When contemplating a home inspector career in the area of Washington, D.C., consider that many businesses in this area attempt to maximize their potential by obtaining legal authority to operate in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. If you want to do this, then you need to know how to become a licensed or certified home inspector in all 3 jurisdictions.
First, there is no license or certification requirement in Washington, D.C. You may have to get a general business license. But there is no home inspector license. However, what I am referring to is the act of inspecting a home that is being sold by the owner to a new owner. This article does not deal with inspections of newly constructed residences or other code-enforcement activities. Home inspectors don’t do code inspections. Rather, they do inspections for possible defects.
If you want to learn more about getting licensed in Maryland as a home inspector, then you can use the search box above and enter “Maryland home inspector license.” Here, I will just briefly summarize the requirements for that state. To do home inspections in Maryland, you must get a license from the Maryland Commission of Real Estate Appraisers and Home Inspectors. They require 72 hours of training plus a passing score on an exam.
Virginia has a rather complex system of certification and licensing. But the license system is actually set to become effective in July of 2017. So if you are just planning to start a career in home inspection in the D.C. area, it may be too late to even worry about certification by the time you read this article. And at the time of this post, it’s not clear yet exactly what requirements will be imposed to get a Virginia home inspector license. Presumably, though, you can expect to have to have some training courses plus a test. Use the search box above or click on the “home inspector license” tag below to find the Virginia article and learn more about certification (up to July of 2017) and licensing for home inspectors in this state.
So at least beginning in July of 2017, you will need a license in Maryland and Virginia to operate in those states. But there is no license requirement in D.C. So you could start a business in D.C. as soon as you get up to speed with home inspection even if you just do self-study. But it is advisable to get training through ASHI, InterNACHI, or some other national organization if you are not experienced in contracting or a similar real estate area. Those organizations can also provide certification. They usually require you to pass a test, such as their own test or the National Home Inspector Examination.