The National Association of Home Inspectors was one of the two original nationwide home inspector associations in the United States. The other is ASHI – the American Society of Home Inspectors. They have been around for approximately 50 years. For upwards of 30 years both groups worked cooperatively in some ways, but there was always a healthy competition between the home inspection associations.
In late 2016 ASHI took over NAHI, merged their home inspection associations together and all NAHI members became ASHI members. There had been many discussions of merging the two home inspection associations together over the years but those never came to fruition.
As a longtime affiliate of both ASHI and NAHI, Inspection Certification Associates provides all of our graduates with a free one year membership to ASHI – the American Society of Home Inspectors. That way graduates of the ICA online home inspection training course really are walking away with dual credentials. You’ll be issued your ICA Certification along plus you’ll have your ASHI membership.
Now keep in mind you are under no obligation nor is it necessary to join any association of home inspectors unless you want to become a home inspector in Pennsylvania or Alabama. Those are the only two states that require home inspectors to become a member of a home inspection association.
Some of the benefits of joining the American Society of Home Inspectors are mentorship for new members, the ability to attend chapter meetings, and the ability to participate in continuing education sessions. Some home inspectors prefer to belong to a home inspector association, some do not. The last nationwide survey showed that 1 out of every 4 home inspectors in the United States belongs to a membership organization.
That said, if you were to look into the most successful 100 home inspectors in each state you would probably find that 90 of those top 100 home inspectors are actually ASHI members. That’s why ICA has partnered with ASHI, so that if our students want to join a home inspection membership association, they get started on the right foot and are ahead of the game.