While a license is not required to become a home inspector in Pennsylvania, the home inspection profession is regulated by the state, and PHII home inspector certification can provide a competitive advantage. Pennsylvania home inspectors must meet the qualifications below. Follow the steps below to become a certified and legally-compliant Pennsylvania home inspector.
The law requires home inspectors to:
PA home inspectors must comply with the Pennsylvania Trade Practice Act 114, Title 68 Real and Personal Property Statute. PHII's online home inspection certification
course, which includes a free non-profit association membership, meets Pennsylvania requirements for home inspectors.
After completing the PHII course, you will receive a free one-year membership in the North American Association of Home Inspectors (AHI). AHI is a national non-profit home inspector association compliant in Pennsylvania. When you have completed your inspection experience log, AHI will issue a Full Member Letter of Compliance, which you can show to clients and realtors to demonstrate that you are a Pennsylvania-compliant home inspector.
A common question asked is how to participate in 100 inspections to gain full membership in a non-profit association and be fully-compliant. This is generally accomplished by completing parallel inspections where an individual observes a home inspection performed by a compliant home inspector and completes a report for educational purposes. Parallel inspections are also referred to as shadowing or ride-alongs. There are many Pennsylvania home inspectors who can provide this type of home inspector mentoring. You are responsible for paying mentoring fees and for maintaining a log of your experience.
Additional Steps to Advance Your Pennsylvania Home Inspection Career
1) Pass the National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE). PHII's training fully prepares you. Passing the NHIE will help you stand out as a trusted industry expert in Pennsylvania. The NHIE is a challenging 200-question proctored exam that is required by some states. Veterans are eligible for reimbursement through the GI Bill.
2) Join a Multi-Inspector Company in Pennsylvania to gain experience, or start your own business. Established home inspection companies in Pennsylvania are always looking for new home inspectors to work for them. Businesses provide benefits, professional insurance and home inspection scheduling.
3) Register Your Own Business in Pennsylvania and meet state requirements. Home inspector insurance policies are affordable and will protect you against career-ending lawsuits. Build your own home inspection business in Pennsylvania and enjoy the success that follows!
PHII's Pennsylvania home inspection certification is approved by real estate and building commissions, and major insurance providers. PHII is also affiliated will major professional associations including ASHI, AHI, CREIA, and FABI. The home inspector certification material for Pennsylvania is aligned with national standards of practice for home inspectors and is updated regularly. We teach Pennsylvania students the key information that they must inspect for and include in the home inspection report.
Every lesson is concise and written in clear language that is easy to understand. Our interactive Pennsylvania home inspection certification course is designed in-house by experienced and qualified home instructors who understand the trade and how to teach it. PHII offers the most complete, self-paced Pennsylvania home inspection training on the market today. You receive instant online access and have an option to receive course materials that are shipped to you. Our course management system is unmatched in features and interactive technology.
You can access the Pennsylvania home inspection training on wi-fi devices including tablets and smart phones, and the course can be completed in as little as 1-2 weeks. Unlike other online courses, there is no time limit, so you can take as much time as you need. Become a Pennsylvania home inspector at whatever pace you set, quickly or over time. Your home inspector certification course never expires!
NEW PROPOSED PA LEGISLATION
Pennsylvania has made several attempts to revise its home inspector regulations. The most recent was House Bill 1001 in 2018, which failed to pass the Senate. The past attempts at legislation have all been similar, proposing biennial licensing with a combination of course hours and up to 100 home inspections, which could make it challenging to become licensed in the future.
House Bill 1001 would have also required Pennsylvania to report on the presence of mold, which is disclaimed by all home inspector association standards as being outside the scope of a home inspection. This would require home inspectors to reduce their liability by being trained in mold or to provide professional mold evaluations. Should this become part of new legislation, PHII has mold inspection training packages available.
It is important to note that if you become a Pennsylvania home inspector before new legislation passes, you will have an easier path to becoming licensed in Pennsylvania through that law's home inspector grandfathering provisions. The previous attempts contained a 2-year provision for grandfathering.
Free 1-YEAR AHI Membership for Pennsylvania Home Inspector Graduates
Upon achieving home inspector certification, PHII can offer all Pennsylvania home inspector graduates a free $289 membership in the North American Association of Home Inspectors (AHI), a national non-profit professional home inspector association.
Looking for Online Home Inspector Training Outside of Pennsylvania?
The first step in starting your home inspector career is to understand the path to a home inspector license. The process can be simple or lengthy depending on the state or province. In some cases you can train entirely online to obtain your home inspector license or certification. In other cases you can train online and complete field training to meet home inspector requirements. Even if your location does not require a home inspector license, you still need to be properly trained and certified in order to stand out from the competition. That is where home inspector certification from PHII gives you the advantage because we go beyond the minimum training a home inspector needs so that you can hit the ground running. PHII is also there to support you along the way as you start inspecting and need help if you run into problems. Start by understanding your state or provincial requirements by clicking the links below to popular locations where PHII offers online certification opportunities.
Home Inspector License in the U.S.
Home Inspector Licence in Canada
PHII offers home inspector continuing education and numerous certifications to help you learn more, earn more and grow your home inspection business. At PHII our mission is to provide you with the best home inspector training to prepare you for a successful real estate career, along with the support you need down the road. PHII-trained home inspectors are never alone. With PHII, your home inspector training is truly at your pace. You always have access to PHII course material and support. Every online certification course comes with lifetime access.
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