How Do You Become a Home Inspector in New Hampshire?

Are you ready to lay the foundation of your own home inspection business? We’ve created a comprehensive guide to help you cement your new career as a home inspector in New Hampshire. Follow the steps below to learn more about home inspection courses (and why they’re necessary), taking the National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE), and where to go from here.

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  • The minimum age requirement is 18 years old.

  • You must have a GED or high school diploma.
  1. Complete 80 hours of a New Hampshire-Approved Home Inspection Course

    The New Hampshire Office of Professional Licensure and Certification requires a license to work as a home inspector, and choosing the right training will set you apart and help you build your brand. The 80-hr. recommended New Hampshire-approved home inspector course aligns with topics on the National Home Inspector Exam.

  2. Pass the National Home Inspector Exam

    After completing your home inspector education, the next step is to register for (and pass) the National Home Inspector Exam. This exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions (25 of which are not scored). Test takers are given 4 hours to complete the exam, and each attempt costs roughly $225 (depending on your location). This test is known to be difficult, so consider enrolling in an Exam Prep study program.

  3. Provide Proof of Liability Insurance Coverage

    Making mistakes is a part of human nature, and it happens to the best of us. To protect yourself and your livelihood from career-ending lawsuits, taking out a general liability insurance policy is a must for all home inspection professionals. Although liability insurance is required in New Hampshire, there is no specified policy amount.

    General liability policies for small businesses are roughly $40 per month. To get the best rate and a better idea of what coverage you need, speak with a licensed local insurance agent who has worked with other home inspectors, members of local home inspector trade organizations, or shop for insurers online.

  4. Complete a Notarized State Background Check

    New Hampshire home inspectors are required to submit a $25 fee and criminal record release authorization form to the NH Division of State Police.

  5. Pay $200 Application Fee & Submit Your New Hampshire Home Inspector License Application

    Once you’ve completed your 80-Hr. New Hampshire home inspector course and passed the NHIE, you can apply for your license. Please note that there’s a $200 application fee you’ll need to pay to submit your application.

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Quick Facts:

  • Your NH Home Inspector License expires every two years on the last day of your birth month.
  • 20 hours of Continuing Education are required to renew your license every two years.
  • For more details on the New Hampshire Home Inspector License requirements,  Click here.

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New Hampshire Home Inspector License Requirements

Requirements to Become a New Hampshire Home Inspector

  • New Hampshire home inspection education hours: 80 hours
  • Exam Required: NHIE
  • Application Fee: $200 (other fees may apply)
  • Insurance Requirements: Yes, liability, but no amount specified
  • Notarized application and fingerprints are not required
  • Background check is required
  • Minimum age requirement: 18

Home Inspection License Expiration: Biennially on last day of the licensee’s month of birth

New Hampshire Home Inspector Continuing Education Requirements

  • 20 hours every two years

New Hampshire State Licensing Board