How to Become a Licensed Home Inspector in Tennessee


Home Inspector Licensing Course (online & free for members):

To become a licensed home inspector in Tennessee, you must successfully complete a 90-hour pre-licensing course approved by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, pass the National Home Inspector Exam, and carry liability insurance. For details, visit Tennessee's website. 
InterNACHI's 90-hour 100% online pre-licensing course (online & free for members) is approved by Tennessee Home Inspector Licensing Board.  Click here to see InterNACHI's online pre-licensing course listed with the Tennessee Home Inspector Licensing Board.
Take the free, online pre-licensing course now.
State exam information is on Tennessee's website. You must take the National Home Inspector Exam. InterNACHI's proctored exam is not recognized by the state Board, unfortunately. To help prepare for the state exam, you may take InterNACHI's Online Home Inspector Exam (free), take the InterNACHI State Exam Prep Course (free to members), take InterNACHI's online courses (free to members), and try our free Inspector Training App. Not a member? Join now.

Insurance for Inspectors

To be a licensed home inspector in Tennessee, individuals must meet certain requirements for adequate insurance coverage. InterNACHI members are eligible for discounts and enhanced coverage. Visit 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 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®

Continuing Education (online & free for members): 

Tennessee Home Inspector Licensing Board requires licensed home inspector to complete 32 hours of commissioner-approved continuing education no later than thirty (30) days prior to the expiration date of the licenseVisit Tennessee's website for approval of the following free, online courses. Not a member? Join now.
Note: According to Rule 0780-05-12-.05, as of November 2014, credit shall not be granted for a repeated course within a three (3) year time period.
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Tennessee Partner Schools 

For a list of partner schools in Tennessee please click here.

Radon Tester Certification (online & free for members):

Tennessee requires that individuals performing radon testing, measurement, and mitigation be certified by the state by completing courses by AARST-NRPP or NRSB. Become certified to perform radon testing services in Tennessee. Tennessee Radon Program accepts InterNACHI's free, online "Advanced Radon Measurement Provider Course". View the Tennessee website for details. The course is at
InterNACHI's free, online "Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provide 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.  
This course is also NRSB approved for Continuing Education credit. View details about InterNACHI's "Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provider Course

Real Estate Cards (free for members):

State of Tennessee Real Estate Commission has approved InterNACHI as an accredited School for providing online courses to licensed real estate professionals, including salespersons and brokers.
This is a great marketing strategy for home inspectors who promote their business to licensed real estate agents. Tell agents to follow the instructions on the marketing card, or visit and register for a free online Continuing Education course. When a real estate professional logs into the course and enters your InterNACHI member's ID number, you will be automatically notified by email.
Order your pack of free marketing cards by visiting

Wood-Destroying Organism Inspection Course:

Tennessee Department of Agriculture approves InterNACHI's free, online Wood-Destroying Organism WDO Course for:
  • 12 points in C07-Structural Pest Control;
  • 12 points in C10-Demo & Research; and
  • 12 points in C12-Pesticide Dealer categories for licensed professionals. 
 Click here for more information.

Home Energy Inspector Certification (online & free for members):

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.

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:
  • be an InterNACHI-Certified Home Energy Inspector (online & free for members);
  • complete the 3D-house training (online & free for members);
  • agree to participate in a Quality Assurance Plan with other local Home Energy Inspectors (free for members); and
  • email Jazmin 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.) Participate in the InterNACHI/Owens Corning Roof Data Technician Program.

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 InterNACHI's free, monthly homeowner newsletter system (free for members).
Order handout cards to sign homeowners up for your Homeowner Newsletter (a customizable, monthly newsletter system that is free to members). Order your homeowner newsletter cards from InspectorOutlet.

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Membership Benefits (free for members):


Discounts to TN Attractions (for members only):


Archived Documents:









Energy Movement for Inspectors Course. Course #13. Expiration August 24, 2019. 2.0 credit hours
The House as a System Course. Course #15. Expiration August 24, 2019. 2.0 credit hours.
Indoor Air Quality for Inspectors Course. Course #11. Expiration August 24, 2019. 1.0 credit hours.
Comfort and Climate for Inspectors Course. Course #14. Expiration August 24, 2019. 1.0 credit hours.
Calculating Energy Envelope Loss Course. Course #12. Expiration August 24, 2019. 2.0 credit hours.

View Tennessee approval of online home inspector CE Courses with Expiration October 23, 2018, including:
  • Saving Home Energy Course
  • Home Energy Score Course
  • Home Energy Efficiency Course
View Tennessee approvals of online home inspector CE courses with Expiration October 31, 2016, including: 
  • Defect Recognition and Report Writing Course
  • Inspecting Means of Egress Course
  • Customer Service & Communication for Inspectors Course
  • Inspecting Manufactured & Mobile Homes Course
  • Inspecting Attic, Insulation, Ventilation, and Interior Course
  • How to Inspect Water Heater Tanks Course
  • How to Inspect Pools & Spa Course
  • Green Building Inspection Course
  • Infrared Thermography Inspection Training Course
  • 25 Standards Every Inspector Should Know Course
  • Log Home Inspection Course
  • Building Science & Infrared Thermal Imaging for Inspectors Course
  • How to Inspect HVAC Systems Course
  • How to Perform Residential Electrical Inspections Course
  • How to Perform Exterior Inspections Course
  • Residential Plumbing Overview for Inspectors Course
  • Wood-Destroying Organism Inspection Course
  • How to Perform Deck Inspections Course
  • Inspecting Foundation Walls & Piers Course
  • Advanced HVAC Training for Inspectors Course
  • How to Perform Roof Inspections Course
  • Advanced Mold Inspection Training Course
  • How to Inspect for Moisture Intrusion Course
  • Structural Issues for Home Inspectors Course
  • How to Perform Home Energy Audits Course
  • Safe Practices for the Home Inspector Course
See 2015 approval of "Customer Service" course for 4 CE.
 View approval of Saving Home Energy Course. Course #261. Expiration October 23, 2018. 
Enlarge screen shot of multiple course approvals from the TN website.

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