How to Become a Licensed Home Inspector in California

 

Home Inspector Certification (online & free for members):

    STEP #1: Join InterNACHI

     

    STEP #2: Get Trained & Certified

     
     

    Insurance for Inspectors​

    Although California doesn’t have requirements regarding insurance for home inspectors, many local real estate boards and home inspector business franchises require their affiliate members to meet certain coverage standards. InterNACHI members are eligible for discounts and enhanced coverage. Visit nachi.org/insurance for information on how to sign up.
     
     
     

    Home Inspection School in Colorado

    Become a Certified Home Inspector in California by attending a live, hands-on class at the InterNACHI School. The InterNACHI School offers world-class, accredited inspection training by the best instructors in the industry at our facility in Boulder, Colorado.
     
    Take a class, enjoy free refreshments, test-drive inspection tools, attend an inspector chapter meeting, and inspect the House of Horrors –- an entire house with 1,000 defects built inside The InterNACHI School. 
     
     
     

    Home Inspector School Partners in California

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

    Home Inspector 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. View the CE 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.
     
     
     

    How to Join InterNACHI 

     
     


    California Association of REALTORS® Confirms No Preference for Any Inspection Association

    The California Association of REALTORS® (CAR) has clarified its position that it does not endorse any specific inspection association. When marketing your services to Realtors®, you should also tell them about InterNACHI’s free Negligent-Referral Protection for real estate agents.  

     
     
     

    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.
     
     
     
     
     
     

    California Radon Certification & CE (online & free for members):

    According to California regulations, no person may provide radon services for the general public, or represent or advertise that he or she may provide radon services unless that person successfully completes a National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) or National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) certification program. And, persons certified to provide radon services shall complete a National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) certification program every two years after initial certification. For details, visit California's website.
          
    InterNACHI's free, online "Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provider" course is approved by NRPP for both Entry Certification Level and Continuing Education, and this course is online and free for members.
     
     
     

    Wood-Destroying Organism Inspection (free and online):

     
     
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    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. 
        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 Michelle to participate in the program.
     
     

    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 & Marketing (online & free for members):

     
    Learn the 17 steps to building and operating a successful home inspection business by taking our free, online Home Inspection Business Course.
     
     

    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
     
     
     

    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.
     
     
     

    Everything You Need, All in One Place:


    Follow the step-by-step checklist for running a successful home inspection business.
     
     
     

    Membership Benefits (free for members):