Board Certification

The ASHI offers board certification as a Certified Inspector. Board certification is granted in recognition of an applicant’s documented experience and successful completion of the National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE).

Explanation of the Certification Program

The ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI) program promotes excellence within the home inspector profession as well as continual improvement of ACI’s services to the public. The ASHI certification program establishes a minimum and uniform standard of practice for home inspectors practicing in the United States and Canada. Home inspection professionals offer a vital service to the public in evaluating the condition of a prospective home. Home Inspections performed to ASHI Standards of Practice are intended to provide the client with objective information regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home as inspected at the time of the home inspection.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Agree to follow ASHI's Standard of Practice
  • Agree to abide by ASHI's Code of Ethics
  • Pass the National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE)
  • Have inspection reports successfully verfied for compliance with ASHI's Standard of Practice
  • Submit valid proof of at least 250 fee-paid home inspections that meet or exceed ASHI Standard of Practice

Examination Statistics and Number of new ACI Yearly Data

The following information shows the total number of NHIE exams taken, the Pass/Fail Rate, and the number of new ACI's for the past 3 years.

Year Exams Given Pass/Fail Rate New ACI's Total ACI's
2015 1,814 59.87% 205 3,122
2016 2,353 59.29% 381 3,320
2017 2,817 58.93% 245 3,380

Certification Committee Roster

Ray Baird, ACI
RCI Services
Brentwood, TN
Ralph Cabal, ACI (Committee Chair)
Cabal Inspection Services
Miami, FL
Robert Peterson, ACI
Peterson Home Inspection Services
Carmel, IN
Paul Staron, ACI
Valley Building Inspections, Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ
Kevin Vargo, ACI
H & J Freile Home Inspection Inc.
Perth Amboy, NJ
Kollin (Kelly) Gibson, ACI
Bay Area Building Inspections, Inc.
Clearwater, FL
Lynn Dorton (Public Member)
Regional Vice-President of Unifyed
Nashville, TN
Mike Rostescu (Staff Liaison)
Des Plaines, IL


Certification Documents Section

Exam Prep
ASHI does not endorse any particular preparation program or offering. We encourage prospective credentialed practitioners to use a variety of resources that reflect their learning styles and needs. Purchasing a certification preparation product is NOT required and ASHI does not guarantee that an individual will pass based on the purchase of a certification preparation product.

Non-Discrimination and Fairness
ASHI Certification Committee adhere to principles of fairness and due process and endorses the principles of equal opportunity. In administering the certification program, ASHI Certification Committee does not discriminate or deny opportunity to anyone on the basis of race, color, creed, age, gender, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, sexual orientation, military discharge status, source of income, or any other status protected by applicable law. All candidates for certification will be judged solely on the published eligibility criteria determined by the ASHI Certification Committee.