Home Inspection Requirements for Alaska

Home Inspection Regulated
Yes

License Type
Home Inspector

License Renewal Cycle
Every Two Years

Is Distance Education Allowed
No

Is Field Training And Experience Required
No

Experience Required
N/A

Is CE Required
Yes

CE Hours Required
8 hours ( 4 hours for first time renewals) 0 for those who held registration for less than one year.

Is CE Distance Education Allowed
No

Is Pre-Licensing Required
No

Pre-licensing Hours Required
N/A

Regulating Body
Department of Commerce and Economic Development

Rules And Regulations
AS 08.18 and 12 AAC-22

Exam
National Home Inspector Examination



With the regulated profession of Home Inspection, there are three different areas: a. New Home Registration b. Existing home registration c. Joint registration (includes both).  Existing home applicants must pass the exam offered by the American Society of Home Inspectors or the National Association of Home Inspectors.  New Home and Joint applicants must pass the exam offered by the International Code Council ( Residential Building, Residential Electrical, Residential Mechanical, and Residential Plumbing).


Alaska Home Inspection Training

Alaska Licensure (Chapter 134 SLA enacted in 2003). In Alaska, home inspectors and associate home inspectors will be issued a certificate of registration by the Department of Community and Economic Development. To be a registered home inspector, an individual must: 1) pass the National Home Inspector Examination, 2) meet the educational and experience requirements as determined by the Department, 3) submit a complete application for registration within one year of passing the exam, 4) not have been convicted of specific crimes in the past seven years of the date of the application, 5) not have had the authority to perform home inspections revoked in the state or another jurisdiction, 6) not be the subject of an unresolved criminal complaint or unresolved disciplinary action in the state and 7) pay the appropriate fees. For the renewal of certificates, the Department will require at least eight hours of continuing competency activity in each licensing period. The Department will set the registration fees for home inspectors and associate home inspectors and determine the disciplinary actions and penalties for violating the terms of the certificate of registration. The law also sets home inspection requirements for residential loans purchased or approved by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. The law requires that a written report fulfilling certain requirements be submitted to the person requesting the inspection upon completion of an inspection that will remain valid for 180 days after the inspection and allows for civil action to be taken against home inspectors for one year after performing the inspection. The law requires the home inspector to carry insurance and a bond of $5,000. The law went into effect in 2003 and all home inspectors are required to have a license by July 1, 2004.

For more information contact The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development at –

Licensing Examiner: Jan Mays
Phone: (907) 465-5470
Fax: (907) 465-2974
Email: janalete.mays@alaska.gov
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
Or
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
P.O. Box 101020
Anchorage, AK 99510-1020
1-800-478-AHFC