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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.

Ohio Home Inspector licensing law passed in January 2019.

Here are some important things you should know:

  • Beginning Nov. 1, 2019, 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 (classroom, online, or experience)
  • 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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