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Home Inspector


A Home Inspector performs home inspections of residential buildings for compensation. A Home Inspector observes and provides a written report of the systems and components of a residential building including but not limited to: heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems and structural components.

Licensing Requirements:

Applicants for a Home Inspector license can apply based upon one of the following qualifying categories:
Applicants must have successfully completed high school or its equivalent and;

(A) Education
Taken and successfully completed a course of study of not less than 140 hours approved by the Department. Of those hours, 40 must be unpaid field based inspections in the presence of and under direct supervision of a Home Inspector licensed by New York State, or a professional engineer or architect, regulated by New York State;

and successfully pass the exam OR;

(B) Experience
Have performed not less than 100 home inspections (paid or unpaid) in the presence of and under the direct supervision of a Home Inspector licensed by New York State, or a professional engineer or architect regulated by New York State.

and successfully pass the exam.

The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Department of State website at:

Excluded from the licensing requirements are Architects, Professional Engineers, and Certified Code Enforcement Officers if they are working within the scope of their profession. If they open a home inspection business they will be required to obtain a license.

To obtain a license an individual who is a Licensed Architect or a Professional Engineer will need to provide proof of their professional license along with the completed application and fee. They will be exempt from the course work, examination requirements and the continuing education requirements. Code enforcement Officers must provide proof of A or B as indicated above and must maintain the continuing education requirements.

Continuing Education Requirements:

24 hours of DOS approved continuing education that must be completed within their two year license period.

Examination Description:

Individuals that have taken the NYS written examination prior to December 31, 2005 must have taken and passed an existing nationally recognized examination, that has been deemed equivalent.

Fees: (as of August 1, 2012)

$50 - Examination Fee (if applicable)
$250 - Application Fee -- 2 year term
$100 - Licensing renewal fee (biennial)

Licenses Issued and Active:

From January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011, there were 656 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of June 25, 2012, there were 2,070 active licenses outstanding for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, New York 12201-2001
Phone: (518) 474-4429
Fax: (518) 473-6648

Standard Occupational Classification:

47-4011.00 - Construction and Building Inspectors
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 12/7/12.

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