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Why become a Licensed Home Inspector with Hondros?

At Hondros College, we’re here for you every step of the way. As a Licensed Home Inspector, you can dictate your schedule and be your own boss! With a gross annual full-time income of around $70K, about 75% of home inspectors work for themselves. You’ll stay busy, too, as 77% of homes sold in the United States involve an inspection. So, whether you’re seeking a new career as a Home Inspector or renewing your license, we’ll help you stay on track.

Hondros is here for you with:

  • Experienced instructors who use real world examples, scenarios and current information, because they’ve worked in the field.
  • 2-day instructor-led exam prep course
  • CompuCram exam prep solution
  • 24/7 Ask an Instructor (they’re all experienced home inspectors!)
  • FastFingerprints available at six Ohio campus locations to help you complete the required fingerprint and background check requirements.
  • Over 50 years of experience in providing professional education

Licensing Requirements:

  • 80 hours of pre-licensing education
  • 40 hours of experience and a peer review session
  • 14 hours of continuing education annually (42 hours in a 3-year renewal cycle)
  • Specific rules regarding education and experience will be clarified by the Ohio Home Inspector Board over the coming months.
  • Fingerprint and background check (available at Hondros College locations statewide through FastFingerprints, click here for more information)

Home Inspection Licensure

Hondros College offers both online and classroom solutions for Home Inspection pre-licensing education. Our courses are designed in accordance with the State of Ohio Home Inspection Board recommendations. At this time, requirements for all education providers and all coursework are pending final state approval. We anticipate offering our courses just as soon as final state approval is announced.

In a statement issued October 11, 2019, the Division of Real Estate advised that it will not enforce the November 1, 2019 licensing deadline for new home inspectors. The Ohio Home Inspector Program will be on hold until the Division adopts new administrative rules for the program, which are currently pending. The administrative rules, a draft copy of which are available on the Division’s website, set forth the fees, applications, background check, education, experience requirements for licensure. Because the administrative rules have not yet been formally filed for adoption, it is likely the program will not become operational until sometime later in 2020.

Work Ahead: Take the National Home Inspector Exam Now

Although the application deadline has passed for active, working home inspectors and the course material is not yet available, you can still work toward getting your required license by taking the exam in advance of the required coursework. A passing grade on the National Home Inspector Exam will allow you to check another box off your list to becoming a licensed Home Inspector. Please note that receiving a passing grade on the exam does NOT mean you are exempt from taking the required course work, rather, all applicants are required to complete the approved course material after it becomes available.

Ohio Home Inspector Licensing Law (passed January 2019)

Here are some important things you should know:

  • Beginning in early 2020, any person performing a home inspection in Ohio for a client, for compensation, must be actively licensed.
  • The Ohio Home Inspector Board (OHIB) has been created.
  • The new law requires real estate professionals to provide the names of at least three licensed home inspectors (if they provide any).
  • For more information about this law, please visit our blog.

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