• Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors

    The Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors licenses individuals engaged in asbestos remediation, lead-based paint remediation and renovation, and home inspection. The 14-member Board is composed of representatives of each regulated activity and two citizens.

    Licensing Section   (804) 367-8595
    Board Office  (804) 367-0362
    FAX  (866) 350-5354
    Email  ALHI@dpor.virginia.gov  
  • Forms & Applications

    ASBESTOS | LEAD | HOME INSPECTOR 

    • Go to: Most Requested Forms (address change, criminal conviction reporting, certification request, etc.) 

    Applicants must read and understand the Board's Regulations. Application fees are not refundable.

    DPOR Boards only accept the most recent versions of the applications provided below. DPOR Boards are not responsible for processing delays associated with forms that do not conform to this requirement.

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    ASBESTOS

    License Applications
    Other Forms


     LEAD

    License Applications
    Other Forms


    HOME INSPECTOR

    Laws & Regulations

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    • Chapter 5 of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia  
    • 7/1/2017 Statutory Change: Licensed home inspectors who observe any shade of yellow corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) during inspection of a home built prior to May 1, 2008 (when the 2006 Virginia Construction Code became effective), must include the following disclosure statement in the home inspection report: 
      • "Manufacturers believe that this product is safer if properly bonded and grounded as required by the manufacturer's installation instructions. Proper bonding and grounding of the product should be determined by a contractor licensed to perform the work in the Commonwealth of Virginia."  
      • Effective 9/20/2017: Updated Home Inspector Regulations revised to reflect new CSST disclosure law
          

    Regulations

    Pending regulatory action (proposed changes, public hearings, etc.) 

    Meetings & Minutes

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    The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to the board's meeting schedule, agendas, and past meeting minutes.

    Visit the Town Hall: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewboard.cfm?boardid=106&display=meetings 

    Education & Exams

    Board-Approved Training Courses (all license types) | Home Inspectors Exam & CPE  | Lead Abatement Exam 

    BOARD-APPROVED TRAINING COURSES


    HOME INSPECTORS

    Examination

    Applicants for licensure as a home inspector must pass the Board-approved exam:


    Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

    Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is education that is used by existing license holders to satisfy the renewal requirement. Board Regulation 18 VAC 15-40-72 requires Licensed Home Inspectors to complete 16 contact hours of CPE during each two-year cycle as a condition of renewal. The Board will accept any course that covers the areas tested on the National Home Inspectors Examination in order to meet the CPE requirement for Licensed Home Inspectors.

    Any contact hours of instruction that do not cover areas tested on the National Home Inspectors Examination will not be accepted. The Board-approved exam is the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors’ (EBPHI) National Home Inspector Examination administered by PSI. For information regarding the examination and the content areas tested, please review the EBPHI website.

    New Residential Structure (NRS) CPE

    Regulation 18 VAC 15-40-75 requires current license holders with the NRS endorsement to complete a four hour Board-approved NRS CPE course during every two-year renewal cycle in order to maintain that designation. (The four hours of NRS CPE can be applied to the overall 16 hours of CPE.) A list of Board-approved NRS courses is available here. Unlike the CPE required to maintain a home inspector license (which is submitted only if audited), proof of completion of the four-hour NRS CPE must be submitted as a condition of renewal. 

    CPE Audits

    Every six months, the Board will conduct random audits of 25 percent of licenses expiring during the previous six month period. Randomly selected licensees will receive the Home Inspector CPE Audit Form by mail at their address of record. Recipients of the Audit Form must return the completed Audit Form with photocopies of certificates of CPE completion (in subject matter areas covered by Board Regulation 18VAC15-40-72).


     LEAD ABATEMENT

    In addition to education and training requirements outlined in the regulations, applicants for licensure as a Lead Inspector, Lead Supervisor, or Lead Risk Assessor must pass the examination.

    EXAM PROCESS:

    Applicant/exam candidate submits completed application and license fee to the Board for eligibility determination.

    1. Approved applicants will receive an Interim License or Exam Eligibility Letter from the Board.
    2. PCS mails a PCS Scheduling Form and examination information to Board-approved candidates.
    3. Applicant/exam candidate submits completed PCS Scheduling Form with exam fee.
    4. PCS mails Authorization Letter. Applicant/exam candidate must test within three years of Board approval.
    5. Applicant/exam candidate schedules exam with PSI and tests at a PSI test center.
    6. PCS receives exam scores from PSI. PCS mails scores to applicant. (Failing scores are mailed out with a re-scheduling form. If applicant fails any part of the exam three times, the applicant must re-apply to the Board and meet all current requirements.)
    7. After passing both parts of the exam, scores are sent to the Board.
    8. The Board receives examination scores weekly. No licenses will be issued until Board staff reviews and confirms scores.
    9. Please be sure to notify the Board and PCS of any mailing address changes.

    Exam Administrator 

    Professional Credential Services, Inc. (PCS)
    (877) 887-9727
    valead@pcshq.com  

    Frequency and Dates of Exam 

    Daily.

    Deadline for Application and Exam Fee 

    Two weeks prior to exam.
    Contact PCS at (877) 887-9727 or valead@pcshq.com  

    Exam Fee (payable to PCS) 

    $75
    NOTE: $150 for exams taken on or after Jan. 1, 2016  

    Exam Locations 

    Charlottesville
    Falls Church
    McLean
    Richmond
    Roanoke
    VirginiaBeach

    Questions About Exam Scheduling or Registration?  

    See Candidate Information Bulletin or contact PCS:
    (877) 887-9727
    valead@pcshq.com 

    Candidates with an Authorization Letter from PCS should contact PSI at (800) 733-9267 to schedule exam.

    Other Questions? 

    DPOR Examinations Section
    (804) 367-8544 or exams@dpor.virginia.gov
    To check on application status, contact the Board's Licensing Section at (804) 367-8595.

    News & Publications

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    Consumer Education


    Frequently Asked Questions

    NEW HOME INSPECTOR LICENSE FAQs 

    1. How do I contact the Board office? Will I be able to speak directly with a Board member?   
    2. What courses are acceptable for asbestos licensure and renewal? 
    3. My asbestos license expired. Do I have to re-take the initial training course to renew? 
    4. Is a sub-contractor an employee for purposes of asbestos conflict-of-interest prohibitions? 
    5. Do courses completed online count toward home inspector entry requirements? 
    6. What courses are acceptable for renewal of my lead license? 
    7. I need to renew my license, but I haven’t received my renewal form. What do I need to do? 
    8. My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee? 
    9. I did not renew on time because I didn’t receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my license? 
    10. Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time? 
    11. My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board? 

    How do I contact the Board office? Will I be able to speak directly with a Board member? 

    You may reach us by phone at (804) 367-8595 (Licensing Section) or (804) 367-2648 (Board Office), by FAX at (866) 350-5354, or by e-mail at alhi@dpor.virginia.gov. Additionally, if you have information to mail, please send it to:
    Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors
    Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233

    The Board members do not work in the Board office. They come into the Board offices for Board meetings and hearings, but are not here on a daily basis. Board office staff members can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Board office. Please do not contact Board members directly.

    What courses are acceptable for asbestos licensure and renewal?

    Training courses completed through EPA/AHERA accredited training providers are considered acceptable only when the course taken by the participant was taught within the geographical boundaries of the state in which the provider was approved at the time the course was taken.

    Asbestos refresher training courses must be specific to the discipline of license being renewed.

    My asbestos license expired. Do I have to re-take the initial training course to renew?

    A 12-month grace period is allowed to enable a formerly licensed person with an expired training certificate to complete a refresher training course without having to retake the initial training course.

    Is a sub-contractor an employee for purposes of asbestos conflict-of-interest prohibitions?

    No. The Conflict of Interest section does not apply to a contractor/sub-contractor relationship between an asbestos contractor and an asbestos project monitor. Because a contractor/sub-contractor relationship does not meet the statutory definition of an employee, contractor/sub-contractor relationships are not prohibited.

    Do courses completed online count toward home inspector entry requirements?

    Yes. Provided course content includes the areas tested on the National Home Inspectors Examination, distance learning courses, including online courses, will be accepted to meet entry requirements.

    What courses are acceptable for renewal of my lead license?

    Lead refresher training courses must be specific to the discipline of license being renewed. In addition, although Lead Project Designers and Lead Risk Assessors are required to take two initial training courses for initial licensure, only one refresher course (that directly corresponds to the discipline of license) is required for license renewal.

    I need to renew my license, but I haven’t received my renewal form. What do I need to do?

    Send in the renewal fee, make checks payable to the Treasurer of Virginia, and include your license number on your check. If you have had a change of address, complete the Address Change Form. Mail this information to:
    Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors
    Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400
    Richmond, VA 23233
    You CANNOT continue to practice in Virginia after your license has expired.

    My renewal payment was one day late and I have always paid on time. Can you waive the late fee?

    No. The Board’s regulations allow a 30-day grace period in which a license may be renewed without penalty (therefore, your payment is actually 31 days late). Staff cannot waive the fee.

    I did not renew on time because I didn’t receive my renewal card. Do I still have to pay a late fee or reinstate my license?

    Yes. Board regulations state that failure to receive the renewal notice does not relieve the licensee of the obligation to renew.

    Does the Board office use the date of receipt or the postmark date to determine whether an application or renewal was received on time?

    The date the application or renewal was received in the agency determines whether it is on time, not the postmark date. If the renewal fee is received after the due date, you will be required to pay the reinstatement fee. If the reinstatement fee is received after the due date, you will be required to apply as a new applicant, meeting all current requirements.

    My address and/or name has changed. What do I need to do to notify the Board?

    Many Boards allow you to update your ADDRESS using Online Services, so login to your personal profile to see if this is an option for your license type. The alternative is to complete, print, sign, and submit an Address Change Form to the Board office by mail. Unless updated online, all Address Change Forms must be received by the Board in writing. When providing a post office box as the mailing address, it must be accompanied by the physical address.

    To report a NAME CHANGE: complete, print, sign, and submit a Name Change Form to the Board office. All name changes must be received by the Board in writing. Individual name change requests must be accompanied by a copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order, or other official documentation that verifies the name change.

    Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors

    Board Executive Director

    Trisha L. Henshaw

    Board Administrator

    Paul G. Saunders, III

    Board Member Roster

    Sandra Baynes
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2021
    Citizen Member

    Colleen Becker
    Second four-year term ends June 30, 2018
    Dust Sampling Technician
    Joe T. France
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2019
    Representative of Labs

    Peter D. Palmer | BOARD CHAIR
    Second four-year term ends June 30, 2020
    Asbestos Inspector/Project Monitor

    James E. Haltigan
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2018
    Lead Contractor

    Erich J. Fritz
    Unexpired term ends June 30, 2017
    Citizen Member

    Chadwick R. Bowman
    Unexpired term ends June 30, 2020
    Training Course Provider
    Rick Holtz
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2017
    Licensed Renovation Contractor
    Frederick Molter, IV 
    Second four-year term ends June 30, 2021
    Asbestos Contractor
    David P. Rushton
    Unexpired term ends June 30, 2020
    Home Inspector
    W. Chris Nixon
    First four year-term ends June 30, 2016
    Lead Risk Assessor
    John Cranor
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2021
    Home Inspector
    VACANT
    Licensed Renovator
    Gene E. Magruder | BOARD VICE-CHAIR
    First four-year term ends June 30, 2018
    Board for Contractors Member

    Board members are appointed by the Governor. To learn more about the gubernatorial appointment process, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website. 

    Military and Veterans Services

    DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.

    Active-duty military personnel and their spouses having served outside the U.S., as well as certain diplomatic service members and veterans, may be eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).

    Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (PDF). A temporary, non-renewable 12-month license for certain military spouses licensed in another state who need more time to meet Virginia-specific requirements is also an option if necessary. [Section 54.1-119

    For honorably discharged veterans, “substantially equivalent” military training, education, or experience may be credited toward certain license requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-118). In addition, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs may reimburse veterans for the cost of license or certification exams. See the VA Pamphlet 22-02-1 for more information.

    Available Online Services

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    Address change

    ALL license types  

    • ExceptTraining Courses


    Renew a license

    ALL license types  

    • Except interim licenses and Training Courses 


    Reinstate an expired license

    Home Inspector licenses only 


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