Pennsylvania home inspector license

Pennsylvania Home Inspector Licensing Requirements:
PHII's Online Home Inspection Training and Certification Course meets Pennsylvania requirements for home inspectors.

PA inspectors must comply with the Pennsylvania Trade Practice Act 114 of 2000, Title 68, which requires home inspectors to:
1) Be a full member in good standing of a national, not-for-profit home inspection association that requires 100-inspections for full membership*
2) Comply with that association's code of conduct and education policy
3) Maintain errors and omissions, and general liability insurance coverage
4) Provide a copy of the report to the property seller, upon request
5) Not perform repairs on a house inspected within the last 12 months

*NSHI meets this requirement

After completing the PHII course, you will receive a free $199 one-year membership in the National Society of Home Inspectors. NSHI is a nationally-recognized non-profit home inspector association that grants full membership when you have completed or participated in 100 inspections that can include scheduled ride-alongs and other experience under the direct supervision of a compliant home inspector. (There are many inspectors who will provide this service, however YOU are responsible for setting up and paying for your supervised inspections, which in most cases will involve travel and additional cost, and for keeping a log of your inspections). NSHI will issue a Full Member Letter of Compliance when you have completed your supervised inspections, which you may show to clients and realtors to demonstrate that you are a compliant home inspector.

More Info:
PHII's certification course meets all Pennsylvania requirements for home inspectors including the Pennsylvania Trade Practice Act (Act 114 of 2000, Title 68) which requires inspectors to be a member of a nationally recognized not for-profit home inspector association such as the National Society of Home Inspectors (NSHI), and maintain errors and omissions and general liability insurance.

New Bill information (January 2016):
PHIC (ASHI Penn chapter) supports SB81

HB 1421/PN 1978 (Helm/R-Dauphin) The Home Inspector Licensing Act regulates home inspectors; provides for funds, for licensure, for disciplinary action, for remedies and for penalties; and repeals provisions relating to home inspections. Portions are effective immediately, portions are effective in two years, and the remainder is effective in 60 days.

Status: Professional Licensure

SB 81/PN 57 (Greenleaf/R-Bucks) amends Title 68 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes (Real and Personal Property), to establish a board and licensure requirements for home inspectors. Creates a state licensure requirement for home inspectors practicing in Pennsylvania. Also, to oversee the licensure process, the legislation establishes the Pennsylvania Board of Home Inspectors within the Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. The board will include the Commissioner of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, five home inspectors, two public members, and the Attorney General or designee. The board will issue licenses to qualified home inspectors, and make sure that practicing home inspectors meet all of the requirements of the law including continuing education. The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that the important role of home inspectors in a real estate transaction is competently and ethically performed.

Status: Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure



Biennial Licensing Requirements
(1) Be of good moral character.
(2) Be 18 years of age or older.
(3) Have successfully completed high school or its equivalent.
(4) Satisfactorily complete a board-approved training program or course of study involving the performance of home inspections; such study program shall be for no less than 120 hours of instruction and include no less than 40 hours of actual in-field training.
(5) Satisfactorily complete a board-approved examination
(6) Pay the fee set by the board.

Required insurance.--A home inspector shall maintain professional liability insurance in the performance of a home inspection, with coverages of not less than $100,000 per occurrence and $500,000 in the aggregate.


SB 81 Grandfathering
(1) Be at least 18 years of age.
(2) Have passed a written examination to test competence in home inspection practice.
(3) Have completed no less than 250 fee-paid inspections over the three years immediately preceding publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin that the regulations required under section 5 have been adopted and are in effect.
(4) Show proof of professional liability insurance

HB Grandfathering (2 years)
(1) Is an active professional home inspector.
(2) Good moral character, 18 years or older, high school or its equivalent.
(3) Submits proof satisfactory to the bureau that the
applicant has:
(i) been in active, continuous practice for at least five years immediately preceding the effective date of this section; or
(ii) completed 120 hours of instruction in home inspection and related subjects.

Training/Certification Info - Pennsylvania Home Inspector License

Pennsylvania home inspection course

Professional Home Inspection Institute offers both interactive training online and live classroom courses & field labs for home inspectors! The courses are nationally recognized, approved by various state agencies, approved by insurance providers, and is affiliated with national associations for home inspectors.
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PA Home Inspection Licensing Agency:

The state of Pennsylvania does not have a licensing board for home inspectors. The law states that you must be a member of one of the non-profit home inspector societies in the US.

highlights of the Pennsylvania Home Inspector Law are:

  • Home inspectors are required to be a full member in good standing of a national, not-for-profit home inspection association or must be supervised by someone who is.

  • Members must comply with a code of conduct and attend continuing professional education classes as an ongoing condition of membership

  • Home inspectors are prohibited from performing repairs on the same house he or she inspected within the preceding 12 months.

  • The party selling the property that is the subject of the inspection has the right to receive a free copy of the report upon request.

  • Home inspectors must maintain insurance against errors and omissions and general liability coverage.

  • A violation of this law amounts to a violation of Pennsylvania?s Consumer Protection Law.


From http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/consumers.aspx?id=299
(go to that site for the specific list of requirements)



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Pennsylvania Radon Testing (Radon Measurement) Requirements:

To meet Pennsylvania's radon inspection license requirements, testers are required to complete a state-approved training course and exam. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection accepts all NRPP or NRSB – approved Initial Radon Measurement Courses, such as PHII's Radon Measurement Course.
After you've completed the Radon Measurement Course, you'll be instructed how to register for the NRPP or NRSB exam.

In addition, PHII's Radon Measurement Course has been approved by the NRSB for 16 hours of continuing education credits.

State Contact Information
Bureau of Radiation Protection
Phone: 1-800-23RADON 
Website: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/radon_certification/21935/becoming_certified_to_perform_services/1924686









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