Big changes are coming to The ASHI School (www.theashischool.com). During the past several years, thousands of students have learned about home inspection through The ASHI School’s program at 10 locations across the United States.
Not much changed in the curriculum until 2018, when James Thomas, then-new ASHI Executive Director, guided The ASHI School education board in a process to rethink and refresh the curriculum.
The education board took time to consider what could be added to help expand the reach of The ASHI School—to provide new course content and include courses that would give students the ability to meet the requirements expected by more states.
In addition, the board focused on making sure that students taking The ASHI School course would feel secure enough with the knowledge they gained to take the National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE). Passing the NHIE is required by most states and is one of the elements involved in moving up in the ASHI organization.
60-hour Online Course
The ASHI School offers a 60-hour online course, which is perfect for those who currently have another job or other responsibilities. This course is popular in states that do not have regulations about the amount of education required to be a home inspector. The Online Course provides everything a student needs online, including access to the Home Reference Book and Study Guide. This course is self-paced and consists of 10 units. Quizzes at the end of each section allow students to gauge how well they are understanding the content. The Online Course also includes a 200-question final exam.
93-Hour and 120-Hour Premier Courses
Home Inspection students enjoy the hands-on training that is part of The ASHI School’s programming. We know this because the hands-on training aspect of our classes always receives the highest marks in student evaluations and students specifically note their appreciation for being taught the ASHI Standard of Practice.
Each class is an opportunity to make more people aware of the roots of ASHI and to explain why being familiar with this history is relevant to a career in home inspection.
All of our instructors are ASHI Certified Inspectors (ACIs) and many of them become mentors for students after the class concludes.
This course runs for one week, Monday through Saturday, and includes at least two field events. This is our “fast track” course. We recommend this course for those who have had a career as a contractor or in another trade that allowed them to become familiar with the functions of a home. This course has the same content and materials as the 120-hour course, but the time spent on each subject is condensed. Students are expected to complete 40 hours of pre-class work so they will already be familiar with each of the sections covered in class.
This course runs for two consecutive weeks, Monday through Friday, and includes five to seven field events. This course is perfect for those who have had an entirely different career from home inspection or contract work, or for those who want a thorough hands-on experience. During these classes, it is common for multiple instructors to teach their area of expertise. As with the 93-hour course, students are expected to complete 40 hours of pre-class work so they will begin the course with a basic understanding of the concepts that will be explored during the course.
The ASHI School’s in-person courses have been revamped to infuse more real-life, in-the-field situations, more marketing and business information, a greater focus on report writing and extensive preparation for the NHIE. The ASHI School also offers education modules in Pools and Spas and Manufactured Homes, as a few states require pre-licensing education in these areas. We hope these changes will allow The ASHI School to offer classes in more states. These new classes are excellent options for students working toward gaining their pre-licensing education.
All of The ASHI School’s pre-licensing home inspection courses include a special offer to join ASHI at a one-year introductory membership fee of $99 (a $475 value).
The ASHI School is proud to have a solid core of specialty courses to offer those who are already practicing home inspection.
Commercial Building Inspection Course:
Commercial inspections can generate 80% more income than residential inspections. This intensive three-day class covers the wide scope of commercial inspections, including the various systems and structures found in commercial buildings, how to write commercial reports, how to manage the liability of commercial inspections and how to gather a team of professionals to complete commercial inspections.
This informative course has become so popular that people have traveled from all over the country to take it. In summer 2020 and fall 2020, it will be offered as a live three-day webinar. There are three parts to the course:
- Part 1 covers the history and types of mold, health concerns related to mold, what is required for mold to grow, inspection methods for mold, sampling and testing of mold, and individual and professional remediation practices.
- Part 2 covers aspects of mold’s growth, the various types of mold, conveyance systems and discoveries that can be made through professional mold remediation practices.
- Part 3 delves deeper into all aspects of the processes that inspectors can use when they encounter mold and moisture damage within structures. This part features a culmination of the class on enhanced focus areas, including using equipment, sampling and testing, writing reports based on findings and marketing these environmental inspection techniques.
The ASHI School partners with Spruce Environmental Training to offer bimonthly radon webinars. These classes teach learners how to properly measure radon and how to effectively use the tools to do it, ultimately protecting clients and their families from this elusive killer. This robust two-day course prepares inspectors to take the National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) examination.
Other Specialty Courses:
The ASHI School offers a 4-Point Inspection and Wind Mitigation course, which meets Florida’s state licensing requirements, in Tampa, Florida. This course covers how to conduct 4-Point Inspections and Wind Mitigation Inspections, as well as writing associated reports for each inspection.
The ASHI School plans to offer more education courses, including more webinars, in upcoming months. We also are working to expand our on-site offerings in more locations. For the latest information about our classes, visit our website, www.theASHISchool.com, or call (888) 884-0440.