Are you interested in becoming a home inspector in Ohio? We’ve compiled the six steps you need to take 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 Inspector Exam (NHIE), networking in your area, the home inspection insurance must-haves, and where to go from here.
Conduct 10 Parallel Home Inspections or 40 Hours of Experience Plus a Peer Review
You will be required to complete 40 hours of curriculum experience plus one peer review or 10 parallel inspections to earn your Ohio home inspector license. A parallel inspection is a home inspection completed by an applicant during the application process that is supervised by a certified home inspector acting as the “parallel inspector”.
The applicant must have a written report for each parallel inspection, which the parallel inspector will review, correct, and return to the applicant within 10 calendar days after receiving the written report.
Pass the National Home Inspector Exam
After completing your home inspector education, the next step in establishing yourself as a trusted expert is passing the National Home Inspector Exam. The exam consists of 200 multiple choice questions (25 of which are not scored) covering three major domains, or sections, that every home inspector should know. Those domains are:
Property and Building Inspection/Site Review
Analysis of Findings and Reporting
Test takers are given 4 hours to complete the exam, and each attempt costs roughly $225 (depending on your location). Due to the unignorable cost of taking the exam, we highly recommend taking an Exam Prep course to greatly increase your chances of passing on the first try. If an individual does not pass, they must wait 30 days before taking the exam again.
Fun Fact: Veterans taking the National Home Inspector Exam are eligible for reimbursement through the GI Bill. Those who choose to exercise this benefit must complete a VBA-22-0803-ARE and submit it with the receipt to the VA for reimbursement.
Submit Your Home Inspector Application to the Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing
Select the “REPL-19-0003 Home Inspector License Application” file under Resource Details
Your application will require:
The signature of your supervisor
A seal by a notary
Completed applications, including the application fee ($250) and education certificates, must be mailed to:
The Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing 77 South High Street, 20th Floor Columbus, OH 43215
Complete a Background Check With Fingerprints
The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing requires you to complete a background check through the Ohio State Police. You will also need to have your fingerprints taken.
Electronic fingerprints must be taken by a Webcheck® user (a business, government agency or private entity that provides criminal record check services) approved by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I). To find a location near you, click here. Out-of-state applicants should consult this additional information link.
Applicants must contact and arrange with a Webcheck® user to have electronic fingerprints taken and submitted to BCI&I using the Webcheck® system. Government-issued photo identification should be taken to the Webcheck® location. Some Webcheck® users can only submit fingerprints for a state records check and not an FBI records check. Applicants should confirm the Webcheck® user can submit both state and FBI fingerprints to BCI&I.
Obtain a Comprehensive or Commercial General Liability Policy With at Least $100,000 per Occurrence or at Least $300,000 Aggregate Limit
When you file an initial license application with the Division, you will submit a certificate of insurance (COI) from your insurer showing you are covered by a commercial general or comprehensive general liability policy for at least the required coverage.
Each home inspection professional should have a liability and/or errors & omissions insurance policy.
Home inspectors can operate independently or join a home inspection firm.
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The Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing will begin enforcing licensing on July 1, 2021. The board is not accepting the grandfathered license. The grandfathered license cannot be offered unless a law is enacted by the Ohio Legislature. Nothing is in place at this time. Please visit Ohio’s Home Inspector Program for more information about the new home inspector licensing law.
Ohio Home Inspection Education Hours: 80 hours
Inspections: 40 hours of curriculum experience plus one peer review or 10 parallel inspections
Exam Required: NHIE
Application Fee: $250 (other fees may apply)
Background check and fingerprints are required
Home Inspection License Expiration: Every three years
Ohio Home Inspector Continuing Education Requirements