Senate Bill 255 was signed into law on Jan. 4, 2019 and created the Home Inspector Program to be managed by the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing with the effective date of April 5, 2019.
Beginning Nov. 1, 2019, any person performing a home inspection for a client, for compensation, must be actively licensed with the Division.
Once all members of the Ohio Home Inspector Board (OHIB) are appointed, existing Ohio home inspectors may apply for a “grandfathered” license. That window of opportunity will remain open for 120 days. A date certain will be published once the last appointment is made to the OHIB. According to Section 8 (A) of the law, after the last member of the board is appointed, a period of 120-days after that date, home inspector licenses will be issued if the individual applies for a license and pays the fee, and if the applicant demonstrates the following:
Proof by direct documentation or signed affidavit attesting to having met any three of the following requirements (e, g, and f) to demonstrate participation in the home inspection field prior to the effective date of this act of April 5, 2019.
Having performed at least two hundred home inspections for clients for compensation or other valuable consideration;
Having successfully passed a home inspector examination;
Having actively operated a home inspection business in this state for three years before the effective date of this act under a business name officially registered with the Secretary of State;
Having been employed as a home inspector for the consecutive thirty-six months before the effective date of this act by an inspection company or person whose owner or manager meets the license requirement specified in this section;
Having a license, registration, or certification in good standing to perform the duties of a home inspector in another jurisdiction that has requirements for licensure, registration, or certification that are substantially similar to Chapter 4764. of the Revised Code;
Having prepared at least 5 home inspection reports that have been verified as being in compliance with the standards adopted by a national organization of home inspectors. This can be completed by using InterNACHI's FREE Inspection Report Writing Checklist for verified compliance of 5 reports (a letter of compliance can be written upon request); or
Having completed, not more than one year before the effective date of this act of Apr 5, 2019, at least one peer review session conducted by a national organization that consists of and represents home inspectors (where an applicant identifies and reports defects in a home that contains previously identified defects). The peer review session could have been completed at the InterNACHI House of Horrors, but that time period has passed.
To Become an Ohio-Licensed Home Inspector
STEP #1:Join InterNACHI as a member at $49 per month (cancel any time) or $499 per year. There are no prerequisites to become a member.
STEP #2: Then complete the state application, including documentation any three provisions described above (e, g, and f), and the other provisions in the new Ohio Home Inspection Law.
Note: The Ohio Home Inspector Board is currently finalizing rules and regulations. InterNACHI has created a pre-licensing course for Ohio inspectors but is currently seeking approval for this program.
Home Inspector Continuing Education (online and free)
Sec 4764.08 of the Ohio Home Inspector Licensing Law states that during each three-year period that a license is valid, a licensed home inspector shall successfully complete at least 14 hours of continuing education annually.
Insurance for Inspectors
Ohio Home Inspector Licensing Law has requirements regarding insurance for home inspectors. InterNACHI members are eligible for discounts and enhanced home inspector insurance coverage.
InterNACHI is the world's leading association for home inspectors. We provide free training, online testing and certification, business development, marketing support, discounts on everything from home inspection software to E&O insurance to your next truck, and more.
InterNACHI School is accredited as a postsecondary education institution by the national accrediting agency of the U.S. Department of Education to provide tuition-free online training, examination, certification, and continuing education to InterNACHI® members in Ohio.
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®. Experience the House of Horrors®
Radon Testing Continuing Education (online and free)
The Columbus Board of REALTORS requires that inspectors be members in good standing of a national inspection association such as InterNACHI. Thanks to lobbying efforts by InterNACHI’s attorney, it was the decision of the Board of Directors of the Columbus Board of REALTORS, at its February 23, 2011 meeting to approve the Standard Qualified Inspector Clause #402 which prevents non-members from performing inspections and requires home inspectors to be a members in good standing of a national inspection association such as InterNACHI. Read more...
City of Toledo:
The City of Toledo includes InterNACHI as a certifying agency for home inspectors. The City of Toledo will accept the certification of professional home inspectors as identified in the Standards and Practices of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). To comply with this provision, professional home inspectors must be certified and registered with the City of Toledo through the Division of Building Inspection and provide documented proof to the Commissioner of Building Inspection that you are currently certified with InterNACHI. Read more...
Real Estate Cards (free for members):
real estate agents can attain free Continuing Education credits by
following the directions on the real estate cards. Members can hand out real estate cards to real estate agents, which explain how to log into the
free courses by visiting www.nachi.org/oh-agent.
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.