Florida Home Inspection Exam (FHIE)™

About FHIE

The FHIE is a series of questions evaluating your knowledge on specific systems of the home. Some questions evaluate your general understanding of processes and procedures of a home inspection and may not specifically be found in a textbook.

We encourage you to find a mentor who may be able to assist you with the procedures of the home inspection process.

While some tests evaluate basic knowledge of the systems of the home, the FHIE was developed to truly evaluate the preparation of an individual to begin inspecting once licensed.

Although FABI offers an approved exam for licensing (FHIE), we do not offer the 120-hour pre-licensing course.  If you are looking for information on available courses please visit this link or this link.

The test is offered nationwide and can be scheduled on days convenient to the test taker.  Tests are given at Prometric Testing Centers – once you register and pay you will receive a confirmation with a login to Prometric’s website to select your nearest testing center, date and time to take the exam.

You are given two (2) hours to complete the exam.

This computer based exam is 100 questions, multiple choice, and covers the following areas:

1.           Florida Standards, Report Writing, Inspecting a Home, Contracts, Etc.

2.           Roofing

3.           Structure, Interiors, Exteriors

4.           Plumbing and Gas

5.           Electrical

6.           Air Conditioning and Heating

You must achieve a 70 or better to pass this exam.  All questions are weighed equally.

There are no practice exams.

This is a closed book exam.  Testers who need it, may take a Spanish to English dictionary into the testing center with them.  The dictionary must be like new and free of any handwritten notes or notes of any kind.

Before coming in to test, please take time to read through the FHIE Policies and Procedures

Study Material for the FHIE

Questions on the exam are derived from:

The Florida Home Inspection Standards of Practice

AND

“Principles of Home Inspection: Systems and Standards” 3rd Edition Update (ISBN 978-1078801386)

You can purchase this book online from the store on our website.

You are encouraged to study the appropriate material, as shown above, if you are taking the FHIE. We do not guarantee that your pre-licensing course prepared you for this exam.

Study books may not be returned once purchased.

 

Exam Proctored by Prometric

Prometric offers testing centers all over Florida as well as throughout the country for those wishing to test in other states.

When you register to test, you will be able to see the testing sites closest to you and can then choose the date and time that works best with your schedule.

FHIE Fees

The cost to sit for the exam is $200.

A discount of $100 is offered to students of Affiliate Member Schools.

**You are required to email a copy your certificate of completion from an affiliate school before you can schedule your exam.

No checks are accepted.

No refunds of testing fees are offered so please be sure you are registering properly.

The testing center has a strict cancellation/reschedule policy. Be sure to read through their policies when you are scheduling your exam.

To Schedule Your Exam

Follow these instructions STEP-BY-STEP to schedule your exam.

PLEASE DO NOT SKIP STEPS UNLESS YOU ARE RETESTING.

STEP 1 – COMPLETE SIGN UP FORM

Complete the pre-registration form found here.

Attach your certificate of completion from one of the affiliate schools if you are paying the discounted testing fee.

STEP 2 – PAYMENT (DO NOT USE FOR RETESTING – SEE BELOW)

Make payment as soon as you complete the application above.

If you attended an affiliate school – https://fabi.org/product/fhie-affiliate-school/

If you did not attend an affiliate school – https://fabi.org/product/fhie-non-affiliate-school/

After payment has been made, you will receive an email, within 24 hours, giving you instructions on scheduling your exam.

No action will be taken if a form is returned without payment or certificate of completion (If necessary).

If you do not receive an email with instructions on scheduling within 24-hours (may be longer if you register on a weekend), please check your spam folder first.  If it’s not there, send an email to info@fabi.org and we will forward it to you.

If You Need A Retest

There is no waiting period to retake the exam, however you can not have more than one active test per day. If you pay your retest fee on the same day you take a test, your registration will be processed the following business day.

Use one of the appropriate links below to pay for retesting:

If you attended an affiliate school – https://fabi.org/product/retesting-fee-affiliate-students/

If you did not attend an affiliate school – https://fabi.org/product/retesting-fee-non-affiliate-students/

If you do not receive a new test confirmation within one business day, please check your spam folder first, then email info@fabi.org and let us know to resend the email.