Inspection Excellence Through Education and Camaraderie

 
"Just as iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another." 

                                                             -- Proverbs 27:17
 
           
Members of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) are the most educated and best-trained inspectors in the world, and InterNACHI is committed to keeping it that way.  Toward that end, InterNACHI has taken steps to encourage its members' pursuit and maintenance of inspection excellence, and we have accomplished this without additional charge to members.  We believe that fees, like taxes, deter professional development, and that the best way to encourage the continuing education of our membership is by supporting variety, accessibility and affordability in educational options.
 
InterNACHI members start off by fulfilling certain requirements before they can even apply for membership.  They have access to the InterNACHI University, which is free.  InterNACHI’s Ethics Obstacle Course is free and open to all.  InterNACHI’s Photo Web Gallery of Defects is the largest in the world and is free and open to all.  InterNACHI’s Online Visual Aid Frames Library is the largest in the world and is free and open to all.  InterNACHI’s Online Exam Preparation Tool, with a pool of more than 2,500 multiple-choice questions and answers, is the largest in the world, and is free.  InterNACHI’s online, searchable Inspector Glossary is the largest in the world and is free and open to all.  InterNACHI’s Standards of Practice quiz, which reveals where an inspector may be veering off course, is self-evaluating and is free and open to all. 
 
InterNACHI's online Continuing Education is free.  InterNACHI's 25 Standards course is free.  InterNACHI's online Roofing Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's online Electrical Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's Inspecting Foundation Walls and Piers course is free.  InterNACHI's online Structural Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's online Commercial Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's Radon Measurement Service Provider course is free.  InterNACHI's Deck Inspections course is free.  InterNACHI's Manufactured & Mobile Home Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's Vermiculite Insulation Inspection mini-course is free.  InterNACHI's TPR Valve Discharge Inspection mini-course is free.  InterNACHI's Emergency Egress Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's Safe Practices for the Home Inspector course is free.  InterNACHI's Advanced Residential Code Inspection Exam Prep Tool is free.  InterNACHI's Commercial Property Code Inspection Exam Prep Tool is free.  InterNACHI's Plumbing Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's Mold Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's HVAC Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's Attic, Insulation, Ventilation and Interior Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's Exterior Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's Wind Mitigation course is free.  InterNACHI's House as a System course is free.  InterNACHI's Texas Standards of Practice, Legal, and Ethics course is free. InterNACHI's Energy Movement course is free.  InterNACHI's Comfort and Climate for Inspectors course is free.  InterNACHI's Energy Auditor course is free.  InterNACHI's Polybutylene Plumbing Inspection course is free.  Both InterNACHI's Residential and Commercial Standards of Practice courses are free.  InterNACHI's Green Building Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's Septic Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's Log Home Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's online Portable Fire Extinguisher Inspection course is free. InterNACHI's online Pool and Spa Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's Wind & Hail Roof Inspection and Replacement course is free.  InterNACHI's Ladder Safety Training online video course is free.  InterNACHI's Professionalism Training online video course is free.  InterNACHI's Safety for the Exterior online video course is free.  InterNACHI's General Roof Inspection online video course is free. InterNACHI's free How to Inspect Fireplaces, Stoves, and Chimenys online course is free. InterNACHI's free Lead Safe Work Practices online video course is free. InterNACHI's free Inspecting Asphalt Shingle Roofs online video course is free.  InterNACHI's Inspecting Wood Shingle and Shake Roofs online video course is free.  InterNACHI's Inspecting Tile Roofs online video course is free.  InterNACHI's Inspecting Metal Roofs online video course is free. InterNACHI's Inspecting Slate Roofs online video course is free.  InterNACHI's online, comprehensive Moisture Intrusion Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's Indoor Air Quality for Inspectors course is free.  InterNACHI's WDO Inspection course is free.  InterNACHI's online Insurance Adjuster course is free.  InterNACHI's online Customer Service and Communication for Inspectors course is free.  InterNACHI's online Calculating Envelope Energy Loss course is free. InterNACHI's online Appliance Inspection for Home Inspectors course is free.  InterNACHI's online Inspecting HVAC Energy Efficiency course is free.  InterNACHI's online TREC Standards of Practice for Inspecting Appliances course is free.  InterNACHI's Home Energy Blower Door Inspection Training online video course is free.  InterNACHI's online Fundamentals of Inspecting the Exterior video course is free.  InterNACHI's 10 Steps to Performing a Roof Inspection online video course is free.  InterNACHI's Nevada Home Inspectors Standards of Practice and Legal Rules online course is free. InterNACHI's Texas Standard Inspection Form and Report Writing online course is free.  InterNACHI's Infrared Thermography Inspection online video course is free. InterNACHI’s online Inspector Examination, with over a trillion different versions, taken over 385,000 times, and which generates a custom inspector-weakness pie chart upon completion, is graded instantly, is open to all, and is free.  InterNACHI’s one-day HVAC Inspection, Mold Inspection and Electrical Inspection seminars are open to all and free to members.  InterNACHI, far more than any other source, provides educational events around the world, which are free and open to all. 
 
InterNACHI refuses paid advertisements in order to enhance trust in our information.  InterNACHI's lending library is free.  InterNACHI’s interactive photo message board, with over 450,000 topics, is the industry’s largest and most popular, is very educational, and is free and open to all.  InterNACHI's Message Board protects free speech so that visitors can determine the truth.  InterNACHI operates the Consumer Information Center.  InterNACHI publishes What's New, an inspection industry update, online, open to all, and free.  InterNACHI’s half-day mock inspections of actual homes provide true hands-on training and are free.  InterNACHI’s local chapter meetings typically present technical speakers, are open to all, and free to attend.  InterNACHI provides report review services for free.  InterNACHI’s annual convention is very educational, with three days of six continuously running classes, and are all free.  InterNACHI's mock, student, parallel and ride-along reporting forms are free.  InterNACHI permits all outside/for-profit Continuing Education providers to advertise their courses to our members on InterNACHI’s websites for free.  InterNACHI maintains a "Question of the Day" thread, open to all, and free.  InterNACHI negotiates member discounts on nearly every Continuing Education provider’s courses.  InterNACHI’s meetings distribute a wide variety of educational literature to all for free.  InterNACHI’s staff, committee members, chapter leaders, veteran members, special-expertise members, and advisory boards are constantly helping members one-on-one for free.  InterNACHI members typically provide fellow members with free ride-alongs on actual inspections for free.  Over the years, InterNACHI has arranged for third-party providers to offer our members' online training for free.  InterNACHI employs some of the world’s leading trainers and makes them available to members for free.  InterNACHI does not charge for or unduly withhold approval of any organization’s Continuing Education courses, even those offered by other inspection associations. 
 
InterNACHI’s 275,000+ page website is, itself, very educational.  InterNACHI opened the first of six actual "House of Horrors" in December of 2005, which provides real hands-on training, and is due to release a virtual "House of Horrors," an online Wood-Destroying Organisms Inspection course, and an occupant hazard-recognition primer, and "What's Wrong Here?" panels -- all very educational and all free.  InterNACHI's Online Inspector Examination's main purpose, besides testing competence, is to alert members to their weaknesses.  The same is true for InterNACHI's Code of Ethics Obstacle Course, designed to alert members to possible infractions.  And the same is true for InterNACHI's Residential Standards of Practice quiz, designed to alert members to areas they are over- and/or under-inspecting.  All three are pre-application requirements and all are free.  InterNACHI's Inspection article library is free.  Inspector's Quarterly is free. NACHI.TV has many episodes that any viewer can watch for free.  InterNACHI's Inspection Graphics Gallery is free.  InterNACHI even has online educational inspection-related crossword puzzles, open to all and free, of course.
 
A variety of accessible and affordable educational options encourage and enhance the professional development of all our members, but our most precious educational tool is our spirit of camaraderie.  InterNACHI members continue to pursue, achieve and maintain inspection excellence in an atmosphere of members helping fellow members.  Please join us in this spirit.
 
 
            Nick Gromicko, Founder
            InterNACHI
 
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