How to Become a Certified Home Inspector in Alabama


Home Inspector Licensing

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. Since August 25, 2004, the Alabama Building Commission approved a membership to InterNACHI (referred to by Alabama as "NACHI") as sufficient for professional qualification for a Home Inspector License in Alabama (Ala. Admin Code r. 170-X-24.05(1)(c)(1). To be considered a full member you must complete the CPI requirements. For details, visit the Alabama website and click the "Home Inspector Registration Requirements" link. Not a member? Join now.

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 to members), the Home Inspection Exam Prep Guide, and the InterNACHI's online courses (free to members). Not a member? Join now.

Insurance for 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 for information on how to sign up.

Hands-On Training at House of Horrors® 

Experience world-class inspection training and InterNACHI® member events at our House of Horrors® locations in Colorado and Florida.  The InterNACHI® House of Horrors® is an entire house with 1,000 defects built under our roof.  Register for a free event, take training, test-drive inspection tools, attend an inspector chapter meeting, and inspect the House of Horrors®. 

Continuing Education (online & free for members)

InterNACHI-Certified Home Inspectors are required to complete twenty-four (24) hours of Continuing Education every year to renew their certification. Review InterNACHI's Continuing Education Policy.
All of InterNACHI's online education courses are free to members. Not a member? Join now.
After joining as a member, you'll have access to everything you need to be successful, including all of InterNACHI's online training, certifications, Continuing Education, marketing, and business services. InterNACHI has everything you need, all in one place. 

How to Join InterNACHI


Home Inspector School Partners

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

Real Estate Cards (free for members)

The cards provide simple instructions for real estate agents on how to 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 #, the member is automatically notified by email, and the first slide of the course contains the member's contact information.

Radon Tester Certification in Alabama (online & free for members) 

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
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.  
This course is also NRSB approved for Continuing Education credit. View details about InterNACHI's "Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provider Course

Home Energy Inspector Certification (online & free for members)

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.

Home Energy Score Assessor (online & free for members)

The Home Energy Score is similar to a vehicle's miles-per-gallon rating, and any qualified inspector in the U.S. can generate a Home Energy Score in less than an hour. The Home Energy Score provides:
  • a score on a scale of 1 to 10;
  • facts about the home and its energy use; and 
  • recommendations generated by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the score and energy efficiency. 
  1.   To become a Home Energy Score Assessor, you must:
    1. be an InterNACHI-Certified Home Energy Inspector (online & free for members); 
    2. complete the 3D-house training (online & free for members);
    3. agree to participate in a Quality Assurance Plan with other local Home Energy Inspector(free for members); and
    4. email Jazmin to participate in the program.

Wood Destroying Organisms (online and free for members):

Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries does not currently have regulations for structural pest inspection. "However, they 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." -Alabama Department of Agriculture

Roof Data Technician (free for members to participate)

The Roof Data Technician Program, developed by InterNACHI and 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 Development (free & online) 


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

Marketing Design Services (free for members):

InterNACHI's Marketing Team will:
  • design a new logo for your inspection business;
  • re-design your existing logo; and 
  • design and customize your business cards, flyers and brochures. 
All of the design work is free for members.
Play this 1-minute video (above) about how we create new marketing designs from scratch.
Let our marketing team take a look at your business card, or ask them to design a new one for you. Contact our Inspector Marketing Department today.

Homeowner Newsletter (online & free for members)

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 5 years worth of monthly issues;
  • 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 handout cards to sign homeowners up for your Homeowner Newsletter (a customizable, monthly newsletter system that is free to members). Order your homeowner newsletter cards from InspectorOutlet.

Membership Benefits (free for members)


Additional Information

InterNACHI applied (in 2003) and was patiently waiting for the 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 Aug 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...
Phyllis Thomas
Home Inspector / EIFS Coordinator
State of Alabama
Building Commission
This accommodation was procured in part by help from members of InterNACHI's Alabama Chapter out of Birmingham.  InterNACHI's Executive Director, Nick Gromicko, will be present for 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


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.

"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)