How to Become a Licensed Home Inspector in New York
Home Inspector Licensing (free & online for members):
To become a licensed home inspector in New York, you must:
- complete a course of study of not less than 140 hours approved by the Department of State, Division of Licensing Services. Of those hours, 40 must be unpaid field-based inspections under direct supervision; or
- have performed no fewer than 100 home inspections (paid or unpaid) under direct supervision; and
- pass the National Home Inspector Examination.
Details from the NY website.
Free, Online College Courses for Home Inspectors in New York
Read the NYS temporary approval of online courses
. The New York Division of Licensing Services has denied InterNACHI® to offer free, online courses for qualifying (licensing) and Continuing Education (CE). InterNACHI® School (internachi.edu
) is the only accredited home inspector college in the world. Unfortunately, NYS continues to deny approval of free, online education (qualifying and CE) for NY-licensed home inspectors.
will continue to submit course applications to NYS for its approval to provide free, online licensing and CE courses to help individuals attain and maintain their NYS home inspector license. For details about New York home inspector licensing, visit the New York website
Insurance for Home Inspectors:
To be a licensed home inspector in New York, 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.
Home Inspection Agreement:
New York Home Inspection Agreement
should be used by home inspectors prior to conducting a residential property inspection in the state of New York. InterNACHI General Counsel drafted the agreement.
Become an InterNACHI Certified Home Inspector
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.
We recommend following the 15-Step Checklist for Home Inspector Success.
Home Inspector State Exam:
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®.
Experience the House of Horrors
Join New York Home Inspector Chapters
Contact an InterNACHI Mentor. InterNACHI® provides peer-to-peer learning experiences for both inspectors who need additional assistance and for experienced inspectors who are interested in helping other inspectors.
Home Inspector Continuing Education Equivalency:
Download the following application to request for Continuing Education equivalency credit for a New York Home Inspection License based on out-of-state education not approved by the NYS Department of State Division of Licensing Services:
Radon Tester Certification in New York (free & online for members)
New York enforces and regulates that individuals performing radon testing, measurement, and mitigation be certified by AARST-NRPP or NRSB. New York Certified radon testing firms must have a representative trained to use the equipment or provide detectors for the testing of radon. NY website lists Certified Radon Measurement Professionals.
Radon testing firms may be certified by the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologist (AARST), National Radon Safety Board (NRSB), State of New Jersey (NJ), or State of Pennsylvania (PA). Remember that, while a certified radon tester may collect samples, anyone who analyzes and provides the results of those tests must hold New York State Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Approval Program certification.
Wood-Destroying Organism Inspector (free & online):
We asked NYSDEC to comment upon the situation where a licensed home inspector discovers a possible infestation of wood-destroying organisms during a home inspection. The reply is below:
It is recommended to NOT identify the insect, but, instead, report upon those items described in the InterNACHI WDO Inspection Form available for free at https://www.nachi.org/wdo-report.htm
Home Energy Inspector (free & online)
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
Archived Approval Letters: