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Washington State Home Inspector Licensing Board approves InterNACHI’s free, online courses.

January 28th, 2010

InterNACHI is pleased to announce that the Washington State Licensing Board has approved InterNACHI’s free, online inspector training courses including:

  • How to Inspect the Attic, Insulation, Ventilation and Interior course for 14 hours of home inspector continuing education.
  • Electrical Inspection course for 4 hours of home inspector education.
  • Safe Practices for the Home Inspector course for 4 hours of home inspector education.
  • How to Perform Exterior Inspections for 16 hours of home inspector education.
  • How to Inspect HVAC Systems course for 12 hours of home inspector education.
  • Structural Issues for Home Inspectors for 4 hours of home inspector education.
  • Roofing Inspection course for 4 hours of home inspector education.
  • Residential Plumbing Overview for Inspectors course for 8 hours.
  • Moisture Intrusion Inspections for 8 hours.
  • Deck Inspections course for 3 hours of home inspector education.

CLICK HERE to see actual approvals from the Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board of the Department of Licensing.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

Canadian Member of the Year, Vern Mitchinson.

January 28th, 2010

InterNACHI is pleased to congratulate Vern Mitchinson, our 2009 Canadian Member of the Year.

Ven Mitchinson (left) accepts InterNACHI Canadian Member of the Year award from Alberta Chapter President Steve Horvath (right).
Vern is a Certified Master Inspector®, President of Home Choice Inspections, Ltd, Past President of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and serves as a member of the Alberta-Home Inspection Business Regulation Advisory Committee.


This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

Veteran ASHI/CREIA member speaks out about InterNACHI’s online inspector training.

January 26th, 2010
This following is a January 26, 2010 letter to Ingrid Trillo of the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, Real Estate Division by veteran inspector Brenda Hungerford.  Published with permission from author:
Hi Ingrid,  I have been inspecting homes for 10 years in both California & Nevada and belong to InterNACHI, ASHI & CREIA.  Besides being licensed in Nevada, consequently I have taken a lot of continuing education courses.  To complete my CEC’s this year I took online courses from both InterNACHI and McKissock.  I have also taken classes from Kaplan and attended many live seminars.  As a Nevada inspector I have taken the required safety course now from 3 different companies now, so here’s my 2 cents.
The safety course from InterNACHI was far superior to the safety courses I’ve taken from either of the other two companies.   The course content was well put together, and easy to follow.  There were little mini reviews throughout the course,  that helped reinforce the learning process.  I also have nothing but good things to say about InterNACHI’s Egress course.  The courses handouts come as a download and when saved on the computer they have made valuable reference tools.  I have used both the safety and egress handouts many times since taking the course as a point of reference when inspecting and writing reports.
I found the electronic exam process both easy and secure.  When ordering their pay courses they have a secure online shopping cart.  When taking the course one must first register on their site and enter a user name and password,  the final exam secured with a user name and password.  Upon completion of the course you cannot receive a course completion certificate without a passing score on the exam and then entering the course completion code into the system.  I found this system to be secure and easy to use.  The electronic delivery method is excellent,  as an inspector with a busy schedule I much prefer electronic delivery of education courses, to make continuing education easier to fit in.  The thing I like the most about InterNACHI courses is that all course handouts are in electronic format as opposed to the paper variety.   When inspecting I always have my computer with me and the course handouts are a quick reference when questions come up.  I don’t always have a library of printed material with me.
In contrast to the InterNACHI courses,  I found the McKissock system to be very difficult to use.  Their system will not allow you to review course material for wrong answers on practice quizzes.  Example;  when taking their mini quiz (practice) a couple of times I had the wrong answer.  I wanted to review the material again to be sure I understood the information.  Their system would not allow me to go back and review without starting from the beginning and going through each segment again or accepting the wrong answer and moving on without ever knowing what the correct answer was.   The point of a quiz is to reinforce learning, their course did not do that for me.  Consequently  I will not take another one of the McKissock courses.
My Disappointment is that Nevada has only approved two of the continuing education courses that InterNACHI has to offer.  InterNACHI has numerous first class training courses.   Many of them are free to inspectors and others are for a fee.  I have taken several of their courses and find them all well done, in both the online & video format.   I believe the knowledge gained from online courses is superior to live seminars.   When an inspector goes to a seminar and sits in a class for the day they gain some knowledge of the course topic, however as with any learning experience, in time some of the information is not retained if not used on a daily basis.  With the InterNACHI courses the inspector can take the course over again to regain that knowledge.   In most cases if you have paid for a course, that course is open to you to take as many time as you like.  It would be great to see more of the InterNACHI courses approved for Nevada CEC’s.
In closing, I realize that this is probably more information than you were seeking, but hopefully I have answered all of your questions,  if not feel free to contact me again either by phone or by email.


Sincerely

Brenda Hungerford
Building Consultant
All Phase Inspection Services
775-720-9943 ph
775-546-6115 fax
NV RIOS-000
This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

Inspector Library grows by 2 new books. $234.99.

January 22nd, 2010
You get the following 13 books and the entire Inspector Graphics Library CD at a discount that saves you over $400.  Entire Inspector Library including Graphics Library is on sale for just $234.99.

NEW!! Structural Issues for Home Inspectors Book book, normally $11.95

NEW!! Inspecting HVAC Systems book, normally $29.95

NEW!! How to Perform Roofing Inspections book, normally $29.95

NOW INCLUDED!!  InterNACHI’s Inspection Graphics Library CD, normally $299.95

How to Perform Electrical Inspections book, normally $29.95

How to Perform Radon Inspections book, normally $59.95

How to Perform a Proper Mold Inspection book, normally $29.95

How to Perform Deck Inspections book, normally $9.95

“Now that you’ve had a HOME inspection…” book, normally $2.20

Home Inspector’s Guide to Marketing and Sales book, normally $24.95

International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties book, normally $19.95

25 Standards Every Inspector Should Know book, normally $14.95

Safety Practices for the Home Inspector book, normally $14.95

Residential Plumbing Overview for Inspectors book, normally $29.95

CLICK HERE TO ORDER InterNACHI’s Inspector Library for just $234.99.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on lumber grade stamps

January 18th, 2010

Lumber grade stamps are placed on lumber before it leaves the mill but few people understand the purpose of these stamps or how to read them. The most important piece of information on a grade stamp is the grade itself, but much more is included. Did you know that lumber that has been harvested sustainably or treated with fire-suppressant chemicals can be identified by markings on their stamp? Take a look at our new article on lumber grade stamps to find out more.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article on pet allergens

January 15th, 2010

Many allergic individuals are unwilling to give up the source of their allergies – their beloved cats and dogs. Many of your clients will be in this situation and they will be impressed if you know what causes their allergies (dander, not fur) and how to lessen the severity of the problem (medications, cleaning) so that they can live with their pets. To find out more about the biology behind these allergic reactions, which cats and dogs are less likely to cause reactions and more, check out our new article on pet allergens.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

New article on electrical terms

January 12th, 2010

Inspectors should understand the basics of a number of different fields, one of which is electrical. And for those of you who don’t have an electrical background, it might be useful to brush up on some useful terms, such as voltage, amps, watts, ohms, direct current, alternating current, and others. See what these terms mean and how they all interrelate. The information is quite basic, but you’d be surprised just how many people – inspectors included – have misconceptions about how electricity works in homes. Check out our new article on electrical terms to learn some things that will make you feel more confident during inspections.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

Most Canadian home inspectors are InterNACHI members.

January 11th, 2010

January 11, 2010

InterNACHI is pleased to announce that its membership in Canada topped 800 today.  As of the date of this post, January 11, 2010, InterNACHI had:

Just as InterNACHI is in 55 other countries, InterNACHI is also the largest inspection association in Canada.

To find the best inspector in Canada visit www.InspectorSEEK.com

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

Tennesee approved another one of InterNACHI’s free, online home inspector continuing education courses.

January 9th, 2010
InterNACHI is pleased to announce that the State of Tennessee, Department of Commerce and Insurance, Division of Regulatory Board, Home Inspector Licensing Division has approved InterNACHI’s free, online “How to Inspect the Attic, Insulation, Ventilation and Interior” course today for 14 hours.
Tennessee has also approved the following courses:
InterNACHI’s free pre-licensing courses have also been approved by the State of Tennesse for home inspector pre-licensing and continuing education. CLICK HERE for information on free pre-licensing courses and becoming a licensed home inspector in Tennessee.

And the  State of Tennessee Real Estate Commission approved InterNACHI’s What Every Real Estate Agent Needs to Know about Home Inspections course for 4 hours of CE.

InterNACHI is also approved in bordering states:

InterNACHI… #1 in inspector education!

CLICK HERE for the BEST INSPECTORS IN TENNESSEE

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on electrical service panels

January 8th, 2010

Did you know that certain service panel brands are known to offer insufficient overcurrent protection and are considered fire hazards? We wrote a new article on electrical service panels describing how to spot these unsafe panels and other defective conditions. Learn about clearance requirements and what types of panel screws can damage electric components. You will find some valuable safety advice in the article, too.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

Illinois approved 31 of InterNACHI’s inspector courses today.

January 8th, 2010

The State of Illinois, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation approved 31 of InterNACHI’s home inspector courses today.  For an entire list of Illinois approved home inspector courses click the link below:

State of Illinois, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation approves InterNACHI’s home inspector courses.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on cisterns

January 5th, 2010

Cisterns are large water storage tanks and they can be used for a variety of different things. Some are used for irrigation, while others contain potable water that can be tapped during dry spells. Some municipalities have even invested large amounts of money in cisterns as a fire-fighting measure. You might have seen one while inspecting a home but didn’t quite know what to make of it. To find out more about them how they are inspected, check out our new article on cisterns.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

Free, commercial property code inspection exam-prep tool.

January 3rd, 2010

Today, InterNACHI, the world’s commercial property inspection trade association, released a new exam-prep tool for commercial property code inspection exams.

Although commercial property inspectors are not responsible for determining code compliance, many inspectors enjoy being able to recognize code violations, especially on new-construction inspections. This compilation of commercial, code-related questions educates the inspector by allowing the inspector to look up the answer to each question in the 2009 IBC (International Building Code), then immediately check his/her answer against the correct answer.
The new tool is free and online.  It is a good preparation tool for those inspectors who are studying for the ICC Standard Building Contractor (B) Exam ID 615.  Some local municipalities have their own commercial contractor-licensing exams.  This online tool is an excellent method of preparing for such contractor exams. InterNACHI also recommends InterNACHI’s free, online Commercial Property Inspection Prerequisite course.

The Advanced Commercial Code Inspection Prep Tool is open and free to members, and can be taken over and over.

CLICK HERE to visit InterNACHI’s free, online, Commercial Property Code Inspection Exam-Prep Tool.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

The world’s most popular inspection website.

January 1st, 2010

You guessed it.  InterNACHI’s website is the world’s most popular and stickiest by far.  See nachi.org’s traffic rank, reach, pageview and time-on-site charts for 2009 by CLICKING HERE.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

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