How to Become an ASHI-Certified Home Inspector

ASHI Certified Home InspectorIf you have a keen eye for detail, enjoy working with people, and like the idea of job security, home inspection might be a trade worth looking into.

Inspecting homes is a fairly recent vocation that has grown in popularity since its start in the mid-1970s. An inspector’s job is to evaluate a house or residential building to ensure its safety prior to new residents moving in.

These days, people are aware that a thorough inspection is a crucial step before making their significant financial decision to mitigate investment risks. Some real estate companies even offer it packaged with their services.

It’s a booming business that won’t lose its luster any time soon; the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) estimates on their official website that 77 percent of homes sold in the United States are inspected prior to purchase.

Convinced it’s the right job for you? It’s time to get certified to become a true professional.

ASHI is a non-profit professional society for home inspectors of all walks. There are other societies to get certified through, but ASHI is recognized as a top organization. In fact, some real estate agencies only recommend ASHI members.

Once you become a member and complete the requirements, the society will give you permission to use their logo so others can instantly identify your credentials. It also allows you to use all their marketing tools and inclusion in the “Find an Inspector” listings on their website.

Becoming ASHI certified will give you more credibility, and it’s simple to do. There are three membership rankings:

  • ASHI Associate: Just joined ASHI, whether new to the profession or a veteran. Has not completed all requirements to move up. Can apply for Associate with Logo Use Privileges after 50 paid inspections.
  • ASHI Inspector: Must pass the National Home Inspector Examination (or other approved state exam), perform 75 paid inspections, and successfully verify inspection reports for compliance with ASHI standards.
  • ASHI Certified Inspector: Must pass the National Home Inspector Examination AND ASHI’s Standards and Ethics module, perform 250 paid inspections, and successfully verify inspection reports for compliance with ASHI standards.

Getting started on the certification process is simple, and there are a few ways you can learn the basics or continue your education.

1. Take their pre-licensing courses

ASHI courses are designed for any level home inspector. They’re available in classroom and self-study formats, and will help you learn the basics before becoming certified.

If you learn better hands-on, the ASHI School may be the right choice for you. Offering a balance of both in-class lectures and instruction on the field, learning by doing is an effective method here.

The ASHI Training System is a 10-course text-based program covering all aspects of the profession that can be taken online or mailed to your home. This is ideal if you have other responsibilities while you’re learning, since you can go at your own pace.

2. Enlist in a chapter program

Having other people in your profession to talk to, trade ideas, and exchange questions with is valuable. ASHI offers chapter programs in every state with basic training for newbies, hot topics for seasoned inspectors, and everything in between.

3. Find a mentor

If you’ve become an associate but still need some guidance, ASHI can pair you with a certified inspector to guide you through your on-site inspections. This can count towards the 50 inspections needed for logo use or 250 inspections for Certified Inspector status. It’s a great way to build your experience up under a watchful eye.

4. Don’t stop learning

In addition, you must earn 20 hours each year in continuing education credits to hold your ASHI membership. You can do this by taking seminars in your local chapter, classroom courses, or online/CD-ROM courses.

Being a home inspector is a position with a lot of responsibility. However, it’s a fulfilling job because you know after you’ve looked at a home that you may have saved the new residents thousands in repairs and kept them safe from a potential disaster.

ValueGuard is always looking for to hire ASHI inspectors, learn more here.