Home Inspection Requirements for Illinois
Ordinance and Contacts
Is Field Training And Experience Required
Yes (5 Field Events under supervision of an Illinois licensed Home Inspector who holds an ACTIVE license. Supervisor must have held an ACTIVE license for a min. of 5 years after meeting those requirements is allowed to sit for state exam).
CE Hours Required
12 Hours (6 per year) (6 hours of mandatory and 6 hours of elective)
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 18 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 Illinois 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 –
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (Mailing Address)
320 W. Washington 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786
100 West Randolph, 9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (800) 560-6420
Fax: (217) 782-3390