Steve Preins

Director of Education and Training

Steve Preins is an IDECC Certified Distance Learning Instructor and has been training home inspectors for over 30 years. He started his home inspection training career working for Kaplan many years ago before opening Quality Education Group in 1998 offering continuing education for home inspectors and Inspection Certification Associates offering pre-licensing home inspection training. Steve is a former member of the ASHI Board of Directors as well as a recipient of the highly esteemed ASHI President’s Award. Steve also has run his own successful multi-inspector company in Illinois and has multiple degrees in Architecture and Construction Management.

 

Education

Current Engagements

  • Director of Education and Product Development, PDH Academyproviding continuing education for architects, engineers and other licensed professionals nationwide
  • Director of Education and Training, Quality Education Group, Inc., providing state licensed continuing education, consulting and training for the home inspection industry
  • Director of Education, Inspection Certification Associates, providing pre-license and initial home inspection training and certification nationwide
  • IDECC certified distance learning instructor, CDEI #67952
  • State of Illinois Home Inspector License #450.000235
  • Frequent presenter at ASHINAHI, iNACHI, The BrickKicker, WAHI and other national & local inspection conferences & events

Previous Experience

  • Director of Education and Lead Instructor, ProStar Academy, an Illinois licensed home inspector pre-license education provider
  • Managing Partner and Instructor, Inspection Training Associates (ITA), Chicago Campus
  • Founder and President, Morningside Inspections, Inc., a multi-inspector firm which performed thousands of home inspections and radon measurements
  • State of Illinois Radon Testing Professional License #RNI98008
  • Structural Engineering Field Representative and Inspector for stadiums, high rises, airports, parking garages and university laboratory facilities
  • Construction Administrator for several major hospital and elementary school projects
  • Superintendent and Project Engineer for General Contractors on several hospital, airport and light industrial projects

Professional Development and Leadership

  • American Society of Home Inspectors Presidents Award, 2002
  • Chairman, ASHI National Public Relations Committee 2000, 2001, 2002
  • ASHI National Public Relations Committee, 1998, 1999
  • ASHI National Legislative Committee, 2003
  • ASHI Council of Representatives, 2003
  • ASHI Board of Directors Nominating Committee, 2003
  • Founding Member, Northern Illinois Chapter of ASHI (NIC/ASHI member #1)
  • President, Northern Illinois Chapter, 1999, 2000
  • Vice President, Northern Illinois Chapter of ASHI, 2003
  • Board of Directors, Northern Illinois Chapter, 1999 – 2003
  • Membership Chairman, Northern Illinois Chapter, 2001, 2002
  • ASHI National Technical Review Committee: 1998 2000
  • Technical Reviewer for Chronicle Guidance Publications Occupational Brief 385 Home Inspectors, a high school career planning guide.
  • Represented ASHI at National Association of Realtors Conference, 2001
  • Represented ASHI at National Conference of State Legislatures, 2003
  • American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) member #104926 (retired)

Public Service

  • Village of Lombard Public Works Committee, 14 years
  • Lombard School District 44 Science Fair Steering Committee 2003/2004
  • Madison Elementary School Science Fair Chairman 2003 to 2005
  • Campaign Manager for Joan DeStephano for Village Trustee, Lombard, Illinois (defeated incumbent and another well-backed candidate) 2001
  • Instrumental in crafting State of Illinois Home Inspection License Act (IL HB 1805)
  • Nominating Committee for Advisory Board for State of Illinois Home Inspection License Act

Media Exposure

  • Has been featured on Chicago WLS TV Channel 7 Eyewitness News (ABC) several times on real estate and home inspections
  • Appeared on Chicago WMAQ TV Channel 5 (NBC) in similar reports which have also aired in over 80 markets nationally
  • Frequently quoted in Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Daily Southtown, Daily Herald and numerous other print and electronic publications locally and nationally

Personal Data

  • Lives in a 1901 cross-gable Victorian with his beautiful wife and son
  • Collects antique technical books
  • Has lived in Lombard, Illinois for over 40 years

Tuition: $695   Updated for 2020!