Frequently Asked Questions
What's covered in the National Home Inspector Examination?
The Content Outline includes:
- Inspection methods
- Building Systems, including exterior systems, structural systems, roofing systems, electrical systems, heating and cooling systems, insulating and ventilating systems, plumbing systems, interior systems, and fireplace and chimney systems
- Professional practice
How many questions are on the exam? How much time do I have?
The National Home Inspector Examination contains 200 multiple-choice questions.
You are given four hours to complete the exam.
Does it matter in which state I take the exam?
Yes! The exam is administered nationwide by PSI at
250 proctored test center locations throughout the United States and is accepted in every state where is it required EXCEPT:
If you are seeking licensing in Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee or Washington State , you MUST take the National Home Inspector Examination through those states' contracted test administrators.
When can I take the National Home Inspector Examination?
The exam is available at any time the testing center you select is open for business and has seats available. Advance registration is required.
How much does the exam cost?
The National Home Inspector Examination fee is $225 per test.
How do I study for the exam?
There are many home inspector training companies and programs throughout North America. EBPHI does not review or endorse these programs; be sure to compare any curriculum you are considering to the Content Outline of the National Home Inspector Examination.
Every question on the National Home Inspector Examination is referenced to a published source. This References List does not imply that study of all or only these materials is required to pass the examination.
When will I receive my score?
You will receive one copy of your official passing score sheet before you leave the testing center. Passing score sheet show your score on the scale of 200-800, with 500 as the pass point. Failing score sheet show a graph of your performance in each content area of the examination.
Will the score be sent automatically to the licensing agency in my state?
No. You will receive your official score sheet with unique identification number and digital photo at the end of the examination. It's your responsibility to follow through with the appropriate authority in your state.
How do I register to take the exam?
Click here to register online. If you wish, you may also call toll free 800-733-9267 to register (in states other than Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington. Please see the Registration page for information about those states.)
Is there a sample test available?
A sample test of 50 questions is available ONLINE ONLY for a fee of $50.00. The sample test covers the identical content areas in the same proportions as the National Home Inspector Examination. You may review questions and your answers, and print out a score sheet indicating your performance in each content area.
My state does not require an examination. Why should I take the National Home Inspector Examination?
The National Home Inspector Examination is a home inspector competence assessment tool developed in accordance with accepted psychometric standards, insuring an unbiased, valid and reliable assessment of your skill, knowledge and experience.
The National Home Inspector Examination is currently adopted and/or recognized by twenty-six states for home inspector regulation. It is also a membership requirement for the American Institute of Inspectors, American Society of Home Inspectors, and California Real Estate Inspection Association; is accepted by the National Association of Home Inspectors and the Florida Association of Building Inspectors; and is reimbursed by the US Veterans' Administration for military personnel re-entering the workforce.