How to Become a Certified Home Inspector in Washington

 
 
 

Home Inspector Licensing:

To become a licensed home inspector, you must submit the following to the WA department:

 (1) an application;

 (2) proof of a minimum of 120 hours of classroom instruction approved by the board;

 (3) proof of up to 40 hours of field training supervised by a licensed home inspector;

 (4) evidence of successful passage of the written exam; and

 (5) a fee. For details on licensing, visit the Washington website.
 
The Washington State Department of Licensing approves the classroom and field training provided by InterNACHI's School Partners. Every student receives a free six-month membership to InterNACHI (for non-members only).
 
 

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 (online & free for members):    

The Washington Department of Licensing has approved the following online courses for home inspector Continuing Education (online & free for members). How to Renew Your WA Inspector License
 
Online Courses:
 
Live Classes:
All live classes currently being offered are announced at the InterNACHI School webpage. For course approvals from the state, please scroll down this page.
 
 
 
 

How to Join InterNACHI

 
 
 

Radon Tester Certification (online & free for members): 

      
Although there are no state regulations for radon testing in Washington, the Washington State Department of Health recommends hiring a professional radon tester (as of October 2014).  Visit the Washington website for details.
 
Become a Certified Radon Tester by taking InterNACHI's free, online "Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provide Course," which is NRPP- and AARST-approved for both initial certification and Continuing Education. The course details are located at https://www.nachi.org/radon-measurement-service-provider-online-course.htm
 
 
 

Free 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.
 
Tell them to visit nachi.org/wa-agent and register for the free online Continuing Education course. The course promotes the value of hiring an InterNACHI Home Energy Inspector. When a real estate professional logs into the course and enters the InterNACHI member's ID number, the member will be automatically notified by email.
 
 
 
 

Wood-Destroying Organism Inspection CE:

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has approved InterNACHI's online "Wood-Destroying Organism Inspection" course for 15 credits. For approval details, visit https://www.nachi.org/wsda-approved-wdo-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 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.
 
 
 

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 Documents:


View approval of How to Inspect Fireplaces, Stoves, and Chimneys Course. Course #325. 4 online hours. Expiration February 16, 2019. 
 

View approval of How to Inspect Tile Roofs Class (live). Class #407. 4 classroom hours. Expiration October 6, 2018. 
 

View approval of How to Perform a Roof Inspection Class (live). Class #406. 4 classroom hours. Expiration October 6, 2018. 
 

View approval of 10 Steps to Performing a Roof Inspection Class (live). Class #405. 2 classroom hours. Expiration October 6, 2018. 
 

View approval of How to Inspect Private Drinking Water Wells. Course #404. 12 hours. Expiration October 6, 2018.
 
View approval of How to Inspect for Moisture Intrusion Class (Live). Class #401. 16 classroom hours. Expiration September 16, 2018.
 
View approval of Gas Fireplace Inspections Class (Live). Class #402. 4 classroom hours. Expiration September 27, 2018. 
 
 
View approval of How to Perform Residential Swimming Pool and Spa Inspections Class. Class #400. 4 classroom hours. Expiration September 1, 2018. 
 
View approval of Infrared Thermography Class. Class #398. 16 classroom hours. Expiration September 1, 2018.
 
View approval of How to Run a Successful Home Inspection Business Class. Class #399. 4 classroom hours. Expiration September 1, 2018.
 
How to Perform Tree Inspections Course. Course #397. 7 hours. Expiration 08/31/2018.
 
View approval of Structural Issues for Home Inspectors Course. Course #381. 4 hours. Expiration 07/08/2018.
 
View approval of How to Perform Deck Inspections Course. Course #392. 3 hours. Expiration 07/08/2018.
 
View approval of How to Inspect HVAC Systems Course. Course #389. 12 hours. Expiration 07/08/2018. 
View approval of How to Inspect for Moisture Intrusion Course. Course #386. 8 hours. Expiration 07/08/2018. 
 
View How to Inspect Manufactured and Mobile Homes Course. Course #387. 12 hours. Expiration 07/08/2018.
 
View approval of How to Perform Roof Inspections Course. Course #383. 4 hours. Expiration 07/08/2018.
 
View approval of Log Home Inspection Course. Course #388. 8 hours. Expiration 07/08/2018. 
 
View approval of How to Perform Exterior Inspections Courses. Course #391. 12 hours. Expiration 07/08/2018.
 
View approval of How to Perform Residential Electrical Inspections Course. Course #384. 4 hours. Expiration 07/08/2018.
 
View approval of Residential Plumbing Overview for Inspectors Course. Course #385. 8 hours. Expiration 07/08/2017.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Washington State Department of Agriculture approves InterNACHI's free, online Wood Destroying Organism course.
 
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