Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are online courses accepted for  pre-licensing and/or continuing education requirements?

A. It depends. In some States it does, in others it does not. And States are constantly changing their licensing and continuing education requirements. Therefore it is best if you contact your State prior to enrolling if that is your purpose of enrolling in this course. However the basic material and scope of context presented in the NIBI Home Inspection Certificate Course probably meets or exceeds most general state pre-licensing educational requirements.

Q. How do I enter a course?

A. Assuming you have already created an account with a username, you can click the link at the bottom of any course image. If you are not already logged in, it will prompt you to enter your username and password. Once logged in, you can click the same link at the bottom of the course image and you will then enter the course.

Q. Are there textbooks to accompany a course or module?

No. This is a completely online course. The course is very comprehensive in nature and is sort of a textbook within itself. If you would like to purchase a suggested reference manual, we suggest "Principles of Home Inspection- Systems and Standards" 2nd or 3rd Edition by Dearborn. This book is usually available on or from Dearborn Publishing. The National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE) Manual is another good references textbook.  This is available from the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors.

Q. Must the eleven (11) course modules in the Home Inspection Certificate Course be completed in any particular of order?

A. No. There is no set order that you should take the courses in, but you should start with the Basics Module to get an overview of home inspection issues.  Then consider the following suggested order:

Basics Module BA 1010

Roofing RF 2210

Exterior Elements EX 2310

Structural Systems SR 2010

Heating Systems HE 3110

Cooling CO 3210

Electric Systems EL 3010

Plumbing Systems 3310

Hot Water Supply Systems HW 3410

Interior Elements IN 2410

Insulation and Ventilation IV 2110.

These courses can be used as standalone courses also. No one course is a pre-requisite of the other. They can be taken in the suggested order or in any order that you choose.

Q. How do I receive a Completion Certificate?

A. To receive a completion certificate you have to complete at least 90% of all quizzes/tests in a module whereby EVERY completed quiz/test must have a passing grade of at least 90%. (Note: It is possible to complete more than 90% of quizzes/tests in a module and have an AVERAGE grade of over 90% but still not have earned a completion certificate.)

Q. How do I receive my final certificate?

A. The program is designed to present a completion certificate for each module upon completion. You can view/print these by clicking on 'My Profile' in the upper right corner of the screen. If you require a final completion certificate please contact NIBI at or an instructor. 

Q. What is the NIBI Certified Program?

A. NIBI Certified is a program for established inspectors that want to increase their level of education and certification. Basic requirements are completion of a NIBI home inspector online or classroom course (or an approved equivalent); completion of the NIB Certification Exam or National Home Inspector Exam; completion of 50 home inspection with reports (can include attendance at mentored inspections); submission of two reports for review; and professional liability insurance.  An  online re-certification test must be completed each year for renewal. There is also an annual fee; which is waived for the first year for students completing the Home Inspection Certificate Course .       

Q. How do I contact NIBI for Tech Support?

A. The best form of contact is by email at joe.cummins@nibi,com. Please be as specific as possible in your questions. We will provide support as soon as possible.  Email is the preferred method for this.


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