Home Inspection Requirements for Virginia

Home Inspection Regulated

License Type

License Renewal Cycle
Every 2 years

Is Distance Education Allowed

Is Field Training And Experience Required

Experience Required

Is CE Required

CE Hours Required
16 CE's every 2 years

Is CE Distance Education Allowed

Is Pre-Licensing Required

Pre-licensing Hours Required

Regulating Body
Virginia Board of Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspections

Rules And Regulations




Applicants for licensure as a home inspector must pass the Board-approved exam:

      Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

      Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is education that is used by existing license holders to satisfy the renewal requirement. Board Regulation 18 VAC 15-40-72 requires Licensed Home Inspectors to complete 16 contact hours of CPEduring each two-year cycle as a condition of renewal. The Board will accept any course that covers the areas tested on the National Home Inspectors Examination in order to meet the CPE requirement for Licensed Home Inspectors.

      Any contact hours of instruction that do not cover areas tested on the National Home Inspectors Examination will not be accepted. The Board-approved exam is the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors’ (EBPHI) National Home Inspector Examination administered by PSI. For information regarding the examination and the content areas tested, please review the EBPHI website

      New Residential Structure (NRS) CPE

      Regulation 18 VAC 15-40-75 requires current license holders with the NRS endorsement to complete a four hour Board-approved NRS CPE course during every two-year renewal cycle in order to maintain that designation. (The four hours of NRS CPE can be applied to the overall 16 hours of CPE.) A list of Board-approved NRS courses is available hereUnlike the CPE required to maintain a home inspector license (which is submitted only if audited), proof of completion of the four-hour NRS CPE must be submitted as a condition of renewal. 

      CPE Audits

      Every six months, the Board will conduct random audits of 25 percent of licenses expiring during the previous six month period. Randomly selected licensees will receive the Home Inspector CPE Audit Form by mail at their address of record. Recipients of the Audit Form must return the completed Audit Form with photocopies of certificates of CPE completion (in subject matter areas covered by Board Regulation 18VAC15-40-72).