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The Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation founded in 1999. EBPHI's mission is "to establish the standard of competence for home inspectors and to enhance consumer confidence in home inspection professionals." The National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE) addresses this mission by encouraging regulatory bodies in state and local governments, as well as professional membership organizations, to adopt the National Home Inspector Examination for competency assessment.



Administration of the NHIE ensures that home inspection professionals meet basic knowledge and practice requirements for purposes of regulation. Successful completion of the examination answers the needs of the public, government and home inspectors.

For information about home inspection laws and regulations, see EBPHI's website at


The NHIE has contracted with PSI to conduct its examination program. PSI provides examinations through a network of computer examination centers throughout the United States and Canada.

The NHIE is based on a formal role delineation study that defines the profession as practiced in the field. Home inspector subject matter experts from a variety of practice specialties and geographic areas contribute to the study, and home inspectors from throughout the nation then review the study via a statistically valid survey. The resulting content areas and their associated knowledge and skill requirements serve as the "blueprint" for the National Home Inspector Examination.

This examination development methodology is in accordance with accepted psychometric standards for a "high stakes" public protection examination. These standards are promulgated by organizations such as the American Education Research Association (AERA), the National Council for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).


To assist you in preparing for the National Home Inspector Examination, this Handbook provides details about the exam, the Content Outline for the test, and sample questions and answers. A fifty-item sample test is also available online at ($50.00 USD).

There are 200 multiple choice questions on the NHIE. Four hours are allowed to complete the test.

Each question offers a choice of four answers. There is a single correct answer for each question, although some questions have options which may be partially correct. Examinees are to select the BEST answer to each question.

Now you can take the practice exam online at psiexams to prepare for your Home Inspector Examination.

Please note that the practice exam is intended only to help testing candidates become familiar with the general types of questions that will appear on a licensing examination. It is NOT a substitute for proper education and study. Furthermore, scoring well on the practice exam does not guarantee a positive outcome on an actual licensing examination.

Note: You may take the practice exams an unlimited number of times; however, you will need to pay each time. The practice examination fee is $50 USD.