July, 2005
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

20 Years Ago in the ASHI Reporter


July 1985

At its May meeting, the Board voted to enforce the continuing education requirements as mandated by the Board in January of 1981. There were ten ways to earn the required 40 ReporterJuly85.gifeducation credits over each two-year period, including reading a book relating to home inspection for a credit. The designation of Membership Renewal Credits (MRCs) had not been established.

John E. Cox, then chairman of the Standards Committee and author of a Reporter column called “Standards Corner” wrote, “While the stated
objective is to identify MAJOR DEFICIENCIES, I think we should really be OBJECTIVELY EVALUATING the condition adequacy, and safety of the electrical system.”

The chapter meeting schedule fit on the front page, with only ten chapters listed: New England, Metro (NY), MAC-ASHI, St. Louis, Great Lakes, Tri-State, Garden State, Connecticut, Rocky Mountain and Texas.

The Reporter was four pages long, including a page of applicants for the membership categories of Senior Member, Associate Member, Intern Member and Technical Nominee.

A small, dedicated group of home inspectors formed ASHI in 1976. The dedication of the membership remains the cornerstone of the Society. As ASHI approaches its 30th anniversary next year, we’re taking a look back to see how we got here.