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Home Inspector State Licensing InformationĀ 

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iNACHI Home Inspector State Licensing Information 


Alabama

Home inspectors are regulated in Alabama and must renew their licenses 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 it to:

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

2). Show proof of compliance with the American Society of Home Inspectors Standards and Ethics Examination, and show proof of compliance of the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors National Home Inspector Examination.

3). Proof of insurance coverage in the amount of $250,000.00 for errors and omissions, and proof of liability insurance in the amount of $20,000 for injury or damage to property, $50,000 for injury or damage to anyone 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

The license must be renewed before December 31st of the present calendar year. The annual renewal fee is $300.

THE ALABAMA HOME INSPECTORS REGISTRATION ACT (2002-517). As you are probably already aware, you cannot enforce your contracts as a home inspector unless you have complied with the Act’s provisions. It is also a Class A misdemeanor to undertake the business of home inspection without being licensed under this new Act.

HOME INSPECTOR RENEWAL LICENSING REQUIREMENTS:

A Home Inspector’s license is issued to an individual only and will not be issued to a business or corporation. The applicant shall present proof of the following:

(1.) Completion of 15 hours of approved continuing education per year. Licensees must retain the proof of this requirement for three years.

(2.) For renewals of license for the year 2021, the licensee must have, in the last two years, completed at least three hours of continuing education dedicated to writing home inspection reports. These hours will count towards the 15 hours of continuing education required for that year.

(3.) Valid insurance certificate (ACORD Form) with a minimum coverage of $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.

(4.) To obtain a Residential New Construction Designation: completion of an eight-hour Residential New Construction Training module. Note: the lack of designation shall NOT limit the rights of any licensee. This is NOT a mandatory requirement for the performance of inspections for residential new construction.

5.) To obtain a $50 credit for training a new inspector: Copies of the ten inspection reports reviewed and corrected and a list of the 35 inspections you supervised for the trainee. This list should include client names and phone numbers, home addresses, and dates. See Rule 355-17-1.08(e) for more information

Alabama Requires a Separate License for EIFS

To qualify as an EIFS inspector you must demonstrate evidence of licensure as an EIFS inspector by the Exterior Design Institute or the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry. Ispecx reporting system handles these Specialty EIFS reporting needs.

  • No person shall undertake the business of an EIFS inspector unless he/she has complied with the provisions of this Act.

  •  No person who is registered/licensed under one name shall engage in business as an EIFS inspector under any other name unless the other name is also registered.

  •  All advertisements, contracts, correspondence, and other documents prepared by an EIFS inspector shall indicate the EIFS inspector’s license number, name, and address.

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

ASHI Alabama Chapter

Alabama State SOP for Home Inspectors


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. No Home Inspection reporting requirements.

Inspectors in Alaska must also obtain an Alaska 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.

License RENEWAL:

Registration will expire biennially on June 30 of even-numbered years. Per AS 08.18.031, registration may not be renewed unless the licensee has complied with the continuing competency requirements. Renewal notices are mailed approximately 60 days prior to the license expiration. It is the licensee’s responsibility to ensure the renewal of the registration. Please contact the division if you have a change of address. Failure to receive a renewal notice does not excuse nonrenewal.

CONTINUED COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS - An applicant for renewal of a home inspection registration must complete at least eight hours of acceptable continuing competency activities for the concluding two-year licensing period.

ASHI Alaska Chapter

Alaska State SOP for Home Inspectors


ARIZONA

Home inspectors are regulated in Arizona with annual renewal. Continuing education is required – 14 hours in 1st year and 7 hours each year after.

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

  • Include a signed check in the amount of $175.00 for the application fee. 
  • Include a copy of the applicant's clearance card, front, and back.
  • Include a copy of your completion results from the National Home Inspector Examination. 
  • Include proof of completion of an approved training program showing a minimum of 84 hours of training in accordance with R4-30-247(5). 
  • Include your log of 30 parallel inspections (must have an affidavit signed by each parallel inspector to be included with your submitted parallel inspection log).
  • Include a Verification of experience form completed by a Certified Home Inspector.
  • Include an original home inspection report of one of the parallel inspections you have prepared that meet the standards set forth in R4-30-301(1) and accompanied by a Report Checklist Supplement. 
  • Complete, sign, and date “Arizona Statement of Citizenship and Alien Status for State Public Benefits,” which is found within the Alarm Agent Application Packet, along with a copy of supporting evidence as listed on pages 3-5 of the document.
  • Include a copy of government-issued photographic identification, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1080. (See the included document within the Alarm Agent Application Packet, which lists acceptable forms of ID headed by "Attention" and dated 8/9/2017).
  • Sign and date Notice to Home Inspectors

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ARKANSAS

Inspectors are regulated in Arkansas. The Home Inspector Registration Board is the governing body and license renewal is needed annually. No experience is required, but 80 pre-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 classroom 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.

Arkansas SOP for Home Inspection


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 the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) and CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Association) when determining whether an inspection meets the required standard of care.

More info can be found online at the California Contractors State License Board.

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

CREIA Home Inspector Chapter


COLORADO

Home Inspectors are not regulated in the State of Colorado. Clients and agents will want to see customer reviews and some type of training/certification.

No Home Inspection reporting requirements.

ASHI Colorado Chapter


CONNECTICUT

Home Inspectors are regulated by the Department of Consumer Protection, with renewal required every 2 years. 40 hours of pre-licensing training 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 $200.00

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 a board-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 $100.00 fee

The home inspector license application can be found here.

Inspector License Renewal:

It is henceforth the policy of the Home Inspection Licensing Board that at least 75 percent of the continuing education hours (15 of the 20 hours) submitted to support license renewal be on courses related to the “core subjects” of home inspection. The core subjects areas enumerated in the current home inspection regulations - Sec. 20-491-23(c) #1 through #20 The balance of the 20 hours can be in other disciplines related to home inspection such as, but not limited to, those enumerated in #21 through #25 in that same section of the regulation. For purposes of this calculation, the mandated three hour class in “home inspection legislation, licensing laws and regulations” shall be considered to be a “core” subject.

ASHI Connecticut Chapter

Connecticut Home Inspection SOP


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 currently licensed inspector, you can apply by endorsement.

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

To Take 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

ASHI Deleware Chapter

Delaware Home Inspection SOP


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

License Renewal:

Licenses expire July 31st every even year.

DBPR will send you a notification that the renewal period is open, at which time you can renew your license(s). This will be 90-120 days before the expiration. All notices will be provided via email. We encourage you to keep your information up-to-date and renew online. DBPR online services offer a quick and easy way to renew your license, find license requirements, apply for a license, and update a license.

Before midnight EST on the expiration date, you will need to complete the following requirements to renew your license:

  • Complete the continuing education requirement; and
  • Pay the renewal fee

14 hours of CE – a minimum of 2 hours wind mitigation, 12 hours Department-approved courses related to home inspection services or the components of a home. and a $105.00 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/

ASHI Florida Chapter

Florida Home Inspection SOP Rules

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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 but not a requirement.

ASHI Georgia Chapter

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HAWAII

Home Inspectors currently are regulated by the state of Hawaii, as of recent legislation effective July 2019.

Inspectors must either pass the NHIE or Hawaii Association of Home Inspectors Certified Inspector Examination to be accepted by the board as licensed.

Renewal Information:

Every license issued under this chapter shall be renewed biennially on or before June 30 of each odd-numbered year.  Failure to renew a license shall result in forfeiture of the license; provided that a home inspector whose license has been forfeited for one year or less for failure to renew may restore the license by payment of the renewal fee and, in the case of a home inspector who is audited, pursuant to subsection (g), submission of documentation of continuing education compliance, for the biennium in which the failure occurred.  If the license has lapsed for more than one year, the person may reapply for a license in the manner prescribed in this chapter.

     (b)  Upon written request of a licensee, the board may place that person's active license in an inactive status.  The licensee, upon payment of the inactive license fee, may continue inactive for the biennial period.  Failure, neglect, or refusal of any licensee in inactive status to pay the inactive license fee shall constitute a forfeiture of the license.  The license may be reactivated at any time by making a written request to the board and by fulfilling the requirements established by the board, including the payment of the appropriate fees.  During the inactive period, a licensee on inactive status shall not engage in the practice of home inspecting that would require a license.  Any person who violates this prohibition shall be subject to discipline under this chapter and the board's rules.  The inactive status of any licensee shall not deprive the board of its authority to institute or continue any disciplinary or enforcement action against the licensee.

As a condition of license renewal, the board shall require thirty hours of continuing education during each licensing biennium, effective as of the renewal date for a license expiring on June 30, 2021, and for every biennial renewal period thereafter.  The board shall set content and other requirements for continuing education courses, providers, and instructors by rule.

Hawaii Home Inspection SOP


IDAHO

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

No Home Inspection reporting requirements.

Liability insurance and certification through a reputable home inspection training association is recommended but not required.

ASHI Idaho Chapter


ILLINOIS

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

The requirements to become a licensed home inspector:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Obtain a 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 a fee

Contact Info:

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

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

ASHI Illinois Chapter

Illinois Home Inspection SOP


INDIANA

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

Licensing Requirements:

  • Submit an 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 $50.00 application fee

Renewal Information:

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.

Rule 5. Continuing Education

878 IAC 1-5-1 Continuing education requirements

Sec. 1. (a) A licensee who renews a license as a home inspector shall complete not less than thirty-two (32) continuing education hours in each renewal period.

(b) Continuing education hours shall be obtained within the biennial renewal period in which the licensee is applying and shall not be carried over from one (1) biennial renewal period to another.

(c) A holder of a license issued under IC 25-20.2 must retain a record of the continuing education required by subsection (b) for two (2) years following the end of the biennial renewal period for which it was obtained.

(d) Continuing education completed satisfying the continuing education requirements of another state with which a reciprocal agreement exists, in which the licensee also holds a license as a home inspector, may be applied towards the continuing education requirement of this rule for renewal of a license issued under IC 25-20.2.

(e) A holder of a license issued under IC 25-20.2 who has been licensed for less than two (2) full years before the first renewal date for that license shall meet the following continuing education requirements for the licensee’s first renewal period:

(1) A licensee who has been licensed for at least twelve (12) months, but less than twenty-four (24) months, shall complete sixteen (16) hours of continuing education for renewal of that initial license.

(2) A licensee who has been licensed for less than twelve (12) months shall be exempt from the continuing education hours required for renewal of that initial license.

Contact Info:

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

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

ASHI Indiana Chapter

Indiana SOP for Home Inspectors


IOWA

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

No Home Inspection reporting requirements.

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

ASHI Iowa Chapter


KANSAS

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

No Home Inspection reporting requirements.

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

ASHI Kansas Chapter


KENTUCKY

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

Application Requirements:

  • 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 of field training, including not more than 8 in a lab

Renewal Information:

14 hours of Continuing Education Credit per licensure year with this application.

Contact Info:

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

Phone: 502-782-0563

ASHI Kentucky Chapter

Kentucky SOP for Home Inspections


LOUISIANA

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

They have a very helpful how-to get a 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 a $200 application fee
  7. Renewal Information:

Renewal Information:

As a condition of license renewal, a licensee, (not renewing a license for the first time) must certify completion of at least 20 hours of continuing education during the previous licensing period, in courses approved by the board. No more than 10 hours of continuing education credit may be carried over into the following year. A first-year inspector, renewing a license for the first time, must certify completion of at least 30 hours of continuing education during the previous licensing period.

Contact Info:

Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors

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

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

ASHI Louisiana Chapter

Louisiana SOP for Home Inspectors


MAINE

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

No Home Inspection reporting requirements.

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


MARYLAND

Home Inspectors are regulated by the Department of Labor, 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

Renewal Information:

After a home inspector license has been renewed one time, a licensee is required to complete 30 hours of continuing professional competency education. Educational hours from a continuing professional competency course satisfy the requirement if the course is approved by the Commission and the Commission determines that the course increases the licensee's knowledge of the provision of home inspection services.

Contact Info:

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

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

ASHI Maryland Chapter

Maryland SOP For Home Inspections


MASSACHUSETTS

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

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

  • Completion of high school
  • Complete the application and pay a $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 Home Inspector can be found here, and include:

  • Completion of high school
  • Complete the application and pay a $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

Massachusetts SOP For Home Inspections


MICHIGAN

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

No Home Inspection reporting requirements.

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

ASHI Great Lakes Chapter


MINNESOTA

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

No Home Inspection reporting requirements.

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

SOP For Mississippi Inspectors


MISSOURI

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

No Home Inspection reporting requirements.

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.

No Home Inspection reporting requirements.

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 $350.00 fee

Renewal Information:

 20 hours of continuing education that must include 3 hours of safety and 2 hours of law.
 Copy of current insurance must be submitted. Renewal fee: $250

Contact Info:

Inspectors of Structures 
Telephone: (775) 684-1904

Nevada SOP For Structure Inspectors


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:

  • $200.00 fee
  • Completed application
  • Proof of liability insurance
  • Proof of passing the NHIE or equivalent Board approved the exam
  • 80 hours of board-approved education

Renewal Information:

Licensees must begin accumulating continuing education hours commencing with their date of licensure and report 20 continuing education hours to the Board at their first renewal.

One hour of continuing education per biennial renewal must be on any recent revisions to building regulations.

All courses pertaining to building technologies, best and worst construction practices, new construction technologies, and system installation practices will qualify as the one hour of continuing education required for recent revisions to building regulations.

Contact Info:

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

New Hampshire SOP for Home Inspections


NEW JERSEY

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

Requirements to become a home inspector in New 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

Renewal Information:

Each home inspector shall be required to complete during the preceding biennial period a minimum of 40 units of continuing education in courses and programs, including three units on report writing, three units on ethics, and three units on the rules governing the practice of home inspection.

Any person receiving initial licensure as a home inspector in the second year of a Biennial registration period shall complete a minimum of 20 continuing education units, including three units on report writing, three units on ethics, and three units on the rules governing the practice of home inspection.


A licensee who completes more than forty (40) continuing education units, in any biennial registration period, may carry over no more than ten (10) of the additional units into the succeeding biennial period, but only if the units were earned in the last six (6) months of the preceding biennial period.
Licensees may complete a maximum of twenty (20) units of correspondence, Internet or other distance learning courses, approved by the Committee, per biennial registration period.

Contact Info:

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

ASHI New Jersey Chapter

New Jersy SOP for Home Inspectors


NEW MEXICO

Once you complete our online home inspection course, you become a certified home inspector. Upon completion of the course, we mail out your home inspection certification and issue you your certification number. That number is what you’ll want to put on your business cards and home inspection reports. At that point, you’re ready to go inspect homes in New Mexico.  As of January 15th, 2021, the New Mexico Home Inspector Licensing Board will require all home inspectors to earn their license by July 15, 2021

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
  • $250.00 application fee

Contact Info:

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

ASHI New York Chapter

New York SOP for Home Inspectors


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

ASHI North Carolina Chapter

North Carolina SOP for Home Inspection


NORTH DAKOTA

Home Inspectors in North Dakota are regulated by the Secretary of State.

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 $200.00 registration fee

Contact Info:

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

North Dakota SOP for Hoem Inspectors


OHIO

As of July 1st, 2020, due to the emergencies surrounding COVID-19, Ohio has postponed their licensing deadline indefinitely. This will likely change once the emergency is over.
Home Inspectors are currently regulated by the state of Ohio.

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

Contact Info: 

Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing 
77 South High Street, 2oth Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 466-4100

ASHI Ohio Chapter

Ohio SOP for Home Inspection


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 – Home Inspector Division

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

Phone: (405) 521-6550

Oklahoma SOP Home Inspections


OREGON

Home inspectors are regulated by the Oregon Construction Contractors Board.

The certification process includes:

  • Passing the NHIE Exam
  • Submitting a completed application packet
  • Submitting a completed Qualifying Points and Documentation form
  • Paying $150.00 two-year certification fee

Contact Info:

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

Telephone: (503) 378-4621

ASHI Oregon Chapter

Oregon SOP for Home Inspectors


PENNSYLVANIA

Home Inspectors in Pennsylvania are not formally licensed by the state. They are regulated by the Attorney General’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.

ASHI Pennsylvania Chapter


RHODE ISLAND

Effective July 1, 2013 Home Inspectors in Rhode 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
  • The 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 South Carolina 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 $200.00 fee

To become a licensed home inspector you must:

  • Be at the registered level for no less than 1 year
  • Have performed at least 100 home inspections for compensation, with submitted experience log

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 online 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.

Home Inspection reporting requirements must follow established reporting formats.

Contact Info:

Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC)

P.O. Box 12188
Austin, TX 78711

Phone: (512) 459-6544

ASHI Lone Star Chapter


UTAH

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

No Home Inspection reporting guidelines

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


VERMONT

Home Inspectors are regulated by the Vermont Secretary of State.

Steps for Applying by Certification:

  1. Submit a completed application and $100.00 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 $100.00 non-refundable application fee, payable to the Vermont Secretary of State.

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

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

4. If applicable, provide Verification of Good 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

Vermont SOP for Home Inspection


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 Home Inspectors then you may not use the title of “certified home inspector” or conduct or offer to provide a “certified home inspection”.

Certification requirements & qualifications include:

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

2. The applicant must meet specific educational and experience requirements and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

There is an application fee of $80.00, and renewal fees are $45.00.

Contact Info:

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

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

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

ASHI Virginia Chapter


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:

No Home Inspection reporting design limitation requirements.

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Renewals and CE Requirements:

  • Licenses expire every 2 years on your birthday
  • Have completed 24 hours of approved continuing education.
  • You can renew 120 days before your license expires
  • There is a late fee if you don't renew before it expires.

Contact Info:

Washington State Department of Licensing

PO Box 3917
Seattle, WA 98124

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

ASHI Washington Chapter

NACHI Chapter

Washington State SOP for Home Inspectors


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 West Virginia:

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

Contact Info:

Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety

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 of Wisconsin, 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 Professional Services
4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI  53705
(608) 266-2112

dsps@wisconsin.gov

Wisconsin SOP for Home Inspectors


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.