If you are from Washington and need to practice home inspection professionally, you must get licensed. Of the 34 regulated states, Washington is one of them. The state’s Departments of Labor and that of Licensing take care of the registration and license.

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In summary, you need to get educated, receive training, submit an exam application, take the home inspector exam, and apply for the license. Here’s the process of becoming, entirely and exhaustively.

Step 01

  • Fundamental Education

If you are new to the profession, you need to take a 120-hour program covering home inspection fundamentals.

  • Experience & Training

You need to engage with a mentor (a licensed home inspector) for at least 40 hours. During that time, you need to conduct at least five (5) home inspections.

If you are an out-of-state applicant, you need to submit your education and training documentation. You should be in good standing as a home inspector for at least two of the last four years in your jurisdiction. Also, your documents need to meet or exceed Washington state’s requirements. Here’s the details of NHIE requirements.
Step 02

From the Home Inspector Education Course Catalog, here are the schools approved by the board:

  • Active American Training Company (AATC)
  • All American Training Institute
  • American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)
  • Bellingham Technical College
  • Inside Out Inspection Services
  • Jeg’s Training
  • The National Association of Real-estate Inspection and Evaluation Services (NARIES)
  • National Institute of Building Inspectors (NIBI)
  • National Property Inspections, Inc.
  • Pacific Northwest Inspectors
  • Pillar To Post
  • Professional Home Inspector Training (PHIT)
  • School of Professional Home Inspection
  • SGA Inspection Services
  • Site Tech Home Inspections
  • The ASHI School
  • Washington School Of Home Inspection (WASHI)

In Washington, there is a requirement for continuing education (CE). To renew your license (usually biannually), you need to submit proof of having done at least 24 hours of approved CE. Here is a list of the approved institutions:

  • All American Association of Home Inspectors
  • American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)
  • American Institute of Inspectors (AII)
  • American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) – Western Washington Chapter
  • Building Envelope Science Institute, Inc.
  • Charles Buell Inspections, Inc.
  • Home Inspection University
  • House Talk
  • InterNACHI
  • McKissock Education
  • Monroe Infrared Technology, Inc.
  • National Society for Certified Home Energy Auditor
  • SGA Inspection Services
  • Structural Pest IPM
  • Win Home Inspection PABI
  • WSU Urban IPM
Step 03

In Washington, you need to submit proof of education completion and a training log (at least 40 hours). Once you do this, the Department will give you the green light to make an examination application.

Unlike most states which require you to do the NHIE, Washington has a state-specific exam. However, the state’s exam is closely related to that of the NHIE. Also, PSI, the same body that administers the NHIE, conducts the Washington Home Inspector Examination. 

The state provides you with an examination handbook to prepare for the test.

The exam fee is $300, and you should pay for it during scheduling. If you fail the exam, the cost of retaking it is $125 (state portion)for out-of-state applicants and 250$ (national part).

Step 04

You may apply online or via mail. As you make your application.

  • Enclose a money order or check worth $680. You are to pay the fee to the Department of Licensing.
  • Attach (or upload) copies of your national and state pass (or fail) report from PSI, the exam provider.

Once your license application gets approved, you can get your license by logging in to the Department’s online portal. Alternatively, you can request them to send you a copy by mail, where they’ll charge you $5 for the printing fee. You can get more information from the state’s home inspection licensure page.

Here’s the detailed requirements of becoming a certified home inspector. Wishing your success.

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