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Home Inspectors General Information


Who is a home inspector?

A home inspector, for a fee, inspects and provides a written report on the overall physical condition of a residential structure. 

Who needs to be certified?

Any individual who advertises, bids, or performs residential home inspections of more than one structural component needs to be certified. Once certified, you must be an owner or employee of a business that is licensed with the Construction Contractors Board.  

These are structural components:
  • Exterior
  • Roofing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Heating
  • Central air conditioning
  • Interiors
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Built-in kitchen appliances
  • Site

What home inspection business license is required?

The business must apply for a license as a Residential General Contractor; or a Residential Specialty Contractor; or a Home Inspector Services Contractor.
Who is not a certified home inspector?
  • Any individual who inspects only one component such as roof inspectors
  • Any individual who inspects for code compliance for government jurisdictions
  • Any individual who only performs pest and dry rot or wood-destroying organism inspections
  • Any individual who inspects only lead-based paint
  • Any individual who only inspects cross connections
  • Any individual who only tests the air for radon
  • Any individual who performs energy audits
  • Any individual who performs forensic evalations
  • Any individual who performs home performance testing
  • Any individual who inspects for compliance of state building codes
  • Any individual licensed each year as a general contractor during the period from January 1, 1991 through August 11, 1997
  • A pesticide operator licensed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) if the individual is not conducting an inspection for wood-destroying organisms for a real estate purchase or sale

Do home inspectors need any other kind of license or certification?

The CCB does not require any other license or certification. However, some lending institutions (banks, mortgage companies) and guaranteeing agencies (Farmer’s Home Administrations, Veterans Administration) may not accept pest and dry rot or wood-destroying organism inspection reports as part of a real estate transaction that are prepared by inspectors who do not have a pesticide applicator’s license from Oregon Department of Agriculture.  For information on obtaining a pesticide applicator’s license, contact ODA at 503-986-4635 or go to www.Oregon.gov/ODA/PEST.