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How to Become a Licensed Home Inspector in Virginia

home inspector state regulations PHII's Online Home Inspection Training and Certification Course will give you the knowledge and skills to perform home inspections in Virginia. The Professional Home Inspection Institute is approved to provide the required 70 hours of education and field training needed for pre-licensing in VA, which began July 1, 2017. Applicants for an individual Home Inspector Certificate must meet the following requirements:

  • Age of 18 years old.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Complete approved pre-license education.
  • Pass the National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE)
  • Complete a designated number of home inspections under the direct supervision of a licensed VA home inspector
  • Submit evidence of having at least $250,000 of general liability insurance
Steps to getting your VA Home Inspector License through PHII:
(1) 35 online contact hours are obtained by completing PHII's Basic Home Inspection Course.
(2) 35 hands-on contact hours are obtained by completing PHII's field training in SD or VA.
(3) Pass the NHIE. PHII students are eligible and well-prepared to take the NHIE and obtain their home inspector license from the DPOR in VA. There are NHIE testing locations in Alexandria, Charlottesville, Falls Church, Herndon, Midlothian, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, Tysonís Corner, or Virginia Beach.
(4) Complete 25 ride-along inspections with a licensed home inspector. One method is to use your free home inspector association membership to network with other inspectors.
(5) Submit the application with a copy of your training certificate, NHIE passing score report, experience verification form and $80 application fee.

PHII's training will give you the knowledge to perform home inspections in Virginia. 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

Virginia Home Inspector Certification

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State Board:

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
(804) 367-8500
Approved: Yes

Training Provider:
Professional Home Inspection Institute
1533 NW 2nd St, Madison, SD 57042
http://www.homeinspectioninstitute.com
Toll Free 800-983-6322

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

    Frequently Asked Questions About Our Virginia Home Inspection Training Program

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

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

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

    Questions about home inspection course enrollment?
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