The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is committed to progressing the home inspection profession to increase awareness about the importance of home inspection and develop career opportunities for ASHI members. Furthermore, ASHI continues to advocate for safe housing solutions across the nation and promote healthy home ownership practices.
ASHI: Past and Present
ASHI was founded in 1976 when a group of visionary home inspectors came together in pursuit of two goals. The first goal was to increase consumer awareness about this relatively new occupation and demonstrate the value that an inspection provided to homebuyers. The second goal was to enhance the overall professionalism in this field of work, in order to cement its relevance within the real estate market. For more than 45 years, ASHI has committed to reaching these goals and continually leads the home inspection industry to create opportunities for home inspectors across the nation.
In addition to bolstering the home inspection profession, consumer protection is at the core of everything that ASHI does.
In addition to bolstering the home inspection profession, consumer protection is at the core of everything that ASHI does. Buying a home can be a daunting and overwhelming process. Home inspectors are there to perform an inspection for their clients, but also to help them better understand their new homes and prepare them for homeownership. With each inspection, ASHI members offer their expertise to enlighten clients about the conditions of potential homes and highlighting any associated risks or health concerns. One home at a time, one inspection at a time: ASHI members are making America's homes safer.
As an association, ASHI supports its members by putting its efforts toward educating consumers and legislative bodies about the importance of home inspection. For consumers, buying a home may be the first time they ever heard about home inspections. While the inspection is a brief step within the homebuying process, it is crucial and helps consumers make clear decisions about their potential homes. Because of this, the ASHI Government Affairs (AGA) division works to ensures that policy makers and legislative bodies also understand the value that home inspectors provide. This has resulted in several federal recommendations and laws passed that promote home inspection as a consumer protection effort. One of the biggest achievements being the inclusion of the "For Your Protection" Get a Home Inspection document in all real estate transactions.
ASHI is an organization of independent, professional home inspectors who are required to make a commitment to conduct inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, which prohibits engaging in conflict-of-interest activities that might compromise their objectivity. Mandatory continuing education helps the membership stay current with the latest in technology, materials and professional skills. ASHI has members across the U.S. and Canada. ASHI members remain leaders across the profession and continue to raise the bar for the home inspection industry.
However, there are more to sides to an ASHI home inspector than just performing a home inspection. ASHI inspectors are eager to go above and beyond to provide quality service to their clients. During the inspection and afterwards, the inspector is a great educational resource. Clients may have questions about the home and its condition, or about home ownership and maintenance in general — and the inspector is there to answer them. The inspector is also the client's advocate, providing them with impartial information. The choice of buying the home always come down to the client's decision, but the inspectors offers their services to give clients a complete assessment of the home.
ASHI Membership Levels
ASHI Associate Member
The Associate Member level is the starting point for all ASHI members. Applicants must be licensed if required by their state and have completed a background check to be accepted into the association. In addition, they will have completed the ASHI Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics educational module. This ensures they adhere to high standards for their inspections and provide objective consultation to their clients. After a member's first year of membership, 20 hours of mandatory continuing education are required annually to help them stay current with the latest in technology, materials and professional skills.
With these requirements, ASHI sets up all members on path to success by providing the tools and resources they need to provide clients with a quality inspection. Advancing their membership is encouraged, but not required.
To move up to the ASHI Inspector level of membership in the association, Associate Members must display their experience and technical knowledge. This is accomplished by passing their state home inspector licensure exam or passing the National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE), which is administered through the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI). This rigorous exam is widely accepted and is featured in many state licensing processes. In addition, they must complete 75 fee-paid inspections that have been verified to be in compliance with the ASHI Standard of Practice. This ensures quality and thoroughness throughout their inspections, providing inspectors with insight on how to improve further.
ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI)
The ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI) is the highest level of ASHI membership. This level is the only true third-party certification within the profession, being certified by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The ACI program has met the stringent standards set by the credentialing community and recognizes the individuals who attain this professional excellence. After completing the previous requirements and passing the National Home Inspector Exam (the NHIE is a mandatory requirement for this level), members must complete 250 fee-paid inspections that have been verified to be in compliance with the ASHI Standard of Practice. The ASHI Certified Inspectors are leader within the industry and drive the association forward.