Home Inspection Requirements for South Dakota

Home Inspection Regulated
Yes

License Type
Home Inspector

License Renewal Cycle
Every Two Years

Is Distance Education Allowed
Yes

Is Field Training And Experience Required
Yes

Experience Required
To become a licensed home inspector yes (see note) No for registered home inspector.

Is CE Required
Yes

CE Hours Required
24 Hours in specfic subjects

Is CE Distance Education Allowed
Yes

Is Pre-Licensing Required
Yes

Pre-licensing Hours Required
40 Hours

Regulating Body
South Dakota Real Estate Commission

Rules And Regulations
Rules 20:74:03

Exam
National Home Inspector Exam-by AMP INC



To become a registered home inspector an applicant must have completed an approved course of no less than 40 hours and successfully completed required exam. To become a licensed home inpector one must have successfully completed the 40 hour course and exam, and have been employed as a registered home inspector for no less than one year and performed no less than 100 home inspections for compensation.

South Dakota Home Inspection Training

South Dakota Licensure (Chapter 36-21C) enacted in 2000. The South Dakota law provides for the regulation of home inspectors. The South Dakota Real Estate Commission shall issue and renew certificates to licensed and registered home inspectors pursuant to the provisions of this law. No person may provide a home inspection for compensation unless registered or licensed in the State of South Dakota. Applicants for a license as a home inspector shall meet the following requirements; 1) Good moral character; 2) Completion of high school or equivalency; 3) Employment as a registered home inspector for no less than one year and performance of not less than one hundred home inspections for compensation; 4) Successful completion of the National Home Inspector Examination to assess minimum competence. Applicants for registration as a home inspector shall meet the following requirements; 1) Good moral character; 2) Completion of high school or equivalency; 3) Successful completion of an approved course of study; 4) Successful completion of registration exam.
For more information, contact the Real Estate Commission at:

Phone: (605) 773-3600
Fax: (605) 773-4356
118 West Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
Website:  http://dlr.sd.gov/bdcomm/realestate/home_inspection.aspx