Hawaii Home Inspector License Requirements

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
http://www.homeinspector.org/

2. Professional Home Inspection Institute
https://www.homeinspectioninstitute.com/state_regulations.php?statecode=HI

3. ICA

Hawaii Home Inspection Licensing

4. AHIT Hawaii Home Inspection Training
http://www.ahit.com/training/hawaii.cfm

5. InterNACHI Certification For Hawaii Home Inspectors
https://www.nachi.org/hawaii-certified-home-inspector.htm

6. ATI Hawaii Home Inspector Training
http://www.atihomeinspectortraining.com/Cat/States/Hawaii

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.

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Home Inspector Licensure And Certification In Georgia

According to the Georgia Real Estate Commission, the state decided in the 1990s that the relative benefits of requiring a license for home inspectors did not outweigh the burdens of such a regulatory scheme. As such, there is currently no requirement to get a license to perform home inspections in Georgia.

Although no license is required, it is common for home inspectors to obtain certification from a national or state organization. The main benefit of certification is that prospective home or commercial real estate buyers can have more confidence that you will do a professional job when inspecting a property. Some real estate brokers also hire their own home inspectors or contract with an independent inspector to do inspection work. And certification is one thing they will look for in deciding whether to work with a particular home inspector.

Since the Georgia Real Estate Commission does not issue licenses or certifications, they do not recommend any particular path to getting certified. So it is up to you to determine the best path for you and whether you should get certified at all. National organizations typically require you to take a test to obtain home inspector certification. NAHI, InterNACHI, and ASHI are 3 of the biggest national home inspector associations. However, there are many others. I would ask existing home inspectors, real estate brokers, or contractors for a recommendation about which organizations have the best reputation in the industry.

Some Georgia cities may have a license requirement or some kind of business license if you own and run your own home inspection business. Since local laws vary, you will have to check in your own area.

Although Georgia does not license inspectors, they have passed a law with certain legal requirements for actual home inspection work. This is the Trade Practice Act. It mandates a written disclosure for all home inspections. The report must say exactly what was inspected (the scope of the inspection), clarify that a visual examination was completed, and make assurances that any discovered defects will be noted in writing and given to the person who ordered the inspection. Also, the written notice must recommend that relevant professionals be consulted to determine the appropriate course of action to remedy defects. It is a misdemeanor to fail to provide this written notice or to fail to get a license if the local government requires one.

How To Become a Licensed Home Inspector In Florida

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is the licensing agency for professional home inspectors. This state passed a license requirement in 2010. Applicants can get licensed either by examination or by endorsement. However, other education and training requirements also apply. And licenses by endorsement are only available if the requirements in the other state are equal to Florida licensing qualifications. Businesses do not apply for a license. Rather, the individual actually performing an inspection must have a license.

Before taking an exam to get a home inspector license in Florida, you must take a training course that lasts 120 hours. The Department pre-approves courses. So you need to pick one from the approved list. Unfortunately, at the time of this post, the list was on a page that presents a “File Not Found” error. If you need a copy of the list of approved courses, contact the Department. The Customer Contact Center can be reached at 850-487-1395.

Some states require a certain amount of supervised experience, such as doing a number of actual inspections under the guidance of a licensed home inspector. However, at least at the time of this writing, no experience is required to get licensed in Florida.

After completing your training, you then have to take whatever home inspector exam is accepted by the Department.

There are some other requirements. You must be of good moral character, and a mandatory criminal background check is used for this purpose. Also, you must have $300,000 in commercial general liability insurance.

Florida accepts a number of different home inspector exams for licensing purposes. As of 2016, here is the full list of tests that the Department accepts as long as you have a passing score. Only one passed test is required:

1. National Home Inspector Exam (homeinspectionexam.org);

2. Florida Association of Building Inspectors exam (fabi.org);

3. InterNACHI Home Inspector Examination (http://www.nachi.org/florida-licensing-home-inspector-exam.htm); and

4. Association of Construction Industry’s Certified Home and Property Inspection Examination (http://cicertified.com/cihpi.html).

Combined, the application and licensing fees are $225, as of 2016. There is an additional unlicensed activity fee of $5 and renewal fees of $105 (total) by July 31 of even-numbered years.

The application forms can be found by using the page below. For new applicants, either click on “Home Inspector – Initial Active License By Examination” or “Home Inspector – Initial Active License For Out-of-State Applicants.” On the next page after clicking, you can choose an online or paper form.

https://www.myfloridalicense.com/intentions2.asp?chBoard=true&boardid=04&SID=

Delaware Home Inspector License Requirements (Including Trainee And Temporary Permit)

Delaware has a number of permits or licenses for home inspectors and trainees. There is a registration process for trainees, and fully trained professionals who meet all requirements get a license. Such license may be obtained via exam, reciprocity, or through experience. There is also a temporary home inspection permit.

You should only use the trainee registration form if you don’t have an existing license in a different state. The purpose here is to register as a trainee and then complete some actual supervised home inspections. After you complete the inspections, you can then apply to take the licensing exam. The trainee registration fee is $150.

http://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/homeinspector/documents/Home_Inspector_Trainee_App.pdf

A trainee’s 75 supervised inspections must occur after registration, not before. The “Verification of Home Inspector Trainee Supervision” form is included in the registration packet. The “Experience Log” is also in the packet. Use this to document your inspections, as the log must be submitted when it is time to apply for your license.

A temporary home inspection permit is only for home inspectors licensed in another state who have temporary business in Delaware that is limited to a specific assignment. Each property requires its own permit, and a maximum of 5 per year may be issued. Each temporary permit costs $40.

http://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/homeinspector/documents/Home_Inspector_Temp_App.pdf

Once you complete your 75 inspections, you still have to complete a 140-hour training course. It can be online or in a real classroom. As of 2016, there are 3 approved home inspection courses: InterNACHI, NAHI, and ASHI.

Assuming you complete your training and inspections, then you must pass a test. It is the National Home Inspector Examination, which is the most common test used in this profession for licensing or certification by state agencies.

Other requirements are a high school diploma or GED, $50,000 in errors and omissions insurance and $250,000 in liability insurance. The application for a license by exam is on the below page.

http://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/homeinspector/documents/Home_Inspector_Exam_App.pdf

The application for a license by endorsement is if you are already licensed as a home inspection in the U.S., including any territories or D.C. You are out of luck if your state does not have such a license or certification program. In that case, you can qualify based on experience if you have enough. But if not, you must register as a trainee and complete the inspections and exam.

http://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/homeinspector/documents/Home_Inspector_Endorsement_App.pdf

Caution: In some cases (not New Jersey license holders), you need 5 years of experience to get a license by endorsement. But you do not need the 5 years of experience if you have ASHI membership as an inspector or certified inspector or you are an NAHI regular member or certified real estate inspector. Some additional rules and exceptions apply. You can see them in the application packet listed above.

Now, assume you have experience in a state that does not have licensing. The other possibility is to get a Delaware home inspector license by experience. There are two ways to qualify. The first is to have 5 years of experience. The other is to be a member of ASHI or NAHI plus have at least 75 inspections under your belt.

http://dpr.delaware.gov/boards/homeinspector/documents/Home_Inspector_Experience_App.pdf

Regardless of the manner in which a Delaware home inspector license is obtained, the application fee is $273.

Connecticut License Requirements For Home Inspectors And Interns

Connecticut has a Home Inspection Licensing Board, which is part of the Department of Consumer Protection. Aspiring home inspectors must get a license from this board to independently contract for work in home inspections. There is also an intern licensing procedure for trainees.

Note: You can determine the identity of current licensing board members online. They also have a calendar and post minutes of board meetings. Use the following page to get that information.

http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1624&q=276084&PM=1

Section 20-492 of Chapter 400f generally requires a license in Connecticut to act as a home inspector. Some exemptions apply, as in the case of licensed architects and professional engineers. Other exemptions are for state, city, and federal government workers, schools offering a vocational education program in home inspection, and other licensed professionals that act only within the bounds of their license authority. In other words, an electrician or plumber or even real estate appraiser may perform some aspects of home inspection. But as long as those actions are authorized by the other professional license, then a separate license as a home inspector is not required. Supervised home inspection interns may also perform work as part of their training.

By statute, home inspectors must pay a $40 license application fee. But statutes also call for a separate $200 license fee. Intern application fees are $20. But there is a $200 fee for the actual permit. Reciprocal license fees are $100.

To be a Connecticut home inspector, you must at least graduate from high school and then do at least 100 actual inspections as a permit-holding intern. You must also pass an exam. But to become an intern, you also must complete a home inspector training program. The Department approves the training programs, and you can use the following page to find and start contacting these home inspection schools.

http://www.ct.gov/dcp/lib/dcp/pdf/occpro_pdf/hiprelicencourse8.pdf

If you are already licensed out of state, you do not have to take any more tests or do any intern training to get a Connecticut license. However, for this rule to apply, the licensing standards must be at least as hard as the standards imposed in this state.

At the time of publication, PSI handles the Connecticut home inspector exams on behalf of the Department and Board. Use their Candidate Information Bulletin for more info. There is a $65 test fee.

https://candidate.psiexams.com/bulletin/display_bulletin.jsp?ro=yes&actionname=83&bulletinid=60&bulletinurl=.pdf

In lieu of the PSI Connecticut exam for home inspectors, you may choose to take the National Home Inspector Examination. Only one test is required as long as you pass it. But you still need to apply through PSI if you have taken and passed the national licensing exam.

Home Inspector License And Permit Requirements For Colorado

Home inspection is a field that requires a state license in some places, but not in others. There has been talk of creating a home inspector license requirement in Colorado. As of the time of this post, in June of 2016, no such requirement existed. According to the Denver Post, the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee held hearings on this matter in 2015. But the proposal to create such a license requirement was defeated. They say this is the only part of the real estate buying process that is not performed by a licensed professional in this state.

Some people can see the lack of licensing as a problem, as even ex-felons can set up shop as a home inspector in Colorado. But there are ways that home sellers and buyers can utilize proven professionals. And the same procedures can be used to get training and enhance credibility and business potential as a home inspector. Since there is no license, this can be done through certification.

There are various organizations that can help you train for and get certified for home inspection. The American Society of Home Inspectors and others have training programs you can do at home to learn how to actually inspect homes and do the business aspects of a home inspection company.

http://www.homeinspector.org/ASHI-HOME-Training-System

I am not recommending ASHI or any courses listed below. But I am just listing them as options for you to check out. I have not yet seen any college degree programs in home inspection, as the field doesn’t seem to go as far as real estate appraising in terms of technical knowledge. But you may learn some of these things as part of a real estate training course or in certain college classes.

http://www.ahit.com/training/colorado.cfm

Colorado Home Inspection Licensing

Most of these courses appear to be several hundred dollars, but are typically less than $1000. Make sure you obtain certification as part of any training package. That is even more important for business credibility since there is no licensing scheme in this state.

Even though there is no state license for home inspectors in Colorado, you may have to register locally. Check with any departments related to business permits and building permits. They may or may not have registration requirements for home inspectors since this depends on local rules and ordinances.

Although some people earn a full-time income in home inspection, it is not likely that all individuals will be that successful. You will need to network with real estate brokers, construction contractors, and the like. These are the people who have direct contact with home buyers and sellers. So they can refer customers to you if you are able to forge such business relationships.

Getting Certified By CREIA As a Home Inspector In California

Home inspection is a valuable service that real estate professionals or other organizations need when buying and selling property. While many states require a license for work as a home inspector, California has no such requirements. This information is current as of 2016. It would not be surprising, though, if the state decides at some point to require licensing. It is best to get certified by a respected organization in case that happens. That way, you may be grandfathered in based upon your current certification if California later decides to mandate a home inspection license.

The California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) provides home inspector certification. It would also be good to get this for employment or contracting purposes because certification status shows prospective employers or businesses who need to contract with an inspector that you have met professional standards of education and training.

The first step in certification is to become a candidate member of CREIA. You then need to study for and take two exams. One of them is the National Home Inspector Exam. States that do require a license usually require this test. But CREIA also has an SOP/Ethics Examination. “SOP” refers to standards of practice.

But to be a Certified CREIA Inspector, you must meet some additional educational and training requirements. They include 60 classroom hours of continuing education, 2 ride-alongs (you go with a certified or master inspector and learn from them by watching them do an actual inspection), a group SOP-compliant inspection, and 10 report reviews after completing all other requirements. These 10 reports must be from actual home inspections that you did independently, meaning without a certified inspector there to help you. When you join as a member, you will get much more specific information about how to do these things.

The CREIA maintains a list online of approved continuing-education training courses at http://www.creia.org/creia-approved-education.

The other thing to get certified is that you must be a current member in good standing. This is fairly expensive. As of 2016, it’s $495 the first year and then $395 in annual dues.

Although California has no license, they do have laws that are specific to home inspections. So you should be completely familiar with these to avoid violations of the law when working as a home inspector in this state.

https://creia.memberclicks.net/ca-real-estate-inspection-law

How to Be a Licensed Home Inspector In Arizona

Home inspectors are licensed or certified in Arizona through the Board of Technical Registration. They can be reached at 602-364-4930.

All applicants must be at least 18 and of good moral character.

The law requires an exam for this certification. And the Board has decided that the appropriate test is the National Home Inspector Examination. The general rule is that you must pass this test within 2 years before the date of your license application.

Before taking your exam, you need to take a training course. The Board has provided a list of home inspection programs that are approved:

https://btr.az.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/Home%20Inspector%20Training_1.pdf

Since you will be working on actual homes, fingerprints and a background check are also required for this certification. Certain criminal convictions or negative things related to other licenses or certifications could be a problem. Check out the statute for specifics on that:

http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/32/00122-02.htm&Title=32&DocType=ARS

A bond or insurance is also generally required. This must be in your name, not the business name. The statutes and rules did not give the exact amount. Contact the Board for this or ask an existing Arizona home inspector what financial assurances he or she provides to the Board to maintain certification.

Here is the reference list for the National Home Inspector Examination:

http://www.homeinspectionexam.org/references.php

The actual exam is given at various test centers. As of 2016, that test center for exams taken in Arizona was PSI. Below is the PSI registration page. You can take the test year round, but you might not be able to pick the exact date and time:

https://candidate.psiexams.com/catalog/fti_agency_license_details.jsp?fromwhere=findtest&testid=2329

The application fee is $100, and the fingerprint fee is $42. Fees are subject to change. Find the application forms on the Board’s website here:

https://btr.az.gov/resources/forms/application-forms

How to Become a Licensed Home Inspector In Alaska

There are three types of home inspectors in Alaska. One is a new home inspector, another is an existing home inspector, and the 3rd is joint registration, which means the licensee can inspect both new and existing homes.

Requirements to inspect new homes including passing 4 different exams, while those who only want to get licensed for existing homes can get licensed by passing only one test. But all home inspectors must have a surety bond for $10,000 and liability insurance. The insurance is 20K for property damage, 50K for death or injury to one person, and 100K for death or injury to more than one person. A standard Alaska business license is also required if the home inspector is running his own business, but not if he is simply someone else’s employee.

The tests required of new home inspectors and joint registration applicants are the following International Code Council exams:

residential building inspector
residential plumbing inspector
residential mechanical inspector
residential electrical inspector

Click here for more information on these 4 ICC tests:

http://www.iccsafe.org/education-certification/certifications-and-testing/national-exam-info-registration/

For existing home inspectors, you have a choice of one of two exams. You do not have to take both:

National Home Inspector Examination

Certified Real Estate Inspector Exam (from the National Association of Home Inspectors)

Fees for an Alaska home inspector are about $300 for the application and registration. You do not have to pay twice for joint registration.