August, 2009
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors

New chair for Education Committee


ASHI Executive Director Jeff Arnold announced that Bill Jacques was named acting chair of the Education Committee by Bill Richardson, ASHI president, and David Tamny, president-elect, following the resignation of Greg Caudill due to his current press of business. Caudill was recognized for the outstanding job he has done heading up this active, hardworking committee. Jacques served as ASHI secretary in 2008 and as the chair of South Carolina’s Education Committee for seven years.

Arnold said, “We look forward to his confirmation as chair, and we are positive he will do an excellent job in the position during a critical juncture in ASHI’s education programs and partnerships.”

Popular Early Renewal Drawing returns

Have you received your membership renewal notice? Renew at the first opportunity to ensure the continuation of all your member benefits, PLUS be entered in the Early Renewal Drawing.

Three lucky winners will receive a free full registration to InspectionWorld Las Vegas.

Renewing early also saves your association the cost of repeated requests — money that can be better spent on your member benefits.

Earning and reporting required CEs

There’s still plenty of time and lots of ways to get the continuing education hours you will need to report when you renew your membership.

• SMART TRACK online learning is free to ASHI members
Each ASHI member has been assigned a login and password to access the program, which is easily accessible through the ASHI Web site under Education & Training. To obtain the login information, contact Michele George at 847-954-3188.

• SMART TRACK chapter modules offer a more in-depth study of some of the topics covered in the online program.
Complete, ready-to-deliver chapter modules can be downloaded by designated chapter leader. To register, contact Michele George, 847-954-3188.

• Chapter seminars offer ASHI members a convenient way to earn CEs.

• ASHI@HOME will soon introduce its revamped program.

Great content, lots of options, quick and easy way to get CEs.

With the exception of automatically recorded InspectionWorld credits, members are responsible for documenting their continuing education hours and for providing evidence if audited. Be sure to ask for a certificate from all seminars, including those hosted by chapters, and be prepared to complete your annual form or respond to an audit. Questions? Contact

ASHI builds for future: Leadership training October 15-16, 2009

Here’s how to contribute to the vitality of ASHI from the ground up. Support current and future ASHI leaders attending the Leadership Training conference, where they learn how to better serve their chapters and their national organization. Each chapter that sends someone to the training is making an investment in ASHI’s future.This year, the conference will kick off at noon on Thursday, October 15, and continue through Friday, October 16. It will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. The ASHI-negotiated room rate is $119 a night.

Invitations and reservation forms will be mailed to the chapters in August. Questions? Contact Russell Daniels,

Chapter Vitality Reports past due

Chapter leaders, your annual vitality report was due at headquarters July 15. If you have questions about the report or are having a problem completing it, please contact Russell Daniels.

IW Las Vegas education preview

Can you believe 45 educational sessions already are scheduled in five tracks for InspectionWorld Las Vegas, January 18-20, 2010? If you’d like a sneak peak, visit

Plans are under way to add full-day sessions on Jan. 17 for Healthy Homes training and for new inspectors.

Exhibitors are already reserving space on what is sure to be another bustling Expo floor.

Attendee and hotel registration will open September 15. Questions? Contact Bill Lewis at 847-954-3187.

Current ASHI Membership

ASHI Certified Inspectors: 3,587
Associates with Logo Use: 150
Associates: 1,702
Retired Members: 137
Affiliates: 80
Total:  5,656

ASHI calendar of events

• July 17-18, 2009, Board meeting, Rosemont, Ill.
• Oct. 15-16, 2009, Leadership Training Conference, Rosemont, Ill.
• Oct. 17, 2009, Board meeting, Rosemont, Ill.
• Jan. 17, 2010, Board meeting, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Jan. 16, 2010, Council of Representatives meeting,  Las Vegas, Nev.
• Jan. 17-20, 2010 (Sunday-Wednesday), InspectionWorld, Las Vegas, Nev.