Licensing of home inspectors only sets a minimum
standard. Much like being up to code, any less
would be illegal. Imaginary people, children,
psychics (who claim to "sense" if a house is OK)
and even pets can be home inspectors. InterNACHI,
the International Association of Certified Home
Inspectors front-ends its membership
Have to pass InterNACHI's Online Inspector
Examination every year. (This general, not
association-specific exam is open and free to
Have to complete InterNACHI's online Ethics
Obstacle Course. (This open book Ethics course
is open and free to all).
Have to take InterNACHI's online Standards of
Practice Quiz (This open book Standards of
Practice quiz is open and free to all).
Have to sign and submit an Affidavit.
Have to adhere to InterNACHI's Standards of
Have to abide by InterNACHI's Code of Ethics.
Have to continue learning (24 hours/year) as per
InterNACHI's Continuing Education Policy.
Have to maintain a member Online Continuing
Education Log (free) as per InterNACHI's
Continuing Education Policy.
Have to (if never performed a home inspection
for a fee) submit 4 mock inspections to
InterNACHI's Report Review Committee (free)
before performing their first home inspection
for a client.
Have to (within 30 days after joining)
successfully complete InterNACHI's comprehensive
online Standards of Practice course (free).
Have to (within first 60 days after joining)
complete InterNACHI's comprehensive online
Roofing course (free) including all the quizzes
within and pass it's final exam.
Have to (within first 3 months of membership)
apply for a membership photo I.D. (free).
Have to re-take and pass InterNACHI's Online
Inspector Examination again, every year (free).
Have to attend at least one chapter meetings or
educational seminars every two years (reasonab
le exceptions apply).
Have access to Inspector's Quarterly, delivered
to their doorstep.
Have access to InterNACHI's free visual aid
inspection frames to help them learn.
Have access to InterNACHI's free library for
improving their inspection skills.
Have access to InterNACHI's message board for
exchanging information and tips.
Have access to InterNACHI's What's New section
so they can keep up with the industry.
Have access to InterNACHI's specific-topic
Have access to Dear InterNACHI for detailed
Have access to a time-tested Agreement which
keeps them (and you) away from lawsuits.
Have access to InterNACHI's Report
Have to submit passport photos for their
Have access to InterNACHI's free online
Have to have mock inspections reviewed before
performing their first fee paid inspection.
Have to carry E&O insurance (if their state
Have access to a real estate agent hold harmless
Have access to InterNACHI University.
Have access to The InterNACHI Mall.
Have a consumer hot-line for their clients.
Have access to an Arbitration and Dispute
Have access to a Client Satisfaction Survey.
So the next time you need to refer your friends
or clients to home inspectors, make sure they
are members of