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Home Inspection Requirements for Kentucky

Home Inspection RegulatedYes
License TypeHome Inspector
License Renewal CycleEvery Two Years
Is Distance Education AllowedNo
Is Field Training And Experience RequiredYes
Experience Required3 (unpaid) home inspections with satisfactory written reports (This is part of the Pre-license course requirements) and should be submitted to the course provider
Is CE RequiredYes
CE Hours Required**28 hours every renewal period (14 a year)
Is CE Distance Education AllowedYes
Is Pre-Licensing RequiredYes
Pre-licensing Hours Required64 Hours*
Regulating BodyOffice of Housing, Building, and Construction (Home Inspector Board)
Rules And Regulations815 KAR 6:010 Section 2 and 7
ExamNAHI Real estate Inspector Exam

*64 hours total with at 16 hours of actual inspection ( 8 hours in a lab and 8 hours in field training)- 3 home inspections **14 a year for Kentucky licensed home inspectors, and 15 a year for alternative (non-kentucky) licensees.

Kentucky Home Inspection Training

Kentucky Licensure (KRS 198B.700) enacted in 2004. The Kentucky Home Inspector Licensing Law requires home inspectors to be licensed and defines the requirements of licensure. An inspector must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, complete a board-approved training program, pass an examination approved by the board, and submit a properly completed application (Form KBHI-1). No person can advertise or claim to be a licensed home inspector or perform a home inspection for compensation after July 1, 2006, unless they have been issued a Kentucky Home Inspector License by the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors. Conducting business as a home inspector in Kentucky without a license is a criminal offense after July 1, 2006. Inspections must be conducted in accordance with the standards of practice of ASHI, NAHI or NACHI. The law created the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors, to which the Governor appointed eight members, including one member each from ASHI, NAHI, and the Kentucky Real Estate Inspection Association. The law also establishes license renewal criteria, including completing 28 hours of continuing education approved by the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors (KBHI) every two years. Licensed inspectors must carry general liability insurance in the amount of $250,000.

For more information contact the Kentucky Office of Housing, Buildings and Construction at:

Phone: (502) 573-0373 extension 201 (Terry Slade)
Fax: (502) 573-1057
Email: terry.slade@ky.gov


Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors
Division of Occupations & Professions at:

Phone: (502) 564-3296 (Diana Jarboe)
Fax: (502) 564-4818
Email: diana.jarboe@ky.gov

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