South Dakota Home Inspector License Qualifications

The South Dakota Real Estate Commission is the state licensing agency for home inspectors. There are 2 categories, and they consist of registered home inspectors and licensed home inspectors.

The first step to either license is to attend a training school for home inspection. The second step is to take South Dakota’s home inspector licensing exam.

There are about 10 to 15 approved home inspector training schools in late 2016. More may be added and some may be removed later. Refer to the following page for the updated list.

http://dlr.sd.gov/realestate/approved_prelicensing_education.aspx#home

As of the time of this blog post, AMP is the exam administrator that South Dakota uses for the home inspection test. AMP has a Candidate Handbook that you can use to register for the exam. You must take the test in Sioux Falls or Rapid City. The fee was $133 at the time of writing.

http://documents.goamp.com/Publications/candidateHandbooks/SDHI-handbook.pdf

South Dakota has a study guide on the Real Estate Commission’s website. They say that 10 percent of the test is on South Dakota law. The page, which is listed below, has the statutes that you need to study. So you need to pretty much memorize those statutes, at least to the point that you can answer multiple-choice questions about them. The other 90 percent of the test is substantive material on home inspections. The Real Estate Commission says that you should study your course books and materials to prepare for this other 90 percent of the test.

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

In this state, you pass the test first and then submit your license application. A background check is required. That costs around $40 to $50. There is a $200 application fee for the home inspector license. You must submit the application no more than 60 days after passing the exam. So have everything ready to submit except your score report before you even sit for the exam. This is a harsh rule and means that you must take the test again if you don’t submit in time.

https://www.state.sd.us/eforms/secure/eforms/E1279v1-HomeInspectorApplication.pdf

You will be considered a registered home inspector after completing a course of at least 40 hours, passing the test, and applying and getting accepted. Thereafter, you can be elevated to a licensed home inspector by being registered at least a year and doing at least 100 home inspections in which you were compensated. You must apply again and include an experience log to be elevated to the “licensed” level.

http://dlr.sd.gov/realestate/forms/home_inspector_experience_log.pdf

Home Inspector License Requirements In South Carolina

Title 40, Chapter 59, Article 3 of the South Carolina Code of Laws requires a state license for home inspectors. The SC Residential Builders Commission issues this type of license. The Commission is part of the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation.

Residences that are higher than 3 floors or bigger than 16 units cannot be inspected with this particular license. You would have to determine other license requirements for these kinds of bigger residential buildings. Business entities cannot get a home inspector license. But they can hire a licensed individual to perform work on behalf of the company. The company may enter into a contract to perform the services. The licensee would then have to be the one to actually do the inspection.

The statute gives the Commission the right to determine minimum qualifications. It does mention a home inspector licensing exam. The general rule, then, is that you must take a test to get licensed in South Carolina. However, the Commission does have a rule that says you can apply for an exemption from the test if you meet any of the following:

1. you are certified or licensed by an approved organization that required a test and have completed 50 inspections; or

2. you are certified or licensed by an approved organization that required a test and have one year of experience that was supervised by a licensed home inspector, engineer, residential builder, or architect.

If you don’t qualify via the above, then you need to take the test after completing an approved training program or having one year of supervised experience.

The procedure is to first submit a license application form. You will then be approved to take the exam. As of 2017, the South Carolina home inspector exam is given at PSI test centers. They charge $75. Use the Candidate Information Bulletin to prepare and register. Specific references are listed in the Bulletin. This is an open-book test. So you should buy the books and take them with you on test day. Do not write notes in the books because that is against PSI rules. Also, there are one or more references that cannot be taken into the exam. So you will have to pretty much memorize those references.

https://candidate.psiexams.com/bulletin/display_bulletin.jsp?ro=yes&actionname=83&bulletinid=107&bulletinurl=.pdf

The Commission approves home inspector training schools on an individual basis. A list of schools can be found in the application packet.

http://www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/ResidentialBuilders/PDF/Home%20Inspector%20Application.pdf

Note: South Carolina has an approved inspection report form that you use when writing up a report for each home inspection. This is convenient to licensees because it means you don’t have to design your own report template. Just use that. You have to since it is required by statute, anyway.

Home Inspector License Qualifications In Rhode Island

Rhode Island passed a law in 2001 that requires home inspectors to get a license. The agency that issues the license is the Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board.

There are fully licensed home inspectors and associate home inspectors. Both obtain a license. However, associates must be supervised by a fully licensed home inspector. Most states require a training course that includes classroom and supervised field experience. Rhode Island appears to prefer a hands-on training approach, as the statute does not mention any kind of mandatory classroom training component.

To become an associate home inspector, applicants must assist in at least 50 inspections. These must be under the direct, visual supervision of a licensed home inspector. If you want this license, you must also be at least a high school graduate and of good moral character. And you have to pass a home inspector exam. The statute does not actually say which test must be passed. But it says the test to be administered is determined by the Board.

The difference between an associate and full license is the full license applicant must have completed at least 100 paid-for home inspections and must have at least a year of experience as an associate home inspector. The other way to qualify as a fully licensed home inspector is to have been a licensed contractor for at least 5 years in any state. However, you still must pass the licensing exam, be a high school graduate, and be of good moral character.

By statute, both license types have a $200 fee for a 2-year license and $200 more per renewal. Other fees, such as for tests, are to be set by the Board.

Both regular and associate home inspectors must have E&O and general liability insurance in the aggregate of half a million dollars for each type (total of a million when adding both types together).

I have received conflicting information on the Rhode Island home inspector licensing exam. Some say it is done or will be done through PSI. But I could not find any PSI Candidate Information Bulletin for this test. If you want to take the exam to get a license, then contact the Board for further details. Also ask them about getting a license application form. The following page has contact details for the Rhode Island Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board.

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

Pennsylvania Home Inspector License/Certification Requirements

Pennsylvania has a somewhat vague statute when it comes to home inspectors. No state agency issues a license or certification or even requires any kind of registration. However, there is a law that requires membership in a national association. Since each association has its own membership requirements, then things like training and exam qualifications will depend on the rules of each of those private organizations.

Home inspections are covered in Chapter 75 of Title 68. Section 7506 is the statute that covers legal requirements of home inspectors. However, it has an odd title. The title of this section is “Required contractual provision regarding home inspections.”

Each contract that is associated with the sale of a home must have specific provisions if it mentions that the buyer has the right to a report of a home inspection. If arrangements for a home inspection are made by contract, then this contract must guarantee that the inspection will be done by a “full member in good standing of a national home inspection association in accordance with the ethical standards and code of conduct or practice of that association.” However, another person may do the home inspection if the full member is responsible for the work and also attests to that responsibility by signing the home inspection report.

There are some licensed professionals that do not have to meet the “full member” requirement. They are Pennsylvania professionals licensed by either the Engineer, Land Surveyor and Geologist Registration Law or the Architects Licensure Law.

The statute does not list any names of national associations. However, it says the following about all such organizations:

1. They must be in a nonprofit status and not use a franchise system;

2. They must have members in at least 10 states;

3. Full membership cannot be allowed until the applicant participates in at least 100 inspections;

4. Some kind of exam must be administered;

5. Members must agree to abide by a code of conduct; and

6. Continuing education must be mandatory (the statute does not prescribe a particular number of hours).

InterNACHI says on its website that it does qualify under this law. They charge about $500 per year for a full membership. Once you join, then you can take their training course at no additional cost. And they provide their own exam for certification.

All Pennsylvania home inspectors must have policies of insurance for errors and omissions and general liability. These policies must have a maximum $2500 deductible, and they must have a per-occurrence minimum of 100K in coverage and 500K in the aggregate.

Other organizations, such as ASHI, PHII, and ICA, may also qualify. You will have to ask on an individual basis.

License Requirements For Home Inspectors In Oregon

The Oregon Construction Contractors Board requires a license of some home inspectors. They call it “certification” instead of a license. But this is official government certification, not simply private certification through an association.

There are some home inspectors that do not have to get certified. If you inspect only one component, such as roofing, then you don’t need a license. Code enforcement inspectors also don’t have to get a license. Those who do only the following types of inspections also don’t have to be certified: termites, radon, lead paint, and cross connections. Also, those who perform the following are exempt: energy audits, pesticide operations, home performance testing, home energy performance, and those who were licensed as a general contractor for the entire period from January 1, 1991, to August 11, 1997.

The following document has a list of home inspector continuing education providers. Some of these schools also have programs that fulfill the initial training requirements that you need to become certified in Oregon. There are other ways to earn the necessary 20 points. One is to take two college classes of 3 credit hours each at a college or university. Another is to do 20 ride-alongs with a certified home inspector. Other ways of earning the 20 points can be found in the application packet (page listed below).

https://www.oregon.gov/CCB/licensing/Pages/homeinspectorceproviders.aspx

As of the time of this post, Oregon accepts only the National Home Inspector Examination for certification testing purposes. You take this exam at one of various PSI testing centers in Oregon or in other states if you wish. The fee is $225. Oregon testing centers are in Portland, Eugene, Medford, Independence, Bend, Baker City, and Aurora.

To learn how to get ready for the NHIE, you can access the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin. There is an exam content outline and also a list of recommended reference books. The test registration form is on Page 12.

https://candidate.psiexams.com/bulletin/display_bulletin.jsp?ro=yes&actionname=83&bulletinid=485&bulletinurl=.pdf

After completing your home inspector training and passing the exam, you then use an Oregon license application packet to apply with the Construction Contractors Board.

https://www.oregon.gov/CCB/Documents/pdf/HIC%20Application%20100115.pdf

There is a $150 certification fee. You must renew every 2 years. A fairly substantial requirement of 30 continuing education hours applies for every 2-year period.

License Requirements In Oklahoma For Home Inspectors

Home inspection is a licensed occupation in Oklahoma. The license is provided by the Oklahoma Construction Industries Board Home Inspector Division. It is required by the Home Inspection Licensing Act for inspections of homes that are being resold. Although inspection of new houses does not require a home inspector license, those inspections usually require a different license that is not covered in this article.

This state has a pretty average training requirement for home inspectors. A 90-hour course is required. And unlike many states, there is no field experience or training qualifications. However, keep in mind that you have to pass a test to get this license. So it would be good to attend a course that offers live training on actual homes or models of homes. This would give you a better understanding of the actual work of a home inspector and may also help you on the licensing exam.

The list of approved Oklahoma training providers can be found on the page below. If you have any other questions, I recommend that you call (405) 521-6550. There is also a toll-free number you can call. It’s 877-484-4424.

http://cib.ok.gov/Websites/ciboard/images/DOCUMENTS/CEU/Home/Home%20Inspectors%20Pre-Licensing%20Courses.pdf

Oklahoma also requires an exam. At the time of posting, PSI is the exam administrator. And according to PSI, they are using the National Home Inspector Examination. In some states, the fee to take the NHIE is $225. But at the time of this post, it is $200 in this state. Testing centers are located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, McAlester, and Woodward. It is possible to take the test in other states, as well. Contact PSI if you want to take this home inspector exam in another state.

The PSI Candidate Information Bulletin has some exam references and a content outline. You can also scroll to the bottom of this PDF booklet to find the registration form.

https://candidate.psiexams.com/bulletin/display_bulletin.jsp?ro=yes&actionname=83&bulletinid=164&bulletinurl=.pdf

The other requirements for an Oklahoma home inspector license are to be at least 18 and of good moral character. At $280, the fees are fairly expensive compared to most states. Finally, there is a minimum $50,000 general liability insurance requirement, according to the Act.

http://cib.ok.gov/Websites/ciboard/images/DOCUMENTS/Forms/Applications/home/Home%20Inspector%20license%20Application.pdf

To maintain your license, you need to complete 8 hours of continuing education. The CEU provider list is below:

http://cib.ok.gov/Websites/ciboard/images/DOCUMENTS/CEU/Home/Home%20Inspectors%20Providers%20list.pdf

License Requirements For Home Inspectors In Ohio

Ohio does not have a general license for home inspectors. What this means is that the typical home inspector who inspects a house that is being sold by an existing owner does not have to be licensed by the Ohio Secretary of State. These individuals may decide to get certified by a private organization. But except for possible local requirement, no government-issued license is necessary.

Even though there is no home inspector license, this does not mean all inspections can be done without a license. Ohio does have a license requirement for manufactured home inspectors and has other categories for residential and commercial inspectors. These are generally for new construction. Thus, a home inspector may not be able to inspect a newly constructed house or home that has never been lived in yet. The home inspector’s work would generally be limited to older houses that have already been used as a residence. In this case, there is generally no code enforcement. Thus, no specialized training on Ohio building codes is necessary. Rather, a home inspector checks for defects in the house’s electrical and other systems.

Home inspectors seeking voluntary certification can consider doing that in a way that they get training first and then certification after completing a course, passing a test, or both. The American Society of Home Inspectors is one of the most prevalent organizations that can train and certify you. They have an Ohio chapter that can be found online at http://ohioashi.com/. NACHI is another organization with its own certification program at https://www.nachi.org/ohio-certified-home-inspector.htm. Again, while this is voluntary, it can be helpful for getting a job or getting clients if you run your own business.

What may be even better than certification, though, is to train for licensed building inspector positions and then do home inspections on the side. If your home inspection business gets big enough, then you could decide to do that on a full-time basis. But if it never gets that big, you could carry on with your job or business as a licensed residential, commercial, or manufactured housing inspector.

Check with your local Building Department for inspector licensing requirements in Ohio. The manufactured housing inspector license is issued by the Ohio Manufactured Homes Commission. They can be reached at 614-734-6010. The website is http://www.omhc.ohio.gov/.

Requirements To Register As a Home Inspector In North Dakota

The North Dakota Secretary of State issues home inspector licenses through a “registration” process. So while the term “license” is not actually used, registration is required.

Not all states require a license, registration, or certification for home inspectors. But for the ones that do, North Dakota has one of the least stringent sets of requirements. In fact, while most states require and training course that can be up to about 200 hours all together, North Dakota has no training requirements.

However, because North Dakota does have a licensing exam requirement, you either need to learn the business from someone you know or attend a course to learn how to be a home inspector. You are at least going to have to know enough to pass an exam.

There are 2 different ways to prepare for approved exams for this state registration. Some approved tests are administered after a training program. One of these is InterNACHI. You join as a member and can take an online course. After you are finished with the course, they have their own exam. Presumably, the course adequately prepares you for their own exam. This is the benefit of signing up with a training course that has its own test. There is a built-in test preparation process there.

There is a way to just do self-study and go straight to a test. That can be done through the National Home Inspector Examination. NHIA does not have an actual training program. But they do have some test prep advice and also provide a list of references you can study on your own.

If you are someone who learns better with a hands-on approach, you can consider an approved outfit like the American Society of Home Inspectors. Their ASHI School has live training. So you will actually be able to learn through a more interactive teaching system instead of just reading or viewing videos at home. However, this approach may be more expensive. For example, ASHI requires you to take the NHIE to get certified. Thus, you would pay for a training course plus a separate test fee. So you can shop around and consider the overall price in addition to the level or type of training given by each provider. The full list of approved exam suppliers can be found on this page:

http://sos.nd.gov/home-inspector

In addition to passing the test, you must have errors and omission insurance of at least $100,000. Many states require additional general liability coverage. The Secretary of State’s website does not mention that. However, they also say that the insurance must cover all home inspection activities. Your insurance provider should know what kind of policy to provide. Have them call the Secretary of State and ask if they are not sure.

Registration and renewal application forms can be downloaded from the page listed above. The fees are $200 the first time and $50 for renewals.

How To Get Your Home Inspector License In North Carolina

North Carolina licenses home inspectors through the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal. This is a somewhat unusual office to issue this type of license. Nonetheless, the requirements to get the license are similar to other states.

North Carolina requires a longer training period than most states. There are 2 phases to the home inspector training. The first one is a 120-hour classroom or Internet training course. The other is 80 hours, and it must be live field training. This means that you will actually be either observing a licensed home inspector or instructor inspect residences or actually do your own inspections while supervised by a professional.

Some approved education providers offer the classroom or online training only, while some may provide both. You can choose one provider for each phase or use the same for both phases. At any rate, the full list of approved North Carolina education providers is on the page below.

http://www.ncdoi.com/OSFM/Engineering_and_Codes/Default.aspx?field1=Home_Inspector_-_Pre-Licensing_Information&user=Home_Inspector_Licensure_Tools&sub=HILT_Licensing

The Department of Insurance maintains a page online with upcoming test dates for the mandatory home inspector exam. Be aware that your application and supporting documents must be submitted at least 30 days before a test date to be able to sit on a particular day. At least 3 character references must be included.

http://www.ncdoi.com/OSFM/Engineering_and_Codes/Default.aspx?field1=Home_Inspector_-_Exam_Schedule&user=Home_Inspector_Licensure_Tools

You must also have insurance to work as a home inspector in North Carolina. The minimum general liability insurance is $250,000. You will also need either 250K in errors and omissions insurance, a surety bond in the amount of 5K, or net worth of at least 5K.

After you apply, you have only one year to take the state home inspector exam. Otherwise, you must apply again. Fees are $35 for the application, $80 for the exam, and $160 to get the license if you pass and otherwise qualify. The license must be renewed on a yearly basis and expires on September 30. You may choose to make your first license active on October 1 to avoid paying additional fees. 12 hours of continuing education is required to renew each year.

There is an exam study guide. However, it’s not really a study guide. It’s an outline plus a list of references. There are so many references that it would probably be better to just take the advice of your education provider about how to prepare for the exam. The list of references is far too long, and I don’t see the typical person buying and studying all of them.

http://www.ncdoi.com/OSFM/Engineering_and_Codes/Documents/HILT_Documents/studyguide.pdf

Register (use the Initial Registration link) on the page below to access an application form.

http://www.ncdoi.com/OSFM/Engineering_and_Codes/Default.aspx?field1=Home_Inspector_-_Licensing_Application&user=Home_Inspector_Licensure_Tools&sub=HILT_Licensing

Home Inspector License Requirements In New York

Home inspectors are licensed in New York by the Home Inspection Council, which is part of the Department of State’s Division of Licensing Services. Anyone who inspects the following must get a license unless he or she has an exemption, such as professional engineers and architects: heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems, foundation, roof, masonry, interior components, exterior components, and other components designated by rule by the Home Inspection Council. Only residences of 1 to 4 dwelling units and those that are not newly constructed can be inspected with this license. Thus, home inspectors may be used when there is an existing homeowner who is selling to a new owner.

Home inspectors must first get 140 hours of education. 40 of the 140 hours must be uncompensated inspection field work that is supervised by a licensed home inspector, architect, or engineer. Alternatively, someone can qualify without attending an educational course by completing 100 supervised residential inspections. This can be either paid or unpaid.

New York has its own written home inspector exam. However, if you took a test like the National Home Inspector Examination before 2006, that will count for licensing so long as this is considered an approved national exam. Some certification agencies may have had their own exam and training. You would have to ask the Council whether the test you took is approved for license qualification purposes if it was not the NHIE.

Other requirements are high school graduation and liability insurance in the amount of $150,000 per incident and 500K in the aggregate. And there is also a $250 application fee. The license is valid for 2 years. The fee drops to $100 for renewals, but you must also complete 24 hour of continuing education to renew.

A reciprocal license for a home inspector will be issued if the state where the applicant is licensed has equivalent qualifications as compared to New York. If so, no additional education or test is required. You will most likely need to have taken a licensing exam to be accepted for a reciprocal license.

Application forms in multiple languages can be found on the following page. Also, you will see some links with exam dates on this page. Click on any of the links for your desired dates to get scheduling and registration information for an upcoming administration of the New York home inspector test.

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

There are a few dozen schools throughout New York and other states that can fulfill the requirements of home inspector education.

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