You do not have to be a member of InterNACHI to take the InterNACHI
Florida Home Inspector Licensing Examination. The proctored exam is
available to everyone. Because the Florida state exam is taken on the proctor's computer, you'll need an InterNACHI username and password.
Because the state exam is taken using the proctor's computer, you will receive exam results
immediately. If you fail, you can re-take the exam without waiting, but
according to the proctor's schedule. There may be an additional fee for
each additional exam session. Ask your proctor.
If you're a member of InterNACHI, you may download your exam certificate by logging into your InterNACHI Members-Only Account and open your education folder. The certificate will be located in your education folder.
If you're not a member of InterNACHI, email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org the exam session code to receive your exam certificate.
Exam Categories and % Minimums:
The examination covers the following
categories: General; Plumbing; Roofing; Electrical;
Heating & Cooling; Structure; Exterior; Interior; Insulation &
Ventilation; Fireplace & Chimney; Wood Destroying;
Environment; Ethics; Safety; Inspection Methods; Reporting; and
If an examinee fails in one category by answering less than 50% of the
questions in that category correctly, he/she will receive a failing
score for the entire examination. An examinee must receive an 80% or
greater in all exam categories to pass the entire exam.
120 Exam Questions and 60 Minutes:
The exam consists of 120
questions that are drawn randomly from a larger pool of more than 360
questions. The examinee has sixty (60) minutes to complete the exam. The
exam is different every time anyone takes it with the 120 questions being randomly generated, and the order of the possible answers
Not only are the questions exam weighted, the answers are as well,
in the sense that an exam taker is penalized severely (in terms of
score) for incorrectly answering questions that indicate that he/she
could cause physical harm to the public, but not greatly rewarded (in
terms of score) for correctly answering such questions.
State Application and Fingerprints:
If you live in the South Florida area, schedule your fingerprinting reservation here at 1-Stop:
Applicants for licensure must meet the other licensure requirements, including good moral character, fingerprints, completion of educational/experience requirements, fees, and insurance. Applicants then apply to the department for licensure. For more information, please visit the DBPR website.
Proctors will verify an examiner’s photo identification as specified by InterNACHI by checking to see that the signature and photo match the person presenting the identification. The Proctor will actively monitor the testing room, the examinee, and test content.
The Proctor will provide a quiet environment with acceptable test-taking conditions. The room will be dedicated to testing during the scheduled session and will have controlled access. Appropriate lighting, temperature control, and noise restrictions will be considered, including ADA special requirements. Proctors will be aware of and implement the Professional Proctoring Standards and Guidelines to the best of their ability.
The Proctor will specify to the examinee all restrictions on testing
materials, including books, notes, instruments, and other aids.
This is NOT an "open book" exam. InterNACHI will implement restrictions and controls on the software used
to deliver the tests and will supply the Proctor with minimum hardware
configurations, necessary usernames and passwords, and all other
pertinent instructions prior to the day of the examination.
InterNACHI serves governments and regulatory
boards by providing an assurance of above minimum standard level of
competency of home inspectors, specifically for licensing reciprocity
purposes. InterNACHI supports home inspector regulations, intended to
protect the public, that require passing of an examination that assesses
home inspector competence. InterNACHI's Examination
was developed using a blueprint based largely on InterNACHI's Standards
of Practice and Code of Ethics, with test methodology based primarily on
Standards for Education and Psychological Testing by the American
Educational Research Association, the American Psychological
Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education.
InterNACHI's Inspector Examination also relies on the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission's Uniform Guidelines for Employee
Selection Procedures, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies'
Standards for Accreditation, and other applicable standards.