Become a Licensed Home Inspector in Florida
To become a licensed home inspector in Florida, you have to
- complete a 120-hour training course; and
- pass one of the state's exams.
120-hour course includes:
- 80 hours of online courses;
- 40 hours of live classroom training (see class calendar below);
- 1-hour state exam (InterNACHI's exam is free, if taken at the live classroom training);
- 1-year student membership to InterNACHI;
- 1-year membership IAC2.org;
- 4 printed textbooks (roof, plumbing, HVAC, electrical);
- set of home maintenance books; and
- free business marketing designs (we'll design your business card and flyers for free).
After purchasing, you'll be emailed:
- A free, online practice exam (to prepare for the proctored state exam);
- "Guide to Forms of Inspection Business Ownership" PDF;
- "4 Steps to Inspection Marketing Success" PDF;
- "Guide to How to Sell to a Real Estate Professional" PDF;
- "Mastering Roof Inspection" articles PDF;
- "Guide to Writing Report Narratives" PDF;
- "Guide to Avoiding Lawsuits" PDF;
- Certified Mold Inspector training and certification;
- Certified Wind Mitigation Inspector training and certification;
- Certified Four-Point Inspector training and certification; and
- Florida DBPR-approved Continuing Education (CE) courses.
Follow these 5 steps:
Step #1: From the class calendar (see below), choose a 40-hour live class to attend.
Step #3: Start the 80 hours of online courses (you can take them before, during, and after the 40-hour class).
Step #4: Attend the 40-hour class.
Step #5: Pass the state exam.
40-Hour Live Class Calendar:
Boulder, COInterNACHI Headquarters, InterNACHI School, & House of Horrors®
Class Dates: Every month. Click here for dates and times.
Class Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day
Class Location: Click here for location of the InterNACHI School and House of Horrors.
Location Phone: (720) 724-8495
Instructors: Five Certified Master Inspectors® will be your instructors.
Enrollment Deadline: None. Always open. Register now.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Class location: 107 SW 104 Street, Miami FL 33176 (classroom & field training TBD)
Location Phone: (954) 210-7171
Instructor: Juan Garcia, CMI®
Port Charlotte, FL
Class Location: 2403 Whisperlow Street , Port Charlotte, FL, 33948.
The schedule for the 40-hour class are administered by the School. The School reserves the right to cancel a class ten (10) days prior to the class date. Students will be offered relocation to a convenient class or rescheduled for the next class at the enrolled location. The School can assist you with finding anearby hotel after you purchase and register for the live class.
Frequently Asked Questions:
No. If you're already a member, we'll include a free membership renewal for next year. As you know, all InterNACHI online education is free for members. The fee for the 120-hour Florida course is essentially for the live class portion; the fees are actually set by the School.
This depends upon which method of licensure for which you are applying: licensure by examination, endorsement, or grandfathering (which ended March 1, 2011).
passing an examination; and
completing an approved 120-hour course. InterNACHI's Florida Pre-Licensing Course is approved by Florida and includes 40 hours live CLASSROOM (hands-on) and 80 hours ONLINE (learn at your pace, on your computer, from home).
Yes; www.MyFloridaLicense.com > Doing Business With Us > Home Inspector.
All department approved 120 hour prelicensing courses can be found at www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/servop/testing/CE.html.
- An applicant for licensure must submit to a criminal background check, be of good moral character, and obtain a $300,000 commercial general liability insurance policy.
- An applicant may not qualify for licensure if he or she has had a home inspector license or a license in any related field revoked at any time or suspended within the previous 5 years or has been assessed a fine that exceeds $500 within the previous 5 years. A license in a related field includes, but is not limited to, licensure in real estate, construction, mold-related services, or building code administration or inspection.
A license will be required after July 1, 2010.
What examination is given?
Anyone desiring to be licensed by examination will be required to pass the National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE) given by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI). Applicants must achieve a passing grade pursuant to the requirements of the NHIE, Section 455.217 and Section 468.8313(4), F.S. The applicant must pass the examination before they apply to be licensed.
Applicants must meet the other licensure requirements, including good moral character, completion of training requirements, fees, and insurance. Applicants then apply to the department for licensure.
If you have any questions or need assistance completing the application, please contact the department’s Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.I’m currently licensed with the Construction Industry Licensing Board as a contractor. Do I need a license to perform home inspections?
(As of May 10, 2011) Contractors will be able to conduct system specific "inspections" that include some systems or components of the home. "Home inspection services" is currently defined to include all eight components of the home. Contractors can continue to conduct estimates and system specific inspections on those building systems and components included within their scope of work. The law defines "home inspection services" as the limited visual examination of the following readily accessible installed systems and components of a home: the structure, electrica
l system, HVAC system, roof covering, plumbing system, interior components, exterior components, and site conditions that affect the structure. The purpose of the inspection is to provide a written professional opinion of the condition of the home. All eight components of the home must be inspected and a report written to be considered an official home inspection where the department has jurisdiction under Section 468.83 Part XV. System specific inspections of just one system or component will not require a home inspectors license. However, contractors not licensed as a home inspector may not represent themselves as home inspectors.