Applicants for licensure as a home inspector must complete the INITIAL REGISTRATION information using the link below to receive a userID in the system. Applicants must note their assigned userID and confirm their email address using the website prompt. Following the assignment of a valid userID, applicants must use the USERNAME LOGIN link below to access to application forms, exam registration, and the license issuance payment process. Applicants must provide complete information required by the online application forms and instructions.
The following non-refundable fees apply:
- License application fee is $35.00 – All applications require a recent head and shoulders photograph that may be uploaded through the website. All applications require three (3) character references. Documentation of education and experience necessary to qualify for the exam may vary depending upon other licenses or certifications held (see Reference Materials below). The Board will notify the applicant of approval or denial of the application by email within 30 days of receipt. However, if the application is referred to the Application Evaluation Review Committee for consideration the response may take longer. If the application is approved the applicant will be emailed information regarding registration for the licensing examination.
- License examination fee is $80.00 – Within one year of the approval of an application, the applicant must take the licensing exam. If the applicant does not take the exam within one year of application approval, the applicant must reapply. The exam registration payment must be received by the registration deadline noted. The applicant will be sent a seating notice confirmation by email prior to the exam date. The applicant will receive a notification by email within 30 days that exam results are available. Individual exam results may be viewed through the website link provided. A score of 70% is required to pass the exam. Applicants who do not pass the exam may take the exam after 180 days by registering through the website.
- License issuance fee is $160.00 – Applicants who pass the exam have the option of activating their licenses immediately or activating the license for the following annual license period that begins October 1st and ends September 30th. Licenses that are activated immediately expire the first September 30th following the exam date. Applicants must inform the Board if they want to delay the activation of their license until October 1st of the following annual license period. Applicants must pay the license issuance fee by September 30th in any given year. If the license issuance fee is not paid within one (1) year of taking the exam, the applicant must start the application process over and pay all associated fees. Prior to issuance of a license, the applicant must meet all of the insurance requirements below.
Applicants who pass the exam must meet the insurance requirements set forth by NC General Statute § 143-151.51 and Board Rule 11 NCAC 08.1006 as listed below prior to issuance of a license number.
- General Liability insurance in the amount of $250,000, AND
- One of the following:
- Minimum net assets not less than $5,000
- Surety Bond not less than $5,000
- Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance in the amount of $250,000.
Use of Criminal History Records
The General Assembly of North Carolina recently enacted Session Law 2013-24 requiring Occupational Licensing Boards consider certain factors before denying licenses to applicants with criminal records as explained, in part, below:
SECTION 1. Chapter 93B of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:
"§ 93B 8.1. Use of criminal history records.
(b) Unless the law governing a particular occupational licensing board provides otherwise, a board shall not automatically deny licensure on the basis of an applicant's criminal history. If the board is authorized to deny a license to an applicant on the basis of conviction of any crime or for commission of a crime involving fraud or moral turpitude, and the applicant's verified criminal history record reveals one or more convictions of any crime, the board may deny the license if it finds that denial is warranted after consideration of the following factors:
- The level and seriousness of the crime.
- The date of the crime.
- The age of the person at the time of the crime.
- The circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, if known.
- The nexus between the criminal conduct and the prospective duties of the applicant as a licensee.
- The prison, jail, probation, parole, rehabilitation, and employment records of the applicant since the date the crime was committed.
- The subsequent commission of a crime by the applicant.
- Any affidavits or other written documents, including character references.
(c) The board may deny licensure to an applicant who refuses to consent to a criminal history record check or use of fingerprints or other identifying information required by the State or National Repositories of Criminal Histories.