Home Inspector Training - Minimum Requirements - State Regulations
Arizona Certification (Title 32, Chapter 1). The Arizona State Board of Technical Registration (BTR) certifies and regulates the practice of home inspectors. The law requires 80 hours of education, successful completion of the National Home Inspector Examination, and evidence of successfully completed home inspections. In addition, the law requires that certified home inspectors have one of the following financial assurances: 1) Errors and Omissions Insurance in the amount of $200,000 in the aggregate and $100,000 per occurrence, 2) a $25,000 bond or proof of assets in that amount, or 3) an alternate financial assurance mechanism approved by the BTR with a value of at least $25,000. The law states that loss of or failure to obtain financial assurance is grounds for revocation of certification.
For more specific information regarding certification requirements, please go to the and, under Regulations on the Table of Contents panel, click on "Applicable Statutes" (see A.R.S.§ 32-122.02 or "Applicable Rules" (see A.A.C. R4-30-247).
For further information, contact , Home Inspector Certification Program Coordinator.
Arizona Home Inspector Education
In Arizona, the minimum education requiremet is 80 hours. The regulation states a minimum education requirement for Certification is that the Applicant must:
"4. Have passed a course of study and a home inspector in-training program that meets the standards recommended by the home inspector rules and standards committee and approved by the Board."
The applicable rules state:
5. Evidence of successful completion of 80 hours of classroom training or an equivalent course conducted by an educational facility that is licensed by the applicable post-secondary education regulatory agency in the home state of the facility, or accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, or by an accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education. The course of study shall encompass all of following major content areas:
a. Structural Components,
h. Insulation and Ventilation,
j. Fireplaces and Solid Fuel-Burning Devices, and
k. Professional Practice; and
6. An applicant who has lawfully conducted home inspections as part of a business shall provide evidence of successful completion of 100 home inspections that meet the standards referenced in R4-30-301.01 on a form provided by the Board. An applicant under this subsection shall meet all other requirements for certification in this Section;
7. To complete a home inspector in-training program, an applicant who otherwise qualifies for certification as a home inspector except for meeting the qualification in subsection (A)(6), shall present evidence of completion of 30 parallel inspections. The 30 parallel inspections and home inspection report shall meet the standards in R4-30-301.01 and be retained by the applicant for at least two years from the date of application. The applicant shall conduct these inspections on separate residential dwelling units and shall list them on a log provided by the Board. The log shall include, with respect to each inspection, the address of the property, the date of the inspection, and the name and certification number of the supervising home inspector. The Board may hold the applicant’s package for a period of one year based solely on the need for time to permit the applicant to complete the required parallel inspections. All time-frames promulgated under A.R.S. Title 41, Chapter 6, Article 7.1 are suspended during this period.
R4-30-301.1 Home Inspector Rules of Professional Conduct
A. To the extent applicable, a certified home inspector shall conduct a home inspection in accordance with the “Standards of Professional Practice” adopted by the Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors, Inc. on January 1, 2002, the provisions of which are incorporated by reference and on file with the Office of the Secretary of State. This rule does not include any later amendments or editions of the incorporated matter. Copies of these standards are available at the office of the Board of Technical Registration.
B. A Certified Home Inspector shall not:
1. Pay or receive, directly or indirectly, in full or in part, a commission or compensation as a referral or finder’s fee;
2. Perform, or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs to a structure that has been inspected by that inspector or the inspector’s firm for a period of twenty-four months following the inspection; or
3. Be accompanied by more than four home inspector candidates while conducting any parallel home inspection.
Home Inspector Course of Study