Home Inspector Licensing, Continuing Education, Business & Marketing in Illinois

For details about Illinois home inspector licensing, visit the Illinois website.

Home Inspector Licensing:

To become a licensed home inspector in Illinois, you have two options:
  1. Take online training (online & free for members); or
  2. Take live classroom training. 


OPTION 1:  Online training (online & free for members):
Take InterNACHI's free, online "Illinois Home Inspector Online Pre-Licensing Course" by visiting www.nachi.org/become-licensed-home-inspector-illinois-online-internachi.htm.
The course includes five (5) field inspection events.
OPTION 2:  Live classroom training (for a fee).
To take live classroom training, please contact the InterNACHI Chicago Chapter President Jeff Merritt, InterNACHI Instructor & IDFPR Proctor, www.homesteadinspectionsllc.com, 4440 Frontage Road, Hillside, IL, Phone: (773) 457-4542, Email: jefmerit@netzero.net

Home Inspector Continuing Education (online & free for members): 

An Illinois-licensed home inspector is required to complete hours of Continuing Education, of which a minimum of 6 hours must be approved as mandatory courses for each 2-year renewal cycle. 
Home inspectors can fulfill their Continuing Education requirements by taking InterNACHI's free, online courses and proctored examinations. InterNACHI's courses are approved by Illinois, online and free to members. View approval of InterNACHI as a CE Provider.
  • Scroll down this page (or click here) for the Step-By-Step procedure in attaining Continuing Education credits. 

Business & Marketing (online & free for members):

Free, online "Home Inspection Business Course":  nachi.org/become-home-inspector-business-course-101
InterNACHI's Marketing Team will design a new logo for your inspection business or re-design your existing logo, and design and customize your business cards, flyers and brochures. It's all for free. Take a look at the free design work we've done for our members (free to members). Contact the Inspector Marketing Department today

Home Energy Report™ Software (online & free for members):

No infrared, no blower door, and no additional training needed. Visit nachi.org/home-energy-inspection

Everything You Need, All in One Place:

InterNACHI provides everything you need to be successful. Visit nachi.org/become-home-inspector

Home Inspector Continuing Education for IL (Step-By-Step):

Follow the 3 steps to obtain Continuing Education credits for your home inspector license.

Step #1: Choose an online course (online & free for members).

Choose any IDFPR-approved course from the list below. Log in and take it. All of InterNACHI's online courses are free to members. Don't forget to enter your state license number at nachi.org/state-licenses

Step #2: Choose a local proctor, and take exam of the online course.

You must take an online exam with a local proctor of your choice. Choose your proctor from the list below. The proctoring service may be free, or there may be a small fee. 
In front of your proctor, log into the online course and take the online course's exam. You have to pass the online exam with 80% or better. Because it's online, grading is instant. You are permitted to immediately retake the exam, if needed. 

Step #3: Email the exam results.

Email the InterNACHI Proctored Exam Form to Ben Gromicko at ben@internachi.org. This is the critical step. We'll submit your course information to the state upon receiving the form. 
All of InterNACHI's online courses are free to members. Not a member? Join now.

Need assistance?

Have questions? Ben Gromicko ben@internachi.org

Home Inspector Continuing Education Courses (online & free for members):

The following courses are online and approved by Illinois IDFPR for home inspector Continuing Education. To receive CE credit, you must pass the online course's exam, proctored by a proctor of your choice (See list of proctors below.)
  1. First, choose any IDFPR-approved online course (see below).
  2. Second, choose a local proctor and take the online course's exam with that proctor (see below).
  3. Third, email the exam results to InterNACHI (ben@internachi.org). It's that easy.
  1. Advanced HVAC Training for Home Inspectors (Mandatory, 12 hours, 454.000592)*
  2. Building Science and Infrared Thermal Imaging (Elective, 6 hours, 454.000593)
  3. Advanced Inspection of Crawlspaces (Mandatory, 3 hours, 454.000594)*
  4. Inspecting HVAC Energy Efficiency (Mandatory 6 hours, 454.000575) *
  5. How to Inspect Manufactured and Mobile Homes (Mandatory 6 hours, 454.000543) *
  6. 25 Standards Every Inspector Should Know (Elective 6 hours, 454.000419)
  7. How to Inspect the Attic, Insulation, Ventilation and Interior (Mandatory 6 hours, 454.000479) *
  8. Commercial Property Inspection Prerequisite (Elective 3 hours, 454.000417)
  9. How to Perform Deck Inspections (Elective 3 hours, 454.000438)
  10. How to Perform Residential Electrical Inspections (Elective 6 hours, 454.000450)
  11. How to Perform Energy Audits (Elective 6 hours, 454.000457)
  12. How to Perform Exterior Inspections (Mandatory 6 hours, 454000510) *
  13. Inspecting Foundation Walls and Piers (Elective 3 hours, 454.000384)
  14. Green Building Inspection (Elective 6 hours, 454.000387)
  15. Inspecting HVAC Systems (Elective 6 hours, 454.000456)
  16. Log Home Inspection (Elective 6 hours, 454.000389)
  17. Inspecting Means of Egress (Elective 3 hours, 454.000386)
  18. How to Inspect for Moisture Intrusion (Elective 6 hours, 454.000418)
  19. How to Perform Mold Inspections (Elective 6 hours, 454.000483)
  20. Advanced Mold Inspection Training (Elective 6 hours, 454.000423)
  21. Residential Plumbing Overview for Inspectors (Elective 6 hours, 454.000381)
  22. How to Inspect Pools and Spas (Elective 6 hours, 454.000472)
  23. Radon Measurement Service Provider (Elective 6 hours, 454.000489)
  24. How to Perform Roof Inspections (Mandatory 6 hours, 454.000273) *
  25. Safe Practices for the Home Inspector (Elective 3 hours, 454.000380)
  26. Structural Issues for Home Inspectors (Elective 6 hours, 454.000378)
  27. Inspecting Water Heater Tanks (Elective 3 hours, 454.000388)
  28. Wood-Destroying Organism Inspection (Elective 6 hours, 454.000420)
  29. How to Inspect Septic Systems (Mandatory 6 hours, 454.000478) *
     * Mandatory course


Proctors for Course Exams:

  1. STEP #1, choose any IDFPR-approved online course (see above).
  2. STEP #2, choose a local proctor and take the online course's exam with that proctor.
  3. STEP #3, email the exam results to InterNACHI. It's that easy.
InterNACHI's online courses are free, but there may be a small fee for the proctoring services.
Illinois Public Libraries
Take a proctored exam at an Illinois public library.
Illinois Community Colleges
Take a proctored exam at an Illinois community college.
Northern Illinois - Chicago
        Daniel Cullen, Inspector Proctor
        Domicile Consulting LLC
        2545 West Diversey Avenue, Suite 227, Chicago, IL 60647
Northern Illinois - Chicago
Jeff Merritt, Inspector Proctor
4440 Frontage Road, Hillside, IL 
(773) 457-4542
Northern Illinois - Chicago Library
Margaret Schatz, Librarian Proctor
Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston IL 60201
(847) 448-8640
Northern Illinois - Lombard
       Rod Roeske, Inspector Proctor
       Illinois State Chapter, Administrator 
       Providing Continuing Education to home inspectors
       127 West Windsor Avenue, Lombard, IL 60148
       (630) 629-3119  INACHI-IL@att.net
Northern Illinois - Naperville
       Ron Ewald
       The BrickKicker of Illinois, Chicagoland
       849 North Ellsworth Street, Naperville, IL 60543
       (800) 450-1084   ewald@prostaracademy.com
Northern Illinois - Chicago
       Carrie Alexander
       720 B North Bridge Street, Yorkville, IL 60560
       (630) 306-8779
Central Illinois - Peoria
Sherry Winkle, Proctor
(309) 677-2416
Central Illinois - Le Roy
        Fae L. Morris, Librarian Proctor
        JT & EJ Crumbaugh Library, 405 East Center, Le Roy, IL 61752
Southern Illinois - Waterloo
Ken Sitzes, Inspector Proctor
Illinois State Chapter, Administrator & Treasurer 
Providing Continuing Education to home inspectors
Southern Illinois - Marion Carnegie Library
Dena Porter, Librarian Proctor
TO GET CREDIT, you have to pass the online course's exam in front of a proctor. Then, email the InterNACHI Proctored Exam Form to Ben Gromicko at ben@internachi.org.
  • IF YOU PASS, email the InterNACHI Proctored Exam Form to Ben Gromicko at ben@internachi.org. Exam results will then be forwarded by InterNACHI to IDPFR for credit. 
  • IF YOU FAIL, you are permitted to retake the online exam immediately, but there may be an additional fee for another proctoring session. Ask your proctor. 
For further assistance, contact the Director of Education Ben Gromicko at ben@internachi.org. Many thanks to InterNACHI Member Russ Myers for developing several of our Illinois-approved courses. Many thanks to Ken Sitzes for being the state administrator for many years. 

Additional Information for Illinois Home Inspectors:

Illinois Home Inspector Forms: http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/re/Forms/HIFORMS.asp
Illinois Home Inspector Information: http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/re/homeinspect.asp
Becoming a licensed home inspector in Illinois, visit: http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/re/histatelaw.asp

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