How to Become a Licensed Home Inspector in Virginia

Home Inspector Licensing

Details from the Virginia website


Option 1:  35-hour Classroom Course.                            

*This option requires 50 additional supervised inspections for VA licensure*

Want to become a Virginia-licensed home inspector? Take InterNACHI's VA-approved Pre-Licensing Class at the InterNACHI School in Boulder, Colorado. InterNACHI is approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia - Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR). View approval of InterNACHI's 35-hour live classroom pre-licensing class
This class is held at the InterNACHI School at our headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. Get your first-class inspection training while visiting this destination city, click below for more details. 

Option 2: Hybrid 35-hour Online, 35-hour Classroom Course

*This option requires 25 additional supervised inspections for VA licensure*

Complete InterNACHI's VA-approved hybrid 35-hour classroom and 35-hour online Pre-Licensing course, which is approved by the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR). The live portion of this class is held at the InterNACHI School and the House of Horrors at our headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. The remaining 35-hours of online curriculum is completed at the student's own pace.

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 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
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

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

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
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

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
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

Everything You Need, All in One Place:

InterNACHI provides everything you need to be successful. Visit

Membership Benefits (free for members):

InterNACHI provides over $75,000 worth of benefits to its members at no cost. Visit

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 Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors Regulations PDF: Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors website: Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Guidance Document Information: Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) does not approve home inspector training courses:
Virginia Home Inspector Regulations Chapter
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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