North Carolina – Home Inspection State Regulations

Regulating Body:

North Carolina Home Inspector License Board
Phone: (919) 647-0027
Fax: (919) 715-0067
Location: 325 N. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
Mailing Address: 1202 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1202

Quick North Carolina Facts:

  • Home inspection is regulated
  • License renewal cycle every year
  • Distance education is allowed for the classroom portion of the 120 hour pre-licensing course. The 80 required field training hours must be gained in the field.
  • CE distance education is allowed
  • License type(s): Home inspector


  • Field training and experience
  • CE
    • 12 CE hours required
  • Pre-licensing
    • optional , depending upon experience or other licenses or certifications held
    • 120 hours classroom / 80 hours field training

Exam: North Carolina Home Inspector License exam

In order to become a Home Inspector one must pass the NC home inspector license exam.

North Carolina Home Inspection Training: North Carolina Licensure (Chapter 143, Article 9F) enacted in 1993.The North Carolina “Home Inspection Licensure Act” provides for the licensing and regulation of home inspectors through the creation of a Home Inspector Licensure Board within the Department of Insurance. In order to become licensed as a home inspector, an individual must pass the licensing examination prescribed by the Board, have minimum net assets or a bond in an amount determined by the Board (not less than $5,000 nor more than $10,000) and meet certain educational conditions, including:

  1. have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  2. have education and experience the Board considers to be equivalent to that in subpart 1. Above; or
  3. be licensed as a general contractor, architect, or professional engineer.

Application and Licensing: North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board