Home Inspector's Licence


Definitions

A Home Inspector is defined as an individual who is employed by one or more home inspection businesses to conduct home inspections.

A Home Inspection means an opinion as to the condition of a dwelling based primarily on a non-invasive examination of readily accessible features and components of the dwelling.

Licensing Requirements

Note: Failure to provide complete information will delay processing of your application and may result in a refund of your fees and closure of your file.

To get a licence as a Home Inspector you must provide a complete application package including all of the following:

  • Completed application form (pdf)

    • Completed application package for Home Inspection Business (if the business is not already licensed)

  • Proof of education including both:

    • degree, diploma or certificate in home inspection from an approved educational institution, and

    • satisfactory completion of a test inspection of a dwelling supervised by an approved educational institution or a licensed home inspector holding a Certified Master Inspector (CMI) designation or a Registered Home Inspector (RHI) designation

 A degree, diploma or certificate in home inspection from the following:

  • Alberta Home Inspector Pre-Licensure Course from NIBI (National Institute of Building Inspectors)
  • Carson Dunlop Certificate from an authorized Carson Dunlop training provider including:
    1. Academy of Learning
    2. Ashton College
    3. Bow Valley College
    4. NorQuest College
    5. SAIT Polytechnic (Home Inspection Certificate of Achievement)
  • Certified Canadian Home Inspector from AlbertaACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspector of Canada)
  • Certified Home Inspector Certificate from InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors)
  • Global Property Inspections Training Course (120 hours) and  Ride Along Training (80 hours) from National Property Inspections, Inc.
  • Home Inspection Master Course (120 hours) from The American Home Inspectors Training Institute, Ltd.
  • Home Inspection Training Program Certificate from Pillar To Post
  • Residential Home Inspection Certificate from Inspect4uInc. 

NOTE:  Additional degrees, diplomas or certificates may be added to this list.  For consideration by the Director please submit details with your application or directly to the Director at the address on the application.

OR

An approved home inspection designation or licence from an approved industry association or regulatory body


An approved home inspection designation includes:

  • CMI (Certified Master Inspector) granted by the Master Inspector Certification Boards, Inc.
  • RHI (Registered Home Inspector) granted by CAHPI (Alberta)  (Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (Alberta))
  • Associate Inspector from CAHPI (Alberta)
  • NHI (National Home Inspector) from the National Home Inspector Certification Council (NHICC)
    CMHI (Certified Master Home Inspector) granted by CanNACHI (Canadian National Association of Certified Home Inspectors)

A licence from an approved regulatory body includes:

  • Home Inspector licence from Consumer Protection BC

General Information

  • Licences take effect the date they are issued.  A home inspector’s licence expires on the last day of the 24th month after the licence is issued.  The department will send the home inspection business a notice and the appropriate form(s) before your licence needs to be renewed.  Licence holders must notify Service Alberta in writing if their business licence address changes.

  • A home inspector must have a licence and shall produce his or her home inspector licence and a copy of the home inspection business licence for inspection, or provide details about those licences, that make it possible to determine if the person is licensed when requested to do so by a consumer or potential consumer, the person whose home is being inspected, an inspector or the Director, or a peace officer.

Legislation

Fair Trading Act

Home Inspection Business Regulation

Copies of legislation can be obtained from the Queen’s Printer Bookstore  at:


Park Plaza, 5th floor
10611-98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta   T5K 2P7
Telephone: 780-427-4952

To call a Government of Alberta office toll free (in Alberta), dial 310-0000 and follow the instructions.