Since 2003, the North American Association of Home Inspectors, Inc. (AHI) has been committed to achieving greater
professionalism in the home inspection industry. AHI promotes high standards for those who engage in the home inspection
profession each year and has a growing membership in every U.S. state and Canadian province, along with members
in other countries.
AHI was formed in response to the need for higher standards for new home inspectors entering the profession, especially
in areas where home inspections are not regulated by a state body. Membership is for applicants with home inspection
experience or AHI-accredited* home inspection training, who have met applicable state licensing requirements, and
who have passed AHI's national certification test or another state or national exam. AHI professional members are
designated full members after performing or participating in at least 100 inspections.
As a non-profit membership organization, AHI does not endorse any home inspection training program. AHI provides
a rigorous accreditation process for training schools who desire to have their training programs count towards
AHI entry requirements. AHI-accredited training providers who participate in AHI's Gold-Level program are eligible
to provide free 1-year AHI memberships to their graduates.
AHI's mission is as follows:
1. To advocate high standards of practice.
2. To enforce a code of ethics that protects consumers.
3. To provide opportunities and education for members.
4. To provide professional development for members.
5. To provide the above services at a reasonable price.
* To become
an AHI-accredited training provider, a home inspector training school must submit an
application to AHI for approval. Applicants are required to have one visit to the training site; a review of
the curriculum, enrollment and company structure, be authorized or licensed by its state post-secondary education
governing body and not facing disciplinary action; be insured and bonded; have been in continuous operation as
a home inspector school under the same ownership for at least 10 years; be an accredited member of the Better Business
Bureau with a satisfactory complaint history; and employ instructors who hold valid home inspector licenses in
the state(s) where the training is conducted. Accreditation is renewed every 3 years. Note that the application
processing fee, which includes travel expenses, background checks and administrative fees, is based upon the school's
average annual enrollment and is not refundable.
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