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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 nearly 90% of homes sold in the United States involve an inspection. 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.

Hondros is here for you with:

  • Experienced instructors who use real world examples, scenarios and the most current information, because they are working in the field.
  • 2-day instructor-led exam prep boot camp.
  • CompuCram exam prep solution allows you to study anywhere, anytime.
  • 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 recommended by the Ohio Home Inspection Board (OHIB):

  • 80 hours of pre-licensing qualifying education.
  • 40 hours of interactive experience and a peer review session.
  • 14 hours of continuing education annually (42 hours in a 3-year renewal cycle).
  • Fingerprint and background check (available at Hondros College locations statewide through FastFingerprints, click here for more information).

Work Ahead

Although the January 10, 2020 deadline has passed for active, working home inspectors and to apply to be grandfathered in for licensure, you can still work toward getting your required license. You can take the National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE). A passing grade on the NHIE will allow you to check another box off your list to becoming a licensed Home Inspector. 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 qualifying course material.

Ohio Home Inspector Licensing Law (passed January 2019)

Here are some important things you should know:

  • Effective July 1, 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).
  • The application for home inspection licensure will be posted on the Division’s website as soon as the OHIB licensing recommendations have been approved. For more information about this law, please visit the Division’s website at https://www.com.ohio.gov/real/HomeInspectors.aspx.


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