Information for Inspectors

Manufactured Homes Inspector Certification

To Apply for Manufactured Home Inspector Certification

A manufactured home installation inspector works conducts field inspections of work performed by manufactured home installers. A manufactured home installation plans reviewer conducts installation plans review for work performed by manufactured home installer.

Requirements: In order to be certified as a manufactured home inspector and plans reviewer, an applicant shall have one of the following:

  • (a) Three years experience in a responsible, directly related construction position such as foreman, which required the ability to effectively read and interpret building plans and specifications;
  • (b) Three years experience in an architect or engineer office performing building design or drafting duties or construction supervision;
  • (c) An associate’s degree (two years) from a college or university in architecture, engineering, or building technology;
  • (d) Three years as a quality assurance inspector or field service technician in a manufactured homes manufacturing plant;
  • (e) Three years as an Ohio licensed manufactured home installer;
  • (f) Board of Building Standards or International Code Council certification as a building inspector, residential inspector, or plans examiner; or
  • (g) Any combination of experience and education in the manufactured homes construction industry or building construction industry totaling three years (as approved by the Board).
  • (h) Other equivalent experience as approved by the commission.

Applicant must take and pass the BBS-approved course and state exam. The examination covers current editions of the Ohio Manufacture Home Installation Standard.

If you do not have appropriate BBS or ICC certification, education may be used to meet certification requirements. If you intend to substitute education for experienced, attach a copy of college transcript, diploma, certificate, or degree.

Continuing Education Credits

Manufactured home inspector certification must be renewed every three years and the renewal fee is $50. To renew your manufactured home inspector certification , you must complete 12 hours of approved continuing education

Continuing education credits can be earned for specific BBS Approved Classes. Up to 6 hours of the required 12 hours of continuing education can be earned with any of these approved classes.

To receive credit, send a copy of the certificate of course completion and a $10 per-credit-hour fee ($5 per credit hour plus $5 administrative fee) to Division of Industrial Compliance.*

* For example, if receiving four credit hours for one of these courses, send $40 along with the certificate of completion. Contact the department if you have any questions.

Building/Health Department Certification

Before a local building or health department may inspect installation of manufactured homes, it must by certified to demonstrate that it employs or has under contract appropriately certified personnel. There is no fee to apply for certification. Certification must be renewed every three years. After certification, the department is eligible to enter into a contract with the Division of Industrial Compliance to inspect manufactured home installation of behalf of the Division.

Third Party Certification

Before a third party agency may inspect installation of manufactured homes, it must by certified to demonstrate that it employs or has under contract appropriately certified personnel. The application fee is $300. Certification must be renewed every three years and the renewal fee is $300. After certification, the agency is eligible to enter into a contract with the Division of Industrial Compliance to inspect manufactured home installation of behalf of the Division.

Installation Inspection Information

All permits issued need to be placed on the seal report within 24 hours of issuance. If not, installers could be accused of illegal settings and face other problems.

Completed permits must be updated on the seal report by the end of the month in which the home passed final inspection. The seal must be placed on the electric panel in the home to conform with Ohio Administrative Code 4781-7-01(B)(3).

Not complying with this rule may cause an unnecessary financial burden to the homeowner, and lost time by the installers and the staff investigating the permit. Agencies must adjust their practices to comply with these rules, or fines, penalties, suspension or revocation of their certification for inspections.

The status of an installer's license may change unexpectedly if there is a lapse in insurance or the installer fails to complete the renewal process before the expiration of their current license. When issuing a permit, the validity of the installer's license must be checked every time.

To educate homeowners who choose to install their own home, a Homeowner Installation Agreement form was created that must be added to all permit application packets. If any problems or issues arise out of the seal process that needs to be addressed, the Department of Commerce will contact the inspection agency for a copy of this signed agreement.