We’ve compiled the four steps you’ll need to start your new career as a licensed home inspection professional. Follow the steps below to learn more about home inspection courses (and why they’re necessary), taking the National Home Inspection Exam (NHIE), networking in your area, the home inspection insurance must-haves, and where to go from here.
To earn your Alaska Home Inspector License, you must pass the National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE), which is offered by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors. Alaska has a unique approach to home inspection certification in the sense that you can apply to inspect new homes or existing homes — or you can apply for a “joint registration”, which allows you to inspect both. If you want to apply for a joint registration, there are four National Examinations that are required.
Provide Proof of Insurance
To be a licensed Alaska home inspector, you must obtain bodily injury and property damage liability insurance covering your home inspection operations in the sum of not less than $20,000 for injury or damage to property; $50,000 for injury or damage, including death, to any one person; $100,000 for injury or damage, including death, to more than one person; and $250,000 of errors and omissions coverage.
Pay the $350 Application Fee and Submit a Notarized Application
To complete an application, you must pay the nonrefundable application fee ($100) and the registration fee ($250). Fees are made payable to “State of Alaska.” You must also include the required documentation, including the application, application fees, an authorization for the release of records, and your final exam scores.
In accordance with the state, all home inspectors must also obtain an Alaska Business License.
Each home inspection professional should have a liability and/or errors and omissions insurance policy.
Home inspectors can operate independently or join a home inspection firm.
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