Standards of Practice help keep the home inspection industry consistent, both for inspectors and the customers that they serve. Although there are national associations with Standards all their own, the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) was founded by and for California inspectors.
Home inspection training covers a lot of ground in a little time. And you’ll learn about national standards in our ICA School online course. But if you’re a California resident, it’s a good idea to learn CREIA guidelines, even if you don’t plan to join.
Who is CREIA?
The California Real Estate Inspection Association is one of the first home inspection organizations in the country. It’s not national, but it was formed around the same time as the first national associations.
Home inspection was a brand new industry at the time, and few parameters existed in the late 1970s. Before then, inspections were performed by friends of home buyers who had at least some experience in construction, or sometimes just trusted family members.
Why Standards of Practice Exist
Part of the goal of the national groups and CREIA was to set forth guidelines for inspectors to follow. They included what inspectors are expected to do during an inspection, and also what they are not expected to do. By following guidelines, home inspectors could offer a measurable service to customers.
By 1983, CREIA had adopted its first official guidelines, called Standards of Practice. And although they’ve been revised over the years, they still have the same goal – to promote professionalism and consistency among home inspectors in California.
What CREIA Standards Cover
CREIA Standards of Practice are very similar to those of other associations. Some of the wording is a bit different, but the intent is essentially the same throughout. They help guide inspectors through doing a thorough job without risking the health or wellbeing of the inspector.
Inspectors learn about what to inspect in foundations, basements, under-floor areas, exteriors, roof coverings, and attics. Also covered are plumbing, electrical, HVAC, fireplaces and chimneys, and interiors. Within each category, more specific instruction is provided. For example, under building interiors, the Standards explain in part that inspectors shall inspect walls, ceiling and floors, but are not required to inspect coverings for windows, doors and floors.
Why Following CREIA Standards is Important
Even if you don’t plan to join CREIA, it’s a good idea to follow their Standards. They set forth a good, ethical work practice, and help keep you aligned with most other inspectors in the state. That means you can stay more competitive.
Of course the best route is to join CREIA and benefit from everything that they have to offer. You can network, attend association meetings, learn about advances in the industry, and get support for your own business.
The California Real Estate Inspection Association helps promote consistency throughout the whole state. According to their Mission Statement, they seek to represent the inspection industry, promote it as a professional discipline, offer leadership, support ethical and work standards, and help protect consumers while improving awareness of the industry.
Those are lofty goals, but the association has upheld them since 1976.
If you’re ready to join the ranks of California home inspectors, click here and enroll now. There’s no better time than now, and no better place than ICA School because our self-paced online training program is one of the top ranked in the country.