June, 2018
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

FAQs About ASHI's Background Verified Inspector (BVI) Program


Summer is here and many of you are busy, busy, busy. This month, I’d like to tell you about the Background Verified Inspector (BVI) program. You might have noticed advertisements for this benefit in the Reporter in the past few months.

What is the Background Verified Inspector (BVI) program?

The BVI program allows current ASHI members to voluntarily undergo a criminal background check using Sterling Talent Solutions. (Note: A criminal background check is now mandatory for all new ASHI members.) If the member’s information clears the process and is approved, ASHI authorizes the member to use the trademarked BVI logo. Promoting your BVI status can be part of your business marketing plan. 

BVI status lasts for two years. After that time, members can renew their BVI status by submitting to another criminal background check with Sterling Talent Solutions. ASHI then notifies the members of their renewed BVI status. Other rules for the program apply, such as how members may publicly use the logo and badge. All rules are outlined in Section 3.1B of the ASHI Policy Manual.

What is the cost for the background check?

The base cost for the background check is $27.25; however, it could cost more depending on the state in which you live. Some states have a specific process that requires more research to produce the results needed.

What do I receive when I clear the background check process?

Once you’ve cleared the process, ASHI will add the BVI logo to your membership badge and you will receive a digital badge through Credly. You can use this digital badge on your website, in profiles on social media (for example, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn) and as part of your email signature.

What is a digital badge?

A digital badge is a verifiable logo. When you use it with your name, a client can click on the digital badge and be linked to the verification of your credentials. Also, when a person clicks on the BVI logo, the person is led to information regarding the badge. This information will verify whether your use of the logo or the badge is active.

Why should I become an ASHI BVI?

The benefit of having a BVI designation is that you will have one more credential to show to your clients and real estate agents. It can be hard for clients to determine which inspectors to trust or allow into their home. By becoming a Background Verified Inspector, you will earn the trust of real estate agents and homeowners. The designation gives peace of mind to all parties.

How do I become a Background Verified Inspector?

It’s easy! Visit our webpage at www.homeinspector.org and click on the Members-Only tab to find the BVI Program link. There, review the program information, and use the direct link to complete the online form from Sterling Talent Solutions and pay the associated fee. Once Sterling Talent Solutions provides ASHI with the positive results of your report, we will provide you with a new badge and assign you the digital BVI badge. 

What if I have a felony or misdemeanor on my background check—will I still qualify for membership?

If a felony or a misdemeanor is found during your background check, the ASHI Membership team will reach out to you to conduct a phone interview. We will discuss the details and, depending on the severity of the case, we may send your application for BVI status to the ASHI Membership Committee for review. For more information on this matter, please contact me directly (jeng@ashi.org or 847-954-3185).


Please feel free to send an email to membership@ashi.org if you need more information or have any questions. We are happy to serve you!