How Do You Become a Home Inspector in North Dakota?

Are you ready to lay the foundation for your own home inspection business? We’ve created a comprehensive guide to help you cement your new career as a home inspector in North Dakota. Follow the steps below to learn more about home inspection courses (and why they’re necessary), taking the National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE), and where to go from here.

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Prerequisites:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.

  1. Complete a North Dakota-Approved Home Inspection Course

    While North Dakota does not require a license to work as a home inspector, there are different types of inspections and business practices by which home inspectors must legally abide. Professional home inspection training from a reputable school is key to understanding those business practices as well as establishing yourself as a trusted expert. 

    Additionally, real estate agents, potential employers, and lenders prefer working with individuals who hold a home inspector certification, because the smooth operation of their business relies on yours. This expertise gives certified home inspectors a critical edge in finding new and repeat business.

    We recommend our comprehensive 120-hr. course, which includes ebooks, course books, study material, and inspection reporting, to prepare you to face the real-world challenges that licensed home inspectors typically encounter and help you master the topics found on the National Home Inspector Exam.

  2. Complete Either the NHIE, ASHI, InterNACHI, EBPHI, or ICC Exam

    After completing your home inspector education, the next step is to register for (and pass) the National Home Inspector Exam. The NHIE consists of 200 multiple choice questions (25 of which are not scored). Test takers are given 4 hours to complete the exam, and each attempt costs roughly $225 (depending on your location). This test is known to be difficult, and enrolling in Exam Prep is an excellent way to fully prepare for your exam.

     

    North Dakota also accepts the completion of your exam through the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI), or the International Code Council (ICC).

  3. Provide Proof of Errors and Omissions Insurance for at Least $100,000

    As a licensed home inspector in North Dakota, you must obtain errors and omissions (E&O) insurance. E&O insurance helps cover claims of negligence, errors in your services, misrepresentation, inaccurate advice, omissions, and violations of good faith and fair dealing. You’re required to have a policy minimum of $100,000, and you must include a valid policy number and effective coverage dates.

  4. Pay the $200 Application Fee and Apply to Be a Home Inspector

    Once you’ve taken and passed the National Home Inspector Exam (or its equivalent), you can apply for your license. Please note that you’ll need to pay a $200 application fee.

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Quick Facts:

  • Education isn’t legally required to become a licensed North Dakota home inspector, but it’s highly recommended since inspectors are legally obligated to follow certain business practices.
  • Your North Dakota Home Inspector License expires annually.
  • A notarized application, background check, and fingerprints are not required.
  • The North Dakota Century Code establishes the North Dakota home inspector licensing requirements and other applicable laws and statutes
  • Your North Dakota home inspector registration fee is $200, and your license renewal fee is $50.

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North Dakota Home Inspector License Requirements

 

Requirements to Become a North Dakota Home Inspector

  • North Dakota Home Inspection Education Hours: No education required
  • Exam Required: NHIE, InterNACHI, ASHI, or ICC
  • Application Fee: $200 (other fees may apply)
  • Insurance Requirements: E&O insurance for $100,000 minimum
  • Notarized application is not required
  • Background check, fingerprints are not required
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 18

Home Inspection License Expiration: Annually on 6/30

North Dakota Home Inspector Continuing Education Requirements

  • No continuing education is currently required for renewal

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