Senate Bill 255 was signed into law on Jan. 4, 2019, which created the Ohio Home Inspector Program, managed by the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing.
As of Dec 23, 2019, the Ohio Home Inspector Board is fully appointed with all seven members. At this time, administrative rules for the Home Inspector Program are being reviewed by the Common Sense Initiative Office (CSI). Because the rules have not yet received final approval, the Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing is not enforcing the original November 1st deadline requiring a license to do home inspections. The current deadline is April 5, 2020*. The Division has issued over 700 licenses so far through the grandfather application.
According to Section 8(A) of the law, home inspector licenses will be issued if the individual applies for a license and pays the fee, and if the applicant demonstrates the following:
proof by direct documentation or a signed affidavit attesting to having met any three of the following eight requirements to demonstrate their participation in the home inspection field prior to the effective date of this act of April 5, 2020:
having performed at least 200 home inspections for clients for compensation or other valuable consideration;
having successfully passed a home inspector examination;
having actively operated a home inspection business in Ohio for three years before the effective date of this act under a business name officially registered with the Ohio Secretary of State;
having been employed as a home inspector for 36 consecutive months before the effective date of this act by an inspection company or person whose owner or manager meets the license requirement specified in this section;
having a license, registration, or certification in good standing to perform the duties of a home inspector in another jurisdiction that has requirements for licensure, registration, or certification that are substantially similar to Chapter 4764 of the Revised Code;
having prepared at least five home inspection reports that have been verified as being in compliance with the standards adopted by a national organization of home inspectors. This can be completed by using InterNACHI's FREE Report Writing Checklist to verify compliance of five reports (a letter of compliance can be provided upon request); and/or
having completed, not more than one year before the effective date of this act of April 5, 2019, at least one peer review session conducted by a national organization that consists of and represents home inspectors (where an applicant identifies and reports defects in a home that contains previously identified defects).
To Become an Ohio-Licensed Home Inspector
STEP #1:Join InterNACHI® as a member at $49 per month (cancel any time) or $499 per year. There are no prerequisites to become a member.
STEP #2: Complete the State of Ohio application, including documentation any three of the eight provisions described above, and the other provisions in the new Ohio Home Inspection Law.
Home Inspector Continuing Education (online and free)
Sec 4764.08 of the Ohio Home Inspector Licensing Law states that during each three-year period that a license is valid, a licensed home inspector shall successfully complete at least 14 hours of continuing education annually.
Insurance for Inspectors
The Ohio Home Inspector Licensing Law has requirements regarding insurance for home inspectors. InterNACHI® members are eligible for discounts and enhanced home inspector insurance coverage.
InterNACHI® is the world's largest association of home inspectors, providing 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 is accredited as a post-secondary educational institution by the national accrediting agency of the U.S. Dept. of Education to provide tuition-free online training, examination, certification, and continuing education to InterNACHI® members in Ohio.
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 a thousand 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®.
Radon Testing Continuing Education (online and free)
The Columbus Board of REALTORS requires that inspectors be members in good standing of a national inspection association such as InterNACHI. Thanks to lobbying efforts by InterNACHI’s attorney, it was the decision of the Board of Directors of the Columbus Board of REALTORS, at its February 23, 2011 meeting to approve the Standard Qualified Inspector Clause #402 which prevents non-members from performing inspections and requires home inspectors to be a members in good standing of a national inspection association such as InterNACHI. Read more...
City of Toledo
The City of Toledo includes InterNACHI as a certifying agency for home inspectors. The City of Toledo will accept the certification of professional home inspectors as identified in the Standards and Practices of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). To comply with this provision, professional home inspectors must be certified and registered with the City of Toledo through the Division of Building Inspection and provide documented proof to the Commissioner of Building Inspection that you are currently certified with InterNACHI. Read more...
Real Estate Cards (free for members):
real estate agents can attain free Continuing Education credits by
following the directions on the real estate cards. Members can hand out real estate cards to real estate agents, which explain how to log into the
free courses by visiting www.nachi.org/oh-agent.
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.