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Licensed Home Inspector

Kentucky requires a state license for those who are seeking to perform professional home inspections. State licenses are obtained by meeting educational pre-requisites and by submitting an application and required documents to the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors (KBHI).

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Licensing Requirements & Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Completion of the 64-hour in-person pre-licensing course

  • Successfully passed the National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE)

  • Completed application form (KBHI-1)

  • 2” x 2” passport photo

  • $250,000 general liability insurance, listing KBHI as the certificate holder

  • Background Checks:

  • Copy of a completed home inspection report

  • $250.00 non-refundable application fee made out to the “Kentucky State Treasurer”

Education

  • During the 64-hour in-person, pre-licensing course through one of the KBHI approved institutions

  • Students will also:

    • Complete 16 hours of in-field training

    • Complete 3 supervised mock inspections with report writing

    • Take a final exam prior to sitting for the national exam

National Exam

Successful completion and proof of the NHIE is required in order to obtain a home inspector’s license in Kentucky. An outline of the exam can be found here.

State statues and administrative regulations pertaining to board procedures and licensing can be found here.

Not sure which pre-licensing school to attend? Kentucky VALLO has teamed up with American Home Inspector’s Training (AHIT) to offer our service members a substantial discount towards their pre-licensing course.

8.5-Day Kentucky Master Classroom Certification Course

40% discount: $2245 $1347

3 Supervised Inspections (included)

Approved by the State of Kentucky for the required 64 and includes:

  1. 7 days of live hands-on training with expert instructors, day and a half to perform supervised inspections

  2. Includes all required lab hours 

  3. 1-on-1 coaching from industry professionals

  4. Professional Home Inspection Online Course, included as a study tool

  5. Learn inspection reporting techniques

  6. Understand Kentucky Standards of Practice (SOPs)

  7. Certificate of completion

  8. Unlimited instructor support, during training and after completion of course

Textbooks

The books below are included in the tuition of the course. The top three are on the recommended reading list from the exam board that writes the national home inspector exam.

https://nationalhomeinspectorexam.org/references/

  1. Practical Guide to Home Inspection, 4th Edition

  2. NHIE Mechanical and Content Manual

  3. NHIE Structural and Business Manual

  4. Marketing and Operating a Profitable Home Inspection Business

  5. Manufactured Homes Book

 

Additional Reference Materials, Reporting Software, and Tools

  1. Paper Inspection Report

  2. Home Maintenance Manual

  3. GFCI receptacle tester

  4. Inspection mirror

  5. 2-prong tester

  6. Free commercial training

 

Payment Options

 

Split Payment

 

$695 down

  1. this will save your seat in the classroom

  2. you will receive online access within an hour that same day to begin your training

  3. your books and materials will be shipped out right away

  4. the remaining balance is due 2 weeks before the beginning of the live training

 

Search for an advisor: https://www.ahit.com/advisor-request/?b2b=kyvallo

 

Classes held in Louisville and Lexington

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KBHI Contact Information

Nathan Burton

NathanL.Burton@ky.gov

Mayo-Underwood Building

500 Mero Street 2NE09

Frankfort, KY 40601

(502) 782-0563

For your convenience, you can access the steps below via a PDF

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