Take InterNACHI's free, online, Alabama-approved education courses to meet the requirement of completing a certain number of hours of
pre-approved home inspector education and participating in home
inspections under the supervision of a qualified home inspector. You must either: (a) complete a minimum of 120 hours of approved home
inspector education and participate in 35 home inspections; or (b) complete a minimum of 35 hours of approved home
inspector education and participate in 100 home inspections. InterNACHI provides state-approved home inspector education that is accredited, online and free for members.
Pass two state tests within 18 months before
submitting your application for a home inspector license. Contact the state for those tests.
Draft home inspection reports for 25 home
inspections. Ten of these reports must be reviewed and corrected
by a qualified home inspector. A home inspector is qualified if
(1) s/he is licensed in his or her state of practice and
has been licensed for the past five years, or (2) s/he has
been a member of InterNACHI for
the past five years and practices in a state without
licensing. InterNACHI can review your reports for free at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just because you're licensed doesn't mean you'll be successful. To compete with all other licensed home inspectors, take advantage of all of the marketing and business resources that InterNACHI® provides to InterNACHI® Certified Home Inspectors. InterNACHI® provides an accredited Home Inspector Certificate Program to members to attain the Certified Professional Inspector (CPI)® designation. The training, exam, and certification are all online and free for members.
InterNACHI is the world's largest association for home inspectors. We provide free training, online testing and certification, business development, marketing support, discounts on everything from home inspection software to E&O insurance to your next truck, and more.
InterNACHI® School (internachi.edu) is the only college for home inspectors accredited by the U.S. Dept. of Education. InterNACHI® provides tuition-free online training, examination, certification, and continuing education to InterNACHI® members in Alabama. Verify accreditations.
Residential New Construction Designation (Optional)
According to the new law 355-17-1-.06 (2), this designation is not a mandatory requirement for inspecting residential new construction. To obtain a Residential New Construction
Designation, a home inspector licensed and in good standing must:
(a) submit the appropriate application form; and (b) submit proof of successful completion of an
eight-hour Residential New Construction training module approved
by the Director, which was completed no more than two years prior to
the date of application.
The lack of a Designation shall not be construed to limit the
rights of any licensee under the Act. It is not a mandatory
requirement for inspecting residential new construction.
To become an EIFS Inspector in Alabama, one must be a member of the Exterior Design Institute or the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry and submit an application form to the state.
Insurance for Home Inspectors
To become a licensed home inspector in Alabama, individuals must meet certain requirements for adequate insurance coverage. InterNACHI® members are eligible for discounts and enhanced coverage. Visit nachi.org/insurance for information on how to sign up.
Continuing Education (online & free for members)
To renew your home inspector license in Alabama, beginning with renewals for 2021, you must complete 15 hours of approved continuing
education per year. View the details provided previously on this webpage.
InterNACHI® Certified Home Inspectors are required to complete 24 hours of Continuing Education every year to renew their membership and certification. Click here for Alabama-approved CE courses (online & free for members).
Experience world-class inspection training and attend InterNACHI® member events at our House of Horrors® locations in Colorado and Florida. The InterNACHI® House of Horrors® is an entire house with a thousand defects purposely built in. Register for a free event, take day-long or week-long training, test-drive inspection tools, attend an inspector chapter meeting, and inspect the House of Horrors®. Experience the House of Horrors®
Real Estate Cards (free for members)
The cards provide simple instructions for real estate agents on how they can 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 number, the member is automatically notified by email. The first slide of the course for the real estate professional contains the member's contact information.
Radon Tester Certification in Alabama (online & free)
The Alabama Department of Public Health recommends that consumers hire a Certified Radon Tester who has completed a radon measurement training certification course approved by AARST-NRPP or NRSB. Visit the Alabama website for details.
Wood Destroying Organism Inspection Course (online and free)
The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries does not currently have regulations for structural pest inspection. According to the Alabama Dept. of Agriculture, home inspectors "...are not allowed to make diagnoses, prognoses, or recommendations pertaining to treatment of said structural wood damage. They should simply advise the client to contact a licensed pest control company."
The licensing laws in Alabama are changing. Refer to the state website for details. Presently, to become a licensed home inspector in Alabama, you have to pass a state exam, and you have to be a member of an Alabama-approved organization, such as InterNACHI®. On August 25, 2004, the Alabama Building Commission approved a membership to InterNACHI® (referred to by Alabama as "NACHI") as sufficient for the professional qualification for a home inspector license in Alabama (Ala. Admin Code r. 170-X-24.05(1)(c)(1). For details, visit the Alabama website and click the "Home Inspector Registration Requirements" link.
In 2003, InterNACHI® applied for and waited for the Alabama Building Commission to approve InterNACHI® as a professional body under ALA. ADMIN. CODE r. 170-x-24-.05(1)(c)(1), but the Commission didn't have a meeting scheduled, so the director of the Commission stepped in to help InterNACHI® until the Commission meets and votes again.
Redacted from the letter dated August 25, 2004:
Until the Building Commission can vote upon your request, the Director of the
Building Commission has determined that membership in and adherence to the ethical
standards of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, by an
applicant for a home inspector's license, shall be sufficient, on an interim basis,
for purposes of the professional qualification requirement...
Home Inspector / EIFS Coordinator
State of Alabama
This accommodation was procured in part with the help from members of InterNACHI's Alabama Chapter in Birmingham. InterNACHI Executive Director Nick Gromicko will be present at the next Building Commission meeting.
Thank you, Alabama!
From: jane sanchez
To: Mark Cohen
Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1:11 PM
Subject: InterNACHI Alabama and OHIO
1. I spoke with Ms. Thomas of the Alabama Building Commission
and she told me that there still has not been a meeting and vote,
but that InterNACHI is listed on everything they send out, even
though it has not been legislatively added to Ala. Admin.Code
170-x-24-.05, which will obviously take legislative action.
12:12 PM (11 minutes ago)
to Fast, helpjuice
Great news! Thank you!
I just spoke with the State to confirm since they do not have you listed on the application. They advised to simply write your information in.
Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly. (I was beginning to freak out a bit)