Home Inspectors

Home Inspectors

Richard “Rick” Morrison, Executive Director

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is responsible for licensing and regulating home inspectors. The Department’s Bureau of Central Intake and Licensure processes applications for licensure and refers complex applications to the home inspectors licensing office for final review. The Division of Regulation is responsible for complaint analysis and investigations, and the Office of the General Counsel provides prosecutorial services for disciplinary cases. The Department engages in rulemaking to implement the provisions set forth in its statutes and conducts other general business, as necessary.

Federal Lead-Based Paint Abatement Program 
The United States Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for administering the lead based paint abatement program. Beginning in April 2010, anyone performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. You can visit www.epa.gov/opptintr/lead/pubs/traincert.htm for information on certification requirements and training programs.

Getting Started in Home Inspectors

Home Inspector

HI – A “Home Inspector” means any person who provides or offers to provide home inspection services for a fee or other compensation.

The requirements for becoming licensed in Florida are described in the statutes and rules. Choose a license type to apply.

  • Home Inspector – Initial Active License by Examination (HI 0401) Start Now
  • Home Inspector – Initial Inactive License by Examination (HI 0401) Start Now
  • Home Inspector – Initial Active License for Out-of-state Applicants (Endorsement) (HI 0401) Start Now
  • Home Inspector – Initial Inactive License for Out-of-state Applicants (Endorsement) (HI 0401) Start Now
  • Home Inspector – Professional Licensure for Military Personnel/Veterans/Military Spouses (MVL 003) Start Now
  • Home Inspector – Continuing Education Provider Approval (HI 0403) Start Now
  • Home Inspector – Continuing Education Course Approval (HI 0404) Start Now

Examination Information

Any person desiring to obtain a license as a home inspector must pass one of the written examinations approved by the department. Home inspector examinations are provided by nationally recognized entities and are not administered by the department. For a list of approved home inspector examinations, visit the Home Inspector Examinations Information page.

List of Pre-Licensure Education Courses

Fee Waiver Applications

  • Home Inspector – Change of Status from Inactive to Active (HI 0402) Start Now
  • Home Inspector – Change of Status from Active to Inactive (HI 0402) Start Now
  • Home Inspector – Request for Name Change or Address Change (HI 0405) Start Now
  • Home Inspector – Reinstatement of Null and Void License (HI 0401) Start Now

Education Course List

Continuing Education (General, Hurricane Mitigation)

You may also use the department’s Find a CE Course tool to locate specific subject areas or course topics.

License Types Continuing Education Requirements Fee Expiration Date
Home Inspector 14 hours of CE – minimum of 2 hours wind mitigation, 12 hours Department approved courses related to home inspection services or the components of a home. $105.00 7/31/Even Year

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Division of Professions
Home Inspectors Licensing Program
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040