Home Inspection Requirements for Illinois

Home Inspection Regulated
Yes

License Type
Home Inspector

License Renewal Cycle
Every 2 Years (11/30 even-numbered years)

Is Distance Education Allowed
Yes

Is Field Training And Experience Required
Yes

Experience Required
None

Is CE Required
Yes

CE Hours Required
12 Hours

Is CE Distance Education Allowed
Yes

Is Pre-Licensing Required
Yes

Pre-licensing Hours Required
60 Hours + 5 Field Events

Regulating Body
Division of Real Estate (“DRE”) for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”)

Rules And Regulations
68-VIII-Section 1410.150 subchapter B and F

Exam
NHIE taken through PSI



Is Field Training And Experience Required

Yes (5 Field Events under supervision of licensed Home Inspector is required to sit for state exam) 

CE Hours Required

12 Hours (6 per year) (6 hours of mandatory and 6 hours of elective)



Home Inspector Exam-developed by the Examination Board of Professional Inspectors (EBPHI) with additional Illinois specific questions.

Illinois Home Inspection Training

Illinois law creates the Illinois Home Inspector License Act and establishes a Home Inspector Advisory Board within the Division of Real Estate ("DRE") for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation ("IDFPR") with regulating home inspectors. To obtain a license, an applicant must: 1) be at least 21 years of age, 2) obtain a high school diploma or GED, 3) as a prerequisite for sitting for the examination, successfully complete 60 hours of pre-license education from an education provider approved and licensed by IDFPR-DRE plus perform 5 field events under the supervision of a licensed home inspector, and 4) take and successfully pass the Home Inspector Examination for Illinois, which consists of the National Home Inspector Examination and a section concerning Illinois statutes and regulations. Licensed home Inspectors are required to perform Inspections that meet the minimum standards of practice established by rule as adopted by the IDFPR.  The law became effective January 1, 2003.

For more information, including statute, Rules, applications, contact the IDFPR-DRE at –

Phone: (800)560-6420
Fax: (217)782-3390
320 W. Washington
Springfield, IL 62786