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Requirements to Complete

About This License

Home Inspector. A person who engages in the business of performing home inspections for compensation and, who, in the pursuit of that independent business, undertakes or offers to undertake, or submits a bid to, or contracts or
undertakes to inspect, or assumes charge, in a supervisory capacity or otherwise, or inspects the condition of, the construction of or erection of a private residence on behalf of another person.

Requirements to Obtaining Your License

To initially become a Home Inspector, one must have one of the following four qualifications:

1. Membership in and adherence to the ethical standards of one of the following professional bodies at the time of application:

American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc. (ASHI), 932 Lee
Street, Suite 101, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Housing Inspection Foundation (HIF), P.O. Box 879, Palm
Springs, CA 92263.
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
(InterNACHI), 1750 30th Street, Suite 301, Boulder, CO
80301
National Institute of Building Inspectors (NIBI), 92 East
Main Street, Suite 301, Summerville, NJ 08876

2. Approval or certification by one of the following
agencies to inspect residential construction:

The United States Veterans Administration, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the International Code Council, or the Council of American Building Officials.

3. A high school diploma or its equivalent, work experience for at least one year as a home inspector, and completion of at least 100 home inspections for compensation.

4. Renewals of home inspector licensure previously supported by evidence of an acceptable professional license shall not require the applicant to repeat proof of such professional licensing.

Full Requirements: http://www.alabamaadministrativecode.state.al.us/docs/fin/355-17-1.pdf

Applying for your License

The filing fee for this application for license as home inspector is $300.00, and this fee is remitted with this application. The fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. This application fee is payable only by cashier’s check or money order made payable to the Division of Construction Management. Do not send cash or company o personal checks.

Exam Details

National Home Inspector Examination  (240 minutes)

Exam Fee $225.00

Topics include: Vegetation, Grade, Drainage, and Retaining Walls, Roof Drainage Systems, Pool and Spa Access Barriers, Garage Vehicle Doors and Operators, Alternative Energy Systems, Wiring Methods, and more!

To schedule your exams, contact PSI at (800) 733-9267

Books and References for the Exam

They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-952-0910.

  • National Home Inspector Exam, Home Inspection Manual,
    2019
  • International Residential Code (IRC) 2015, 2018
  • National Electrical Code, 2014, 2017
  • Carson/Dunlop, The Home Reference Book, 27th Edition
  • A Practical Guide to Home Inspection, 2016

Exam Review Education

This course covers Reports, Exteriors, Roofing, Structure, Insulation, Ventilation, Interiors, Electrical, Heating, Plumbing, Business Practices, Confined Spaces, PPE, Energy Efficiency, and Fire Protection/Prevention. The course includes over 600 practice test questions based on the National Electrical Code and International Residential Code. Recommended reading: Principles of Home Inspection: Systems and Standards 3rd Edition

This Home Inspector study guide includes Home Inspector practice test questions. Our study guide contains easy-to-follow summaries of each chapter in the textbook, Principles of Home Inspection: Systems and Standards 2nd Edition. This course also covers business practices, confined spaces, PPE, energy efficiency, and fire protection/prevention.

Continuing Education

Completion of 15 hours of approved continuing education per year. Licensees must retain proof of this requirement for three years.

Reciprocity Agreement

A Home Inspector is qualified if:
(1) he or she is licensed in his or her state of practice and has been licensed for the past five years, or

(2) he or she has been a member of a group listed in 355-17-1-f.05 (1)(a)(1) for
the past five years and he or she practices in a state without licensing.

How It Works

1

Obtain pre-approval from the state (if applicable).

2

Purchase Exam Prep materials.

3

Schedule and pass your state exams.

4

Submit to the state your application, licensing fee, and proof of insurance.