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•Third-party certification validates ASHI member qualifications and professional competence.
•Achieving third-party certification helps consumers make informed buying decisions and gives them peace of
mind when they hire an ASHI Certified Home Inspector.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) has been approved by the National Commission for
Certifying Agencies (NCCA) as a recognized accrediting association for its profession-leading Certified
Inspector Program. ASHI is now the only accredited home inspection association whose full members have
completed a recognized third-party certification process. All current, full ASHI members have met there
requirements for this new certification.
"The accreditation and certification of ASHI's processes by are recognized third party is an affirmation of the
status we hold in the home inspection profession," said Jeff Arnold, executive director,ASHI. "Our members
are recognized as leaders in home inspection by those in and out of the profession and by government entities.
And,achieving certification further validates ASHI member qualifications and professional competence."
ASHI standards for certification are more stringent than other home inspection organizations. New home
inspector members join ASHI as Associates and must accomplish several tasks to become ASHI Certified
Inspectors. Associate members must pass the National Home Inspector's Examination; complete the ASHI
Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics education module, undergo an inspection report verification process
and conduct 250 paid home inspections. To remain active in the organization, all members must complete a
minimum of 20 hours of continuing education each year.
"ASHI sets the professional standard on a national level," said Bill Richardson, 2009 ASHI president. "In an
environment where home inspection regulation and licensing are typically performed at a state level and have
been at times granted for meeting minimal professional requirements, this national certification denotes a more
advanced level of knowledge and practice skill required to become an ASHI Certified Inspector." Richardson
added, "It also helps consumers make informed buying decisions and gives them peace of mind when they
choose to hire an ASHI Certified Home Inspector."
ASHI's organizational structure and membership process was thoroughly evaluated by the NCCA Board for
compliance with what it requires of a responsible professional accrediting society.
According to Brendan Ryan, ASHI Certified Inspector and Certification Committee chair, "This evaluation
process has taken other types of associations up to five years to complete. Due to ASHI's existing structure,
standards and ethics, the process was completed in less than two years."
The NCCA is the professional services accreditation arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. ASHI
chose the organization because it is a recognized leader in setting quality standards for credentialing
organizations. The NCCA requires compliance with 21Standards, each of which has multiple components, in
order to grant accreditation status to any association.
David Johnson is proud to be a Certified Member of ASHI, American Society of Home Inspectors.
The American Society of Home Inspectors®, founded in 1976, is the oldest, largest and most respected
international professional organization of independent home inspectors in North America. ASHI’s Standards of
Practice and Strict code of Ethics are benchmarks of professional performance in the field.
To become a Certified Member of ASHI, an inspector must meet rigorous professional and technical
requirements, including the successful completion of two comprehensive exams. In addition, he or she must
perform at least 250 fee-paid home inspections that meet or exceed the ASHI Standards of Practice.
Once admitted as a Certified Member of ASHI, inspectors must comply with the society’s Bylaws and code of
Ethics, including a requirement to obtain 20 continuing education credits every year. Members are not allowed
to actively engage in real estate sales of have a professional interest in the sale or maintenance of any property
Real Estate professionals and government housing officials recommend that all home buyers have their
prospective property examined by an independent home inspector before the final purchase commitment.
These experts recognize ASHI Certified Membership is assurance of an inspector’s competence and
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