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.
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.
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.
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®.
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.
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.