About NHIE

The NHIE is the original exam for the home inspection profession. It is the only independent, psychometrically valid home inspector exam in the United States. Home inspectors who pass the NHIE are career-ready, with proven competence. Test takers can use the NHIE as a credential to stand out from competitors and win business from buyers, sellers, developers and real estate professionals.


The Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors is an independent not-for-profit organization, incorporated in the State of Illinois and tax exempt under IRS guideline 501c(6). It serves the public interest by establishing the standard of competence for the home inspection profession. EBPHI governs and administers the National Home Inspector Examination specifically to support the regulatory needs of states in identifying the required level of competence to conduct a quality home inspection.

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A National Standard

By requiring home inspectors to pass the NHIE, states participate in the national standard for the professional home inspector. The NHIE addresses the core competencies of home inspection as they apply in all states. Many state regulatory bodies also wish to test knowledge of state-specific laws, regulations or standards for a profession or occupation. EBPHI is able to consult in the development and CBT delivery assistance if needed. The total number of National Home Inspector Exams administered in the US in 2017 was over 6,500.

Reliable, Cost-Effective, and Accessible

The cost to develop, implement and maintain a high-stakes, legally defensible examination like the National Home Inspector Examination is considerable. EBPHI makes the NHIE available at no direct cost to the state, because it is our mission to set the standard for home inspector competency and to assist states in protecting the public.

The NHIE is offered at a reasonable cost to examinees at more than 300 testing centers nationwide and in Canada. All centers are equipped with touchscreen computer technology and most are available six days a week. Examinees may register online or by calling a toll-free number.

EBPHI Board of Directors:





Charles Gifford, President









Uli Sommers, Secretary









Don Norman, Immediate Past President









David Goldstein, President Elect









Carl Brakensiek, Public Member









Thomas  Lauhon









Dr. Paul Naylor, Public Member









Brendan Ryan








Ed Winkleman










Randy Sipe









Chad Fabry








Loretta DeHay, Treasurer & Public Member