January, 2008
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Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors



ASHI-Endorsed Programs

EDITED BY ASHI STAFF

The best programs in the profession come with the ASHI seal of approval.

TRAINING & EDUCATION

ASHI@Home Training System

The ASHI@Home education system is a complete distance learning program developed by the most respected names in training and professional home inspection: ASHI and Carson Dunlop & Associates. Together, we have integrated a wealth of experience and expertise into a state-of-the-art training program that can be conducted in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Choose the printed versions or the new ASHI Online learning program. We've enhanced ASHI@Home with a robust and dynamic online learning experience that combines superb content coupled with the powerful benefits of the BLACKBOARD learning technology platform. Materials are distributed by Dearborn Real Estate Education and contain hundreds of detailed technical illustrations. Call toll-free at 877-332-7267 to learn more. Ask about a risk-free examination period!

ASHI@School Training Program
Are you the kind of individual who benefits from a classroom training environment? Do you prefer to learn with hands-on displays and interaction with seasoned professional instructors? ASHI and Kaplan Professional Schools/ITA, the leader in home inspector training, provide the Enhanced Two-Week Training Course in more than 11 licensed schools across the country. ASHI@School is the ONLY classroom education for home inspectors endorsed by ASHI. Call toll-free at 888-525-5482 to learn more about the ASHI classes near you. Student financing available.


INSURANCE

Business Risk Partners – Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance

Protect your home inspection business with Business Risk Partners,  with professional liability underwritten on behalf of several syndicates at Lloyd’s of London. From general liability coverage to automatic radon coverage, BRP provides 24/7 access via its Web site and a policy that cannot be canceled (except for nonpayment of premium). For a no-cost quote, call toll-free at 866-268-1327, or go to www.inspectorinsurance.com.

Emyprean Benefits Solutions, Inc. – Health Insurance
Empyrean Benefits Solutions, Inc. now offers health care benefits to ASHI members. Enjoy benefits provided by top insurance companies with one toll-free number and Web site. Individual and group benefit plans available at price points designed for every budget. ASHI members can customize plan details, apply and enroll on the Web with help from friendly, licensed agents. Choose from a variety of health and benefit solutions including traditional Major Medical, Limited Medical, Health Savings Accounts, Dental, Vision and MORE! Call 866-416-8935 or visit www.empyreanbenefits.com/healthportal/ashi.

Merastar – Auto and Homeowners Insurance
Merastar offers several ways to help ASHI members lower the cost of automobile and homeowner insurance. Prudential has the coverage that’s right for every inspector and you may also be eligible for discounts that could further reduce your premiums. Call-toll free at 800-637-2782 for a free rate quote. Mention group code “ASHI” to be assured of the best rate.


BUSINESS SERVICES

BV&K Direct – Yellow Page Advertising

ASHI’s national public relations efforts reach more than 100 million viewers and readers annually. Capitalize on this exposure by participating in ASHI’s National Yellow Pages® Program for ASHI Certified Inspectors and Associates with Logo Use privileges. This program enables you to place a group trademark or trade name advertisement with your fellow ASHI Members in your local yellow pages publication. For more information and a free, no-obligation quote, contact Jon Passman at 800-775-8444.

Journal of Light Construction – Monthly Magazine
ASHI membership saves 25% off the regular subscription rate for this popular publication. Each issue of JLC is packed with help-filled articles on the newest construction techniques, business management tools and innovative building products. Plus money-saving tips, design ideas, practical engineering know-how and much more. All delivered in a no-nonsense style, and with plenty of crystal-clear illustrations. Call toll-free at 800-375-5981 for more information.

Moneris Solutions – Credit Card Processing

Can you take my credit card? Now you can tell clients “Yes” by participating in ASHI’s merchant credit card processing program, a partnership with Moneris Solutions. With no application fee, the latest equipment and easy-to-read statements, Moneris can work with you to capture all the major cards, including MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Diners Card or Carte Blanche. Moneris Solutions will provide the lowest possible discount rate for ASHI members. Call 866-423-8475 for more information.