Home Inspection Credentials

Home Inspections in Boulder

Recently I blogged about Home Inspectors.  Lou Conte offered some more insight and I wanted to share that with you.  In my previous blog, I compared:  ASHI and NACHI.

Not all designations are equal

You may find it interesting that NACHI is not an independent society, it is owned by an individual whose sole purpose is to gain market share by advertising. The requirements to become certified are completely different. The most significant difference is the testing and certification procedure, to become an ASHI ACI you must pass the National Home Inspectors Exam (4 hour test) that is only issued by a third party proctor.

ASHI high standard for Inspection

The American Society of Home Inspectors has NCCA accreditation to award the ASHI Certified Inspector credential to those members meeting only the highest standards. Check out http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/ncca it is just an interesting site. The last step to obtaining the ASHI ACI credential is peer review of your reports to ensure they meet the ASHI Standards or Practice. An inspector must submit 200 fee paid inspections of which five will be randomly chosen and reviewed by the Standards and Ethics committee. The NACHI exam can be taken online as many times as necessary to pass and is not proctored.  Most established inspectors who have joined NACHI have only done so to take advantage of the inexpensive marketing they provide.

Big thank you to Lou Conte for contributing on this blog post. Here is Lou’s info, good to have when you need a home inspection in Boulder, Colorado.

Lou Conte, ACI
AmeriSpec Inspection Services

Not every market offers a Home Inspection. Call me to discuss the Inspection phase of the Colorado Contract to Buy and Sell Real Estate.

2 thoughts on “Home Inspection Credentials”

  1. Great information! One thing is certain, nothing will remain the same. Recently there has been an effort to push for home inspector licensing in Colorado. In a broad look at the industry it may seem like a good idea to many. As an inspector who is part of a national franchise I have seen many States switch and require inspectors to become licensed. The end result is always the same; anyone can buy a license and stay licensed as long as the annual fee is paid. In most states the sole reason to require licensing for any field is to obtain revenue for the State, not because the industry needs more regulation. Colorado currently requires firms and individuals to be licensed for lead paint and asbestos inspections ($500.00 per field for the firm and $175.00 per field for inspectors…that’s $1350.00 per year for single inspector! Plus annually required CE classes at $150.00 per inspector per year), ask anyone who currently holds the license and they will tell you it is all about the fee for the State. I personally do not care one way or another if home inspection licensing becomes a law in Colorado, -the consumer will ultimately pay for the cost of the license. So once again, a little more information that is always good food for thought!

    • Lou – state licensing doesn’t sound like it will add anything to the consumer’s experience — except higher fees passed along.


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