October, 2017
Inspection News and Views from the American Society of Home Inspectors



Your Journey to Move Up in ASHI

JENNIFER GALLEGOS





Every day at ASHI headquarters, we receive applications from prospects who want to become ASHI members. Whether you are brand new to the profession or have been an inspector for years, you start out as an Associate Member when you join ASHI. From Associate Membership, you can work your way up to become an ASHI Inspector or an ASHI Certified Inspector.



ASHI INSPECTOR 
To achieve the ASHI Inspector level and use the ASHI Inspector logo, you must complete the following requirements: 

  • Exams and modules
  • ASHI Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics Module
  • State-approved license examination OR
  • National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE) (optional)
  • Number of inspections: complete a minimum of 75 inspections
  • Verification of reports
  • Submit five reports to the verification portal on the ASHI website
  • Reports must pass verification
  • Receive and return the affidavit: ASHI will email you an affidavit stating that you have completed more than 75 inspections; you must get that affidavit notarized and return it to ASHI. We add it to your record.



ASHI CERTIFIED INSPECTOR 
To achieve the ASHI Certified Inspector level and use the ASHI Certified Inspector gold logo and its acronym (ACI), you must complete the following requirements:

  • Exams required: pass NHIE
  • Number of inspections: complete a minimum 250 inspections
  • Receive and return the affidavit: ASHI will email you an affidavit stating that you have completed more than 250 inspections; you must get that affidavit notarized and return it to ASHI. We add it to your record.

Note: If an Associate member has completed a minimum of 250 inspections and wants to move up to the ASHI Certified Inspector level, he or she can achieve it by meeting the following requirements:

Exams and modules required: 

  • ASHI Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics Module
  • NHIE 
  • Number of inspections: complete a minimum of 250 inspections
  • Verification of reports
  • Submit five reports to the verification portal on the ASHI website
  • Reports must pass verification
  • Receive and return the affidavit: ASHI will email you an affidavit stating that you have completed more than 75 inspections; you must get that affidavit notarized and return it to ASHI. We add it to your record.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do I have to pass the NHIE to qualify for ASHI Certified Inspector Membership? 

ASHI is the only home inspector association that has an accredited certification by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the same agency that certifies nurses, automotive professions and others. To keep our accreditation with NCCA, ASHI is required to use an assessment instrument to test the knowledge and skills of those wanting to become ASHI Certified Inspectors. NHIE fulfills this requirement.

Is the process easy to follow? 

ASHI recently upgraded its process to help make it even easier for our members. We created the online Verification Portal, to which users can upload their five reports. Using this portal can cut the verification time from three weeks to eight days. Also, the Membership Journey Line, located on the ASHI website, helps members stay on track by showing what steps have been completed and what steps are still left to do.

Whom can I contact to ask questions about this process? 

We want all ASHI members to be successful and reach their goals. If your goal is to become an ASHI Certified Inspector, please contact us by email (HQ@ashi.org) or phone (847-759-2820). Be sure to check online for your Membership Journey Line to see if you are on track:
http://www.homeinspector.org/MyMembership/JourneyLine.

We look forward to helping you!