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Does Every Home Inspector Have to Pass the National Home Inspection Examination?

If you're in the real estate business, you may have heard of the National Home Inspector Examination and wondered if every home inspector out there was required to take it. The answer is both yes and no.

In Ohio, a home inspector must meet 3 out of 10 requirements in order to legally inspect homes in the state. The National Home Inspector Examination is several hundred questions long, the full book is about 3 inches thick, so it's no wonder why inspectors look for other options from the list to meet the 3 requirements.

Kentucky is a commonwealth state and they have totally different requirements, and passing the National Home Inspector Examination is a requirement there, not just an option. Since I'm licensed in both states, I was required to pass the examination anyway, so I utilized it as one of the 3 requirements for my Ohio licensing. 

I believe it takes both on-the-job experience AND formal education/continuing education to continually be the best inspector that I can be, and that every opportunity for learning should be embraced. While my knowledge of the home inspection industry is extensive, it would be arrogant of me to ever assume that I 'know it all'. I am continually humbled and grateful for the opportunities to grow as an inspector, and to best serve my surrounding real estate community. 

If you have questions or would like to schedule a home inspection, please reach out to me anytime - call / text / email.


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