How to Become a Home Inspector in Kentucky
Home Inspector Licensing:
To become a licensed home inspector in Kentucky, you must:
- complete an approved pre-licensing course;
- pass a state exam; and
- follow a Standards of Practice.
For licensing details, visit the Kentucky website
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Home Inspector State Exam:
Continuing Education (online & free for members):
Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors approves InterNACHI's free, online Continuing Education online courses for fulfilling the Continuing Education requirements (technical courses, including identification and determination).
Each licensee who renews a license in an odd year shall have at least 14 hours of CE, each licensee who renews in an even year shall have at least 28 hours of CE during the biennial period.
(3) Prior to renewal, the continuing education shall include a minimum of:
- Three (3) hours in manufactured housing (face-to-face);
- Three (3) hours in KRS Chapter 198B and 815 KAR Chapter 6 (face-to-face);
- Three (3) hours in report writing (face-to-face); and
- Five (5) hours in technical courses, including identification and determination, as applicable within the standards of practice (NOT face-to-face; free & online for members).
(4) (a) The continuing education courses identified in subsection (3)(a) through (c) of this section shall be completed face-to-face. An online continuing education course shall not satisfy the continuing education requirement for each respective category. (b) The face-to-face requirement identified for the continuing education courses shall be effective beginning the next renewal period following the effective date of this administrative regulation (Sep 4, 2015).
The following online courses (free & online to members) are approved by Kentucky for fulfilling the 5 hours of technical courses:
- Defect Recognition and Report Writing Course. CE-3114-0009. 3 hours. Expiration May 9, 2019.
- InterNACHI Code of Ethics Course. CE-3114-0007. 1 hour. Expiration May 9, 2019.
- InterNACHI Residential Standards of Practice Course. CE-3114-0006. 3 hours. Expiration May 9, 2019.
- Energy Movement for Inspectors Course. CE-0812-010. 2 hours. Expiration April 10, 2020.
- How to Perform Exterior Inspections Course. CE-0514-005. 6 hours. Expiration April 10, 2018.
- Inspecting Foundation Walls and Piers Course. CE-0514-004. 3 hours. Expiration April 10, 2018.
- Structural Issues for Home Inspectors Course. CE-0514-003. 4 hours. Expiration April 10, 2018.
- Safe Practices for the Home Inspector Course. CE-3114-0003. 2 hours. Expiration May 9, 2019.
- How to Inspect HVAC Systems Course. CE-0514-001. 6 hours. Expiration April 10, 2018.
- How to Inspect Manufactured and Mobile Homes Course. CE-3114-0008. 3 hours. Expiration May 9, 2019. (*Does not fulfill the Manufactured and Mobile Homes Live training requirement. This course can only be used for general CE).
- How to Inspect for Moisture Intrusion Course. CE-0216-001. 3 hours. Expiration Jan 9, 2020.
- How to Perform Deck Inspections Course. CE-0216-002. 3 hours. Expiration Jan 9, 2020.
- How to Inspect the Attic, Insulation, Ventilation and Interior Course. CE-0216-003. 3 hours. Expiration Jan 9, 2020.
- How to Perform Roof Inspections Course. CE-3114-0004. 3 hours. Expiration May 9, 2019.
- 25 Standards Every Inspector Should Know Course. CE-3114-0002. 3 hours. Expiration May 9, 2019.
- Inspecting the Means of Egress (for 1 hour. CE-0315-001) Expiration Jan 10, 2019.
- Calculating Envelope Energy Loss (for 2 hours. CE-0315-002)
- Residential Structural Design for Home Inspector (for 6 hours. CE-0215-001) Expiration Dec 13, 2018.
- How to Inspector Fireplaces, Stoves, & Chimneys (for 2 hours, CE-0215-002) Expiration Dec 13, 2018.
- House as a System (for 2 hours. CE-812-011) Expiration June 12, 2020.
- How to Perform Residential Electrical Inspections (for 4 hours. CE-0514-006)
- Log Home Inspection (for 4 hours. CE-0514-008)
- Residential Plumbing Overview for Inspectors (for 6 hours. CE-0514-007)
- Advanced Residential Roof Inspection Course (for 22 hours. CE1117-0001)
- Lawn Irrigation Systems Inspection Course (for 2 hours. CE0118-0004) Expiration Jauary 9, 2020.
- 10 Steps to Performing a Roof Inspection Course (for 2 hours, CE-3114-0022) Expiration April 10, 2020.
Radon Tester Certification in Kentucky (online & free for members):
Though Kentucky does not enforce or regulate radon measurement they do recommend that individuals choose professionals who are certified by AARST-NRPP or NRSB.
Home Energy Inspector™ Certification (online & free for members):
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.
Wood Destroying Organisms (online and free for members):
According to KRS 217B.515 Structural pest control licenses.
Every person shall secure a license from the department before engaging in structural pest control in Kentucky.
“Structural pest control” shall mean: the control of termites or pests, including the identification of infestations or infections; the making of inspections, inspection reports, recommendations; offering advice regarding control methods
Business & Marketing (online & free for members):
Homeowner Newsletter (online & free for members):
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