Illinois Standards of Practice and Legal Issues for Home Inspectors Course

Welcome to InterNACHI's free, online "Illinois Standards of Practice and Legal Issues for Home Inspectors Course." This course is part of InterNACHI's free, online 77-hour pre-licensing course and is not approved for continuing education credit. This course is provided by our accredited college at

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The goal of this course is to teach inspectors about the Illinois Standards of Practice and legal issues for licensed home inspectors in Illinois.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • follow the Illinois Home Inspector Standards of Practice;
  • disclose information properly to a client;
  • report required content in a written format;
  • follow required business practices;
  • comply with Illinois-specific applicable laws;
  • understand the aspects of the Home Inspector Licensing Act;
  • communicate general knowledge of the Illinois Human Rights Act; and
  • apply general knowledge of contract law.

The course includes:

  • 3 InterNACHI® CE credit hours;
  • 17,954 words in the course;
  • inspection and writing assignment;
  • research and writing assignment;
  • 26 quiz questions in 4 quizzes;
  • 30-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • instant grading;
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and;
  • accreditations and state approvals.

You will learn the following topics:


  • Definitions

Licensing &Education Requirements

  • Home Inspection Licensing Act
  • Application for Home Inspector License
  • Application for Home Inspector Entity
  • Non-Resident Inspector License Reciprocity
  • Expiration of Home Inspector Licenses
  • Renewal of Home Inspector Licenses
  • Pre-License Education Requirements
  • Continuing Education Requirements
  • Issuance of Certificate of Licensure
  • Quiz #1

Standards of Practice & Business Requirements

  • Standards of Practice
  • Notification of Name Change
  • Assumed Name
  • Address Change; Street Address
  • Work Log of Inspections
  • Entities Must Utilize Home Inspector
  • Disclosure of a Conflict of Interest
  • Quiz #2


  • Ground for Discipline
  • Felony Convictions; Discipline of Licenses
  • Cooperation Required with the Division
  • Administrative Warning Letter
  • Additional Education; Reporting Requirements
  • Suspension or Denial for Failure to Pay

Administrative Provisions

  • Fees
  • Duties of the Liaison
  • Granting of Variances


  • Hearings
  • Quiz #3

Illinois HumanRights Act

  • Introduction
  • Public Accommodations
  • Elementary, Secondary, & Higher Education
  • Real Estate Transactions

Agreements and Contracts

  • Use Inspection Agreements
  • Contract Basics
  • Oral vs. Written
  • InterNACHI’s Standardized Contracts
  • Basic Contract Items
  • Attachments
  • Addendum
  • Electronic Contracts
  • Contract Summary

General BusinessLaws & Regulations

  • Understand the Business Laws & Regulations
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Advertising That You’re Code-Certified
  • General Offers & Claims
  • Protecting Consumers’ Privacy Online
  • CAN-SPAM Act: Compliance Guide for Business
  • eNewsletter for Inspector Clients
  • Need More Information About CAN-SPAM
  • Summary

Legal Help

  • Get Legal Help
  • Quiz #4

Illinois Standards of Practice and Legal Issues for Home Inspectors Course
Course #4508, Student Catalog 

Student WorkTime CalculationEstimated Clock Hour Time for the Average Student
Attendance for "Seat Time" 1# of minutes of student attendance / 509.4
Participation in Learning Activities 2# of minutes of online student participation / 501.0
Interactivity 3# of minutes of student interactivity / 500.5
Reading the Course Text 4# of words in the course / 100 words per minute / 503.6
Reading the Course Textbook 5# of words in the book / 100 words per minute / 501.8
Academic Engagement 6# of words in the course / 100 / 501.0
Direct Communication 7# of minutes of communication / 500.5
Instructional Video Learning 8# of minutes of video / 500.0
Reinforcement Q & A  9# of questions X 1.85 / 501.0
Writing Assignment of the Inspection  104.0 hours per assignment2.0
Writing Assignment of the Research  114.0 hours per assignment2.0
Academic Activities for an Inspection  128.0 hours for each inspection assignment6.0
Performing an Inspection  138.0 hours for each inspection8.0
Total clock hours
27.0 clock hours
27.0 InterNACHI CE Hours
2.7 CEU


In keeping with InterNACHI's commitment to Continuing Education, this course is open and free to all members and can be taken repeatedly without limit.
Reminder to members:  InterNACHI's Code of Ethics 1.10 requires that you comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where you conduct business.  InterNACHI's courses and Standards generally exceed the Standards of Practice that you are required to abide by locally. 

This course has been approved by:

Upon completion of this course and passing of the 30-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool), the student can download and print their own Certificate of Completion which is auto-generated in their own name. The student's (InterNACHI member's) information is recorded on InterNACHI's servers for membership compliance verification, and automatically logs completion into InterNACHI's online Continuing Education log.  It counts as four InterNACHI Continuing Education hours.


Members will need their username and password.  If you have forgotten your password, CLICK HERE (instant response) or email and request it (don't forget your name). 

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Some features that make InterNACHI's courses superior to existing continuing education options:
  • The course is free for all InterNACHI members.
  • The course is written in pure XHTML code for quick loading.  The course loads fine on old computers and loads fast, even with dial-up.
  • The course is designed using a hierarchal menu coupled with a sequential page navigation.  This provides the student with the option to easily repeat areas of weakness.
  • The course permits the student to start, stop and restart any part of the course as often as desired.
  • There are a variety of images within the course, including diagrams, illustrations and pictures of actual roofs.
  • The illustrations can be enlarged for clearer viewing by clicking on them.
  • The text is integrated into InterNACHI's Inspector Glossary.  Rolling over blue-colored terms provides their definition.
  • The final exam uses multiple-choice questions that reference the images. 
  • The course's quizzes and final exam have numerous advantages over traditional exam systems:
    1. The course, quizzes and final exam incorporate built-in intelligence which identifies and strengthens each student's unique subject weaknesses.
    2. Not only is each question weighted with regard to score, but each answer is weighted, as well as the correctness of each answer being weighted.
      1. Answers to easy questions are weighted such that the student is penalized, in terms of score, for answering incorrectly, but rewarded modestly for answering correctly.
      2. Answers to difficult questions are weighted such that the student is rewarded, in terms of score, for answering correctly, but not penalized for answering incorrectly.
      3. Answers to questions regarding basic safety, or questions every inspector should know the answer to, are weighted such that the student is severely penalized, in terms of score, for answering incorrectly.
  • Upon passing the final exam, the student can print out a Certificate of Completion which is auto- generated in their own name.
The student's (InterNACHI member's) information is recorded on InterNACHI's servers for membership compliance verification, and automatically logs completion into InterNACHI's online Continuing Education log.

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