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A Guide to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)






American Society of Home Inspectors

Headquarters: Des Plaines, Illinois
Founded: 1976

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is a non-profit, professional association of home inspectors. They work to raise the level of professionalism in the home inspection industry, while building consumer trust and educating relevant stakeholders. They serve as an important informational resource for home buyers, home sellers, real estate agents, an home inspectors. The ASHA advocates for the interests of home inspectors on a national level. Additionally, there are also over 80 local and regional chapters. Chapter meetings offer an opportunity for members to network with peers and share their expertise.

What does the ASHI do?

ASHI helps to establish industry-wide standards and best practices. However, each state has its own requirements for becoming a home inspector and performing a home inspection. In order to obtain a license from the state, the individual must meet all of the necessary criteria.

All members of ASHI must adhere to a strict code of ethics to help ensure objectivity and impartiality. For example, the inspector cannot have any financial interest in the transaction, and they have a responsibility to report an violations of the set standards of practice.

ASHI Membership

There are three levels of membership in the American Society of Home Inspectors for professional home inspectors:

1) ASHI Associates;
2) ASHI Inspectors; and
3) ASHI Certified Inspectors, ACI.

Regardless of the home inspector’s experience or level of training, all members join as Associates. In order to become an ASHI Inspector, the Associate must pass an exam and complete an education module. They must also submit some of their recent inspection reports for verification. To become a ASHI Certified Inspector and earn the ACI credential, the home inspector must provide proof that they have performed at least 250 home inspections. Additionally, ASHI offers affiliate membership options to vendors that work closely with the industry.

Benefits of ASHI Membership:

There are many benefits of joining the ASHI:

- Demonstrates credibility to customers and peers

- Educational programs and training

- Access to professional development resources

- Discounts on products, services, and conferences

- Marketing opportunities for your business (i.e. directory listings)



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