General

State by state Home Inspection Requirements

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

YOUR STATE REQUIREMENTS:

ALABAMA

Home inspectors are regulated inAlabama and must renew their license annually. No continuing education is required. The Alabama Building Commission is the regulating body.

License Requirements:

1). Complete and file a notarized home inspector application and mail to:

ATTENTION: HOME INSPECTORS REGISTRATION SECTION
ALABAMA BUILDING COMMISSION
P. O. BOX 301150
MONTGOMERY, AL 36130-1150

2). Show proof of compliance of AmericanSociety of Home Inspectors Standards and Ethics Examination, and show proof ofcompliance of the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors NationalHome Inspector Examination.

3). Proof of insurance coverage in the amount of $250,000.00 for errors and omissions, and proof of liability insurance inthe amount of $20,000 for injury or damage to property, $50,000 for injury or damage to any one person, and $100,000 for injury or damage, including death,to more than one person.

4). Proof of qualifications or membership with one of their approved categories listed on the application.

5) $300.00 registration fee payable by cashier check, money order, or bank check

Contact Info:

Alabama Building Commission

RSA Plaza
770 Washington Ave, Suite 470
Montgomery Al 36130-2631
Phone: (334) 242-4082

Mailing Address

P O Box 301150
Montgomery, Al 36130-1150

ALASKA

Alaska home inspectors are regulated by the Department of Commerce and Economic Development.Licenses are to be renewed every 2 years and continuing education is required.

Inspectors in Alaska must also obtain anAlaska Business License. You can register as a new home inspector, existing home inspector, or joint registration.

The Alaska licensing application must be completed to obtain the appropriate certification.

There is a bonding requirement of $10,000 for home inspectors, effective January 1, 2015.

ARIZONA

Home inspectors are regulated in Arizona with annual renewal. Continuing education is required – 14 hours in1st year and 7 hours each year after.

A minimum of 84 hours of training pre-licensing is required, as well as experience requirements (30 parallel home inspections for “inspector-in-training” license, and 100 home inspections for a home inspector license).

The Arizona State Board of TechnicalRegistration has application forms and more info that can be found here.

Top Markets in Arizona

Phoenix

Tempe

ARKANSAS

Inspectors are regulated inArkansas. The Home Inspector Registration Board is the governing body and license renewal is needed annually. No experience is required, but 80pre-licensing hours are required, as well as 14 annual hours of CE.

You must attend a home inspector training school with a curriculum approved by the Board, and 80 hours of class room training.  Correspondence courses or online courses are not acceptable.

The Board authorized a list of schools to teach the “pre-registration” curriculum.

Read the Arkansas code law regulating the practice of home inspection in Arkansas.

Download the registration application form or request one by telephone from the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board office at (501) 683-3710.

The registration fee is $250.00 per year.However, for applications received between July 1 and December 31, the fee is$375. That registers you for the balance of the year plus the following calendar year.

They also have new rules and procedures effective January 1, 2015.

CALIFORNIA

California home inspectors are not state regulated. However, the California Trade practice act (enacted in 1996)prohibits unethical home inspection practices.

The law encourages courts to consider theStandards of Practice and Code of Ethics of ASHI and CREIA (California RealEstate Inspection Association) when determining whether an inspection meets the required standard of care.

More info can be found at the California Contractors State LicenseBoard.

24 Hour Licensing & Consumer Information:1-800-321-2752

Top Markets in California

San Diego

Orange County

San Francisco

COLORADO

Home Inspectors are not regulated in the state of Colorado. A recent bill was narrowly shot down in February to require licenses. Clients and agents will want to see customer reviews and some type of training/certification.

CONNECTICUT

Home Inspectors are regulated by the Department of Consumer Protection, with renewal required every2 years. 40 hours of pre-licensing is required, as well as 20 hours of CE. They list their approved home inspection schools and pre-licensing courses available.

To be eligible for a home inspector license, an applicant must:

1) Have successfully completed high school or its equivalent;

2) Have earned a home inspector intern permit and performed not less than 100 home inspections in accordance with subsection(c) of section 20-493b;

3) Have passed an oral, written or electronic competency examination administered by the department; and

4) Paid a fee of $200.

To be eligible for a permit as a home inspector intern, an applicant must:

1) Have successfully completed high school or its equivalent

2) Have enrolled in and completed aboard-approved training program

3) Have an identified supervisor who is licensed as a home inspector, is in good standing, and has agreed to perform the supervisory functions required

4) Have paid a $100 fee

The application can be found here.

DELAWARE

Home Inspectors in Delaware are regulated by the state. The requirements differ whether you have an active license in another jurisdiction or are applying new.

To become a home inspector in Delaware, you have to apply to be a home inspector trainee if you don’t have a current license in another jurisdiction. If you are a current licensed inspector, you can apply by endorsement.

Once you have completed a minimum of 75inspections under supervision, you can take the exam to become licensed.

ToTake the Exam:

  • Submit copies of your classroom or online training certificates. Training must     total 140 hours and be approved by ASHI, NAHI, or InterNACHI, as well as     proof of your 75 inspections.

Contact Info:

Division of Professional Regulation

Cannon Building, Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, Delaware 19904

Phone – (302) 744-4500
Fax – (302) 739-2711
customerservice.dpr@delaware.gov

FLORIDA

Home Inspectors are regulated by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.Pre-license requirements:

  • 120 hours from one approved training provider
  • Pass the NHIE,  FABI, InterNACHI, or CI-HPI exam
  • Obtain liability insurance
  • Pass background check

Continuing education requirements include 14hours of board-approved  education each biennium and a $105 fee.

Contact Info:

Home Inspectors Licensing Program
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

Phone: 850.487.1395

http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/contact-us/

Top Markets in Florida

Jacksonville

Orlando

Tampa

Fort Lauderdale

Boca Raton-Pompano Beach

GEORGIA

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by the state of Georgia.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

Top Markets in Georgia

Atlanta

HAWAII

There is no currently no state licensing requirement to become a home inspector in the state of Hawaii.

IDAHO

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by the state of Idaho.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

ILLINOIS

Home Inspectors are regulated by the Illinois Department of Financial andProfessional Regulation.

The requirements to become a licensed home inspector:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Obtain high school diploma or GED
  • Complete 60 hours of pre-license education from an approved provider
  • Pass the Home Inspector Exam for Illinois (Consists of NHIE plus a section on     Illinois specific statutes & regulations)
  • Submit application and pay fee

Contact Info:

Division of Professional Regulation
320 W. Washington St.
Springfield, IL 62786

Telephone: (217) 785-0800
Fax: (217) 782-7645

INDIANA

Home Inspectors are regulated by the Home Inspectors Licensing Board(Part of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency).

Licensing Requirements:

  • Submit application that can be found here
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Pass background check
  • Complete a board approved training program and pass the NHIE
  • Carry a minimum of $100k in general liability insurance coverage
  • Pay $50 application fee

Contact Info:

Home Inspectors Licensing Board
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Phone: (317) 234-3009
Email: pla9@pla.in.gov

IOWA

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by the state of Iowa.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

KANSAS

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by the state of Kansas.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

KENTUCKY

Home Inspectors in Kentucky are regulated by the Board of Home Inspectors within the Office of Occupations and Professions.

ApplicationRequirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Pass a recent background check performed by the Kentucky State Police
  • Completed application
  • Pass the National Home Inspectors Exam
  • Complete 3 unpaid home inspections under the supervision of a Kentucky licensed home inspector with written reports submitted
  • 64 total credit hours of approved training
  • 16 hours hours of field training, including not more than 8 in a lab

Contact Info:

Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors
656 Chamberlin Avenue, Suite B
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: 502-782-0563

LOUISIANA

Home Inspectors are regulated by the Louisiana State Board of HomeInspectors.

They have a very helpful how to get licensed page that gives the following requirements:

  1. If you are applying for an LSBHI Home Inspection License, you will be required to go through a minimum of 90 hours of classroom education with an LSBHI approved Education Provider.
  2. Pass NHIE Exam
  3. Complete 30 hours of pre-licensing platform training, as well as ten (10) live inspections with an approved in-field trainer
  4. Attend Report Writing Seminar given by LSBHI
  5. Obtain Insurance
  6. Apply with the LSBHI and pay $200 application fee

Contact Info:

Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors

5211 Essen Lane, Suite 9
Baton Rouge, LA. 70809

Phone: (225) 248-1334
Email: Contact Form

MAINE

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by the state of Maine.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

MARYLAND

Home Inspectors are regulated by the Department ofLabor, Licensing and Regulation.

An applicant for a home inspector license must:

  • Complete a 72-hour on-site home inspector training course approved by the Commission
  • Pass the NHIE
  • Submit completed application and fee
  • Have at least $150k in general liability insurance

Contact Info:

500 North Calvert Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Phone: 410-230-6363
Email: appraiser@dllr.state.md.us

MASSACHUSETTS

Home inspectors in Massachusetts are regulated by the Board of Registration of Home Inspectors, specifically theDivision of Professional Licensure and the Board of Registration of HomeInspectors.

Directions on how to become an Associate HomeInspector can be found here, and include:

  • Completion of high school
  • Complete application and pay $225 fee
  • 25 fee-paid home inspections
  • Pass a Board approved license exam
  • 75 hours of Educational Training Credits

Directions on how to become a licensed HomeInspector can be found here, and include:

  • Completion of high school
  • Complete application and pay $338 fee
  • Being an Associate Home Inspector for at least 1 year
  • 100 home inspections
  • Proof of mandatory insurance coverage

Contact Info:

Division of Professional Licensure
1000 Washington Street, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02118

Phone: (617) 272-4459
Email: homeinspectorsboard@mass.gov

MICHIGAN

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by the state of Michigan.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

MINNESOTA

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by the state of Minnesota.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

MISSISSIPPI

Home Inspectors in Mississippi are regulated by the Mississippi Home Inspector Board.

Licensing requirements and qualifications include:

  • Completion of high school or GED
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Completing an approved study course of 60 hours
  • Pass the NHIE
  • Provide proof of insurance in the amount of $250,000 for general liability and $250,000 E&O

Contact Info:

Mississippi Home Inspector Board

Lefleur’s Bluff Tower, Suite 300
4780 I-55 North, Jackson, MS 39211

Telephone: (601) 321-6970
Email: info@mrec.state.ms.us

MISSOURI

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by the state of Missouri.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

MONTANA

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by the state of Montana.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

NEBRASKA

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by the state of Nebraska.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

NEVADA

Home Inspectors in Nevada are regulated by the Nevada Real Estate Division of the Department of Business and Industry.

Initial certification requirements include:

  • Completed application
  • Fingerprint cards
  • Minimum of 40 hours of approved education
  • Observed at least 25 inspections performed by a certified general inspector
  • Pass Original Inspector if Structures exam in last 12 months
  • $100,000 in E&O and General Liability insurance
  • Pay $350 fee

Contact Info:

Inspectors of Structures
Telephone: (775) 684-1904

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Home Inspectors in New Hampshire are regulated by the Board of Home Inspectors – Office of Professional Licensure and Certification.

Requirements are listed on their application as follows:

  • $200 fee
  • Completed application
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Proof of passing the NHIE or equivalent Board approved exam
  • 80 hours of board approved education

Contact Info:

Diana Craigie – License Clerk
121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
Telephone: (603) 271-6775
Email: diana.craigie@oplc.nh.gov

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Home Inspectors are governed by the Home Inspection Advisory Committee.

Requirements to become a home inspector inNew Jersey:

  • Complete application
  • Complete an approved study course of 180 hours, which shall include not less than 40 hours of unpaid field-based inspections supervised by a licensed home     inspector, OR
  • Have performed not less than 250 fee-paid home inspections in the presence of and under the direct supervision of a licensed home inspector
  • Errors & Omissions insurance of $500,000 per occurrence

Contact Info:

Michael DeFrancisci
P.O. Box 45043
Newark, New Jersey 07101
Telephone: (973) 504-6233

NEW MEXICO

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by the state of New Mexico, however the state voted to establish licensing in New Mexico beginningJanuary 1st, 2020.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

NEW YORK

Home Inspectors are licensed and regulated through the Division of Licensing Services.

The qualifications and documents required are as follows:

  • Completed high school or GED
  • 140 hours of approved education course
  • Perform 100 paid or unpaid home inspections in the presence of a licensed home     inspector
  • Completion of the NYS written exam
  • $250 application fee

Contact Info:

Department of State, Division of LicensingServices
123 William Street
New York, NY 10038
Telephone: (518) 474-4429
Email: Contact Form

NORTH CAROLINA

Home Inspectors in North Carolina are governed by the Department of Insurance – Home Inspector Licensure Board.

Home Inspectors must complete the following pre-license requirements:

  • Pass criminal history check
  • Pass North Carolina state exam
  • 120 hours of approved classroom education, 80 hours of field training
  • Obtain liability insurance in the amount of $250,000 and one of the following:
  • Minimum assets not less than $5,000
  • Surety bond not less than $5,000
  • E&O insurance of $250,000

Contact Info:

Home Inspector Licensure Board
325 N. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Telephone: (919) 647-0000
Email: Contact Form

NORTH DAKOTA

Home Inspectors in North Dakota are regulated by the Secretary ofState.

To become a registered home inspector you must:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Complete the application
  • Submit proof of passing an approved exam
  • Submit proof of current insurance coverage of at least $100,000
  • Pay $200 registration fee

Contact Info:

Secretary of State
600 E Boulevard Avenue Dept 108
Bismarck ND 58505-0500
Telephone: 701-328-2900

OHIO

Home Inspectors are currently regulated by the state of Ohio.

The state government voted into law inJanuary 2019 that all home inspectors must be licensed if they are being compensated by clients. This bill becomes effective November 2019.

Contact Info:

Ohio Division of Real Estate &Professional Licensing
77 South High Street, 20th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 466-4100

OKLAHOMA

Home inspectors in Oklahoma are regulated by the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board.

Requirements include:

  • Completion of 90 hours of approved training
  • Pass the NHIE
  • General liability insurance of at least $50,000

Home Inspector Application

Contact Info:

Oklahoma Construction Industries Board – HomeInspector Division

2401 NW 23rd, Suite 2F
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Phone: (405) 521-6550

OREGON

Home inspectors are regulated by the OregonConstruction Contractors Board.

The certification process includes:

  • Passing the NHIE Exam
  • Submitting a completed application packet
  • Submitting a completed Qualifying Points and Documentation form
  • Paying $150 two-year certification fee

Contact Info:

Oregon Construction Contractors Board
P.O. Box 14140
Salem, Oregon 97309-5052

Telephone: (503) 378-4621

PENNSYLVANIA

Home Inspectors in Pennsylvania are not formally licensed by the state. They are regulated by the AttorneyGeneral’s Office. The state has a rule that to be a home inspector the individual must be a member of a non-profit organization.

See their resources on consumer protection.

RHODE ISLAND

Effective July 1, 2013 Home Inspectors inRhode Island need to be licensed by the Contractors Registration and Licensing Board.

Requirements for eligibility include:

  • Be of good moral character
  • Completion of high school or equivalent
  • Have been a licensed associate home inspector for no less than 1 year, and     performed no less than 100 paid home inspections
  • Passing of a Board approved exam

Contact Info:

Contractors Registration and Licensing Board
560 Jefferson Blvd Suite 200
Warwick, RI 02886

Phone: (401) 921-1590

SOUTH CAROLINA

Home Inspectors in the state of SouthCarolina must be licensed with the South Carolina Residential Builders Commission.

Application instructions and requirements include:

  • Completed application
  • $80 fee
  • Completed Verification of Lawful Presence Form
  • Completed Home Inspectors Affidavit or Proof of certification by an approved organization
  • Pass background check
  • Performed 50 residential inspections

Contact Info:

South Carolina Residential Builders Commission
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, SC 29211

Phone: (803) 896-4696

Email: Contact.RBC@llr.sc.gov

SOUTH DAKOTA

Home Inspectors are regulated by the South Dakota Real Estate Commission.

To become a registered home inspector you must:

  • Complete an approved course of no less than 40 hours
  • Pass required exam
  • Complete application
  • Pay $200 fee

To become a licensed home inspector you must:

Contact Info:

South Dakota Real Estate Commission

221 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 101
Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: (605) 773-3600
Email: dlr.realestate@state.sd.us

TENNESSEE

Home inspectors in the state of Tennessee are regulated by the Department of Commerce and Insurance.

They have a very helpful “How to Get a License” page that gives the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school or GED
  • 90 hours of a commissioner-approved training program
  • Pass the NHIE
  • General liability insurance of at least $500,000
  • E&O Insurance (no minimum)

Forms and Downloads can be found here.

Contact Info:

Tennessee Department of Commerce &Insurance

500 James Robertson Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: (615) 741-2241

TEXAS

Home inspectors in the state of Texas are regulated by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). They have some of the most thorough oversight and documentation in the country, so you can find links below.

The application to become an Apprentice Inspectors can be found here.

The application to become a Real Estate Inspector can be found here.

Contact Info:

Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC)

P.O. Box 12188
Austin, TX 78711

Phone: (512) 459-6544

Top Markets in Texas

Houston

Dallas-Fort Worth

Austin

San Antonio

UTAH

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by the state of Utah.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

VERMONT

Home Inspectors are regulated by the Vermont Secretary of State.

Steps for Applying by Certification:

  1. Submit a completed application and $100 non-refundable application fee
  2. Submit evidence that you are certified and have ACI Membership through ASHI
  3. Provide Verification of Good Standing from your initial state of licensure, if applicable

Steps for Applying by Examination:

1. Submit a completed application and the$100 non-refundable application fee, payable to the Vermont Secretary of State.

2. Submit evidence that you completed 80hours of education through an approved course provider.

3. Submit evidence that you passed theNational Home Inspector Examination, administered through Applied Measurement Professionals(AMP).

4. If applicable, provide Verification ofGood Standing from your initial state of licensure and your most recent state of licensure.

Contact Info:

Vermont Secretary of State

Colin Benjamin

Director

89 Main Street, 3rd Floor

Montpelier VT 05620-3402

(802) 828-3228

VIRGINIA

Home inspectors are not currently required to get certification by the state of Virginia.

It is a voluntary certification, however, if you’re not certified through the Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and HomeInspectors then you may not use the title of “certified home inspector” or conduct or offer to provide a “certified home inspection”.

Virginia has transitioned from a voluntary certification program to a mandatory licensure program.

Follow this link for training modules, programs and licensure requirements.

Contact Info:

Department of Professional and OccupationalRegulation

9960 Mayland Drive, Fourth Floor
Richmond, VA 23233-1485

(804) 367-8500
dpor@dpor.virginia.gov

WASHINGTON

Home Inspectors in the state of Washington must be licensed by the Washington State Department of Licensing.

They have a very helpful How to Get Your License page that outlines the following requirements:

Contact Info:

Washington State Department of Licensing

PO Box 3917
Seattle, WA 98124

(360) 664-6487
DOLINTHomeInspectors@dol.wa.gov

Top Markets in Washington

Seattle

WASHINGTON D.C.

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by Washington D.C.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

WEST VIRGINIA

Home Inspectors in West Virginia are regulated by the West Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office.

To become a certified home inspector in WestVirginia:

  • Complete     a state approved exam
  • Complete     a state approved 80 hours of education

Contact Info:

Department of Military Affairs and PublicSafety

State Fire Marshal’s Office
1207 Quarrier St, 2nd Floor
Charleston, WV  25301
Phone: (304) 558-2191

WISCONSIN

Home inspectors are regulated by the state ofWisconsin, through the Department of Safety and Professional Services.

The requirements to become a Wisconsin home inspector are outlined in Subchapter X:

  • Submit application and pay $44 fee
  • Submits evidence satisfactory to the department that he or she is not subject to a pending criminal charge, or has not been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or other offense, the circumstances of which substantially relate to the practice of home inspection
  • Pass an examination approved by the department, or as stated on their site “No person may be registered under this subchapter unless he or she passes an examination approved by the department. In approving an examination under this subsection, the department shall consider the use of an examination that is similar to an examination that is required for membership in the American Society of Home Inspectors.”

Contact Info:

Department of Safety and ProfessionalServices
4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI  53705
(608) 266-2112

dsps@wisconsin.gov

WYOMING

Home inspectors are not currently regulated by the state of Wyoming.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended.

 

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