Florida Requirements for a Home Inspector

The State of Florida requires Home Inspectors to be licensed.


The following information regarding Florida Licensed Home Inspectors was obtained from www.myfloridalicense.com

Licensure by examination requirements for initial licensure are:
• Passing a department approved examination.
• Completion of a department approved 120-hour course of study that covers a home's structure, electrical system, HVAC system, roof covering, plumbing system, interior components, exterior components, and site conditions that affect the structure.
• Applicants must submit an application, fee and submit to a criminal background check.

Additional licensure requirements for all applicants: An applicant for licensure must submit to a criminal background check, be of good moral character, and obtain a $300,000 commercial general liability insurance policy.

How many continuing education credits are required to renew my professional home inspector license?
Professional home inspectors are required to complete 14 hours of continuing education credits for renewal. The continuing education must include 12 hours of general continuing education courses, course topics concerning home inspection services or the components of a home, including the limited visual examination of the following readily accessible installed systems and components of a home for the purpose of providing a written report of the condition of the home:

1. The structure,
2. Electrical system,
3. HVAC system,

4. Roof covering,
5. Plumbing system,
6. Interior components,
7. Exterior components, and
8. Site conditions that affect the structure.

And 2 hours of hurricane wind mitigation which shall include training on completion of the “Uniform Mitigation Verification Inspection Form,” OIR-B1-1802 (Rev. 01/12), incorporated by reference in Rule 69O-170.0155, F.A.C. (eff. 2/1/12).


Why is this important?

It's important that your Home Inspector is licensed and certified, and maintains their certification through continuing education. This is in order to give you the most thorough and accurate inspection available. A Home Inspector that is licensed is more likely to know and accurately understand the systems, components, and structures of a home.