How to Become a Licensed Home Inspector in Virginia

Home Inspector Licensing 

To become a Virginia-licensed home inspector, the state requires individuals to:
  • complete a state-approved 70-hour pre-licensing course; and
  • complete 25 home inspections under the direct supervision of a licensed/certified home inspector. If home inspections were completed under the direct supervision of a licensed/certified home inspector, the License/Certified Home Inspector must certify the applicant's experience.
InterNACHI is approved by the Virginia Home Inspector Board as a pre-licensing and Continuing Education (CPE) training provider. Visit our Virginia Pre-Licensing Class page for details. Visit the Virginia website or licensing details and the applications. 



Home Inspector Licensing Exam

To become a licensed home inspector in the state, you have to pass the state exam.To help 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). We do not know what's on the state exams, but the preparation resources may be helpful to you.



Continuing Professional Education (CPE, free, online)

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 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
Click here for Continuing Education for Virginia home inspectors (free and online for InterNACHI members). Choose courses that cover the house systems that were on the state exam.
 
 

Virginia-Licensed Inspectors

The following InterNACHI® Certified Home Inspectors are also Virginia-licensed home inspectors. 

Virginia-Licensed Home Inspectors



InterNACHI® Mentors

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Home Inspector School Partners

For a list of local schools that teach home inspector training classes, including exam preparation and ride-alongs or inspection supervision, click the button below.

Training Partners in Virginia



InterNACHI® Chapter

Find a local Chapter of home inspectors.

 


InterNACHI® Online Inspection Community

InterNACHI® Online Inspection Community

 


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 nachi.org/insurance for information on how to sign up.


 

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®. 
 
 
 


 

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 nachi.org/va-agent.
 
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
 
NRPP:
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.  
 
NRSB:
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 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 are free for members. No infrared, no blower door, and no additional training is needed. Visit nachi.org/home-energy-inspector



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 nachi.org/roof

 
 


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

 


 

Everything You Need, All in One Place

InterNACHI provides everything you need to be successful. Visit nachi.org/become-home-inspector
 

 
 

Membership Benefits (free for members)

 
InterNACHI provides over $75,000 worth of benefits to its members at no cost. Visit https://www.nachi.org/benefits.htm
 
 

 



 

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.  
 
 




 

Archived Documents:

Questions concerning the DPOR regulations, visit http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/ALHI/.
 
Virginia.gov Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors Regulations PDF: www.dpor.virginia.gov/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Boards/ALHI/A506-33REGS_HI.pdf
 
Virginia.gov Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors website:  http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/ALHI/
 
Virginia.gov Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Guidance Document Information: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewGDoc.cfm?gdid=4500
 
Virginia.gov Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) does not approve home inspector training courses: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Boards/ALHI/A506-33CHI_CRS.pdf 


 
Virginia Home Inspector Regulations Chapter http://leg1.state.va.us/000/reg/TOC18015.HTM.HTM#C0040
 

 

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