours

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection

90

Fast Track Home Inspection

55



Approved Continuing Education Courses



Format(s)

Continuing Education –  Approved Course

Hours

Electrical Inspection - 101

8

Plumbing Inspection – 101

8

Mechanical Inspection - 101

8

Roofing Inspection - 101

8

Structures, Interior, & Roof Inspection - 101

8

Plumbing Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

HVAC Codes Relevant to Home Inspection – 101

8

Electrical Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

Building Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

Home Inspector Safety on the Job - 101

8




Kaplan Courses

Kaplan Courses are the best preparation to begin a home inspection career. For more information on IN home inspection training click here.


Updated 10/04/12
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Iowa

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

Kaplan Courses
Kaplan Courses are the best preparation to begin a home inspection career. For more information on IA home inspection training click here.

State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Kansas

Legislative Summary
On May 18, 2008, Gov. Sebelius signed HB 2315 requiring all home inspectors practicing in the state of KS to be registered.  As of July 1, 2009, all home inspectors practicing in counties with a population of 60,000 or more must have:

 

-          A high school diploma (or equivalent) and be at least 18 years of age

-          Proof of General Liability Insurance coverage of at least $100,000

-          Proof of Errors & Omissions Insurance (or similar fiscal responsibility) of at least $10,000.

-          Proof of membership in good standing in one of the nationally recognized home inspection organizations (TBD by the board by January 1, 2009).

-          Have passed a proctored exam by a testing organization approved by the board.

-          And have done one of the following options prior to May 18th, 2009:

o         Completed an 80 hour classroom course on home inspections

o         For inspectors operating in counties with populations of 60,000, have been in business for two years and completed 100 fee-paid inspections.

 

-          For inspectors operating in counties with populations of less than 60,000, have been in business for two years and completed 35 fee-paid inspections.

o         Inspectors working in counties of 60,000 or less have an additional 18 months to meet these qualifications (till January 1, 2011).

 

Once licensed, home inspectors must obtain a minimum of 16 hours of continuing education each year.

 

Contact Info
Kansas Home Inspector Registration Board (KHIRB)

2915 SW Wanamaker

Topeka, KS 66614

http://khirb.wordpress.com/

 


Kaplan Courses

Kaplan Courses are the best preparation to begin a home inspection career. For more information on KS home inspection training click here.

State requirements were reviewed on 10/04/2012; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

Updated 10/04/12

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Kentucky

Legislative Summary
Effective date 7/01/2006,
(1) An individual shall not advertise or claim to be a licensed home inspector and shall not conduct a home inspection for compensation without first obtaining a license as a home inspector. (2)The board shall deny a license to any applicant who fails to: (a) Furnish evidence satisfactory to the board, showing that the individual:1. Is at least eighteen (18) years of age; 2. Has graduated from high school or earned a Kentucky or other state'sgeneral educational development (GED) diploma; and 3. Meets other criteria established by the board; (b) Verify the information submitted on the application form; (c) Complete a board-approved training program of 64 hours involving the performance of home inspections and pass an exam prescribed or approved by the board; (d) Submit to the board a certificate of insurance that is acceptable to the board and that: 1. Is issued by an insurance company or other legal entity authorized to transact insurance business in Kentucky; 2. Provides for general liability coverage of at least two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000); 3. Lists the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors as a certificate holder of any insurance policy issued under this paragraph; 4. States that cancellation and non renewal of the underlying policy is not effective until the board receives at least ten (10) days' prior written notice of the cancellation or non renewal; and 5. Contains any other terms and conditions established by the board; or(e)Pay appropriate licensing fee. 

>>>>Kentucky Educational requirement includes at least 3 hours of approved Manufactured Home Inspection training.

*** 14 hours of continuing education required for a standard license per licensing period          

*** 15 hours of continuing education required for an alternative license.


Contact
Info
Division of Occupations & Professions
Office of Occupations & Professions
P.O. Box 1370
Frankfort, KY 40602
(502) 564-3296 ext. 237
http://www.dop.ky.gov/

Please note: Kentucky does not accept Correspondence or Online training for pre-licensing or continuing education.

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Updated 11/30/12

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Louisiana

Legislative Summary
A total of 130 hours of pre-licensing education is required. A) At least 90 hours of classroom education. B) At least 30 hours of infield/hands on training from a board approved In-Field Training Provider. C) Live training shall consist of 10 live home inspections with a qualified infield trainer.

20 hours of Continuing Eduation is required annually. * The board may approve up to 8 hours of online Continuing Eduaction per annual licensing period.

Contact Info
Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors
4664 Jamestown Ave. Ste 220
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
Don Lewis

(225) 248-1334

Please note: Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors does NOT accept correspondence or online course(s) "for Prelicensing Education".

Approved Pre-License Courses

Format(s)

Prelicensing Education –  Approved Course

Hours

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection

90

Fast Track Home Inspection

55

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State requirements were reviewed on 05/22/12; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

Updated 10/04/12

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Maine

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Maryland

Legislative Summary

To qualify for the licensure, an applicant must meet all of the following conditions:
•  Have completed a minimum of 72 hours of an on-site training course approved by the Commission;
•  Pass the NHIE
 
•  Have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
•  General liability insurance in the amount of $50,000 or more.

Continuing Education

No Continuing Education is required for Home Inspectors to renew their license.

Contact Info

 

Commission of Real Estate Appraisers & Home Inspectors
500 N. Calvert Street 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202-3651
Contact: Patricia Schott (410) 230-6379
[email protected] 

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

Updated 10/04/12

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Massachusetts

Legislative Summary
The requirements to become an Associate Home Inspector are the following:

1.) 75 hours of education that include the following items:

(a)  Six hours dedicated to the inspection of roofing,

(b)  Six hours dedicated to the inspection of exterior cladding system(s).

(c)  Six hours dedicated to the inspection of masonry system(s).

(d)  Nine hours dedicated to the inspection of structural system(s).

(e)  Nine hours dedicated to the inspection of electrical system(s).

(f)   Nine hours dedicated to the inspection of plumbing system(s).

(g)  Nine hours dedicated to the inspection of heating and air conditioning systems.

(h)  Six hours shall be dedicated to the 266 CMR regulations including the standards of practice.

(i)   Six hours dedicated to Report writing.

(j)   Three hours dedicated to professional ethics.

(k)  Three hours dedicated to contract law.

 

To meet the total number of hours required, the Trainee shall select, at his/her option, any three additional open Training Credits.

2.) Complete 25 inspections under the supervision of a licensed Massachusetts home inspector
2.) Successfully pass the National Home Inspector Exam
3.) Obtain $250,000 of errors and omissions insurance and apply for the associate home inspectors license.
After becoming an Associate Home Inspector you must complete an additional 100 home Inspections under the direction of a licensed Home Inspector for a period of one year, and then apply for the Home Inspector License.

Massachusetts has reciprocity with the state of
Connecticut. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 112 s 224 states "Upon payment to the Board of a fee and the submission of a written application provided by said Board, the Board shall issue a home inspector license to a person who holds a valid license or registration issued by another jurisdiction which has standards substantially equivalent to or exceeding the standards of the Commonwealth, as determined by said Board."

Massachusetts requires 12 hours of continuing education per licensing period.

The Board does not accept Correspondence or Online courses for Prelicensing or continuing education.

Contact Info
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Div. Of Professional Licensure
239 Causeway Street
Boston, MA 02114
Board of Home Inspectors
(617) 727-4459
www.mass.gov/dpl/boards/hi/index.htm

Also approved by:
Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
85 Main Street, Room 426
North Adams, MA 01247
(413) 663-5391 fax (413) 664-7693

Approved Pre-License Courses


Format(s)

Prelicensing Education –  Approved Course

Hours

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection

90

Fast Track Home Inspection

55


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Updated 10/04/12
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Michigan

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Minnesota

Legislative Summary

No Legislation at this time.  On May 22, 2006 the proposed Home Inspection Bill (HF 3393) was dropped.

Contact Info
N/A

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State requirements were reviewed on 3/30/2012; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Mississippi

Legislative Summary
To qualify for a home inspector license in MS a person shall:
(a) have successfully completed high school or its equivalent; (b) be at least 21 years of age; (c) have successfully completed an approved course of study of at least 60 hours that may include field work as prescribed by the commission; (d) have passed an exam as prescribed by the commission; and (e) provide a certificate of insurance for errors and omissions and general liability insurance.  Continuing education requirements:
20 hours every 2 years.

Contact Info
State of Mississippi Home Inspector Regulatory Board
2506 Lakeland Drive, Suite 300
Flowood, MS 39232
(601) 932-9191
 

Approved Pre-License Courses

Format(s)

Prelicensing Education –  Approved Course

Hours

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection

90

Fast Track Home Inspection

55

National Online Home Inspection Course

100

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Updated 10/04/12

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Missouri

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Montana

Legislative Summary
Trade Practice Act ONLY. No licensing requirements.

Contact Info
The Office of Building Codes and Inspection                                                             (406) 444-3933

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Nebraska

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Nevada

Legislative Summary

1.  Proof of completion of 40 hours of instruction in subjects related to structural inspections in courses approved by the Division with an in class final exam;  2. Proof of passing a National examination approved by the Division. The exam fee is $100.00 paid to the testing contractor PSI (contact 800-733-9267 or www.psiexams.com);  3. Submit log of at least 25 inspections performed by: a certified general or certified master inspector or an instructor approved by the administrator; 4. Submit completed application;  5. Submit required fees: $100.00 application fee, $250.00 issuance of certificate; 6. Submit proof of insurance to include applicant's personal name on the binder: Minimum of $100,000 errors and omissions insurance, Minimum of $100,000 general liabilty.

20 hours of continuing education is required every two years (must include 3 hours of safety and 2 hours of law approved by the NV Division).

Contact Info

State of Nevada Real Estate Division
2501 E. Sahara Avenue, Ste. 101
Las Vegas, NV 89104-4137
Phone: 702-486-4033d
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.red.state.nv.us


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Please use the following link to view the most up to date version of the Nevada statutes and regulations: http://red.state.nv.us/statsandregs.htm

Updated 11/07/12

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New Hampshire

Legislative Summary
Due to the recent passing of Senate Bill 212, signed by the Governor of New Hampshire, home inspectors must fulfill the following to become a licensed home inspector:

1.       Complete 80 hours of home inspection education approved by an as yet unnamed home inspection board.

2.       Complete 20 hours of continuing education per 2 year license cycle.

Home inspectors who have been practicing for at least 12 months would be exempt from having to complete the 80 hours of pre-licensing education.

Contact Info

NH Board of Home Inspectors

57 Regional Drive

Concord, NH 03301

603-271-2219

http://www.nh.gov/jtboard/homeinspectors.htm

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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New Jersey

Legislative Summary
Effective February 14, 2006, individuals are no longer required to apply as Associate Home Inspectors.  Instead, candidates can submit an application for Home Inspector after successful completion of a home inspection program consisting of a 180 hour curriculum, of which 40 hours will be dedicated to completing home inspections under the direct supervision of a licensed Home Inspector of the school.  Candidates must also pass an examination administered and approved by the Home Inspection Advisory Committee.  Correspondence Courses are not accepted for Pre-licensing education but they are accepted for continuing education as long as approved by the Board. 

The board requires 40 hours of Continuing Education. NJ board only accepts 10 hours of correspondence education per biennial renewal.
 
Contact Info
State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Division of Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 45015
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 504-6460 fax (973) 273-8020
http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/nonmedical/hiac.htm

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State requirements were reviewed on 05/22/12; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

Updated 10/04/12

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New Mexico

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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New York

Legislative Summary
New York Licensure (Chapter 461 of the Laws of 2004) The "Home Inspector Professional Licensing Act" http://www.nysahi.com/S06100.html takes effect December 31, 2005 and requires that all home inspectors obtain a license. Home inspectors will be licensed for two years and must pay an initial fee of $250.00 and renewal fees of $100.00 thereafter. The basic provisions of the law include requirements for obtaining a license, including classroom education and on site inspection training, confirmation of an appropriate knowledge base via testing, the development of a required standard of practice and code of ethics, continuing education requirements for license renewal, and a duty of care of all license holders to the client. There are two routes to obtaining a license. An applicant must complete 140 hours of approved training, including 40 hours of unpaid inspection experience under the direct supervision of a licensed inspector, or have 100 hours of paid or unpaid inspection experience under the direct supervision of a licensed inspector. The applicant must also pass an approved written exam. Additionally, there are grandfathering provisions in the law that recognize the value of prior experience. To receive a license under this provision, an inspector must have inspected at least 100 homes within the last two years and pass an approved exam (currently believed to be the National Home Inspector Exam, www.homeinspectionexam.org), or have inspected at least 250 homes for compensation and have been a practicing inspector for at least three years, prior to the enforcement of this law.

Continuing Education:
Renewals after 12/31/08 will require 24 hours of continuing education.

Contact Info
For more information contact Keith W. Stack, Deputy Secretary of State for Business and Licensing Services, New York State Department of State Division of Licensing Services, (518) 474-4429, (518) 473-6648 fax, e-mail [email protected]


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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

Updated 10/04/12

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North Carolina

Legislative Summary
To be licensed as a home inspector, an applicant must do all of the following: 1) submit a completed application to the Board; 2) Pass a licensing exam prescribed by the Board; 3) Have a minimum net assets or a bond in an amount not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000; 4) Pay the applicable fees; 5) Meet one of the following three conditions.
a) Have a high school diploma or its equivalent, have been engaged as a licensed associate home inspector for at least 1 year and have completed 100 home inspections for compensation; b) Have education experience the Board considers to be equivalent to that required by subpart (a) of this subdivision; c) Be licensed as a general contractor, architect or professional engineer.
To be licensed as an associate home inspector, a person must do all of the following:
1) Submit a completed application to the Board; 2) Pass a licensing exam prescribed by the Board; 3) Pay the applicable fee; 4) Have a high school diploma or its equivalent; 5) Be employed by or affiliated with or intend to be employed by or affiliated with a licensed home inspector and submit sworn statement by that licensed home inspector certifiying that the licensed home inspector will "actively supervise and train the applicant."

12 hours of Continuing Education are required for license renewal and must be taken in a live classroom setting. Correspondence and online courses are not approved.

Contact Info
North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board
322 Chapanoke Rd.
1202 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1202
(919) 662-4480

http://www.ncdoi.com/OSFM/Engineering/HILB/NCHILB.asp

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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North Dakota

Legislative Summary

Contact Info
Secretary of State
State of North Dakota
600 E. Boulevard Ave, Dept 108
Bismarck, ND 58505-0500
701-328-3665 phone
800-352-0867 ext. 8-3665 toll free
701-328-1690 fax
www.nd.gov/sos/homeinspector/

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State requirements were reviewed on 3/30/2012; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

Updated 10/04/12

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Ohio

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Oklahoma

Legislative Summary
Applicants must complete of 90 hours of home inspection training or equivalent and pass exam.**  Maintain and file proof of General Liability Insurance coverage (minimum $50,000).

**Applicants who have been convicted or pled nolo contendre to a felony must contact the Home Inspector Licensing Unit of the Oklahoma State Dept. of Health prior to enrolling for a Home Inspection training course.

Board requires 8 hours of Continuing Education per licensing period.

Contact Info
Construction Industries Board
2401 NW 23rd Street, Ste 5
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
405-271-5217
http://www.cib.state.ok.us

OK State Dept. of Health
100 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-5779
http://www.health.state.ok.us


Approved Pre-License Courses

Format(s)

Prelicensing Education –  Approved Course

Hours

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection

90

National Online Home Inspection Course

100

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Updated 10/04/12

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Oregon

Legislative Summary
20 points of education and experience must be obtained before taking the Exam.
Pre-licensing - 10 points is the maximum number of points any one person can obtain from a Home Inspection training course.  For specific information on how to obtain the additional 10 points please visit http://www.ccb.state.or.us or call (503) 378-4621.
Continuing Education - 30 CEUs are required in the 24 months prior to your certification expiration date. You must complete classes in approved and relevant subject areas from approved schools.  One CEU is granted for each clock hour of instruction.  Approved subject areas include: Home Inspection, report writing, communication skills, business practices, legal issues, ethics, building codes, CCB home inspector study guide items and standards of practice.  You may take correspondence courses to meet the continuing education requirements.

Contact Info
Oregon Construction Contractors Board
700 Summer Street NE, Suite 300
P.O. Box 14140
Salem, OR 97309-5052
(503) 378-4621
FAX (503) 373-2007
http://www.ccb.state.or.us


Approved Pre-License Courses

Format(s)

Prelicensing Education –  Approved Course

Hours

Qualifying Points

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection

90

up to 10

Fast Track Home Inspection

55

up to 10



Approved Continuing Education Courses

Format(s)

Continuing Education –  Approved Course

Hours

CEU

Electrical Inspection - 101

8

8

Plumbing Inspection – 101

8

8

Mechanical Inspection - 101

8

8

Roofing Inspection - 101

8

8

Structures, Interior, & Roof Inspection - 101

8

8

Plumbing Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

8

HVAC Codes Relevant to Home Inspection – 101

8

8

Electrical Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

8

Building Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

8

Home Inspector Safety on the Job - 101

8

8


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Updated 10/04/12

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Pennsylvania

Legislative Summary

The Residential Real Estate Transfers law, which went into effect in December 2001, was intended to ensure a certain level of professionalism in the work performed by home inspectors-providing guidelines and requirements to regulate the performance of home inspectors within Pennsylvania.

Highlights of the Residential Real Estate Transfers Law:

  • Home inspectors are required to be a full member in good standing of a national, not-for-profit home inspection association or must be supervised by someone who is.
  • Members must comply with a code of conduct and attend continuing professional education classes as an ongoing condition of membership.
  • Home inspectors are prohibited from performing repairs on the same house he/she inspected within the preceding 12 months.
  • Home inspectors must maintain insurance against errors and omissions and general liability coverage.
  • Violations of this law amounts to a violation of Pennsylvania's Consumer Protection Law.

Please click here to review the Residential Real Estate Transfers Law

Contact Info
Bureau of Consumer Protection
(717) 787-9707

www.attorneygeneral.gov/consumers.aspx?id=299

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; updates were made.

Updated 10/04/12

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Rhode Island

Legislative Summary
Associate Inspector – High school or equivalent. Have assisted in no less than 50 home inspections in the presence of a licensed home inspector. Have passed an examination approved or administered by the board. Licensed Home Inspector – Successfully completed High school or equivalent. Have been engaged as an Associate Home Inspector for no less than one year and have performed not less than 100 paid inspections OR been registered/licensed contractor in good standing in any state for an aggregate of at least 5 years. Have passed an examination approved or administered by the board. A licensed home inspector must hold errors and omissions insurance and liability policy that total a minimum of $250,000.Note: This bill has been delayed due to funding.

Contact Info
Department of Administration Contractors Registration Board
One Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908-5859
(401) 222-1270

Recommended Kaplan Courses 

Format(s)

Recommended Education

Hours

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection

90

Fast Track Home Inspection

55

National Online Home Inspection Course

100


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Updated 10/04/12

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South Carolina

Legislative Summary
Any person desiring to be licensed with examination as a home inspector, shall file with the commission an application of forms showing that he/she:
1) Has a minimum of one year experience as a home inspector under the direction or direct supervision of a licensed home inspector, residential builder, general contractor, engineer or architect; or
2) Has successfully completed a formal course of training in home inspection approved by the commission. 
Upon filing a completed application and copy of required fees, the applicant shall be entitled to take the home inspectors licensing exam as prescribed by the commission. Upon successful completion of the exam and payment of the licensing fee, the commission will issue a license authorizing the applicant to engage in the business of home inspection. The license is renewable bi-annually.

Contact Info
South Carolina Residential Builders Commission SC Dept of Labor, Licensing & Reg.
110 Centerview Drive, Suite 306
P.O. Box 11329

Columbia, SC 29211-1329
Robbie Boland, Program Manager
Phone: 803-896-4696
www.llr.state.sc.us


Approved Pre-License Courses

Format(s)

Prelicensing Education – Approved Course

Hours

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection

90

Fast Track Home Inspection

55

National Online Home Inspection Course

100



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Updated 10/04/12

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South Dakota

Legislative Summary
A) Complete 40 clock hours of prescribed education. B) Complete high school or equivalent.
Renews every 2 years. To remain on active status, the licensed/registered home inspector must complete 24 hours of approved continuing education by December 31st of the year the license/registration expires. If the education is not completed by the expiration of the license/registration, the home inspector must return the license/registration to the SD Real Estate Commission and be place on inactive status until the educational requirements are met.

Contact Info
South Dakota Real Estate Commission
118 West Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3600
FAX: (605) 773-4356
http://www.state.sd.us/sdrec

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

Updated 10/04/12

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Tennessee

Legislative Summary
Any person who applies for licensure as a home inspector must submit an application on a form as prescribed by the commissioner. The application shall be accompanied by the fee specified in Section 4. Applicants shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant: 1) is at least 18 years old, 2) has graduated from high school or earned a GED certificate, 3) has not been convicted of a crime that has a direct bearing on the applicant's ability to perform competently and fully as a licensed inspector, 4) is not the subject of a disciplinary or enforcement action by another state or a local jurisdiction in connection with the performance of home inspections or the licensing or certification of home inspectors, 5) has successfully completed 90 hours of a commissioner-approved training program or course of study involving the performance of home inspections and the preparation of home inspection reports, 6) has passed a commissioner-approved competency examination administered by the state or an entity selected by the state, and 7) has obtained a certificate of insurance in an amount required by the commissioner for general liability as well as errors and omission to cover all activities contemplated under this chapter.
During the first 180 days after the effective date of this act (July 1, 2006), the commissioner may issue a license to an applicant who meets the requirements stipulated in the law if the applicant furnishes evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the applicant: 1) has been principally engaged in the performance of home inspections in this state for at least two years, and 2) has complete at least 150 home inspections for compensation in the applicant's career.

Continuing Education requirement: 32 hours of CE every two years.

Contact Info
Home Inspector Licensing Program
500 James Robertson Pkwy
2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-1741 phone
615-253-1179 fax

Approved Pre-License Courses

Format(s)

Prelicensing Education -  Approved Course

Hours

 

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection*

90

 

Fast Track Home Inspection

55

National Online Home Inspection Course

100


Approved Continuing Education Courses

Format(s)

Continuing Education –

Approved Courses

Course Number

Hours

 

Electrical Inspection - 101

CE# 171-06

8

 

Plumbing Inspection – 101

CE# 172-06

8

 

Mechanical Inspection - 101

CE# 173-06

8

 

Roofing Inspection - 101

CE# 174-06

8

 

Structures, Interior, & Roof Inspection - 101

CE# 175-06

8

 

Plumbing Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

CE# 176-06

8

 

HVAC Codes Relevant to Home Inspection – 101

CE# 177-06

8

 

Electrical Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

CE# 178-06

8

 

Building Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

CE# 179-06

8

 

Home Inspector Safety on the Job - 101

CE# 180-06

8


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Updated 10/04/12

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Texas

As of the October 8, 2007, TREC has amended its inspector licensing requirements under the Fast Track method:

Education Requirement:
328 education hours acceptable to the commission.

Experience Requirement:
Approved experience training module of at least 120 hours from an approved education provider; or
accompanying a licensed professional inspector for at least 120 hours on actual inspections and related work and having that licensing inspector certify such attendance; Or at least 5 years of personal experience in a field directly related to home inspecting, including but not limited to installing, servicing, repairing or maintaining the structural, mechanical and electrical systems found in improvements to real property

As of September 1, 2007, home inspectors must provide proof of liability insurance to obtain or renew a license. The liability insurance must provide coverage at a minimum of $100,000 per occurrence. 

Continuing Education Requirements:  16 hours of commission-approved core/continuing education real estate inspection courses per year

Effective September 1, 2011 real estate inspectors must complete 32 classroom hours of TREC approved continuing education real estate courses, 6 hours of which must be in the Texas Standards of Practice/Legal/Ethics Update course.

Contact Info
Texas Real Estate Commission
P.O. Box 12188
Austin, TX 78711-2188
(512) 459-6544 (800) 250-8732
http://www.trec.state.tx.us



Updated 10/03/12

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Utah

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Vermont

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Virginia

Legislative Summary

18VAC15-40-30. Qualifications for certification.

Every applicant for an individual home inspector certificate shall have the following

qualifications:

1. The applicant shall be at least 18 years old.

2. The applicant shall meet the following educational and experience

requirements:

a. High school diploma or equivalent; and

b. One of the following:

(1) Completed 35 contact hours of classroom instruction and

have completed a minimum of 100 home inspections; or

(2) Completed 70 contact hours of classroom instruction and

have completed a minimum of 50 home inspections.

 

Each certificate holder shall have completed 16 contact hours of continuing professional education (CPE) during each certificate renewal cycle, beginning with the certificate renewal cycle that ends April 30, 2013.

Instruction courses shall cover the content areas of the board-approved examinations.

See below link for the remainder of regulations:

 

http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Boards/ALHI/A506-33REGS_HI.pdf

PLEASE NOTE:

Home Inspection Training Courses Accepted by the Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors to Meet the Classroom Instruction Entry Requirements:

 

Since the Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors does not have the statutory authority to approve home inspectors training courses, any “classroom” instruction that covers the areas tested on the National Home Inspectors Examination will be accepted to meet the entry requirements as described in Board Regulation 18 VAC 15-40-30 for Certified Home Inspector. Those contact hours of instruction that cover topics other than the areas tested on the National Home Inspectors Examination will not be accepted.

 

The Board-approved exam is administered by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI). For information regarding the examination and the content areas tested, please review their web site:

www.homeinspectionexam.org/

Virginia Board of Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors does not allow credit for sales and marketing related courses.  Please contact the Virginia Board of Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors for more information on this rule.

Contact Info

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

Virginia Board of Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23233-1463

 

For further information, contact the Licensing Section:

Phone: (804) 367-8595
Fax: (804) 527-4297
Email:
Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

www.dpor.virginia.gov

Kaplan Courses

 

Format(s)

Continuing Education –

Approved Courses

Hours

Electrical Inspection - 101

8

Plumbing Inspection – 101

8

Mechanical Inspection - 101

8

Roofing Inspection - 101

8

Structures, Interior, & Roof Inspection - 101

8

Plumbing Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

HVAC Codes Relevant to Home Inspection – 101

8

Electrical Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

Building Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

Home Inspector Safety on the Job - 101

8

National Online Home Inspection Course

100

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State requirements were reviewed and updated on 7/23/2012; however, no significant changes in regulations have occurred.

Updated 10/04/12

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Washington

Legislative Summary
Beginning September 1, 2009, an individual must obtain a license to perform home inspections in the state of Washington.  Individuals have until July 1, 2010 to meet the licensing requirements. 

Qualifications for licensure: In order to become licensed as a home inspector, an applicant must submit the following to the department:
1.) Application form
2.) 120 hours of approved education
3.) Up to 40 hours of field training supervised by a licensed home inspector
4.) Pass written exam

**If a person has been performing the duties of a home inspector for at least 2 years and has performed at least 100 inspections, he or she must apply to the board before September 1, 2009. 

Continuing education: 24 hours every 2 years

Contact Info

WA Dept of Licensing - Home Inspector Board

P.O. Box 9020

Olympia, WA 98507

Rhonda Myers

(360) 664-6487

[email protected]

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State requirements were reviewed on 10/26/2011; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

 

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West Virginia

Legislative Summary
Effective August 1, 2006, any person performing or engaged in home inspection work for compensation must possess a certificate issued by the West Virgina Fire Marshal. To qualify
for certification, applicants must:  a) pass the NHIE** offered by the Exam Board of Professional Home Inspectors or NAHI State Exam; b) shall either present proof of having conducted business as a home inspector for three years prior to the effective date of this rule, or proof of satisfactory completion of at least eighty (80) hours of instruction and complete and pass the course exam which has been approved by the State Fire Marshal; c) successfully completed high school or its equivalent; d) present proof of and maintain general liability insurance in the amount of $250,000.  Please go to www.firemarshal.wv.org for additional details. Note: Online Courses are not accepted for Prelicensing Education.

Continuing Education requirement is 16 hours per year. 

Contact Info
WVSFMO
1207 Quarrier St., 2nd Flr
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: (304) 558-2191
www.firemarshal.wv.gov

Approved Pre-Licensing Courses

Format(s)

Prelicensing Education –  Approved Course

Hours

Enhanced Residential Home Inspection

90



Approved Continuing Education Courses

Format(s)

Continuing Education –  Approved Course

Hours

Electrical Inspection - 101

8

Plumbing Inspection – 101

8

Mechanical Inspection - 101

8

Roofing Inspection - 101

8

Structures, Interior, & Roof Inspection - 101

8

Plumbing Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

HVAC Codes Relevant to Home Inspection – 101

8

Electrical Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

Building Codes Relevant to Home Inspection - 101

8

Home Inspector Safety on the Job - 101

8



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Updated 05/22/12

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Wisconsin

Legislative Summary
1) Complete the application for home inspector examination or the retake application and all required documentation. 2) Successfully complete the State examinations for registration. 3) Complete the application for registration as a home inspector and all required documentation. Biennial renewal due by Dec 31 of even numbers. Continuing education requirements - 20 hours each year. Any course relating to the general subject matter of home inspection - course approval not required.  Correspondence Courses are accepted.

Contact Info

Department of Regulation and Licensing
608-266-2112
http://drl.wi.gov/prof/homi/cred.htm

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State requirements were reviewed on 03/30/2012; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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Wyoming

Legislative Summary
No licensing requirements at this time.

Contact Info
N/A

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State requirements were reviewed on 3/30/2012; however, no changes in regulations have occurred.

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