ASHI Certification

ASHI-Gold-smallThere are approximately 600 licensed home inspectors in the state of Massachusetts. Only about 60 of those are ASHI Certified inspectors who are spread across the state including myself.

Taking the time to endure the testing and on-going continuing education requirements to obtain and maintain the ASHI Certification as opposed to only the state requirements is a significant time commitment in itself. Most recently, the state of Massachusetts has reduced its continuing education requirements for home inspectors to LESS THAN ONE THIRD of what ASHI requires over the same period of time to maintain credentials. Even a new ASHI Certified inspector is required to have TWICE the experience of a new Massachusetts state licensed inspector. Being an ASHI Certified inspector takes a personal and professional commitment well beyond the bare minimum of what is required by law to perform home inspections.

Like most things, almost anyone can get a license to perform a service, BUT THERE IS A GIGANTIC DIFFERENCE IN THE QUALITY AND COMPETENCY OF THAT SERVICE THAT SETS ASHI INSPECTORS APART.

 

FYI: There are some individuals out there who claim to be a “member of ASHI” or say that they “follow” or “adhere” or “conform” to the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. This is not an ASHI Certified Inspector. Anyone can make the aforementioned claims. A full list of ASHI Certified Inspectors is available at: www.ashi.org.

Be sure that the words “candidate” or “associate” do not appear next the the inspectors name as “candidates” and “associates” are not ASHI Certified inspectors.

 

More recently, there are other newly minted home inspection organizations out there that have virtually no or very little requirements to become a “certified inspector” other than paying a fee or dues. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) formed in 1976, is a nationwide, non-profit, professional Society dedicated to developing and promoting the highest quality, highest ethical, and highest professional standards in the industry.

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