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North Carolina Home Inspector License Requirements

Requirements to Become a North Carolina Home Inspector

  • North Carolina home inspection education hours: 120 hours
  • Inspections: 80 hours field with 10 site visits
  • Exam Required: NC Exam
  • Application Fee: $35 (other fees may apply)
  • Insurance Requirements: General Liability for a minimum of $250,000 plus one of the following: a) minimum net assets (somewhere between $5k and $10k); b) a bond (somewhere between $5k and $10k); or c) E&O Insurance for $250,000
  • Notarized application and fingerprints are not required
  • Background check is required
  • No minimum age requirement
  • High School Diploma or GED is required

Home Inspection License Expiration: Annually on 9/30

North Carolina Home Inspector Continuing Education Requirements

  • 12 hours annually

North Carolina State Licensing Board

Notice From NC Home Inspector Licensure Board

N.C. Gen. Stat. § 93B-8.1 Use of criminal history records states an individual with a criminal history may petition a board at any time, including before an individual starts or completes any mandatory education or training requirements, for a predetermination of whether the individual’s criminal history will likely disqualify the individual from obtaining a license.

All applicants with a criminal history should secure a complete criminal records check from an authorized source and upload it to their application record. All applicants are referred to the Board’s Application Evaluation Committee for an initial determination. The Committee then makes its recommendations to the Board.

More information is available through the Board web page or the NC Office of State Fire Marshal website Apply for License.

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