Home inspection licensing requirements differ by state. Thirty-nine states require home inspectors to have a license before they can operate. The aspiring inspectors may need to go through training and complete state exams to get a license from the state.
Regulatory requirements in the states of Delaware, Massachusetts and South Carolina insist on apprenticeship by a qualified inspector before getting a home inspector license. States such as California, Michigan and Ohio have fewer regulations and home inspectors do not need an apprenticeship. In some states, legislation on regulatory requirements is pending.
In states such as Alabama, a prospective home inspector must file an application and pay a fee, complete certain exams, and get proper insurance coverage to get a home inspector license. In Connecticut, the aspiring home inspector must get a mentor and complete the state exams. They must also perform 100 home inspections, and their mentor must directly supervise at least 10 of them before they get the license.
In Delaware, aspiring home inspectors must complete 250 inspections under a mentor before they get a license. Home inspectors in Louisiana must receive 90 hours of classroom training and 30 hours of field training with the help of a mentor to get a license. Maryland and Kentucky also require classroom training before getting a license. However, some states such as Kansas and Mississippi do not require classroom training, and they allow home study and online training.