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InterNACHI’s free, online “How to Inspect Septic Systems” course.

December 31st, 2009
InterNACHI is pleased to release its free, online How to Inspect Septic Systems course today. This course is the largest, most in-depth septic system course of its kind.  After successful completion of the training, the student will be able to perform two types of inspections of onsite wastewater (septic) treatment systems:  maintenance inspections and  functional inspections.  And, in keeping with InterNACHI’s commitment to Continuing Education, this septic system inspection course is open and free to all members, and can be taken again and again, without limit.
The new Septic System Inspection course has been approved by:
The How to Inspect Septic Systems course includes:
  • 21 sections (28,000 words);
  • 9 quizzes;
  • 50-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • Printable Certificate of Completion;
  • instant grading;
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and
  • accreditations and state approvals.

CLICK HERE to take InterNACHI’s free, online How to Inspect Septic Systems course.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New Jersey approves InterNACHI’s free, online inspection courses.

December 30th, 2009

The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Consumer Affairs, State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, Home Inspection Advisory Committee approved two more of InterNACHI’s free, online inspection courses today.

How to Perform Exterior Inspections for 10 CE hours and How to Perform HVAC Systems for 12 CE hours.

CLICK HERE to see the entire list of New Jersey approved inspection courses offered by InterNACHI at no charge, online.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

Certified Master Inspector marketing idea.

December 30th, 2009

InterNACHI member Frank Magdefrau produces these Certified Master Inspector postcards.  Those three little words “Certified Master Inspector” say it all!  This postcard design really pops!

Check out this inspector marketing tool and give Frank a call to order yours.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

Prepare to pass the ICC exam.

December 28th, 2009
Although home inspectors are not responsible to determine code compliance, many home inspectors enjoy being able to recognize code violations, especially on new-construction inspections.  This compilation of residential, code-related questions educates the inspector by allowing the inspector to look up the answer to each question in the 2009 IRC (International Code Council’s 2009 International Residential Code for One-and Two Family Dwellings), then immediately check his/her answer against the correct answer.
No one is expected to memorize the 2009 IRC, which is why the ICC exams are open-book. This exam prep tool is best used with a copy of the 2009 IRC, although the 2006 IRC will work fine too.  It is a good preparation tool for inspectors who are studying for the ICC Standard Building Contractor (B) Exam ID 615 and particularly suited for the Standard Residential Building Contractor (C) Exam ID 616.  Some local communities have their own contractor licensing exam and this online tool is an excellent method of preparing for your local contractor exam.

InterNACHI’s free Advanced Residential Code Inspection Prep Tool covers:
  • code administration;
  • building planning;
  • footings and foundations;
  • floor construction;
  • wall construction and coverings;
  • roof-ceiling construction and penetrations; and
  • public safety.

CLICK HERE to enter InterNACHI’s free, online Advanced Residential Code Inspector Exam Prep Tool.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

Oklahoma approves InterNACHI’s online courses for pre-licensing and continuing education.

December 28th, 2009

InterNACHI is pleased to announce that today the Oklahoma Committee of Home Inspector Examiners approved InerNACHI’s free, online home inspection courses for pre-licensing of home inspectors.  InterNACHI’s 134-hour pre-licensing course was approved along with two other free, online inspector courses.

Oklahoma had previously approved InterNACHI’s free, online home inspection courses for continuing education purposes.

For more information visit the Oklahoma home inspector approved education page.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on hot water recirculation systems

December 18th, 2009

In most homes, you have to wait for water to heat up after you turn on the shower or tap, and a lot of water is wasted in this way. In fact, hundreds of billion of gallons of perfectly good water is wasted in this way every year. But it doesn’t have to be this way – hot water recirculation systems keep hot water circulating so that it is available almost instantly. To find out about different types of these systems, how they work, potential rebates and more, check out our new article on hot water recirculation systems.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

LIberty Mutual teams up with InterNACHI to provide members with group discounts.

December 18th, 2009

InterNACHI members qualify for a special group discount* on their auto, home, and renters insurance through Group Savings Plus® from Liberty Mutual.  For a free, no-obligation quote, call 800-524-9400 (Please mention Client # 114522). Or request a free quote on-line at This is just one of many awesome InterNACHI membership benefits!

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

InterNACHI aquiring Exterior Design Institute (EDI),

December 17th, 2009
InterNACHI Acquiring Exterior Design Institute (EDI)
BOULDER, Colo.  (Dec. 17, 2009) — The Exterior Design Institute (EDI), the leading exterior-cladding inspection training association which has been certifying third-party inspectors for over a decade, and InterNACHI, the world’s largest inspection trade association, are pleased to announce that, after many months of discussions, the two organizations have entered into a joint-venture agreement and are structuring a merger into InterNACHI’s global operations.
InterNACHI will begin to provide its current members access to advanced EDI training on EIFS, building envelope, stucco, claddings, and the just-released EDI Toxic Drywall Inspector Certification Course, which will be available online to members of both organizations.  EDI members will benefit from InterNACHI’s vast, worldwide infrastructure and ability to deliver the EDI training, its networking opportunities in the 55 countries InterNACHI currently operates in, and InterNACHI’s outstanding reputation in the industry.
We anticipate that InterNACHI will complete the merger and assume EDI’s operations by the third quarter of 2010.  We encourage members of each organization to prepare for this full assimilation by availing themselves of the educational resources of both organizations.  InterNACHI extends thanks to dual member Ron Huffman for all his work in bringing the two organizations together.
This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board approves more, free, online InterNACHI courses.

December 17th, 2009

December 17, 2009

The Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board approved two more of InterNACHI’s free, online inspection courses for continuing education purposes today.   InterNACHI’s free, online How to Inspect HVAC Systems course was approved for 12 hours and InterNACHI’s How to Perform Exterior Inspections course was approved for 16 hours.  These are two of many free, online InterNACHI courses already approved by the Arkansas Inspector Registration Board.

InterNACHI is the world’s largest provider of approved and accredited training and education for inspectors.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

Structural Issues for Home Inspectors book released today.

December 16th, 2009

InterNACHI is pleased to announce the release of a new book for home inspectors.  The book is titled “Structural Issues for Home Inspectors.”  The book is designed to prepare the home inspector to observe and report on structural components and their conditions in a residential dwelling.  It is authored by Joe Farsetta and Nick Gromicko and is available at for $11.95.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

New article on building permits

December 15th, 2009

Suppose you just bought a building that was renovated in 1988 without a required building permit. If the violation is ever discovered then you are now responsible for getting it cleared up with the building department. That may mean dismantling the entire alteration, if it is not up to current code. Inspectors should be on the lookout for undocumented alterations, especially during commercial inspections. To find out more, check out our new article on building permits.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

InterNACHI member becomes first Certified Master Inspector in Mississippi.

December 14th, 2009

December 14, 2009

InterNACHI is proud to announce that one of its own members, Frank Magdefrau of DeSoto Home Inspection in Hernando, Mississippi became the first Certified Master Inspector in Mississippi.  Frank has performed well over 2,000 home inspections.  Congratulations Frank!

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

Anatomy of a Commercial Property Inspection Report.

December 14th, 2009

Do you know the 4 items that are required to be at the beginning of every commercial property inspection report?  CLICK HERE to find out and read the entire article on writing commercial property inspection reports.

This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

InterNACHI’s Mark Nahrgang trains Missouri REALTORs

December 14th, 2009

InterNACHI member, Mark Nahrgang, spoke this past August to a full house of Missouri REALTORs. Members of the Missouri Association of REALTORs in attendance received training on Radon and a variety of other subjects. Check out a short write-up on the event to find out more.

This blog entry was posted by Rob London.

Creating a Team of Experts for your Commercial Property Inspection Business.

December 13th, 2009
Some commercial property inspectors are qualified to perform portions of the inspection themselves. However, no one inspector has all the technical knowledge to perform every commercial inspection single-handedly.  Typically, a number of experts and specialists are required.
The International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties defines “Consultant” as: A person with particular expertise in a subject who assists the inspector with portions of the inspection.

The most successful commercial property inspectors don’t inspect much.  Instead, like a general contractor who is building a house, the successful commercial property inspector acts as project manager… an inspection project manager.
Is your team of expert, commercial property consultants in place and ready to go?  If not, CLICK HERE to read more about creating a team of commercial property inspection experts.
This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.