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Pennsylvania Home Inspection License Requirements

home inspection state regulations While a license is not required to become a home inspector in Pennsylvania, the home inspection profession is regulated by the state. Follow the steps below to become a legally compliant Pennsylvania home inspector.

The law requires home inspectors to:

  1. Become a full member of a national, non-profit home inspection association that requires 100-inspections for full membership
  2. Comply with the non-profit association's code of conduct and education policy
  3. Maintain errors and omissions, and general liability insurance
  4. Provide a copy of the report to the property seller, upon request
  5. Not perform repairs on a house that he/she inspected within the previous 12 months

PA home inspectors must comply with the Pennsylvania Trade Practice Act 114, Title 68 Real and Personal Property Statute. PHII's Online Home Inspection Training and Certification Course, which includes a free non-profit association membership, meets Pennsylvania requirements for home inspectors.

After completing the PHII course, you will receive a free one-year membership in the North American Association of Home Inspectors (AHI). AHI is a national non-profit home inspector association compliant in Pennsylvania. When you have completed your inspection experience log, AHI 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.

A common question asked is how to participate in 100 inspections to gain full membership in a non-profit association and be fully-compliant. This is generally accomplished by completing parallel inspections where an individual observes a home inspection performed by a compliant home inspector and completes a report for educational purposes. Parallel inspections are also referred to as shadowing or ride-alongs. There are many Pennsylvania home inspectors who can provide this type of home inspector mentoring. You are responsible for paying mentoring fees and for maintaining a log of your experience.

Pennsylvania has made several attempts to revise its home inspector regulations. The most recent was House Bill 1001 in 2018, which failed to pass the Senate. The past attempts at legislation have all been similar, proposing biennial licensing with a combination of course hours and up to 100 home inspections, which could make it challenging to become licensed in the future.

House Bill 1001 would have also required Pennsylvania to report on the presence of mold, which is disclaimed by all home inspector association standards as being outside the scope of a home inspection. This would require home inspectors to reduce their liability by being trained in mold or to provide professional mold evaluations. Should this become part of new legislation, PHII has mold inspection training packages available.

It is important to note that if you become a Pennsylvania home inspector before new legislation passes, you will have an easier path to becoming licensed in Pennsylvania through that law's home inspector grandfathering provisions. The previous attempts contained a 2-year provision for grandfathering.

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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
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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 you will master as you take the online home inspection training course. All course objectives are aligned with national standards of practice for home inspectors.

  • Introduction to Home Inspection Terminology
  • Limits and Exclusions for Home Inspections
  • Site, Grounds and Grading
  • Exterior and Structure
  • Roof Components
  • Plumbing Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Attic Inspection
  • Insulation & Ventilation
  • Interior Components
  • Bathrooms and Kitchens
  • Basement & Crawlspace
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Garage and Carport
  • Conducting a Home Inspection
  • Home Inspection Business Start-Up
  • Mold and Allergens
  • Radon in Air and Water
  • Commercial Inspections

  • 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 1-605-427-2908.

    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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    As a gold-level AHI-accredited training provder, PHII can offer all Pennsylvania home inspector graduates a free 1-year membership in the North American Association of Home Inspectors (AHI), a national non-profit professional home inspector association.

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