A California home inspector certification is certainly an accomplishment to be proud of. You’ll have gained an understanding of all the systems and features in residential property, and proven it. But for a good inspector to become a great one, there’s more work to be done. That’s where the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) Code of Ethics comes into the picture.
Still on the fence about whether or not to join? There are plenty of reasons to make that choice.
CREIA Ranks with National Associations
Through your training, you’ll learn about several national home inspector associations, including ASHI, NAHI, and InterNACHI. But CREIA has as long a history as any of them, and longer than some. All associations help home inspectors build professional relationships and stay current in the industry, but there’s something more. Each one has a code of ethics, and most of them are similar.
Although CREIA is California based, it has a reputation that’s on par with any of the national associations. In fact, its Standards of Practice have been part of the basis for the same across the country. The code of ethics that CREIA members adhere to is just as stringent and comprehensive as any others that you’ll encounter, regardless of how many associations that you ultimately join.
The Code of Ethics Promotes Professionalism
CREIA’s code of ethics applies to all members. Its goal is to help home inspectors develop and maintain an ethical decision making process and promote professionalism throughout the industry. The most recent incarnation of the code was implemented in 2006, but it’s an ever-evolving thing that changes along with the industry.
Some of the requirements that you’ll find seem obvious. For example, Section II requires good faith toward every client. And some are industry-specific, such as section I-a, which explains that members should not offer to make repairs on any structure that the inspector’s company has inspected. The code helps support integrity. And because compliance is required for membership, it helps maintain consistency throughout the industry.
Membership is Optional, but Recommended
No home inspector is required to join any professional association, including CREIA. You can graduate, become certified, and then go to work. There’s no licensure requirement in California, either. But that doesn’t mean working as inspector is easy. Although there are plenty of inspectors who aren’t members, membership has certain requirements. And those requirements can make you more marketable to customers.
ICA School’s program works with requirements in most states, obviously including those without licensing regulations. But to become a member of CREIA, your education has to meet certain standards. Our instruction meets those standards, which means that as soon as you’re certified, you’re already ahead of some other inspectors in the state. With membership in CRIEA, your education is top notch, because it has to be to qualify. And your compliance with their code of ethics gives customers peace of mind.
ICA School gives you the tools that you need to become a California home inspector. And our certification is recognized by one of the oldest associations in the country – CREIA. It’s a great combination, and one that not only helps you build your business, but also helps the community appreciate a higher set of standards in home inspecting. Between our training program and their code of ethics, California residents win and so do you.
When you’re ready to begin training, we have everything that you need. Enroll now, and you can work your way through at your own pace. Once you’ve completed our program and become certified, membership in the California Real Estate Inspection Association are the logical next step.