Do home inspectors need a license? In my opinion, the answer is YES! Home Inspection is a highly skilled profession that requires not only initial training and licensing, but continuing education throughout the inspectors career. Now, if you ask me if Inspectors are REQUIRED to be licensed, that is a different story. Some states, like Wisconsin, do require that home inspectors are licensed. Other states like Minnesota and Iowa do not. In this blog I’m going to look at the requirements for our area and discuss what we have done at Advanced Home Inspections to ensure you get a qualified, expert home inspector.
Home Inspectors are required to take the National Home Inspector Examination and the Wisconsin Home Inspector Statutes and Rules Examination. All professional licenses like Real Estate Salespeople and Home Inspectors are managed by the Department of Safety and Professional Services.
Besides passing the required exams, a home inspector must provide adequate evidence that they haven’t been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or other offense for which the offense would relate to the home inspection practice.
In order to pass the state exams, individuals can study the InterNACHI prep guide, online course and practice exam. InterNACHI is the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. They offer home inspection certification as well as 45 other certifications (some of which I will discuss later).
Minnesota & Iowa
Minnesota and Iowa do NOT have a licensing requirement for home inspectors. While it is recommended that home inspectors obtain certification and liability insurance, it is not regulated by these states. Many home inspectors will take the InterNACHI certification or something similar. Unfortunately there is the possibility that if you live in one of these states, your home inspector may not have adequate training.
Advanced Home Inspection LLC is dedicated to continuing education to better serve our clients!
We have obtained the following credentials:
Certified Master Inspector
- Completed at least 1,000 fee-paid inspections &/or hours of training and education combined
- Have been in business for at least 3 years
- Abide by the inspection industry’s toughest code of ethics
- Completed professional education prior to being approved
- Agree to periodic criminal background checks
Certification from the American Home Inspectors Training (AHIT)
AARST/NRPP Certification (Radon)
NRPP (National Radon Proficiency Program) is the leading certification program for radon professionals. Certification is administered by AARST (American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists), a nonprofit, trade organization dedicated to the highest standards of excellence and the ethical performance of radon measurement and mitigation.
InterNACHI Radon certification
InterNACHI Mold inspection certification
Residential Property Inspector
InterNACHI interior and exterior basic home inspection certification
Wood Destroying Organisms Inspector
InterNACHI wood destroying organism inspector certification
Log Home Inspector
InterNACHI log home inspection certification
Certification in Indoor Air Quality Consultation including Radon certification and Mold certification
Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the inspector to show clients things about their homes or buildings that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods.
Move In Certified
InterNACHI pre-listing home inspection certification
Pre-Listing inspections allow you to market your home as Move In Certified
With 18 years construction experience (10 as an onsite builder and 8 in contractor sales) and this certification, I can monitor the new construction process to make sure your home is being built correctly.
My staff and I have made a commitment to continuing education and certification so that we can not only offer more services, but deliver the most up to date, expert inspections that you deserve.