Continuing Education Policy

A message about Continuing Education from our Executive Director.
 

Purpose:

  • Continuing Education is an integral aspect of InterNACHI's mission to help inspectors maintain inspection excellence.
  • Continuing Education permits InterNACHI members to meet the requirements of new home inspection legislation.
  • Continuing Education helps ensure that each member recognizes changes within the home inspection industry.
  • Continuing Education improves our membership's combined knowledge and helps make InterNACHI a strong association.
 

CE Requirement:

InterNACHI's Continuing Education requirement is very straightforward. Twenty-four (24) hours of acceptable Continuing Education (CE) per year are required to maintain InterNACHI Membership. CE must be verifiable. When a member completes any InterNACHI online course, the member's education log is automatically updated with verifiable CE.
 
Members can manually add credits to their education log. Watch this 1-minute video to learn how.
 
 
Two exceptions are as follows:
 

Exceptions:

  1. New Members:  New members need not complete any Continuing Education in the first calendar year they join InterNACHI. Example: A new member who joins InterNACHI in July of 2013 needs to complete 24 hours of Continuing Education by December 31, 2014.
  2. 24 Rollover Hours: A member may apply a maximum of twenty-four (24) additional CE hours ("rollover hours") to the following year only. For example, if a member completes 30 hours of CE in one particular year, that member has 6 rollover CE hours hours to apply to the following year. For another example, if a member completes 50 hours of CE in one particular year, that member has a maximum of 24 rollover CE hours to apply to the following year only.

 

Manually Add CE Credits to Your Ed Log:

When an InterNACHI member completes an InterNACHI online course (free for members), the credits for that course are automatically uploaded into their members-only Education Log.
 
To manually upload credits for education that did not come from an InterNACHI free online course, members can manually add credits by visiting http://www.nachi.org/credits.htm. Watch this 1-minute video: http://youtu.be/zwXkGHqybKQ
 
 

Qualifying Continuing Education:

InterNACHI's qualifying subject matter is quite broad. Anything reasonably deemed to be inspection-related can be considered qualifying including CE credits earned from other inspection associations, construction seminars, and code enforcement training. Courses, classes, and seminars all qualify. Example: A mold seminar that lasts 2 hours qualifies as 2 hours of Continuing Education. InterNACHI Chapter meetings qualify for 1 hour of continuing education (even though they may last longer). If you are an education provider or school and seek free approval from InterNACHI, visit:  http://www.nachi.org/educationseal.htm
 
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InterNACHI Continuing Education Activity:

Activity
CE Hours - Max Per Year
Proof you should acquire and save
InterNACHI approved courses
varies - unlimited
certificate of completion
Online InterNACHI approved continuing education
varies - unlimited 
personal log
InterNACHI committee member
4 hours/year max
InterNACHI
InterNACHI local chapter officer
2 hours/year max
InterNACHI
InterNACHI local chapter meeting
1 hour/meeting
chapter log and personal log
Published in newspaper, magazine, or IQ
1 hour/article - 8 hours max
copy of published article
Author of published inspection book
36 hours/book max
title and isbn number
Guest/host on radio or TV inspection show
1 hour/appearance - 8 hours max
copy of audio/video segment
Write InterNACHI approved educational article
2 hours/article - 8 hours max
InterNACHI approval
InterNACHI's online roofing course completion      
4 hours
personal log and InterNACHI log
On-site inspector mentoring for fellow member 
1 hour/inspection - 10 hours max
mentored members name
Assisting with Habitat for Humanity or other charity
varies - 8 hours max
InterNACHI approval
 
Note:  Twenty-four (24) hours of acceptable Continuing Education (CE) per year are required to maintain InterNACHI Membership.
 
All continuing education must be related to the inspection, construction, or design of buildings and related systems.  Chapter meetings must have educational speakers to qualify. It is the member's responsibility to maintain documented proof of completed CE Hours in the event of an audit by InterNACHI. Continuing education claimed must be posted to the InterNACHI member's Continuing Education log. 
 
 
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What doesn't qualify?

Some things do not qualify as continuing education:
  • Any continuing education that is not verifiable.
  • In-house training. Any training you receive on the job from the inspection company you work for does not qualify as continuing education:
  • Ride-along mentoring. Any training you receive by assisting another inspector does not qualify, however we do reward inspectors who mentor fellow members (see table above).
  • Repeat courses within the same calendar year. Taking the same class or course twice in the same year does not count for double credits.
  • Indirect subject matter. Business, marketing, accounting, and other subject matter not directly related to the performance of inspections does not qualify.
  • Books and videos. Buying and reading a book or watching a video about inspections is great, but does not qualify as continuing education.
  • Any course or training provided or hosted by NAHI.

Unsure if it qualifies?

If you are unsure if something qualifies as continuing education you can email Ben Gromicko ben@internachi.org. Education providers can get quick approval and use InterNACHI's approved education seal by visiting: http://www.nachi.org/educationseal.htm.

Verification

InterNACHI members are required to load all details of their continuing educational accomplishments to the members-only education log, including as much detail as possible.  All other proof of completion of courses, seminars, etc. should be retained by the member in case further verification is requested.
 
 

How does InterNACHI calculate CE credit hours for its courses?

Calculation of CE credit hours (CEUs) uses the prescribed word count formula (Adopted by InterNACHI, AICPA, and NASBA).

[ ( # of words / 140 ) + ( Video time in min. ) + ( # of questions x 1.85 ) ] / 50 = CEUs. 

The word count for the text of the required reading of the program is divided by 140, the average reading speed of adults reading technical content. The total number of review questions, exercises and final examination questions is multiplied by 1.85, which is the estimated average completion time per question. These two numbers plus actual audio/video duration time, if any, are then added together and the result divided by 50 to calculate the CEUs for the self study program. If the total minutes are not equally divisible by 50, the CEUs granted may be rounded down to the nearest one-half credit.

Note:

  • InterNACHI uses "hours" instead of "CEUs" or "credits."  Other associations have been accused of awarding greater CEUs for courses they have a financial interest in.  We wanted to minimize such subjectivity.  If one course is twice as long as another, it is worth twice as many hours.
  • Please be sure to upload all of your continuing education accomplishments to the member-only education log.  This helps us advise other members of educational options available in their local areas.   InterNACHI is accepting of all other associations' continuing education, except for NAHI's.
  • Knowledge is power. Help InterNACHI by posting and discussing what you learn. Contribute to the message board often.
  • And finally, please visit InterNACHI's Online Inspector University.

Education Committee:

Approved and accredited continuing education.