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North American Association of Home Inspectors

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AHI Membership Requirements

AHI membership is open to applicants at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent, who have met the following criteria:

1. Education and/or Experience. AHI requires a minimum of 90 hours of accredited* home inspector education or a minimum of 25 paid home inspections before an individual may apply for membership and begin performing residential home inspections. (See list of approved education providers.)

2. AHI Exam or Equivalent. AHI requires new members to pass the AHI exam, which is a national exam sponsored by AHI and provided to members at no charge, or to have passed an equivalent state, national or other accredited exam.

3. State Requirements. AHI requires its members to complete all mandatory state licensing or registration requirements for home inspectors which may include additional exams, insurance requirements and background checks.

4. Ethics & Standards. All members must be of good moral character and agree to abide by the AHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, which establish a minimum and uniform standard for performing an inspection of a single-family to a four-family dwelling.

5. Continuing Education. Part of AHI's mission is to promote professional development for its members. AHI requires 6 hours of continuing education credits for membership renewal, and provides a free course option.

6. Full Membership. AHI members are designated full members after performing or participating in at least 100 inspections. Members are responsible for maintaining inspection logs and completing AHI documents to certify compliance.

7. Membership Dues: AHI members agree to pay a $289 membership fee the first year and $149 annually thereafter, payable by check or credit card.

AHI-Accredited Training Provider* 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. To see a list of AHI-accredited home inspection training providers click here.

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