How to Become a Certified Home Inspector in Illinois

 
 
 

Home Inspector Licensing

The InterNACHI® School is the only home inspector school accredited by the national accrediting agency of the U.S. Department of Education to provide InterNACHI® members state-approved courses for licensing and continuing education. 

Option #1:  Free & Online

The online pre-licensing course is free to members. Five field inspection events and the state exam are also required. Learn more.
  
 

Option #2:  At a School in Illinois (for a fee)

Contact the InterNACHI Chicago Chapter President Jeff Merritt, InterNACHI Instructor & IDFPR Proctor, www.homesteadinspectionsllc.com, 4440 Frontage Road, Hillside, IL. (773) 457-4542 or jefmerit@netzero.net.
 
 
 

List of Instructors and Field Inspection Supervisors:

For details about Illinois home inspector licensing, visit the Illinois website.
 Inspectors for Your Field Inspection Event
 
 

Continuing Education (online & free for members): 

An Illinois-licensed home inspector is required to complete 12 hours of approved Continuing Education that must be completed during each 2 year renewal cycle.  A minimum of 6 hours of continuing education must be approved as mandatory courses.
 
Home inspectors can fulfill their Continuing Education requirements by taking InterNACHI's free, online courses and proctored examinations, both of which are approved by Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, online, and free to members. View approval of InterNACHI as a Home Inspector Education Provider. Provider #452.000145.
 
 
For a step-by-step procedure on how to attain free, online Continuing Education credits to renew your Illinois home inspector license.
 



Home Inspector School Partners

For a list of local schools who teach home inspector training classes please click here.
Home Inspector Schools in Illinois



How to Join InterNACHI  

 
 
 

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 training, test-drive inspection tools, attend an inspector chapter meeting, and inspect the House of Horrors®. 
 
 
 
 

Insurance for Inspectors​

Although Illinois 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 nachi.org/insurance for information on how to sign up.
 
 
 

Radon Tester Certification in Illinois (online & free for members):

       
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency requires anyone performing radon inspections in Illinois to obtain a Radon Professional License by completing an IEMA approved Qualification Course.  Visit the Illinois website for details. 
 
InterNACHI's free, online "Illinois Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provider Course" is approved with Illinois for Initial Qualification and Continuing Education Credit. The course is also AARST-NRPP and NRSB approved. Upon completing this course, licensees will earn 27 hours of CE credit towards their license. 
 
 
 
 

Home Energy Inspector Certification (online & free 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. Visit nachi.org/home-energy-inspector
 
 
 

Wood Destroying Organisms (online and free for members):


 
The Illinois State law requires anyone in Illinois applying general-use and restricted-use pesticides in the course of employment be licensed. Persons applying restricted-use pesticides on property they own or control must have a private​ applicator license. Persons applying general-use pesticides on their own property are exempt from licensing requirements. Please visit the Illinois Department of Agriculture Department's website for additional information. InterNACHI's Wood-Destroying Organisms (WDO) Inspection Course is approved by the Illinois Department of Agriculture Department. View the approval letter here.
 
 
 

Roof Data Technician (free for members to participate):

  
The Roof Data Technician Program, developed by InterNACHI and Owens Corning and Lowe's, provides an additional revenue stream for InterNACHI members who are hired by Owens Corning as part of a roof warranty claim resolution process. (This program is operational in the United States only.) To participate in the program, visit nachi.org/roof
 
 
 

Business & Marketing (online & free for members):


  

InterNACHI's 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. It's all for free. Take a look at the free design work we've done for our members (free to members). Contact the Inspector Marketing Department today
 
 

Homeowner Newsletter (online & free for members):

Keep in touch with all of your clients! The InterNACHI Homeowner Newsletter is: 
  • free to members;
  • customized by you according to condition of each house inspected; and
  • includes your photo and logo in each issue.
Your photo or business logo and website link will appear in each newsletter issue, so your clients can keep your contact information handy. Learn more about the newsletter at https://www.nachi.org/home-maintanence-newsletter.htm
 
Order handout cards to sign homeowners up for your Homeowner Newsletter (a customizable, monthly newsletter system that is free to members). Order your cards at http://www.inspectoroutlet.com/homeowner-newsletter-handout.aspx
 
 

Everything You Need, All in One Place:

InterNACHI provides everything you need to be successful. Visit nachi.org/become-home-inspector
 
 
 

Membership Benefits (free for members):

 
InterNACHI provides over $75,000 worth of benefits to its members at no cost. Visit https://www.nachi.org/benefits.htm
 
 
 

Additional Information:

Illinois Home Inspector Forms: http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/re/Forms/HIFORMS.asp
Illinois Home Inspector Information: http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/re/homeinspect.asp
Becoming a licensed home inspector in Illinois, visit: http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/re/histatelaw.asp