How to Become a Certified Home Inspector in California

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To become an InterNACHI® Certified Home Inspector and attain the Certified Professional Inspector CPI® designation, InterNACHI® provides an accredited Home Inspector Certificate Program. The training, exam, and certification are all online and free for members. Not a member? Join now.

InterNACHI® and InterNACHI® School

InterNACHI® is the world's leading association for residential and commercial property inspectors. We provide free training, online examination and certification, business development, marketing support, membership benefits, discounts on everything from home inspection software to E&O insurance to your next truck, and more. We have everything you need, all in one place.

InterNACHI® School ( is the only home inspector college accredited by the U.S. Department of Education to provide tuition-free online training, examination, certification, and continuing education to InterNACHI® members in Colorado. 

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Join InterNACHI® as a member today. Members have unlimited access to free, online training and Continuing Education, free Certification Programs, the Inspection Community, the Inspector Mentoring, the Member Chapters, the Online Inspector Exam, the Practice Test, the Practice Questions, the Inspection Defect Flashcards, amazing membership benefits, and much more! 

Scroll down this page for everything you need to get started, get certified, and a become successful inspector in California. 

California Legislative Information

California Business & Professional Code for Home Inspectors provides information about inspecting homes, irrigation systems, yellow corrugated stainless steel tubing, and performing repairs.

Pool Safety Act SB-422 

Download InterNACHI's California Pool Inspection Checklist


California Home Inspection Agreement


Continuing Education (free & online for members)

InterNACHI-Certified Home Inspectors are required to complete twenty-four hours of Continuing Education every year to renew their certification. All online courses provided by InterNACHI® are free to members. Not a member? Join now.

Home Inspector Chapters in California

Sacramento California Home Inspector Chapter

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Home Inspectors in California

Home Inspector Training Partner Schools in California

Take live, hands-on training classes for home inspectors at one of InterNACHI's Home Inspector Training Partner Schools in California.


Insurance for Home 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 InterNACHI's Home Inspector Insurance Program and get a quote. 

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.  For more information click here. 

Hands-On Training at House of Horrors® 

Experience world-class inspection training and InterNACHI® member events at our House of Horrors® locations in Colorado and Florida.  The InterNACHI® House of Horrors® is an entire house with 1,000 defects built under our roof.  Register for a free event, take hands-on inspection training, test-drive inspection tools, attend an inspector Chapter meeting, and inspect the House of Horrors®. 

California Real Estate Marketing Cards (free for members)

The marketing cards provide simple instructions for California real estate agents to take free, online Continuing Education courses to help renew their real estate licenses. 

Home inspectors can give these cards to real estate agents as part of a marketing and networking strategy. When an agent enters the InterNACHI® member's ID #, the member is automatically notified by email, and the first page of the online course displays the member's contact information. 

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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 must 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 Radon Measurement Service Provider Course is approved by NRPP, AARST, NRSB, ICC and IAC2.

InterNACHI's free, online Radon Measurement Professional Initial Training Course  is AARST-NRPP-approved for both initial certification and Continuing Education. To complete all components of the NRPP Radon Certification, please visit their site for more information.  
InterNACHI's free, online Radon Measurement Professional Initial Training Course is NRSB-approved for initial certification. For those looking for NRSB continuing education, members should take the free, online "Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provider" course.

Wood-Destroying Organism Inspection (free & online for members)

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation requires that inspectors be licensed by the state for pest inspections. InterNACHI's Wood-Destroying Organism Inspection Course is approved for continuing education credit.
 2022 CA WDO Course Approval The approval is listed at the bottom of the document.



Commercial Property Inspections

Become a InterNACHI® Certified Commercial Property Inspector. The online training and certification is free for members.

Visit Certified Commercial Property Inspectors Association (CCPIA) for additional commercial inspection training and resources.

Home Energy Inspector Certification (free & online 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.

Business & Marketing (free & online for members)


InterNACHI's Member 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. The design work is free. Take a look at the free design work we've done for our members.  We recommend contacting the Member Marketing Team



Membership Benefits (free for members)


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