How to Become a Licensed Home Inspector in Rhode Island

Anyone who wishes to conduct home inspections on behalf of a client for a fee in Rhode Island must be licensed by the state. Visit the state website for details including applications and forms. 

There are several ways in which you may obtain a home inspector license, and those are described in the home inspector application. Visit the state website to download the application. 

Home Inspector Insurance

To be a licensed home inspector in Rhode Island, 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.

To Help Prepare for the State Exam

To help prepare for the state exam, you may take advantage of several resources we provide, such as InterNACHI's Online Inspector Exam (free and open to everyone), the InterNACHI® Ultimate Home Inspection Practice Test (free for members), and InterNACHI's online courses (free for members). We do not know what's on the state exam, but the preparation resources may be helpful to you. 



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 Certificate Program

InterNACHI is the world's largest association for home inspectors.  We provide 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 the only college for home inspectors accredited by the U.S. Dept. of Education.  InterNACHI® provides tuition-free online training, examination, certification, and continuing education to InterNACHI® members in Rhode Island. Verify accreditations
Scroll down this page for everything you need to get started, grow your business, and become a successful inspector in Rhode Island. 

Home Inspector Partner Schools

For a list of local partner schools who provide home inspector training classes, please click here.


Rhode Island Partner Schools


Continuing Education (online & free for members):

The Rhode Island Contractor's Registration and Licensing Board requires that  Home Inspectors and Associate Home Inspectors complete 12 hours of continuing education upon renewal.

The following items are also required by the state:

  • Certificate of Liability Insurance listing RICRLB as the holder. (min. $500,000)
  • Certificate of Errors and Omission Insurance listing RICRLB as the holder. (min. $500,000)
  • Certificate of Worker’s Compensation Insurance listing RICRLB as the holder if you have employees.
  • If your company is a corporation or Limited Liability Company, you must possess a valid business registration with the Rhode Island Secretary of State.

Home inspectors can fulfill their Continuing Education requirements by taking InterNACHI's free, online courses and proctored examinations, both of which are approved by Rhode Island Contractor's Registration and Licensing Board. The online courses are free to members.

For more information, please visit the state website.

If any reasonable accommodation is needed to ensure equal access, service or participation and/or to request sign language and/or CART services for the deaf and hard of hearing, please contact the following person who InterNACHI has designated to handle such requests and related inquiries:

Kaela Passarelli
Education Team Manager


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®. 

Rhode Island Real Estate Agent CE (free & online)

This is a great marketing strategy for home inspectors in Rhode Island. Licensed real estate professionals can attain free Continuing Education by contacting their local InterNACHI member. InterNACHI is an approved course provider for Rhode Island real estate agents. To order your free marketing cards, visit

Radon Tester Certification (online & free)

Rhode Island regulates individuals that perform radon testing, measurement, and mitigation. Individuals must be certified through the state by taking certification courses such as AARST-NRPP or NRSB. The State of Rhode Island Department of Health lists InterNACHI's free, online Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provider Course as an approved course for initial certification. Visit the Rhode Island website for details.
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 Inspector Continuing Education (online & free)

Rhode Island approves InterNACHI's free, online "Wood-Destroying Organism Inspection Course" for Continuing Education for licensed pesticide applicators. For details, visit
"It is approved for continuing education credits for people who hold category 7B certification, which means that they have passed the pesticide core exam and the category 7B termites & wood destroying organisms test. The Rhode island Division of Agriculture certifies and licenses pesticide applicators. Many home inspectors take the core and category 7B exams in order to satisfy HUD and FHA requirements. We do not license home inspectors as such. Our laws only cover pesticide application." - Robin Mooney, Rhode Island Department of Agriculture, Aug 29, 2014.

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 (online & free)

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


How to Join InterNACHI


Business & Marketing (online & free)


Free, online "Home Inspection Business Course":
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


Everything You Need, All in One Place

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