Home Inspector Program

By Kelli Moss posted 08-23-2019 08:34


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 (outlined below).

The application is now available and can be accessed here. Applications for home inspectors under this provision will be accepted through Nov. 1, 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 to comply 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.


If you have questions, please contact the Division at 614-466-4100 or webreal@com.state.oh.us.

Reprinted with permission from the Ohio Division of Real Estate.