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How to Become a Licensed Home Inspector in Ohio

home inspector state regulations Ohio passed a home inspector licensing law in Jan. 2019, but there is not currently an approval process in place, so after passing PHII's online home inspection training course you can start inspecting right away, while working towards the law's requirements. You will also receive PHII's Advanced course to help prepare you for the National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE), which is a requirement for your Ohio Home Inspector License.

Realtors, Lenders, home buyers and home owners want to make sure a home inspector has been properly trained and certified. PHII will give you a nationally recognized home inspector certification and the credentials you need to become a successful home inspector in Ohio. Becoming certified now may help you become licensed through Ohio's grandfathering rules which require 80 hours of home inspector education.

Note: As the industry grows, many states are enacting or changing legislation forcing training/testing for home inspectors. PHII students have had great success passing state and national exams, and you also receive FREE continuing education credits with your enrollment! Please check the website periodically for updates about current licensing laws or call toll free (800) 983-6322

Ohio Home Inspector Certification

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The Ohio General Assembly passed HB 211 and the bill became law as part of Senate Bill 255 on Jan 5, 2019. The bill provides for 3-year licensing and makes provisions for grandfathering:


Home Inspector License Requirements
(Estimated to take effect in late 2019)

  • Applicant must submit to a fingerprint-based criminal records check
  • At least age 18 with diploma or GED
  • General liability insurance ($100,000/$300,000 aggregate)
  • Proof of successfully passing, within two years before the application date, the NHIE
  • 80 hours of classroom or online prelicensing education
  • 40 hours of field experience or 10 parallel inspections
  • 14 hours of continuing education during the 3-year license period
Grandfathering Requirements
(Expected to start in late spring)
  • Applicant must submit to a fingerprint-based criminal records check
  • Proof of General liability insurance ($100,000/$300,000 aggregate)
  • AND meet any three (3) of the following:
  • Having performed at least 200 home inspections for clients for compensation
  • Having successfully passed the National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE)
  • Having actively operated a home inspection business in Ohio for three years with business name registered with state
  • Having been employed as a home inspector for the consecutive 36 months before the bill's effective date by an inspection company or individual whose owner or manager meets the license requirements in the bill
  • Having successfully completed 80 hours of home inspector instruction that follows national standards
  • Having a license, registration, or certification in good standing to perform the duties of a home inspector in another jurisdiction that requires a license
  • Having prepared at least five home inspection reports that have been verified as being in compliance with standards adopted by a national home inspector organization
  • Having completed, not more than one year before the bill's effective date, at least one peer review session conducted by a national home inspector organization
An Ohio home inspector license issued under the grandfathering provision is valid for three years and can be renewed in accordance with the bill's renewal procedure.

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Included in PHII's Ohio Home Inspector Training
Home inspection topics covered in our Ohio home inspector certification program

Each home inspection lesson starts by listing the objectives you will learn, followed by a short practice quiz to check your prior knowledge, the lesson content, a review and a quiz. Below are the subjects that you will master for each lesson of the home inspection certification course. All course objectives are aligned with national standards of practice for home inspectors.

  • Introduction to Home Inspection Terminology - Overview of the common language used throughout the home inspection industry by licensed home inspectors
  • Limits and Exclusions for Home Inspection - Pre-inspection agreements and liability during a home inspection, understanding home inspector responsibilities
  • Site, Grounds and Grading - Components outside the home including paving, vegetation, ground slope and drainage, decks, steps and porches that apply to a home inspection
  • Exterior and Structure - Foundation, chimneys, trim and siding, doors and windows, eaves, soffits, and down spouts
  • Roof Components - Types and styles, roof materials and home inspection methods, flashing and gutters, skylights for a typical home inspection
  • Plumbing Systems - Water and fuel service type, size and location, waste and vent pipes, kitchen and bathroom faucets and fixtures, water heaters
  • Electrical Systems - Service entrance location and capacity, inspecting panels and branch circuits, wire gauges, determining grounding and bonding, ground fault interrupters (GFIs), outlets, fixtures, switches and smoke detectors
  • Attic Inspection - Attic access methods, roof framing and sheathing, insulation types, ventilation methods, roof vent pipes, defects and moisture issues
  • Insulation & Ventilation - R Factor, vapor retarders, crawl space and below-grade ventilation, theory of exhaust and plumbing ventilation as it applies to home inspection
  • Interior Components - Home inspection methods and standards for walls and rooms, bedroom egress, windows, types of doors, stairs and railing, defects, fire places.
  • Bathrooms and Kitchens - Toilets, sinks, ventilation, bathtubs, showers, flooring, GCFI protection, defects and moisture damage, cabinets, counters, flooring, built-in appliances following home inspection industry standards
  • Basement & Crawlspace - Type and entry methods, evaluating foundation and supports, stairs, flooring, walls, ceiling, exposed insulation, vapor barriers, evaluating joists, trusses, sub floors, floor drains and sump pumps
  • Heating and Air Conditioning - Location(s), fuel type(s), age, capacity, distribution methods, heat exchangers, combustion venting, humidifiers, air filters, evaporator and condenser coils, supplemental heat, electrical disconnect home inspection standards
  • Garage and Carport - Home inspection standards for identifying structure type, attached, detached, door openers, floors ceiling walls, ventilation, safety features, separation wall, door to a living space, ventilation, GFI protection
  • Conducting a Home Inspection - Pre home inspection agreements, professional behavior, procedures with clients, home inspection methodology, home inspection tools, written report, follow-up
  • Home Inspection Business Start-Up - Registration for home inspection business, website set-up, payment processing, pricing services, business vehicle, ladders and basic tools, electronic tools, sales tax and write-offs, filing requirements, state tax I.D. number, records, profit, cash flow, advertising, brochures, tracking ads, customer service
  • Mold and Allergens - Mycotoxins and pathogenic molds, sources and outbreaks, collecting samples during home inspection, client agreements, findings, common allergens, health effects, mitigation procedures, how to become a mold certified home inspector
  • Radon in Air and Water - Properties of radon, health effects, how radon enters buildings and water supplies, measurement, elevated/unsafe levels, seasonal effects, mitigation methods, how to become a radon certified home inspector
  • Commercial Inspections - Types of commercial home inspections, challenges, ASST. E2018-01 guidelines, property condition assessment (CPA) reports, walk-through survey, home inspector vs. a field observer, entering the market, referrals, liability, how to become a home inspector with commercial certification

  • After passing PHII's home inspector exam and meeting any other state requirements, you will be well-qualified to perform residential home inspections in Ohio.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Our Ohio Home Inspection Training Program

    How long does your home inspection course for Ohio take?
    PHII's Ohio home inspection course can be completed in 1-2 weeks based on your past level of experience. However, you can take as much time as needed, and there are no limits on re-taking exams. The total course time for training in Ohio is broken up into hours for course instruction, field assignments, report writing and testing. PHII's Ohio course allows you to take your time or push yourself through quickly.

    How much does the Ohio home inspection training cost?
    Professional Home Inspection Institute will teach you how to become a home inspector in Ohio for the lowest average tuition rate in the industry. The course comes complete with all required instructional materials including 100% online access, workbook, back-up CDs, DVDs, and other materials you need to become a home inspector in Ohio . You can view the current prices by clicking the link on this page or by calling 1-800-983-6322.

    What is home inspection errors and omissions insurance?
    Home inspectors in Ohio should consider getting Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance, which is a professional liability policy covering the policyholder for negligent acts and omissions that occur during an inspection. A good Errors and Omissions liability policy can help limit your out-of-pocket expenses if you are named in a lawsuit in Ohio should a problem occur with a home inspection. Our coursework is approved for Ohio home inspector errors and omissions insurance by major insurance underwriters.

    Why should I choose PHII for home inspection training?
    PHII gives Ohio residents interactive training, experienced support, a lot of value and the most affordable tuition in the industry. Plus we offer a satisfaction guarantee. Over the years we have successfully trained thousands of home inspectors throughout the U.S. and Canada, including many home inspectors in Ohio. We have been there to support our students from Ohio during and after the training. We have up-to-date Ohio home inspection course material, and we provide a turn-key system for setting up your own home inspection business in Ohio.

    Questions about home inspection course enrollment?
    Call us toll-free at 800-983-6322

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