State-by-State Home Inspector Licensing Requirements (Map)

Home Inspector State License Requirements Map

Find Your State Requirements:

Alabama

Home inspectors are regulated in Alabama 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 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 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 an Alaska Business License. You can register as a new home inspector, existing home inspector, or joint registration.

There is a new 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 in 1st year and 7 hours each year after.

80 hours of 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 Board of Technical Registration has application forms and more info that can be found here.

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.

Their site has very detailed instructions on how to become a home inspector:

1.  You must  attend a home inspector training school approved by the Board with a curriculum of 80 hours of classroom training.  Correspondence courses or on-line courses are not acceptable.

It is important that you come away from the school with the knowledge needed to successfully complete the competency examination. However, it is much more important, that you come away with knowledge of how to conduct a comprehensive home inspection and write a readily understandable report of your findings.

You may access a list of schools which have been authorized by the Board to teach the “pre-registration” curriculum at:

http://www.ahib.org/Training.php

2.  Read the Arkansas law regulating the practice of home inspection in Arkansas. You can access this law at:

Arkansas Code

3.  Read the Arkansas Standards Of Practice And Code Of Ethics. The Registration Board has designated these as the standards and code of ethics to be followed by Arkansas home inspectors. You can access the Arkansas Standards of Practice at:

 Arkansas Standards and Code of Ethics.

4.  Take the competency examination, which is required by Arkansas Code Annotated 17-52-315(b) has been designated by the Registration Board to consist of two parts:

The National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE)

The ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics Examination

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

Purchase at least $100, 000 in general liability insurance coverage. Obtain an original copy of a Certificate of Insurance which includes all of the following information:

  • Name and address of the insured (you).
  • Name, business address, and telephone number of the local agent from whom you obtained the policy.
  • Name of the actual insurance company (the carrier) providing the insurance.
  • Coverage being provided (a minimum of $100,000.00 general liability).
  • The insurance policy number.
  • The “Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board, P.O. Box 251911, Little Rock, AR 72225” must be named as the certificate holder.
  • The beginning AND ending dates of the coverage.
  • Signature of the issuing agent.
  • Cancellation and notification requirements as specified, i.e., All policies and certificates shall provide that cancellation or renewal of the policy shall not be effective unless and until at least ten (10) days’ notice of cancellation or non-renewal has been received in writing by the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board.)
  • Complete the registration application and have it notarized.

Mail the application to the Board office along with the following items:

  • Certificate of Insurance.
  • Certified true copies of documents showing you have successfully completed both parts of the competency examination.
  • A check or money order for the registration fee. Per the rules adopted by the Registration Board, October 21, 2003 and effective November 10, 2003: That 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.

Failure to provide all required documents or information on the documents will delay your registration.

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

California

California home inspectors are not state regulated. 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 and CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Association) when determining whether an inspection meets the required standard of care.

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

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

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 every 2 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 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 a $100 fee

The application can be found here.

Delaware

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

Home Inspector Trainee

  • Pay processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Send the Board a Verification of Home Inspector Trainee Supervision form (included with the application) completed and signed by your supervising Delaware-licensed Home Inspector.
    • The supervisor must send the form directly to the Board office.
    • If you have more than one supervisor, each supervisor must submit a completed and signed form.
  • Complete 75 supervised inspections, with records kept in the Experience Log.

Home Inspector Licensure by Exam

This is for when you have already completed supervised inspections, registered as a trainee, and completed required training and exams.

  • Pay processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Submit a copy of your high school diploma or transcript. Or, if you have a GED, submit confirmation of your GED.
  • Send the Board your E&O insurance, sent directly from the insurance carrier to the Board office.
    • You or your employer must carry at least $50,000 of errors and omissions insurance and at least $250,000 of liability insurance.
  • Submit copies of your classroom or online training certificates. Training must total 140 hours and be approved by ASHI, NAHI, or InterNACHI.
  • Submit a photocopy of your Experience Log on the form approved by the Board showing that you have completed at least 75 supervised home inspections.
  • If you have been a home inspector trainee or been licensed or certified as a home inspector in any jurisdiction, send the Board a letter of good standing directly from each jurisdiction.

Home Inspector Licensure by Endorsement

This is for when you hold a current licensure in any jurisdiction that has a licensing board for home inspectors.

  • Complete notarized application
  • Pay processing fee
  • Send letter of good standing directly from each jurisdiction where you have held a license
  • Send E&O insurance, sent directly from the insurance carrier to the Board office
  • Possible additional documentation that can be found here.

Procession fees are as follows:

  • Home Inspector – $273
  • Home Inspector Trainee – $150
  • Temporary Home Inspection Permit – $40

Contact Info:

Division of Professional Regulation

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

(302) 744-4500
(302) 739-2711
customerservice.dpr@state.de.us

Florida

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

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

Contact Info:

Richard “Rick” Morrison, Executive Director

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

Phone: 850.487.1395
http://www.myfloridalicense.com/contactus/

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.

Hawaii

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

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

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 and Professional 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 statues & regulations)
  • Submit application and pay fee

Contact Info:

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

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

http://idfpr.com/

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:

Professional Licensing Agency
Attn: Home Inspectors Licensing Board
402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Deanna Alexander, Director
Lisa Wise, Customer Service Representative
Krystle Bradford, Customer Service Representative
Dinena Moore, Customer Service Representative

Staff Phone: (317) 234-3009 or (317) 232-2960
Staff Email: pla9@pla.in.gov
Agency Fax: (317) 233-4236

http://www.in.gov/pla/hi.htm

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.

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

Contact Info:

Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors
911 Leawood Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone: 502-782-8816
Email: Megan.Woodson@Ky.Gov 

http://www.bhi.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Louisiana

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

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

http://lsbhi.state.la.us/index.php

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 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

*There are record retention requirements for Home Inspectors in the state of Maryland.

Contact Info:

Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
500 North Calvert Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Phone: 410-230-6231
Email: appraiser@dllr.state.md.us

http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/reahi/

Massachusetts

Home inspectors in Massachusetts are regulated by Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation (OCABR), 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 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 Home Inspector 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:

Home Inspector Board of Registration
Telephone: (617) 727-9931
Email: homeinspectorsboard@state.ma.us

http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/hi/

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

http://www.mrec.state.ms.us/mhib/index_mhib.html

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
Email: dproper@red.nv.gov

http://red.nv.gov/Content/IOS/Main/

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:

Linda Balich – License Clerk
121 South Fruit Street
Concord, NH 03301
Telephone: (603) 271-2219
Email: linda.balich@nh.gov

http://www.oplc.nh.gov/home-inspectors/index.htm

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

Contact Info:

Joanne Leone, Esq.
P.O. Box 45043
Newark, New Jersey 07101
Telephone: (973) 504-6233
Email: Contact Form

http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/hom/Pages/default.aspx

New Mexico

Home Inspectors are currently not regulated by the state of New Mexico.

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

https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/homeinspect/hinspector.html

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
116 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Telephone: (919) 647-0000
Email: Contact Form

http://www.ncdoi.com/OSFM/Engineering_and_Codes/HILB.aspx

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 registration fee

Contact Info:

Secretary of State
600 E Boulevard Avenue Dept 108
Bismarck ND 58505-0500
Telephone: 701-328-2900
Toll Free: 800-352-0867

http://sos.nd.gov/

Ohio

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

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

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

http://cib.ok.gov/home-inspection

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 two-year certification fee

Contact Info:

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

Telephone: 503-378-4621
Fax: 503-373-2007

www.oregon.gov/ccb

Pennsylvania

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

See their resources on consumer protection.

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
  • Passing of a Board approved exam

Contact Info:

Contractors Registration and Licensing Board
1 Capitol Hill, 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02908

Phone: (401) 222-1268

Email: ricrb@doa.ri.gov

http://www.crb.state.ri.us/homeinspectors/index.php

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

http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/ResidentialBuilders/

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

Melissa Miller
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

Phone: (605) 773-3600

http://dlr.sd.gov/realestate/home_inspector_how_to_become.aspx

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) 741-1831

http://www.tn.gov/commerce/section/home-inspectors

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 requirements to become an Apprentice Inspectors can be found here.

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

The application requirements to become a Professional Inspector can be found here.

Contact Info:

Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC)

P.O. Box 12188
Austin, TX 78711

Phone: (512) 459-6544

http://www.trec.texas.gov/inspector/default.asp

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 Office of Professional Regulation.

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 80 hours of education through an approved course provider. A list of approved providers can be found here.

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) 828-2458
colin.benjamin@sec.state.vt.us

https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/list-of-professions/property-inspectors.aspx

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 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 instruction courses, of which no more than half of the required hours may be completed using distance or online education technology, and have completed a minimum of 100 home inspections;

(2) Completed 35 contact hours of instruction courses, of which no more than half of the required hours may be completed using distance or online education technology, and have completed a minimum of 50 certified home inspections in compliance with this chapter under the direct supervision of a certified home inspector, who shall certify the applicant’s completion of each inspection and shall be responsible for each inspection;

(3) Completed 70 contact hours of instruction courses, of which no more than half of the required hours may be completed using distance or online education technology, and have completed a minimum of 50 home inspections; or

(4) Completed 70 contact hours of instruction courses, of which no more than half of the required hours may be completed using distance or online education technology, and have completed a minimum of 25 certified home inspections in compliance with this chapter under the direct supervision of a certified home inspector, who shall certify the applicant’s completion of each inspection and shall be responsible for each inspection.

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

An applicant who cannot fulfill the instruction course requirement as outlined in this subsection may provide documentation of a minimum of 10 years of experience as a home inspector with a minimum of 250 home inspections completed in substantial compliance with this chapter to satisfy this requirement. The documentation is subject to board review and approval.

3. The applicant shall have passed a written competency examination approved by the board.

4. The board may accept proof of membership in good standing, in a national or state professional home inspectors association approved by the board, as satisfaction of subdivisions 1, 2, and 3 of this section, provided that the requirements for the applicant’s class of membership in such association are equal to or exceed the requirements established by the board for all applicants.

5. The applicant shall have a good reputation for honesty, truthfulness, and fair dealing, and be competent to transact the business of a home inspector in such a manner as to safeguard the interests of the public.

6. The applicant shall disclose whether a certificate or license as a home inspector from any jurisdiction where certified or licensed has ever been suspended, revoked or surrendered in connection with a disciplinary action or which has been the subject of discipline in any jurisdiction prior to applying for certification in Virginia. The board may deny certification to any applicant so disciplined after examining the totality of the circumstances.

7. The applicant shall disclose any conviction or finding of guilt, regardless of adjudication, in any jurisdiction of the United States of any misdemeanor involving violence, repeat offenses, multiple offenses, or crimes that endangered public health or safety, or of any felony, there being no appeal pending therefrom or the time for appeal having elapsed. Subject to the provisions of § 54.1-204 of the Code of Virginia, the board shall have the authority to determine, based upon all the information available, including the applicant’s record of prior convictions, if the applicant is unfit or unsuited to engage in the profession of residential home inspections. The board will decide each case by taking into account the totality of the circumstances. Any plea of nolo contendere shall be considered a conviction for purposes of this subdivision. A certified copy of a final order, decree, or case decision by a court with the lawful authority to issue such order, decree or case decision shall be admissible as prima facie evidence of such conviction or guilt.

8. Procedures and appropriate conduct established by either the board or any testing service administering an examination approved by the board or both shall be followed by the applicant. Such procedures shall include any written instructions communicated prior to the examination date and any instructions communicated at the site, either written or oral, on the date of the examination. Failure to comply with all procedures established by the board or the testing service with regard to conduct at the examination shall be grounds for denial of the application.

9. Applicants shall show evidence of having obtained general liability insurance with minimum limits of $250,000.

There is an application fee of $80, and renewals fees are $45.

Contact Info:

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

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

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

http://www.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

http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/homeinspectors/hilicense.html

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 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

http://www.firemarshal.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

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
1400 East Washington Avenue,  Room 112
Madison, WI  53703
(608) 266-2112
(877) 617-1565

dsps@wisconsin.gov

Wyoming

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