Home Inspector's Licence

How it works


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:

      • Advanced Home Inspection Certificate from Professional Home Inspection Institute (PHII)
      • 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. Algonquin College
        3. Ashton College
        4. Bow Valley College
        5. Carson Dunlop College
        6. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
        7. Medicine Hat College 
        8. NorQuest College
        9. SAIT Polytechnic (Home Inspection Certificate of Achievement
      • Certified AmeriSpec Inspector from Amerispec Academy
      • Certified Canadian Home Inspector from AlbertaACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspector of Canada)
      • Certified Home Inspector Certificate from Canadian Residential Inspection Services Ltd.
      • Certified Home Inspector Certificate from InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors)
      • Certified Home Inspector Pre-Licensing Training, Proctored Exams #1 and #2, and the Supervised Test Inspection from Inspection Time Training Career College
        • Formerly: Certified Home Inspector Pre-Licensing Training, Proctored Exams #1 and #2 from Inspection Time Inc.
      • 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.


      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 home inspection business and the home inspector are responsible to ensure your licence is in force as long as you continue to do business as defined for this type of licence. Once your licence is issued the home inspection business and the home inspector should make note of the expiry date and ensure your licence is renewed prior to this date.  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.


Consumer Protection 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.

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