For many home inspectors, the question isn’t whether or not to join an association, but rather which one deserves those dues. There are a few that you can choose from at the national, state and local level.
A good association has certain qualities that support your career and the best interests of the industry. These are just a few of them.
- Industry advocates for better legislation
- Meetings you can attend
- Opportunities to learn and advance your career
- Leadership opportunities
- A community of members who help the association and each other
Chances are, one of the associations will suit your needs. Here’s how to know you’ve found the right one.
Association Advocates for the Home Inspection Industry
As more states come around to the idea of home inspector licensing, the industry needs more advocates who go the extra mile. Home inspector advocates learn what community, state, and national lawmakers are planning, they attend meetings, and to the extent possible, they get involved.
Most home inspection associations have advocates who stay on top of changes taking place and who help lawmakers learn more about the industry. They help push for change that benefits home inspectors and the communities that inspectors serve.
Regular Meetings in a Convenient Location
Major home inspector associations, such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), have a website. You can learn what’s trending in the government, read industry articles and blog posts, connect with other inspectors and find important reference materials. At an association meeting, you get live access to industry leaders and learning opportunities that you can’t get anywhere else.
The association that you choose should have meetings in a convenient location. Otherwise, you won’t get as much as possible out of your membership. That’s why national associations tend to have smaller chapters in communities around the country.
Continuing Education Opportunities
Whether or not your state has professional development requirements, learning should be a lifelong endeavor. Home inspectors have several ways to earn professional development or continuing education credits. These are just a few.
- Online and correspondence learning through a continuing education provider
- Classroom-based learning
- Association-organized online continuing education
- Courses and seminars at home inspector meetings and conferences
Continuing education helps keep your skills sharp. As advocates for a better educated and consistent industry, home inspector associations tend to offer a number of ways to earn credits.
Every industry needs great leaders. Experienced inspectors who understand the issues help shape a better industry. CEO Institute says leaders give an industry or organization focus and direction. They motivate, help set goals and formulate plans to make those goals a reality.
Leadership opportunities through a home inspector association also help your career. Nowadays, every industry professional has a brand. Your brand speaks to your personal integrity and that of your business. The more chances you have to step out in front, the better.
Dynamic Home Inspector Community
Although career-supporting resources and opportunities make home inspector associations appealing, there’s nothing quite like a community of peers. Some associations have forums where members can ask questions, get answers, and socialize with people who understand the industry. If not, members can still meet and network with peers at local, state, and national meetings.
It’s sometimes hard to meet peers in the market where you work. Other inspectors in your area are, by nature, competitors. In an association, you can meet inspectors whose business doesn’t depend on outranking yours.
You shouldn’t join a home inspector association just to hold a membership. An ASHI card in your wallet might look nice, but without benefits, it’s wasted money. Your dues help the association grow. The association should help you grow, as well.
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