Taking the NHIE is an important — but only one — step in the overall process of becoming a home inspector.

Check out the map below to see if your state is regulated, then use our checklists to help begin your career.

 

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If you live in a regulated state

  1. Identify regulatory body and determine requirements for your state. Your state’s regulatory body is the best source to answer any requirement questions.
  2. Meet state requirements for education, training or experience.
  3. Study for and pass an approved exam (like the National Home Inspector Examination. The National Home Inspector Examination is required in 29 states. To find out if your state requires the NHIE, visit our State Regulations page.
  4. Submit an application and pay fees.
  5. Undergo background checks and moral character determinations.
  6. Purchase insurance.
  7. Get to work!
  8. Get master-level certified (like ASHI Certified Inspectors or Certified CREIA Inspector).
  9. Renew license over time.

If you live in an unregulated state

  1. Develop your own education plan.
  2. Study for and pass the National Home Inspector Exam.
  3. Pursue additional trainings and certifications.
  4. Purchase insurance.
  5. Get to work!
  6. Get master-level certified (like ASHI Certified Inspectors or Certified CREIA Inspector).