When to Apply

File the Application for Licensed Home Inspector by Experience when you meet the following conditions:

  • You reside in a jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia) that does not license home inspectors (such as Pennsylvania), and
  • You meet one or both of these experience requirements:
    • You have at least five years’ experience performing home inspections (Section 4.5.1 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations), or
    • You have completed at least 75 home inspections and you are a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or of the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) (Section 4.5.2 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations).

If you hold a current license in a jurisdiction that licenses home inspectors, see Endorsement. If you cannot qualify based on experience or endorsement, you must register as a Delaware Home Inspector Trainee.

Requirements for All Applicants

Follow these instructions carefully to submit the application and required documentation.

  • Enclose non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a certificate of Liability, Errors and Omissions Insurance, sent directly from the insurance carrier to the Board office.
    • You or your employer must carry at least $50,000 of errors and omissions insurance and at least $250,000 of liability insurance.
  • Submit a copy of your high school diploma or transcript. Or, if you have a GED, submit confirmation of your GED.
  • Submit copies of your training certificates. You must have completed at least 140 hours of classroom or online training approved by ASHI, NAHI, or the International Association of Home Inspectors (INTERNACHI).
  • If you have ever held a license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia), arrange for the Board office to receive a letter of good standing sent directly from each jurisdiction where you have ever been a home inspector trainee or held home inspector licensure.
  • If you wish to qualify based on five years’ experience (Section 4.5.1 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations), submit verification that you have been performing home inspections at least five years as follows: 
    • For periods when you were employed, arrange for the Board office to receive Verification of Employment form(s), included with this application, completed and signed by your employer(s). The forms must be notarized and sent directly from the employer to the Board office. If you cannot obtain a Verification of Employment form from an employer, you may substitute tax W-2 forms.  However, you must include a written explanation why you cannot obtain a Verification of Employment form from the employer.
    • For periods when you were self-employed, provide copies of your tax documents, business license and a log of at least 75 home inspections performed while self-employed.
      • You may use the Experience Log form included with the application or you may submit a printout of your own spreadsheet provided it includes at least the same information as the Experience Log.
      • The Board may request more documentation, such as copies of sample home inspection reports, for review to verify your experience.
  • If you wish to qualify based on the number of inspections you have performed (Section 4.5.2 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations), enclose verification of your experience, as follows: 
    • Submit proof of your ASHI membership as an inspector or certified inspector or NAHI membership as a regular member or certified real estate inspector. Associate memberships do not qualify.
    • Submit a log of at least 75 home inspections.
      • You may use the Experience Log form included with the application or you may submit a printout of your own spreadsheet provided it includes at least the same information as the Experience Log.
      • The Board may request more documentation, such as copies of sample home inspection reports, for review to verify your experience.

When the Board office has received your application and all required supporting documentation, the Board will review it at its next meeting.