Regardless of the industry, professionals look forward to conferences, seminars and similar gatherings as an opportunity to get away for a while to learn about the latest industry trends and techniques. Conferences and conventions also provide a chance to meet new people, exchange ideas and just relax and have fun for a few days. The home inspection industry is no exception.
Starting Out the Year
There are several home inspection industry events from coast to coast throughout the country on the calendar for 2019, starting with the American Society for Home Inspectors (ASHI)Annual Meeting, which will be held January 20-23 in San Diego. Known as InspectionWorld, the agenda for the four-day event, Inspect 2019, will include guest speakers, vendors displaying the latest inspection industry tools and technologies, home inspection continuing education courses, live entertainment, food and drink and, of course, lots of networking opportunities.
The North Carolina Licensed Home Inspectors Association (NCLHIA)’s Inspect 2019 Home Inspectors’ Conference will be held at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Durham February 27 – March 2. Pre-conference activities on February 27 and 28 include two days of industry-related activities and classes, most of which are included in the registration fee, followed by two days of continuing education courses March 1-2. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to listen to presentations by industry experts on the latest home inspection trends and techniques, browse the latest home inspection-related products and services and network with fellow home inspectors from throughout the region.
The next major event on the 2019 calendar is the ASHI Central Pennsylvania Spring Conference, which is scheduled to begin March 2 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, just outside of Harrisburg. This year’s conference agenda includes classes on report writing, mold detection, water intrusion and home scene investigations. Inspectors from nearby states that require continuing education (CE) as a condition of renewing home inspectors’ licenses will have an opportunity to earn eight CE credits by attending the conference.
Also scheduled for March is the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors’ annual conference, which will be held March 1-3 in Kingston, Ontario. Focusing on timely industry topics and advice on running a successful home inspection business, the theme of this year’s conference is “Going Green – Education Is the Key.” Dozens of speakers are scheduled, along with plenty of vendors and exhibitors, good food and drink, entertainment, continuing education courses and, of course, socializing and networking.
The 2019 International Association of Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) free annual Inspector Fair will take place June 11-14 at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, Colorado. The four-day, family-friendly event offers seminars and classes designed to increase your home inspector skills while earning continuing education credits.
There will be lectures, workshops and hands-on product demonstrations from more than 80 vendors where inspectors can try out and test the latest inspection industry technology and tools. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains, home inspector attendees are encouraged to bring their spouses and children to enjoy the many family-friendly activities.
One of the Inspector Fair’s highlights is a field trip on Day 4 to the Fair’s House of Horrors®, which is a full-size house with more than 1,000 defects that have intentionally been built in. Guided through the House of Horrors by Certified Master Inspectors®, Fair attendees will increase their home inspection knowledge and gain valuable hands-on experience. The four-day 2019 home inspection event is free to both InterNACHI members and nonmembers.
Fall has several 2019 home inspection events, beginning with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) 2019 13th annual Southeastern Home Inspectors Conference. Although the exact dates have not yet been announced, the conference is traditionally held in early September at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia. This year’s conference is expected to feature industry experts speaking on various home inspection-related topics, panel discussions, vendor exhibits, social activities and networking with fellow inspectors from throughout the region. Home inspectors attending this year’s conference can earn 20 ASHI continuing education credits.
Another 2019 home inspection event schedule for September is the Florida Association of Building Inspectors (FABI) Fall Conference, which will take place September 13-15 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. One of four FABI conferences held throughout the year, the Fall event will include educational forums and speakers addressing an assortment of home inspection industry topics, including new business opportunities in the home inspection field.
Inspector Shop’s 2019 Inspection Super Conference will be held September 23-29 at the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. Vendors will be displaying and demonstrating the very latest home inspection tools and equipment, ranging from voltage detectors and insulation testers to environmental testing equipment and thermal imaging systems. Tickets to the week-long event are $295, which includes admission of one guest at no additional cost.
Year-End 2019 Home Inspection Events
The final 2019 Florida Association of Building Inspectors Conference is scheduled to be held December 6-8 at The Shores Resort & Spa in sunny Daytona Beach. As with FABI’s other conferences held throughout the year, there will be speakers, educational forums and exhibition booths displaying home inspection hardware and software products. Although the agenda hasn’t yet been announced, seminars are expected to include a diverse range of topics, such as wind mitigation measures, the effects of moisture intrusion, radon and mold inspections and marketing home inspection businesses.
These are just some of the 2019 home inspection events to be held during the year. It’s a good idea to register for events that interest you as soon as possible to reserve a spot since many of these events are expected to sell out. Check with your local home inspector association for upcoming conferences in your area.
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