As of 2016, Hawaii had still not passed any state law requiring a license or certification before engaging in the business of home inspection. Only about half of the states actually require a license.
Although Hawaii doesn’t require a license, it is a good idea to get certified for many reasons. The voluntary process of certification will likely help you get more clients in your home inspector business. Also, if you happen to move to a state that does require a license, then you will either already be qualified or at least will have a head start with active certification.
Before starting a home inspection business in Hawaii, ensure that you check local laws. Some municipalities or other government subdivisions may require a local license. There may also be some Hawaii laws that you must follow when doing home inspections. Consult with your training provider for this information.
There are many organizations that allow you to obtain certification as a home inspector. They typically operate on a national basis, and correspondence and online courses are usually available. Keep in mind that some of these associations will require you to take and pass a test. But since you want to be as competent as possible if you are going to do this business, that should be something you are willing to endure to prove to yourself that you have the necessary competence level to be a home inspector.
I will list some of the organizations that have training, certification, or both. I am not recommending or not recommending them. These are just provided for convenience. Do your own research when making a certification decision.
1. American Society of Home Inspectors
2. Professional Home Inspection Institute
4. AHIT Hawaii Home Inspection Training
5. InterNACHI Certification For Hawaii Home Inspectors
6. ATI Hawaii Home Inspector Training
Some of these associations or organizations require you to take the National Home Inspector Examination. This is the most frequently used test. However, requirements for certification vary. And some of the sites listed above do not necessarily provide certification. They might provide training only. Depending on the price, it would be good to select a company that provides both training and certification.