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How to Become a Certified Home Inspector in Pennsylvania

home inspector state regulations PHII's Online Home Inspection Training and Certification Course with free NSHI Membership meets Pennsylvania requirements for home inspectors. PA inspectors must comply with the Pennsylvania Trade Practice Act 114, Title 68 Real and Personal Property Statute, which requires home inspectors to:

  • Be a full member of a national, not-for-profit home inspection association that requires 100-inspections for full membership
  • Comply with that association's code of conduct and education policy
  • Maintain errors and omissions, and general liability insurance
  • Provide a copy of the report to the property seller, upon request
  • Not perform repairs on a house that he/she inspected within the previous 12 months
After achieving your PHII home inspector certification, new PA home inspectors can become a full member of a national non-profit association by participating in at least 100 inspections, generally by shadowing or riding along with other home inspectors. There are many Pennsylvania home inspectors who can provide home inspector mentoring, but you are responsible for setting up your supervised inspections and maintaining a log of your experience.

After completing the PHII course, you will receive a free $199 one-year membership in the National Society of Home Inspectors. NSHI is a national non-profit home inspector association compliant in Pennsylvania. When you have completed your inspection experience log, NSHI will issue a Full Member Letter of Compliance, which you can show to clients and realtors to demonstrate that you are a Pennsylvania-compliant home inspector.

Pennsylvania has made several attempts to revise its home inspector regulations including House Bill 1421 and Senate Bill 81, which both failed. The most recent is House Bill 1001 introduced March 28, 2017, which proposes Biennial Licensing and makes 2-year provisions for grandfathering:


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  • (1) Be of good moral character.
  • (2) Be 18 years of age or older.
  • (3) Have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.
  • (4) 120 hours of approved instruction and 75 mentored home inspections completed in the presence of and under the direct supervision of a licensed PA home inspector.
  • (5) Satisfactorily complete a board-approved examination
  • (6) Pay the fee set by the board.
  • (7) Not be addicted to the habitual use of alcohol, narcotics or other habit-forming drugs.
  • (8) Not convicted of a felony within past 10 years.
Grandfathering (2 years)
  • (1) Is an active professional home inspector.
  • (2) Meets the qualifications above (1), (2), (3), (6), (7) and (8).
  • (3) Submits proof satisfactory to the bureau that the applicant has:
    (i) been in active, continuous practice for at least five years immediately preceding the effective date of this section; or
    (ii) has performed or participated in 100 home inspections and has passed a recognized or accredited examination testing knowledge of the proper procedures for conducting a home inspection.
Furthermore, House Bill 1001 takes away the insurance requirements of Act 114, Title 68, but requires the home inspector to report on conditions conducive to the presence of mold, which is disclaimed by all home inspector association standards as being outside the scope of a home inspection.

(3) If, at the time of the inspection, there is visible evidence of conditions conducive to the presence of mold, fungi or related biologicals, the home inspector must disclose in the home inspection report the visible evidence and the mold's location and advise the client to obtain a professional evaluation.

For this reason, experts feel that HB 1001 will force home inspectors to reduce their liability by being trained in mold or to provide professional mold evaluations. PHII's exclusive 4-course mold training package which includes CRMI, CCMI, and CMR certifications, can be added-on to your home inspector training for just $299, which is a valuable investment for your home inspection business. The package includes:

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State Board:

Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection
(717) 787-9707
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Training Provider:
Professional Home Inspection Institute
1533 NW 2nd St, Madison, SD 57042
Toll Free 800-983-6322

Included in PHII's Pennsylvania Home Inspector Training
Home inspection topics covered in our Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Our Pennsylvania Home Inspection Training Program

    How long does your home inspection course for Pennsylvania take?
    PHII's Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania is broken up into hours for course instruction, field assignments, report writing and testing. PHII's Pennsylvania course allows you to take your time or push yourself through quickly.

    How much does the Pennsylvania home inspection training cost?
    Professional Home Inspection Institute will teach you how to become a home inspector in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania . 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania should a problem occur with a home inspection. Our coursework is approved for Pennsylvania home inspector errors and omissions insurance by major insurance underwriters.

    Why should I choose PHII for home inspection training?
    PHII gives Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania. We have been there to support our students from Pennsylvania during and after the training. We have up-to-date Pennsylvania home inspection course material, and we provide a turn-key system for setting up your own home inspection business in Pennsylvania.

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