Kentucky Home Inspection State Regulations

Regulating Body

Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors

Phone: (502) 782-0563

Toll Free: (502) 888-373-3300

Email: tatum.herrington@ky.gov

Address: 500 Mero Street, 2NE09 Frankfort, KY 40601

Quick Kentucky Facts

  • Home inspection is regulated
  • Every two years license renewal cycle
  • Distance education is not allowed
  • CE distance education is allowed
  • License type(s): home inspector


  • Field Training and Experience
    • Experience: Three (3) (unpaid) home inspections with satisfactory written reports (this is part of the pre-license course requirements) and should be submitted to the course provider
      • 64 hours total with at 16 hours of actual inspection (8 hours in a lab and 8 hours in field training)
      • Three (3) home inspections; 14 a year for Kentucky licensed home inspectors; 15 a year for alternative (non-Kentucky) licensees
  • CE
    • CE Hours: 28 hours every renewal period (14 a year)
  • Pre-Licensing
    • 64 pre-licensing hours

Statute/Code: Kentucky Revised Statutes Title XVII. § 198B.712 (c)

Rule/Regulation: 815 KAR 6:010

Exam: National Home Inspector Examination

Application and Licensing: Kentucky Real Estate Authority – K.R.E.A.

Kentucky Home Inspection Training

Kentucky Licensure (KRS 198B.700) enacted in 2004. The Kentucky Home Inspector Licensing Law requires home inspectors to be licensed and defines the requirements of licensure. An inspector must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, complete a board-approved training program, pass an examination approved by the board, and submit a properly completed application (Form KBHI-1). No person can advertise or claim to be a licensed home inspector or perform a home inspection for compensation after July 1, 2006, unless they have been issued a Kentucky Home Inspector License by the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors. Conducting business as a home inspector in Kentucky without a license is a criminal offense after July 1, 2006. Inspections must be conducted in accordance with the standards of practice of ASHI, NAHI or NACHI. The law created the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors, to which the Governor appointed eight members, including one member each from ASHI, NAHI, and the Kentucky Real Estate Inspection Association. The law also establishes license renewal criteria, including completing 28 hours of continuing education approved by the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors (KBHI) every two years. Licensed inspectors must carry general liability insurance in the amount of $250,000.


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