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Is your home inspector really qualified?

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. That is why NACHI front-ends its membership requirements. We turn down more than 1/2 the inspectors who want to join because they can't pass our exam or fulfill our membership requirements.
NACHI inspectors:

  • Have to pass NACHI's Online Inspector Examination every year. (This general, not association-specific exam is open and free to all).
  • Have to complete NACHI's online Ethics Obstacle Course. (This open book Ethics course is open and free to all).
  • Have to take NACHI'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 NACHI's Standards of Practice.
  • Have to abide by NACHI's Code of Ethics.
  • Have to continue learning (24 hours/year) as per NACHI's Continuing Education Policy.
  • Have to maintain a member Online Continuing Education Log (free) as per NACHI's Continuing Education Policy.
  • Have to (if never performed a home inspection for a fee) submit 4 mock inspections to NACHI's Report Review Committee (free) before performing their first home inspection for a client.
  • Have to (within 30 days after joining) successfully complete NACHI's comprehensive online Standards of Practice course (free).
  • Have to (within first 60 days after joining) complete NACHI'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 NACHI's Online Inspector Examination again, every year (free).
  • Have to attend at least one chapter meetings or educational seminars every two years (reasonable exceptions apply).
  • Have access to Inspector's Quarterly, delivered to their doorstep.
  • Have access to NACHI's free visual aid inspection frames to help them learn.
  • Have access to NACHI's free library for improving their inspection skills.
  • Have access to NACHI's message board for exchanging information and tips.
  • Have access to NACHI's What's New section so they can keep up with the industry.
  • Have access to NACHI's specific-topic advisory boards.
  • Have access to Dear NACHI for detailed advice.
  • Have access to a time-tested Agreement which keeps them (and you) away from lawsuits.
  • Have access to NACHI's Report Review/Mentoring service.
  • Have to submit passport photos for their membership I.D.
  • Have access to NACHI's free online inspection courses.
  • Have to have mock inspections reviewed before performing their first fee paid inspection.
  • Have to carry E&O insurance (if their state requires it).
  • Have access to a real estate agent hold harmless clause.
  • Have access to NACHI University.
  • Have access to The NACHI Mall.
  • Have a consumer hot-line for their clients.
  • Have access to an Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Service.
  • And coming in 2006: Have to complete NACHI's Occupant Hazard Recognition Primer.