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License Requirements

There’s still time to take the NHIE examination and get licensed under Special Provision!  Hondros College is here to help!

The Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing has extended the deadline for existing home inspectors to apply and get licensed under special provision.  The deadline is now extended to January 10, 2020.

Don’t hesitate!  If you are looking to complete and pass the NHIE exam needed to satisfy the application requirements, sign up for our 2-day instructor led prep course including our CompuCram exam prep solution. This course is offered at our Columbus(Westerville) campus on November 20-21, and at our Cleveland South(Independence) location on December 18-19. Ensure you pass the first time and do not miss this special provision deadline!

UPDATE: 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 in 2020.  

Hondros College will offer 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. Requirements for all education providers and all coursework are pending final state approval at this time. We anticipate offering our courses just as soon as final state approval is announced.
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Ohio Home Inspector licensing law passed in 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).

Grandfathering Provisions

For those currently providing home inspection services, the law allows for a 120-day period to apply for an Ohio home inspector license under a special, limited provision (as of July 5, 2019).*

Requirements of this provision include:

  1. An applicant provides proof of maintaining or being covered by a comprehensive or commercial general liability insurance policy
  2. Understands an applicant can be subject to discipline by the Ohio Home Inspector Board and agrees with all rules adopted by the Board
  3. Completes a criminal history check
  4. Completes a license application and provides proof by signed affidavit that an applicant has met three of the following eight requirements prior to April 5, 2019:
    • Completed at least 200 home inspections for compensation from clients
    • Successfully passed a national home inspector examination within two years from the date an application is submitted to the Division
    • Actively operated a home inspection business in Ohio for three years
    • Was employed as a home inspector with a home inspector business for 36 consecutive months
    • Successfully completed 80 hours of home inspector education
    • Currently maintains an active home inspector license in a jurisdiction where the requirements to obtain that license are substantially similar to Ohio’s home inspector license requirements
    • Prepared at least five home inspection reports that have been verified as being compliant with standards adopted by a national home inspector organization
    • Completed at least one peer review session conducted by a national home inspector organization within one year prior to April 5, 2019

*Information provided by the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing

Education Requirements:

  • 80 hours of pre-licensing education
  • 40 hours of experience and a peer review session (mentioned above)
  • 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.

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