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 not less 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.
For details about New York home inspector licensing, visit the New York website.
 


Live Training at the InterNACHI School

The InterNACHI School offers world-class, accredited inspection training by the best instructors in the industry at our facility in Boulder, Colorado.
 
Take a class, enjoy free refreshments, test-drive inspection tools, attend an inspector chapter meeting, and inspect the House of Horrors –- an entire house with 1,000 defects built inside The InterNACHI School. 
 
 

Continuing Education Classes (held in Boulder, CO):

Primary Location: Boulder, Colorado 80301
 
10 Steps to Performing a Roof Inspection Class
Continuing Education Class  L2281-02
2 hours state-approved Continuing Education for licensed home inspectors.
Effective 08/16/2016. Expiration 12/31/2016.
  • Instructors: Ben Gromicko, Ron Huffman
  • Class includes a free 6-month student membership to InterNACHI (for non-members only).
  • Visit www.nachi.org/school for schedule of upcoming classes.

 

Gas Fireplace Inspection Class
Continuing Education Class L-2254-04
 
4 hours state-approved Continuing Education for licensed home inspectors.
Effective 07/01/2016. Expiration 12/31/2016.
  • Instructors: Ben Gromicko, Ron Huffman
  • Class includes a free 6-month student membership to InterNACHI (for non-members only).
  • Visit www.nachi.org/school for schedule of upcoming classes.
 
 
Exterior Wall Coverings Class Part 1 
Continuing Education Class L-2255-12
 
12 hours state-approved Continuing Education for licensed home inspectors.
Effective 07/01/2016. Expiration 12/31/2016.
  • Instructors: Ben Gromicko, Ron Huffman
  • Class includes a free 6-month student membership to InterNACHI (for non-members only).
  • Visit www.nachi.org/school for schedule of upcoming classes.
 
 
Thermal Imaging and Building Science Class
Continuing Education Class L-2256-16
16 hours state-approved Continuing Education for licensed home inspectors.
Effective 07/01/2016. Expiration 12/31/2016.
  • Instructors: Ben Gromicko, Ron Huffman
  • Class includes a free 6-month student membership to InterNACHI (for non-members only).
  • Visit www.nachi.org/school for schedule of upcoming classes.
 
 
 

How to Join InterNACHI

 
 
 
 

Licensing Classes:

CATS Home Inspection School. Dan Osborn, Instructor.
  • Authorized and licensed by the State of New York. 
  • Class includes a free 6-month student membership to InterNACHI (for non-members only). Ask your instructor for your free membership.
  • Visit www.nysmoldinspection.com for mold training and www.catsofalbany.com and ask for all other inspection training available in Rochester, Albany, White Plains, and Long Island, NY.
NY Home Inspection School. David Dodge, Instructor.
  • Authorized and licensed by the State of New York. 
  • Class includes a free 6-month student membership to InterNACHI (for non-members only). Ask your instructor for your free membership.
  • Visit www.nyhomeinspectorschool.com for home inspection training.
ASKUS Home Inspection Training School. Thomas Valosin, Instructor.
Robert Thorsey Jr., Licening Renewal Training
  • Authorized and licensed by the State of New York.
  • Located in Ghent, NY. 
  • Class includes a free 6-month student membership to InterNACHI (for non-members only). Ask your instructor for your free membership.
  • Call (518)784-4663 or email rthorsey@yahoo.com 
 
 
 

Home Inspector State Exam:

To prepare for the state exam, you can take InterNACHI's Online Home Inspector Exam (free), take the InterNACHI State Exam Prep Course (free to members), and take InterNACHI's online courses (free to members). Not a member? Join now.
 
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.
 
New York approves InterNACHI as an approved school for licensed real estate agents
 
 
 
 

Radon Tester Certification in New York (free & online for members):

       
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. 
 
InterNACHI's free, online radon course is approved by NRPP and AARST for both Entry Level (INACH-1) and Continuing Education (INACH-401). View listing on NRPP's website for Entry Level and NRPP's website for CE. View listing on AARST's website.
  
 
 
 

Home Inspector Continuing Education Equivalency:

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:

New York Home Inspection CE Equivalency Submission Form PDF
 
 
 

Wood-Destroying Organism Inspector (online & free for members):

We asked NYSDEC to comment upon the situation where a licensed home inspector discovers possible infestation of wood-destroying organisms during a home inspection. The reply is below:
 
Read the comment from NYSDEC.
 
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 (online & free for members):

 
Become a Certified Home Energy Inspectorâ„¢. 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 (online & free for members):

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. 
  To become a Home Energy Score Assessor, you must:
  1. be an InterNACHI-Certified Home Energy Inspector (online & free for members); 
  2. complete the 3D-house training (online & free for members);
  3. agree to participate in a Quality Assurance Plan with other local Home Energy Inspectors (free for members); and
  4. email Michelle to participate in the program.
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

Business & Marketing (online & free for members):


 
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;
  • customized by you according to condition of each house inspected;
  • 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 https://www.nachi.org/home-maintanence-newsletter.htm
 
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 http://www.inspectoroutlet.com/homeowner-newsletter-handout.aspx
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

Archived Approval Letters:

 
View approval of Ronald Huffman as a New York instructor qualified to instruct Home Inspection Qualifying and Continuing Education.
 
 
View NY Department's approval letter of the 10 Steps to Performing a Roof Inspection Class and original application documents. Click here to view approval letter and the original application documents submitted to the state. 
 
 
 
View course approval of "How to Perform Roof Inspections" class.
 
 
Take InterNACHI's free online inspection courses.