How to Become a Certified Home Inspector in Virginia

 

Home Inspector Certification

As of July 1, 2017, the State of Virginia will require home inspectors to be licensed. Please visit the State of Virginia page for more details. 
 
InterNACHI School has a Virginia Certification Class. Click here to visit the InterNACHI School to view the class details. To become a licensed home Inspector in Virginia, in advance of the mandatory state licensing for home inspectors that will go into effect in July 1, 2017, we recommend this class to become certified.
 
 
Once certified, Virginia DPOR states that “an individual who holds an unexpired certificate as a home inspector issued by the Board will be issued a license to practice as a home inspector.”
 
According to Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR), there are several methods for qualifying for Virginia Home Inspector Certification, including distance learning and required instruction options, and the completion of home inspections. One method includes completing 35 hours of instruction (no more than half those hours via distance or online education), and 100 home inspections or 50 supervised inspections.
 
Virginia's Guidance Document indicates that distance education courses are acceptable, but no more than half of the hours of instruction required for state certification may be completed using distance or online education technology. 

Home Inspector Licensing Exam

To become a licensed home inspector in Virginia, you have to pass the state exam. We don't know what's on the exam, so you may want to directly petition the state for an exception in order to take InterNACHI's proctored national exam. To prepare for the state exam, you can take InterNACHI's Online Home Inspector Exam (online and free), the InterNACHI State Exam Prep Course (online and free for members), and InterNACHI's courses (online and free for members). Not a member? Join now.
 
 

Insurance for 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.
 
 

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 a thousand defects built inside the InterNACHI School. 
 
 

Home Inspector Continuing Education (online & free for members)

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 rules and regulations for CPE can be found online at www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/ALHI/#Laws_and_Regulations.
 
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
 
Click here for Continuing Education for Virginia-certified home inspectors (free and online for InterNACHI members).
 
 

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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. InterNACHI's free, online radon course is approved by NRPP and AARST for both Entry Level (INACH-1) and Continuing Education (INACH-401). View the listing on NRPP's website for Entry Level and CE. View the listing on AARST's website.  Take InterNACHI's free, online Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provider Course at https://www.nachi.org/radon-measurement-service-provider-online-course.htm
 

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 is 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 Inspector(free for members); and
    4. email Michelle to participate in the program.
 
 

Real Estate Cards (free for members)

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. 
 
 
 
 

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
 
 

Business & Marketing (online & free for members):

 
Learn the 17 steps to building and operating a successful home inspection business by taking our free, online Home Inspection Business Course.
 
 

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
 
 
 

Virginia Homebuyers Handbook:

The Virginia Housing Development Authority publishes a Homebuyers Handbook which refers consumers to InterNACHI and InterNACHI's website when choosing a home inspector.  
 
 
 

Additional Information:

Questions concerning the DPOR regulations, visit http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/ALHI/.
 
Virginia.gov Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors Regulations PDF: www.dpor.virginia.gov/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Boards/ALHI/A506-33REGS_HI.pdf
 
Virginia.gov Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors website:  http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/ALHI/
 
Virginia.gov Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Guidance Document Information: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewGDoc.cfm?gdid=4500
 
Virginia.gov Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) does not approve home inspector training courses: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Boards/ALHI/A506-33CHI_CRS.pdf
 
Virginia Home Inspector Regulations Chapter http://leg1.state.va.us/000/reg/TOC18015.HTM.HTM#C0040
 
InterNACHI's free, online inspection courses.
Download and print your certificates of completion.
InterNACHI's EPA-approved Lead-Safe Certified RRP Course for Contractors and Inspectors.
 

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