How to Become a Licensed Home Inspector in Alabama

 
To become a licensed home inspector in Alabama, you must attain a license from the Alabama Building Commission by completing the state licensing requirements. We recommend the following: 
 
  • Join InterNACHI as a member. InterNACHI is a state-approved provider of free accredited education listed in 355-17-1-.06(a)(1) of the Alabama Home Inspectors Registration Program
  • Take InterNACHI's free, online, state-approved education courses to attain a combination of completing hours of pre-approved home inspector education and participating in home inspections under the supervision of a qualified Home Inspector. You must either: (a) complete a minimum of 120 hours of approved home inspector education and participate in 35 home inspections, or (b) complete a minimum of 35 hours of approved home inspector education and participate in 100 home inspections. InterNACHI provides state-approved home inspector education that is accredited, free, and online for members. 
  • Pass two state tests within 18 months before submitting an application for a home inspector license. Contact the state for those tests. 
  • Draft home inspection reports for 25 home inspections. Ten of these reports must be reviewed and corrected by a qualified home inspector. A home inspector is qualified if (1) he or she is licensed in his or her state of practice and has been licensed for the past five years, or (2) he or she has been a member of InterNACHI for the past five years and he or she practices in a state without licensing. InterNACHI can review your reports for free at education@internachi.org
  • Get home inspector liability insurance. InterNACHI® members receive exclusive discounts and enhanced coverage through our InterNACHI Members-Only Insurance Program.
  • Submit an application and fee to the state. 
 
 
 

Become an InterNACHI Certified Home Inspector

Just because you're licensed doesn't mean you'll be successful. To compete with all other licensed home inspectors, take advantage of all of the marketing and business resources that InterNACHI provides to InterNACHI® Certified Home Inspectors. InterNACHI® provides an accredited Home Inspector Certificate Program to members to attain the Certified Professional Inspector CPI® designation. The training, exam, and certification are all online and free for members. 
 
We recommend following the 15-Step Checklist for Home Inspector Success
 
 
 
 

Home Inspector Certificate Program

InterNACHI is the world's leading association for home inspectors.  We provide free training, online testing and certification, business development, marketing support, discounts on everything from home inspection software to E&O insurance to your next truck, and more.
 
InterNACHI School is accredited as a postsecondary education institution by the national accrediting agency of the U.S. Department of Education to provide tuition-free online training, examination, certification, and continuing education to InterNACHI® members in Alabama. 
 
 
Scroll down this page for everything you need to get started, grow your business, and a become successful inspector in Alabama. 
 
 
 
 

To Help Prepare for the State Exams

To help prepare for the state exam, you may take advantage of several resources we provide, such as InterNACHI's Online Home Inspector Exam (free), the InterNACHI® State Exam Prep Course (free for members), the Home Inspection Exam Prep Guide, and InterNACHI's online courses (free for members). We do not know what's on the state exams, but the preparation resources may be helpful to you. Not a member? Join now.
 
 
 
 

Residential New Construction Designation (not required)

According to the new law 355-17-1-.06 (2), this designation is not a mandatory requirement for inspecting residential new construction. To obtain a Residential New Construction Designation, a Home Inspector licensed and in good standing must: (a) submit the appropriate application form; and (b) submit proof of successful completion of an eight-hour Residential New Construction training module approved by the Director and completed no more than two years prior to the date of application. The lack of a Designation shall not be construed to limit the rights of any licensee under the Act. It is not a mandatory requirement for inspecting residential new construction.
 
 
 
 

EIFS Inspector

To become an EIFS Inspector in Alabama, one must be a member of the Exterior Design Institute or the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry and submit an application form to the state. 
 
 
 
 

Insurance for Home Inspectors​

To be a licensed home inspector in Alabama, individuals must meet certain requirements for adequate insurance coverage. InterNACHI® members are eligible for discounts and enhanced coverage. Visit nachi.org/insurance for information on how to sign up.
 
 
 
 

Continuing Education (online & free for members)

To renew a home inspector license in Alabama, beginning with renewals for the 2021 license year, the licensee must complete 15 hours of approved continuing education per year. 
 
InterNACHI Certified Home Inspectors are required to complete 24 hours of Continuing Education every year to renew their certification. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Home Inspector Licensing

The licensing laws in Alabama are changing. Refer to the state website for details. Presently, to become a licensed home inspector in Alabama, you have to pass a state exam, and you have to be a member of an Alabama-approved organization, such as InterNACHI®.  On August 25, 2004, the Alabama Building Commission approved a membership to InterNACHI® (referred to by Alabama as "NACHI") as sufficient for the professional qualification for a home inspector license in Alabama (Ala. Admin Code r. 170-X-24.05(1)(c)(1).  For details, visit the Alabama website and click the "Home Inspector Registration Requirements" link. 
 
 
 
 
 

How to Join InterNACHI®

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hands-On Training at the House of Horrors® 

Experience world-class inspection training and attend InterNACHI® member events at our House of Horrors® locations in Colorado and Florida.  The InterNACHI® House of Horrors® is an entire house with a thousand defects purposely built in.  Register for a free event, take training, test-drive inspection tools, attend an inspector chapter meeting, and inspect the House of Horrors®. Experience the House of Horrors®
 
  
 
 

Real Estate Cards (free for members)

The cards provide simple instructions for real estate agents on how they can take free online Continuing Education courses to help renew their license. 
 
Licensed real estate agents can attain free, online Continuing Education by taking InterNACHI's courses for agents. When an agent enters the InterNACHI® member's ID number, the member is automatically notified by email.  The first slide of the course for the real estate professional contains the member's contact information.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Radon Tester Certification in Alabama (online & free) 

      
The Alabama Department of Public Health recommends hiring a Certified Radon Tester who has completed a radon measurement training certification course approved by AARST-NRPP or NRSBVisit the Alabama website for details
 
NRPP:
InterNACHI's free, online Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provide Course is AARST-NRPP approved for both initial certification and Continuing Education. To complete all components of the NRPP Radon Certification, please visit their site for more information.  
 
NRSB:
This course is also NRSB-approved for Continuing Education credit. View the details about InterNACHI's "Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provider Course
 
 
 
 

Home Energy Inspector Certification (online & free)

 

Become a Certified Home Energy Inspector. The online training and certification is free for members. No infrared, no blower door, and no additional training needed.
 
 
 
 

Wood Destroying Organism Inspection Course (online and free)


The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries does not currently have regulations for structural pest inspection. According to the Alabama Dept. of Agriculture, home inspectors "...are not allowed to make diagnoses, prognoses, or recommendations pertaining to treatment of said structural wood damage. They should simply advise the client to contact a licensed pest control company." 
 
 
 
 

Roof Data Technician Program (free for members)

  
The Roof Data Technician Program, developed by InterNACHI® with Owens Corning and Lowe's®, provides an additional revenue stream for InterNACHI® members who are hired by Owens Corning as part of a roof warranty claim-resolution process. (This program is operational in the United States only.) Participate in the InterNACHI®-Owens Corning Roof Data Technician Program.
 


 

Business & Marketing (online & free)


 


InterNACHI's Member 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. The design work is free. Take a look at the free design work we've done for our members.  We recommend contacting the Member Marketing Team
 
 

 

Home Inspector Training Partners

For a list of local trainers who teach home inspector classes, please click here.
 
 


Homeowner Newsletter (online & free)


Keep in touch with all of your clients! The InterNACHI® Homeowner Newsletter is: 
  • free to members;
  • customized by you according to condition of each house inspected;
  • has five years' worth of monthly issues; and
  • includes your photo and logo in each issue.
Your photo or business logo and website link will appear in each newsletter issue so your clients can keep your contact information handy. Learn more about InterNACHI's free, monthly homeowner newsletter system (free for members).
 
Order cards to hand out and sign up your clients for your Homeowner Newsletter (a customizable, monthly newsletter system that is free for members). Order your homeowner newsletter cards from InspectorOutlet.
  
 
 
 
 
 
 

Membership Benefits (free for members)

 
 
 
 
 
 

Additional Information

In 2003, InterNACHI® applied for and waited for the Alabama Building Commission to approve InterNACHI® as a professional body under ALA. ADMIN. CODE r. 170-x-24-.05(1)(c)(1), but the Commission didn't have a meeting scheduled, so the director of the Commission stepped in to help InterNACHI® until the Commission meets and votes again. 
 
Redacted from the letter dated August  25, 2004:

Until the Building Commission can vote upon your request, the Director of the Building Commission has determined that membership in and adherence to the ethical standards of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, by an applicant for a home inspector's license, shall be sufficient, on an interim basis, for purposes of the professional qualification requirement...
 
Sincerely,
 
Phyllis Thomas
Home Inspector / EIFS Coordinator
State of Alabama
Building Commission
This accommodation was procured in part with the help from members of InterNACHI's Alabama Chapter in Birmingham.  InterNACHI Executive Director Nick Gromicko will be present at the next Building Commission meeting. 
 
Thank you, Alabama!
 
From: jane sanchez
To: Mark Cohen
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1:11 PM
Subject: InterNACHI Alabama and OHIO

Mark,

1.      I spoke with Ms. Thomas of the Alabama Building Commission
and she told me that there still has not been a meeting and vote,
but that InterNACHI is listed on everything they send out, even
though it has not been legislatively added to Ala. Admin.Code
170-x-24-.05, which will obviously take legislative action.
 
Another:
 

"Justin Pearce

12:12 PM (11 minutes ago)



to Fast, helpjuice 

Great news! Thank you!

I just spoke with the State to confirm since they do not have you listed on the application. They advised to simply write your information in. 

Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly. (I was beginning to freak out a bit)

JP"