Home Inspector Licensing in Illinois: Step-by-Step Process Including Supervised Inspections

Step 1: Take InterNACHI's Free, Online 77-hour Pre-Licensing Course

InterNACHI® is approved by Illinois IDFPR as an education provider for home inspector licensing and continuing education. View Illinois Approval of InterNACHI®.

Illinois Approval of Pre-Licensing Course

Take the Free, Online 77-Hour Pre-Licensing Course (free & online for InterNACHI® members).

77-Hour Pre-Licensing Course

The free, online 77-Hour Pre-Licensing Course topics include:  

  • Exterior
  • Attic, Insulation, Ventilation, and Interior
  • Roof Inspections
  • Residential Plumbing
  • Residential Electrical
  • HVAC Systems
  • Structural Issues
  • Fireplaces, Stoves & Chimneys
  • Appliance Inspections
  • Illinois Standards of Practice and Legal Issues

Step 2: Perform 5 Supervised Field Inspection Events

"Field Inspection Event" means an examination and evaluation of the exterior and interior components of an actual residential real property conducted by a candidate for a home inspection license under the supervision of a licensed home inspector with at least 5 years of experience.

To complete the 5 Field Inspection Events required by the state, contact one of InterNACHI's approved Illinois-licensed home inspectors who are qualified to supervise your 5 Field Inspection Events. According to the state, only one inspection event can be completed per day. The supervisor inspectors are listed below. 

Please use our list of required and qualified inspectors below. The 5 Field Inspection Events are required as part of your application process for the state and must be completed before receiving your final transcript. You cannot take the state exam until the field events are completed and you have your transcript. The supervising inspectors may have additional requirements or fees for the training and supervision, so be sure to ask. 

Inspectors Qualified to Supervise Field Inspection Events 

Interested in becoming a qualified supervising inspector? Email the InterNACHI® Education Team.

Step 3: Send to InterNACHI® Proof of Performing 5 Inspection Events  

Your supervising home inspector is required to send to InterNACHI® (education@internachi.org) proof of performing 5 supervised Field Inspection Events using the "5 Field Inspection Events" form.  

This step is critical. Without sending proof of your 5 field inspection events to InterNACHI®, we can not confirm your licensing data with the state.

Once your instructor has submitted your 5 field inspection reports form, email the InterNACHI® Education Team at education@internachi.org and request a final transcript. This transcript document is required to be attached to the application that you will send to the state. 

Request Final Transcript

Step 4: Download Certificate of Completion &  Request Transcript

After completing the 77-hour pre-licensing course and the 5 field inspections, download the certificate of completion from your InterNACHI® account.

Step 5: Pass the Illinois Home Inspector License Exam (through the state's exam system).

The exam is hosted by PSI.

Step 6: Submit an application and fee to the state.

Visit the Illinois website for details.

If you have any questions, you may email the state directly at fpr.realestateeduation@illinois.gov.

More Resources for Illinois Home Inspectors:

Everything you need to be a successful home inspector in Illinois is at www.nachi.org/licensing-and-certification/us/illinois.


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Archived Documents:


View 2017 approval of Illinois Online Pre-Licensing Course. 453.00163. Expiration 12/31/2017.