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.