Getting Licensed as a Home Inspector in Massachusetts
Massachusetts requires licensure for Home Inspectors. Licensure was instated here in MA in 2001, and there is a two-part licensing process: Associate Home Inspector and Registered Professional Home Inspector. This page is a guideline for the process to obtain a license in Massachusetts. Also, check out our additional page on the full path to becoming a home inspector generally, with step-by-step procedures, tips, and advice from an experienced inspector that’s trained several inspectors to come into the field.
There are five basic steps to becoming a home inspector in Massachusetts:
- Complete a Massachusetts Board-approved 75-hour course. Check out the list here.
- Pass the National Exam (NHIE) - The exam is administered in different testing facilities depending on your state, but it is either PSI or PearsonVue
- Find an inspector who will supervise you and allow you to complete 25 home inspections under their direct supervision. (Direct supervision: The trainee completes the entire inspection, with the supervisor merely supervising - different from a “ride-along” where the trainee observes the home inspection in order to learn.)
- Apply for your Associates Home Inspector License (You will need a supervisor, be employed by an inspector or inspection company, and you will need a minimum of 250K Errors and Omissions Insurance)
- After at least one year, and completion of at least 100 Home inspections, you can apply for your Full Home Inspector’s license. (this would allow you to work on your own if you choose.)
More Information about a career in Home Inspection in Massachusetts:
More information from the Board of Home Inspectors can be found here. That’s all the state (Commonwealth) of Massachusetts requires. For much more information on how to do these steps, and more, check out this post on “How to Become a Home Inspector” Good Luck!