The National Home Inspector Examination® is the only independent, psychometrically-valid home inspector test in the county. The exam is developed, maintained and administered by Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI). They are an independent, not-for-profit organization that develops and maintains exams for the real estate inspection profession. The NHIE tests a home inspectors knowledge of conducting a thorough home inspection as well as tests the skills in client relations, communications and report writing.
Asking if your home inspector has passed National Home Inspector Examination® (NHIE) is a great way to know if he or she is really qualified to inspect your home. Not all home inspectors follow the same standards of practice, use the same report format or have the same background. Although there are national associations for the home inspection industry which have certification programs, the associations are driven by membership revenue and obtaining a certification can be easily accomplished by most any inspector regardless of their background, character, level of knowledge or dedication to the field.