How to Become a Licensed Home Inspector in New York
Home Inspector Licensing:
To become a licensed home inspector in New York, you must:
complete a course of study of not less than 140 hours approved by the Department of State, Division of Licensing Services. Of those hours, 40 must be unpaid field-based inspections under direct supervision; or
have performed no fewer than 100 home inspections (paid or unpaid) under direct supervision; and
pass a state exam: the NYS written examination or an existing nationally recognized examination, deemed equivalent, prior to December 31, 2005.
To be a licensed home inspector in New York, 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.
Home Inspection Agreement:
New York Home Inspection Agreement should be used by home inspectors prior to
conducting a residential property inspection in the state of New York. InterNACHI General Counsel Mark Cohen drafted the agreement.
Home Inspector School Partners
For a list of local schools who teach home inspector training classes please click here.
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®.
After joining as a member, you'll have access to everything you need to be successful, including all of InterNACHI's online training, certifications, Continuing Education, marketing, and business services. InterNACHI has everything you need, all in one place.
Real Estate Cards (free for members):
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.
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 in New York (free & online for members):
New York enforces and regulates that individuals performing radon testing, measurement, and mitigation be certified by AARST-NRPP or NRSB. New York Certified radon testing firms must have a representative trained to use the equipment or provide detectors for the testing of radon. NY lists Certified Radon Measurement Professional on their website at https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/radiological/radon/radon.htm.
Radon testing firms may be certified by the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologist (AARST), National Radon Safety Board (NRSB), State of New Jersey (NJ), or State of Pennsylvania (PA). Remember that, while a certified radon tester may collect samples, anyone who analyzes and provides the results of those tests must hold New York State Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Approval Program certification.
Download the following application to request for Continuing Education equivalency credit for a New York Home Inspection License based on out-of-state education not approved by the NYS Department of State Division of Licensing Services:
It is recommended to NOT identify the insect, but, instead, report upon those items described in the InterNACHI WDO Inspection Form available for free at https://www.nachi.org/wdo-report.htm
Home Energy Inspector:
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 nachi.org/home-energy-inspector
Home Energy Score Assessor:
The Home Energy Score is similar to a vehicle's miles-per-gallon rating, and any qualified inspector in the U.S. can generate a Home Energy Score in less than an hour. The Home Energy Score provides:
a score on a scale of 1 to 10;
facts about the home and its energy use; and
recommendations generated by the U.S. Department of Energy to improve the score and energy efficiency.
Roof Data Technician (free for members to participate):
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.