Virginia Home Inspection License Requirements

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0 Mandatory Hours
16 Elective Hours
16 Total Hours

Learn what's required for your Home Inspection License in Virginia

This home inspection licensing information summarizes the minimum requirements established by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. We recommend you contact the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation for more detailed information or changes.

Virginia Home Inspection: Home Inspector

Total Hours Required: 16
Mandatory Hours: 0
Elective Hours: 16
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2

Effective July 1, 2017, all home inspector certifications will transition to licenses. This means that the regulation of home inspections in Virginia will go from a voluntary certification program to a mandatory licensure program.

Each licensee shall complete 16 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) during each license renewal cycle.

Effective July 1, 2017, home inspections of NEW Residential Structures (NRS) should be performed only by licensed home inspectors with the NRS specialty designation. In order to obtain the NRS specialty, the licensed home inspector must first complete an 8-hour, Board-approved NRS training module on the Virginia Residential Code, and then apply to the Board to add the specialty to the license. 
Once the initial NRS training program is completed, four (4) hours of Board-approved NRS continuing professional education (CPE) will be required to maintain the NRS specialty. The four hours of NRS CPE can be applied to the overall 16-hour CPE requirement to maintain your home inspector license.


There is no limitation to the amount of hours that can be taken online.

Governing Agency

Name: Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Phone: 8043670632
Fax: 8663505354
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400 Richmond, 23233

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Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.