How to Become a Licensed Home Inspector in New York


Home Inspector Licensing:

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.
For details about New York home inspector licensing, visit the New York website.

Insurance for 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 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 Mark Cohen drafted the agreement.

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 lists Certified Radon Measurement Professional on their website at

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. 
InterNACHI's free, online radon course is approved by NRPP and AARST for both Entry Level (INACH-1) and Continuing Education (INACH-401), and NRSB-approved for Continuing Education credit. View listing on NRPP's website for Entry Level and NRPP's website for CE. View listing on AARST's website.
InterNACHI's free, online "Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provide 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.  
This course is also NRSB approved for Continuing Education credit. View details about InterNACHI's "Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provider Course.   

Home Inspector School Partners

For a list of local schools who teach home inspector training classes please click here. 

Home Inspector State Exam:

To prepare for the state exam, you can take InterNACHI's Online Home Inspector Exam (free), take the InterNACHI State Exam Prep Course (free to members), and take InterNACHI's online courses (free to members). Not a member? Join now.

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®. 


Real Estate Cards (free for members):

Licensed real estate agents can attain free Continuing Education credits by following the directions on the real estate cards.
Members can hand out these cards to real estate agents, which explain how to log into the free courses.
When an agent logs into a course and enters the member's ID number, the member is automatically emailed. The first slide of the course is the member's contact information.
New York approves InterNACHI as an approved school for licensed real estate agents


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:


Wood-Destroying Organism Inspector (free & online):

We asked NYSDEC to comment upon the situation where a licensed home inspector discovers 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 

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


Home Energy Score Assessor:

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. 
  To become a Home Energy Score Assessor, you must:
  1. be an InterNACHI-Certified Home Energy Inspector (online & free for members); 
  2. complete the 3D-house training (online & free for members);
  3. agree to participate in a Quality Assurance Plan with other local Home Energy Inspectors (free for members); and
  4. email Jazmin to participate in the program.


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

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;
  • has 5 years worth of monthly issues;
  • 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
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

Everything You Need, All in One Place:

InterNACHI provides everything you need to be successful. Visit

Membership Benefits (free for members):

InterNACHI provides over $75,000 worth of benefits to its members at no cost. Visit

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Archived Approval Letters:





View 2019 approval for Saving Home Energy for Real Estate Professionals Course #M11554. Expiration 12/31/19

View 2019 approval for Home Energy Efficiency for Real Estate Professionals Course #M11552. Expiration 12/31/19

View 2019 approval for Home Energy Score for Real Estate Professionals Course #M11553. Expiration 12/31/19
View approval of Ronald Huffman as a New York instructor qualified to instruct Home Inspection Qualifying and Continuing Education.
View NY Department's approval letter of the 10 Steps to Performing a Roof Inspection Class and original application documents. Click here to view approval letter and the original application documents submitted to the state. 
View course approval of "How to Perform Roof Inspections" class.