Recently, I posted a question on the Council of Representatives (CoR) and the Council Communication Group (CCG) sections of the ASHI discussion forum: What can ASHI do to generate non-dues revenue?
The replies received so far indicate that education is the priority. The members want, for that matter demand, education opportunities that increase their awareness of the home inspection profession, but more importantly, that will increase their bottom lines.
Coming from a large ASHI chapter, I see firsthand the importance of the chapter’s responsibility to provide educational opportunities on demand of the chapter members. My chapter regularly has more than 100 attendees at its educational conferences. Many are not chapter members. They belong to other chapters or are not affiliated with a chapter or ASHI. The conferences are open to all who come to learn, and hopefully they leave with greater insight into being successful home inspectors.
I see many ASHI chapters offering similar learning experiences.
Obviously, large chapters can bring in “big name” instructors who require higher fees. For instance, the Great Lakes Chapter’s conference features electrical guru Douglas Hansen from California and foundation-dampness specialist Mike Parrett from England.
In May, I attended the AZ-ASHI/CREIA conference. The chapter and another home inspector organization worked together to put on a terrific educational program.
Granted, the smaller ASHI chapters may be hindered somewhat by the cost of sponsoring a conference. However, there may be times when chapters form a unity bond and offer extended special educational opportunities. There are paths to follow for good and reasonable educational opportunities. If smaller chapters are willing to pitch in, larger chapters may be willing to work with them.
At InspectionWorld January 2009, ASHI’s Educational Committee offered “Green Technology,” an excellent program. This was a good start for inspectors who were looking for services to add to their business. Even though I’m not involved with this concept, I found the educational experience rewarding.
InspectionWorld also offered exposure to “Ancillary Inspections.” Again, great foresight in meeting the current and future needs of home inspectors. In this issue, the ASHI Standards Committee is asking for public comment on a working draft of pre-drywall standards. ASHI continues to move forward in ways that benefit members, the profession and the public.
CoR Speaker and Group Leader Contact Info
Howard Pegelow, Speaker
Bob Walstead, Alt Speaker, Mountain – Group Leader
Lisa Alajajian-Giroux, New England/Canada Group Leader
Jerry Santangini, New York/New Jersey Group Leader
Mark Londner, Mid-Atlantic – Group Leader
Bob Peterson, Midwest – Group Leader
Keven Kossler, South Atlantic – Group Leader
Larry Cerro, Gulf – Group Leader
Randy Sipe, South Midwest – Group Leader
John Biegalski, North Central – Group Leader