Home inspectors across the country will soon have to meet more stringent standards as the American Society of Home Inspectors announced the formation of an independent organization to provide a national standard to test the competency of inspectors.
The newly formed Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors will administer the National Home Inspector Examination, which will test home inspectors in all major components and systems of a home.
Home inspectors will have to pass the new exam to acquire ASHI membership.
ASHI expects the organization to become self-sufficient within a year.
"We also anticipate that many states will immediately incorporate the National Home Inspector Examination into their regulatory requirements," said Rob Paterkiewicz, executive director of ASHI.
Although ASHI is providing the initial funding and support to establish the examination board, the organization will be free to evaluate the competence of all home inspectors, not just ASHI members.