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Alabama Home Inspector License Requirements

Requirements to Become an Alabama Home Inspector

  • Alabama home inspection education hours: 120 hours (effective March 15, 2020)
  • Inspections: Participation in 35 home inspections (effective March 15, 2020)
  • Exam Required: ASHI and NHIE
  • Application Fee: $300 (other fees may apply)
  • Other:
    • Draft home inspection reports for 25 home inspections, 10 of which must be reviewed and corrected by a qualified home inspector (effective March 15, 2020)
    • Applicant must meet one of four professional qualifications:
      1. Membership in one of the following professional bodies:
        1. American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
        2. Housing Inspection Foundation (HIF)
        3. International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)
        4. National Institute of Building Inspectors (NIBI)
      2. Approval or certification by on the following agencies to inspection residential construction:
        1. United States Veterans Administration
        2. United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
        3. Southern Building Code Congress International
        4. Council of American Building Officials
      3. High school diploma or equivalent plus work experience for one year as a home inspector and completion of at least 100 home inspections for compensation
      4. Alabama licensure on or after January 1, 1998, as a general contractor, registered professional architect, registered professional engineer, or residential home builder. Renewals of home inspector licensure previously supported by evidence of an acceptable professional license shall not require the applicant to repeat proof of such professional licensing.
  • Insurance Requirements: Obtain bodily injury and property damage liability insurance covering the applicant’s home inspection operations in the sum of not less than $20,000 for injury or damage to property; $50,000 for injury or damage, including death, to any one person; $100,000 for injury or damage, including death, to more than one person; and $250,000 of E&O coverage.
  • Notarized application is required
  • Background check and fingerprints are not required

Home Inspection License Expiration: 12/31 every year (filed by 10/1)

Alabama Home Inspector Continuing Education Requirements

  • 15 hours every year (effective January 1, 2021)

Alabama State Licensing Board

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