When Can I Start Inspecting?

I have completed my 80 hours of home inspection classroom training and am waiting on my certificate in the mail. I have passed my ASHI Standards of Practice and Ethics exam. I have not passed the NHIE and am learning that the training I have received is not sufficient enough to pass the NHIE. I need advice on what I need to study to pass the NHIE and do I have to pass the NHIE before I can start inspecting to make money. Is it true that, if I join InterNACHI, I can start inspecting while taking additional courses to become “certified” to operate in my state of Arkansas? Or, do I have to be licensed by my state first (by passing the NHIE) and then join InterNACHI to become certified later?

Thanks to all who can help. :wink:

There is no excuse for not passing the NHIE. All the best courses are free: www.nachi.org/education.htm

Where did you get your 80 hours of classroom training?

If you are in a licensed state, you cannot inspect until you have been issued a license. If that takes passing the NHIE and paying fees, then that is what it takes.

I’m reluctant to say who I received training from but I can honestly say that I didn’t fail that test because I felt confident going into it. I feel like the company I took the course from failed me. I have spoken to three other people in my class who have taken it and they, too, flunked it. Failure is not an option for me but I’m still in shock from having failed it after studying day and night for 10 weeks prior to taking the NHIE. I need to find other books or online courses to take to study.

Thanks for getting back with me.

I recommend for you to check here. http://www.ahib.org/

Are you might end up on the same list as the other inspectors on that page.

And yes you must pass the NHIE. Also it looks like InterNachi’s online courses are not “approved”.

Ok. That’s what I thought and the way it should be. Can you recommend any books or online courses that will help me to pass the NHIE?

Thank you for getting back with me.

So you come here for our help but are so unwilling to help others that you won’t even say the truth about where you took your course.

Maybe your Karma sucks? I recommend you give up your dream of becoming an inspector. Success in this business requires forthrightness and sharing with fellow inspectors.

Join InterNachi. We don’t just give out our industry secrets to anyone that strolls in here!

Especially to someone who explains that she took an 80-hour classroom course that was so inadequate that she and other’s can’t pass the exam they need to pass… but won’t tell us who provided the course. She wants help from fellow inspectors but will sit quietly while she watches others go down the wrong road.

Join NAHI. You’ll fit right in.

Now that right there is some good stuff…no matter who you are…LMAO

Good stuff Nick


If you’re reasonably close to Plano, Texas (north Dallas burb), there is a Real Estate and Home Inspection called Champions Real Estate School that I’m told has a 2 day test prep class AND Texas now uses the NHIE.

I’m told by some Texas inspectors they have a good % for passing after taking the class

Just note that a class designed to teach you to pass the NHIE is not a class that teaches you how to do a home inspection.

Perhaps that is what you need though as the NHIE is a goofy trivia memory exam.

Maybe it’s just me, but I wouldn’t think anyone who is serious about Home Inspecting should fail the NHIE, with or without “approved courses”.

I would think that if you wanted to be a Homie, then you already know enough to pass the exam.

The exam is not that difficult

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for all the education one can cram into one’s self, but, at least for me, all these courses should be “icing on the cake”. We can always learn more, but I think passing the NHIE would be a great start!

I have attempted to train several people about the home inspection business and processes AFTER they have taken several nationally-known tests.

They all ran.

IMO, you must ride with inspectors 25 times for you to finally decide. Taking tests at a university, having a degree, taking CEU’s online, does not make you a specialist in that, or any, industry, until you gain some OJT. An example is that my former-brother-in-law had a double major in business, an MBA from MIT. He called me one day to ask me where to put gas in his rental car.

I love the quote from Days of Thunder “that dog is the best hunting dog in the county and I did not teach him a dam thing”. Education alone does not make a person. However, government these days is making a go of it.

True that.

Go down the list and check the boxes, there are likely few to no shortcuts- http://www.ahib.org/how.php

There is a LOT involved in inspecting homes beyond what you will take in a classroom course. Supporting that statement is your state’s requirement for a licensed contractor to be in the field (as such) for 10 years to waive the other conditions (passing the NHIE exam, for one) for licensure.

Join InterNACHI. Modestly assess your weak areas of trade knowledge, safety, and code. Being a member of InterNachi will help you do so. Secondly, fulfill all the state requirements, including the exam. Then, **before **doing your own inspections, see if someone is willing to help you along your path. The construction trades and this profession are fraught with liability and you owe it to yourself (and your future clients) to not only get educated but trained by working along with some seasoned pros.