Studying for the NHIE

Internachi has the 96 hour classroom program that I’m taking now to get my 80 required by Ohio.

But is this enough to pass the NHIE or do I need other materials specific to the exam? And if so what materials are best?

Btw, I’m not the best test taker. It took me a few tries to pass the Internachi exam, but I also took it before the classes. I was just curious to see how well I would do with my basic knowledge from tinkering around in my house for all these years.

Thanks in advance on any info on best study materials needed to pass the exam, I’m not flush enough to keep paying that fee etc. if I come up short. I am confident that Internachi classes will make me a great inspector, but from what I’ve read on boards, the NHIE has some questions that may not be relevant?

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Remember that the NHIE is a ‘National’ exam. It covers all 50 states, and all of the differing systems that may be unique in each state. So, if you live in Florida, you better brush up on your Boiler Systems, and if in Alaska, swimming pools and in-ground irrigation systems! You are expected to be able to competently inspect in all 50 states if you pass the NHIE.
Also remember that, even though the exam is multiple-choice, there may be, (and usually is), more than one correct answer to each question, and you are to decide which is the ‘best’ correct answer! With that being said, your knowledge and understanding of ‘Building Science’, ie. the how’s and why’s of how systems work, is critical to your success!!


PM me and I will send you a NHIE study manual.


Thank you very much!

I have not figured out how to pm on here yet, I’m a newbie to the site. But I sent my email through your website form. Love your website btw!


Deborah … The NHIE has about a 47% failure rate for 1st time takers. It will often have questions on Seawalls, Asbestos, Radon, Lead Paint, AND many things that are NOT part of a basic home inspection.

Be prepared

I put together a test that you can take. You will get results after your done. It is geared to Illinois, but it will tell you where your strengths and weaknesses are. You are also welcome to cal me if anything just doesn’t make sense. 630-327-2700.
There are a few videos there as well that may help. Best wishes and learn all you can.


That was very nice, Charles…great job!

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Charles, Can you email me a copy of that practice test for me as well? I am in the same situation and would like to take it for me NHIE .


I’m sorry James. I don’t have that ability. The test is live and you can take it anytime.

The link to the test can be found on this web page.

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Thats awesome! Thanks Charles! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:.

James, Here is a study guide that may help you.
NHIE study guide.pdf (1.9 MB)


Have you taken the roof course here yet? I am and its a bit difficult but interesting to say the least.

James, proper inspection of roofs, IMO, is a critical part of a home inspection. Take as many of the InterNACHI courses on roofs as you can. Then go to the CertainTeed site and take some of their courses.
They are free and with some, you get their Certificate. (at least you did in the past)
You can never know too much about roofs!


Thanks Joe! I’ll check it out!

I would be interested in a study guide

Here you go! Good Luck!
NHIE study guide.pdf (1.9 MB)


Welcome to our forum, Anthony!..Enjoy! :smile:

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You are the best. Thank you very much!!!

Mr. Bellefontaine,
Can you send me a copy of your test as well?

Thank you in advance