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License Requirements

For the latest news regarding the home inspector program, visit the Department of Commerce’s Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing website.

New Requirement - The Basics

  • On January 4, 2019, Senate Bill 255 was signed into law requiring Ohio home inspectors to be licensed with the Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing.
  • Education and licensing goes into effect beginning November 1, 2019.
  • Applicants must successfully complete 80 hours of home inspector education.
  • Licensees must complete no less than 14-hours of continuing education per year (42 hours total over 3-year license cycle).

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Grandfathering Provisions

For those currently providing home inspection services, the law allows for a one hundred twenty-(120) day period, once the program is launched, for those to apply for an Ohio home inspector license under a special, limited provision.

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 Board and agrees to comply 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 (3) of the following eight (8) 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 (2) years from the date an application is submitted to the Division;
    • Actively operated a home inspection business in Ohio for three (3) 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 (1) year prior to April 5, 2019.

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