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Are you ready to apply for your NHI?

This is an overview of how to get your NHI designation. To be concise, some of the information has been summarized. If you think you're ready to apply, or if you have some questions and you're a PHPIC member, email us at or give us a call at 1-855-88PHPIC. If you're not yet a PHPIC member, you can find an application for membership on our website.


What's the process?


The National Home Inspector designation is awarded by the National Home Inspector Certification Council (NHICC) after a thorough review of an applicant. The review is an independent, third party assessment of the applicant's academic and practical training and experience. Finally after successful completion of a national exam and field testing, an inspector is awarded the NHI designation.


Where does PHPIC fit in?


PHPIC is an association which is completely independent of NHICC, but we do encourage and support our members to earn their NHI. We advise you as a member on how to earn your points total, by doing a preliminary assessment of your background, and training and experience. As a member of PHPIC, which has an administrative agreement with NHICC, you will receive a 10% discount on the NHICC application fees.


It's important to understand that PHPIC does not award the NHI certification. It is NHICC's responsibility to plan and schedule TIPRs and to actually award the NHI designation. PHPIC can only advise you and advocate on your behalf.


It's also important to keep us up-to-date. When you renew your PHPIC membership each year, please complete the Continuing Education Credits form. Tell us about new training you've taken and the total number of inspections you've done to date. This information will help us do an accurate assessment for you.


How are points calculated?


Minimum requirements:

  • You must have been in business as a home inspector for a minimum of 1 year.
  • You must have performed a minimum of 150 paid home inspections.
  • You must perform your inspections according to a Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics. Your signed inspection agreement should state that you follow a Standard of Practice and adhere to a Code of Ethics.
  • You must have accumulated 950 points as calculated by NHICC.

 Breakdown of the 950 Points:

  • Personal background - maximum of 100 points which are earned by having a degree or diploma, trade ticket, membership or designation. Membership in PHPIC is worth 50 personal background points.
  • Education - maximum of 700 points, 450 from formal training, 250 from mentoring and informal training.
  • Fee paid inspections - you must have a minimum of 150 as stated above and you will receive credit for a maximum of 500.

What can you do to increase your points total?


After our preliminary assessment, we will be able to advise you on how you can best improve your points total. You may have maxed out on training points but you need more inspections. On the other hand, you may benefit most from doing mentored inspections with an experienced, qualified inspector. The situation is different for each individual and we will let you know where you stand.


What's next?


If you think you are ready to apply to NHICC to get your NHI certification, you can let us know. If we know that you have the minimum requirements above, we will do our calculations and either advise you that you need additional points or we will forward our calculations to NHICC for their review. If they agree with our assessment, we will write a letter to them on your behalf and send it to you. It should be sent to NHICC along with your application and payment for their review, National Exam and TIPR. If you are a Candidate member of PHPIC, you will be moved to Provisional status.


If you have any questions on the process, give us a call or email us. Please note that we will only do an assessment for a PHPIC member.

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