Frequently Asked Questions - Home Inspector Registration Registration and Testing I have been working in the home inspection field for the last 10 years. Am I grandfathered into the registration program? No. The law does not provide a "grandfather clause" allowing automatic registration for existing home inspectors. I have been inspecting homes for 20 years. Does that experience exempt me from the examination or education requirements? No. The law does not allow experience to substitute for the required examination or formal education requirements. I took and passed a home inspection certification test 17 years ago in another state. Will the Department accept that, or do I have to take another examination? Yes, the Department will accept documentary proof of the passage of a certification examination, regardless of how long ago the exam was taken, provided that the examination was from a recognized testing organization, or the predecessor in interest to a recognized organization. Can I be mentored by a registered home inspector for 40 hours in order to fulfill the comprehensive home inspection instruction qualification? No. The law does not allow education via mentorship to substitute for completion of a formal educational program. Insurance Requirements Does the Department have to be named as an additional insured on my commercial liability insurance policy or my errors and omissions professional liability insurance policy? No. The purpose of the insurance requirements is to protect the public and the parties to a home-buying transaction. Renewal of Registration How do I renew my Home Inspector Registration? Approximately 60 days before your registration expires, the Department will mail you a renewal application to the mailing address that you last provided. You will need to complete the application, pay the $80 application renewal fee, and submit any required documentation. Can I renew my Home Inspector Registration online? Not at this time. You must submit an application by mail to Department of Labor and Industry, PO Box 8011, Helena, MT 59601 or by email to HIregistration@mt.gov. My Home Inspector Registration expired. Can I still renew it? Yes, you may still renew but there may be a lapse in effective dates. Continuing Education Is there a requirement for continuing education? Yes, in order to renew a registration, each individual home inspector covered by the registration must earn 40 hours of continuing education relevant to home inspection over a two year period. Evidence of satisfying this requirement must be submitted in order to renew the registration. How do I provide proof of continuing education? You must submit documentation that demonstrates you satisfied the course requirements – (i.e. a certificate of completion, a transcript from your association, etc.) How do I know if the course I took is approved for continuing education credits? The Department recognizes continuing education courses offered or recognized by: American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) Two or more states that require continuing education for Home Inspectors. Consumer Complaints How does the Home Inspector Registration program help protect the public? There are several ways that the Home Inspector Registration program provides protection for consumers and the public. First, the program provides public information about who is authorized to conduct home inspection services in the state of Montana. Second, the program requires minimum levels of insurance for the protection of consumers and the public. Third, the program provides for a minimum standard of knowledge about home inspection and requires on-going continuing education for home inspectors. Finally, the program provides an way for the Department to take civil action through fines and other legal measures against certain kinds of false advertising by home inspectors. Does the Department investigate and resolve consumer complaints made against registered home inspectors? No. The Department does not have the legal authority to handle consumer complaints about work performed by home inspectors. Consumers have legal recourse for complaints about home inspectors through the court system in a private lawsuit for money damages. Fines and Penalties Are there fines or penalties for not registering as a home inspector? Yes, failure to register can result in a fine of up to $1000. Use of a false name or identity can result in a fine of up to $5000. In addition, the Department may take other enforcement action against the party for violating Title 39, Chapter 9, MCA. Suspension My Home Inspector Registration was suspended. How can I reinstate it? You may reinstate your Home Inspector Registration by submitting a request in writing along with a $40 reinstatement fee. You must also resolve the original issue that caused your registration to be suspended. Changes to Registration How do I make changes to my registration? You may submit changes in writing to HIregistration@mt.gov. You are not required to pay a fee to update information on your registration.