Home Inspector License Reciprocity

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I attended the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Home Inspectors meeting on March 22, 2011.  Two home inspectors looking to re-locate to Massachusetts were denied a Massachusetts Home Inspector license.

As I understood the discussion, if the State where they currently hold a license, offered reciprocity to Massachusetts, then they would have been granted a license.

If there are any State board members reading this, then can you extend reciprocity to Massachusetts so home inspectors can re-locate and earn a living.

or is this another catch-22.




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Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA - Eureka, CA
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA

Licensee reciprocity is an interesting topic.  Some states support it and others just ignore the idea.

Mar 22, 2011 08:53 PM #1
James Harner
Considering Selling Your Home? Call 610-310-7646 first - Royersford, PA
James Harner Group - Philadelphia PA Real Estate

that is a very sad thing... this leaves home inspectors no option but to stay in their current state to live. I sure hope the rest of the States will take this seriously for the benefit of their citizens

Mar 22, 2011 09:35 PM #2
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

If the state will not grant a "reciprocity" to an idividual. Then that person needs to just take the test in that state. Pass it and done they will have their licence to be a home inspector. Some states have it others dont.

Even if they "have it" it may get ignored by the political sides to generate more income for the state through fees.

Best of luck.

Clint McKie 

Mar 22, 2011 11:49 PM #3
Dale Ganfield
Leland, NC

Hi Jim, if the two state's requirements and SOP are similar to obtain a license, then it would make sense for reciprocity.  The only caveat I would throw in, are the need to increase knowledge on regional construction practices.  There has been quite a few posts recently, where for example, what was standard in NC or the southeast is not standard in some other areas of the country.

Mar 23, 2011 01:00 AM #4
Jim Mushinsky
Centsable Inspection - Framingham, MA

As I understood the board meeting.  Reciprocity is an agreement between the States and has nothing to do with the individual inspector. 

MA and CT have home inspector license reciprocity.  The SOPs are quite different.  CT is similar to ASHI SOP and MA is a unique Commonwealth Standard. 

The MA board members are open to adding reciprocity to other States, yet it must be an agreement both ways. The issue appears to be initiating the dialogue between the respective board members of each State.  The task is put upon the inspector seeking to obtain the license.

Clint - If it were that easy, the inspectors would have done it.  The inspectors that were denied a license have already passed the "National Home Inspector Exam".  Yet as we see, its not enough to get the license.  The additional license requirements for "associate/trainee" sponsored inspections is also applied.


Mar 23, 2011 08:26 AM #5

Is there a list of reciprocity for all states, who accepts whose.  I have been doing a little reading and the haag web page says to get a texas or florida licence but doesnt say why.  Im assuming that it is because a lot of states accept the texas or florida licence.  Is it worth getting into? I am a contractor and would like to expand my company and start sending people to do insurance adjusting.

Apr 06, 2011 02:39 PM #6
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