About NHIE

The National Home Inspector Examination® is the original exam for the home inspection profession. It is the only independent, psychometrically-sound home inspector exam in the United States that has also achieved independent accreditation.

Home inspectors who pass the NHIE are career-ready, with proven competence. Passage of the NHIE can help test-takers 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.

A key component of maintaining the exam is to perform a Role Delineation Study (RDS) every five years. The study analyzes the profession to understand what changes have occurred and updates the exam template from which exam questions are derived. EBPHI conducted the last RDS in 2018. Click here to view the results.

Mission Statement

To develop and maintain high-stakes examinations for the real estate inspection profession and to advocate for high standards for the profession.

Vision Statement

An economy where home inspectors are able to demonstrate and continually improve their competence and consumers who partner with them are increasingly confident and informed during their experience.

Strategic Plan

– Accreditation
– Promote NHIE
– Diversify the Board
– Engage Others
– Advocacy

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. More than 6,800 National Home Inspector Exams were administered in the U.S. in 2020.

Reliable, Cost-Effective and Accessible

The cost to develop, implement and maintain a high-stakes, legally defensible examination like the NHIE 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





Brendan Ryan, President








Randy Sipe, President Elect









David Goldstein, Immediate Past President 









Uli Sommers, Secretary









Loretta DeHay, Treasurer & Public Member









Carl Brakensiek, MBA, JD, Director & Public Member








Chad Fabry, Director









Charles Gifford, ACI, RPI, CRC, Director









Jason Murton, Director










Dr. Paul Naylor, Director & Public Member









Marlon Page, Director









Charlie Sessums, Director




Peter Sniderman, Director






Ed Winkleman, Director