Home Inspection Requirements for Pennsylvania
Ordinance and Contacts
Pennsylvania Trade Practice Act (Act 114 of 2000, Title 68 enacted in 2000)
Experience Required: In Pennsylvania you do not have to be licensed but you do have to be the member of an association of home inspectors which meets the following requirements:
"National home inspectors association." Any national association of home inspectors that: (1) Is operated on a not-for-profit basis and is not operated as a franchise. (2) Has members in more than ten states. (3) Requires that a person may not become a full member unless the person has performed or participated in more than 100 home inspections and has passed a recognized or accredited examination testing knowledge of the proper procedures for conducting a home inspection. (4) Requires that its members comply with a code of conduct and attend continuing professional education classes as an ongoing condition of membership.
Pennsylvania Home Inspection Training: Pennsylvania Trade Practice Act (Act 114 of 2000, Title 68 enacted in 2000). The law in Pennsylvania provides a uniform definition for the term “home inspection” and for a national home inspection association. It establishes that a home inspector shall conduct their inspection in accordance with the standards of practice set forth by a professional home inspection trade association such as ASHI or the National Association of Home Inspectors. It further outlines consumer remedies as they relate to a home inspection, and establishes penalties for misrepresentations of fact in an inspection report. Under the law, home inspectors are required to maintain errors and omissions and general liability insurance with coverage of not less than $100,000 per occurrence and $500,000 in the aggregate. The law is scheduled to take effect in December 2001.
Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS)
Address: 302 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Application and Licensing:
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry