How to Become a Home Inspector in South Carolina

Home Inspector Licensing Information

As of Jan 2021, a current South Carolina license or registration is required to engage in residential building, specialty contracting or home inspecting activities in this state, as defined in S.C. Code of Laws Title 40 Chapter 59. Visit the South Carolina website for licensure details. 

To become a home inspector in South Carolina, you must complete a state application prepared by the Commission, which requires a membership to an organization approved by the SC Residential Builders Commission. InterNACHI is a state-approved organization that requires certification and examination. InterNACHI® certified inspectors may download a certificate from their InterNACHI® membership account

License Without Examination

Pursuant to S.C. Reg. 106–4(A), to be licensed as a home inspector without examination, the applicant must show to the satisfaction of the Commission that he or she is currently certified or licensed as a building or home inspector after written examination by an organization or other entity approved by the commission. 

License by Examination

Individuals interested in becoming licensed or registered as a Home Inspector by Examination must take a two-part examination for licensure in South Carolina. Visit the South Carolina website for details about the two exams, exam fees, and exam study materials. 
Exam Study Materials 

To help prepare for taking the state exam, you can try InterNACHI's Online Inspector Exam (free & online), take the InterNACHI Home Inspection Practice Test (free & online to certified members), and take InterNACHI's online courses (free & online to members). We do not know what's on the state exam, but maybe our free resources can help you. The SC state website provides exam study materials

Renewing Your State License

South Carolina requires licensed home inspectors to renew their Residential Home Inspectors License every two (2) years. The InterNACHI® School ( is the only home inspector college that provides free, online Continuing Education (CE). Take free, online CE to renew your home inspector license. All of the online courses are free to members. 

Insurance for Inspectors

Although South Carolina 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 for information on how to sign up.

South Carolina Inspector Chapters


Find a Mentor

InterNACHI® provides peer-to-peer learning experiences for both inspectors who need additional assistance and for experienced inspectors who are interested in helping newer ones out. Visit InterNACHI's Mentoring Program to get started.

Network with Other InterNACHI® Inspectors

Network with the best home inspectors in South Carolina. 

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)

The cards provide simple instructions for agents to take free, online Continuing Education courses to help renew their license. 
Licensed real estate agents can attain free, online Continuing Education by taking InterNACHI's courses for agents. When an agent enters the InterNACHI member's ID #, the member is automatically notified by email, and the first slide of the course contains the member's contact information.
Members can order their free cards by visiting Inspector Outlet.

Radon Tester Certification in South Carolina (online & free)

The South Carolina Department of Health requires an individual to complete a radon measurement certification course approved by either the NRPP or the NRSB.  Visit the South Carolina 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 also has a course that is NRSB approved for Continuing Education credit. View details about InterNACHI's "Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provider Course.



Wood-Destroying Organism Course (online & free)

 South Carolina currently does not regulate pest control inspectors, however they do require that pest control applicators to be licensed and certified by the state. For more information look here. InterNACHI's Wood-Destroying Organisms (WDO) Inspection Course may be a beneficial educational tool for those looking to become licensed.


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.

Roof Data Technician Program (free for members)

The Roof Data Technician Program, developed by InterNACHI® with 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.) Participate in the InterNACHI®-Owens Corning Roof Data Technician Program.


Business & Marketing (online & free)


InterNACHI's Member 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. The design work is free. Take a look at the free design work we've done for our members.  We recommend contacting the Member Marketing Team


How to Join InterNACHI


South Carolina Partner Schools

For a list of partner schools in South Carolina please click here.



Membership Benefits (free for members)



Archived Documents:

From: "Stan Bowen" <>
Date: September 17, 2010 2:37:19 PM MDT
Subject: Approved 

Hi Lisa,

You have been approved and are on our Approved organization list #58 Thank you for your patience.

Call if you need any more info.


Stan Bowen
Office of Board Services
S.C. Residential Builders Commission
Phone: 803-896-4621
Fax: 803-896-4814
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