How to Become a Licensed Home Inspector in Virginia


Home Inspector Licensing

Details from the Virginia Website
To become a VA-licensed home inspector, the state requires an individual to complete a certain amount of pre-licensing training.  InterNACHI is approved by the Virginia Home Inspector Board as a pre-licensing training provider.  InterNACHI is approved to provide two types of training: 
So, to become a VA-licensed home inspector, choose either training option with InterNACHI. The evidence of completing the training is required in your state application to become a home inspector. Visit the VA website to download the application. 
To view the state approval letters for InterNACHI's pre-licensing 35-hour course #3331001632 and our pre-licensing 70-hour course #3331001648
Please be aware that Virginia requires that "no more than half of the required hours for the pre-license education courses may be completed using distance or online education technology."  Therefore, to complete the state's application with evidence of completing pre-licensing training, do not submit proof of training that was completed all online.  Home Inspector Application

35-Hour Online Pre-Licensing Course List:

If you choose the 70-hour training option, the following courses are required to complete the 35-hour portion of online training:
The other 35 hours can be completed by attending our live home inspection training classes at the InterNACHI House of Horrors in Boulder, CO. 


Home Inspector Licensing Exam

To become a licensed home inspector in Virginia, you have to pass the state exam. Visit the state website for exam details. We don't know what's on the exam, so you may want to directly petition the state for an exception in order to take InterNACHI's proctored national exam.  To prepare for the state exam, you can take InterNACHI's Online Home Inspector Exam (online and free), the InterNACHI State Exam Prep Course (online and free for members), and InterNACHI's courses (online and free for members).  Not a member? Join now.

Home Inspector Continuing Education (online & free for members)

As described in Virginia regulations 18VAC15-40-72, home inspectors must complete 16 contact hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) during each certificate renewal cycle. The rules and regulations for CPE can be found online at
The Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors does not have the statutory authority to approve home inspector CPE courses; therefore, any course that covers the areas tested on the state exam will be accepted to meet the CPE requirement, as described in Board Regulation 18 VAC 15-40-72 for Certified Home Inspectors

Hands-On Training at House of Horrors® 

Experience world-class inspection training and InterNACHI® member events at our House of Horrors® locations in Boulder, Colorado, and Weston, Florida. The InterNACHI® House of Horrors® is an entire house with 1,000 defects. Register for an event, take training, test-drive inspection tools, attend an inspector chapter meeting, and inspect the House of Horrors®. 

Home Inspector School Partners

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

Home Inspector Schools in Virginia


Insurance for Home Inspectors

To be a licensed home inspector in Virginia, individuals must meet certain requirements for adequate insurance coverage. InterNACHI members are eligible for discounts and enhanced coverage. Visit information on how to sign up.

How to Join InterNACHI


Real Estate Cards (free for members)

Virginia-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 by visiting
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. 

Radon Tester Certification (online & free for members) 


According to the State of Virginia, no person shall conduct or offer to conduct any radon screening, testing or mitigation unless the individual has completed certification approved by NRPP or AARST. For details, visit the Virginia 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


 Wood-Destroying Organisms (WDO)

While Virginia does not regulate pest-control inspectors the Virginia Department of Commerce and Consumer Services requires that pest control applicators be licensed by the state. 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 for members)

Become a Certified Home Energy Inspector. The online training and certification is free for members. No infrared, no blower door, and no additional training is needed. Visit

Roof Data Technician (free for members to participate in)

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) 

Learn the steps to building and operating a successful home inspection business by taking our 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


Homeowner Newsletter (online & free for members)

Keep in touch with all of your clients! The InterNACHI Homeowner Newsletter is: 
  • free to members;
  • 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

Virginia Homebuyers Handbook:

The Virginia Housing Development Authority publishes a Homebuyers Handbook which refers consumers to InterNACHI and InterNACHI's website when choosing a home inspector.  

Additional Information:

Questions concerning the DPOR regulations, visit Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors Regulations PDF: Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors website: Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Guidance Document Information: Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) does not approve home inspector training courses: 

Virginia Home Inspector Regulations Chapter


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