American Society Of Home Inspectors

The American Society of Home Inspectors is a professional association of independent home inspectors. Phone (800) 743-2744

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is a not-for-profit professional society for home inspectors throughout North America. Founded in 1976, ASHI established itself as the leader in the home inspection profession and operates a ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. ASHI Certified Inspectors are the only home inspectors who have completed a recognized certification program. ASHI has been approved by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) as a recognized accrediting association for its Certified Inspector Program. ASHI's requirements for certification are stringent. New home inspector members join ASHI as Associates and must accomplish several tasks to become ASHI Certified Inspectors. Associate members must pass the National Home Inspector's Examination; complete the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics education module, undergo an inspection report verification process and conduct 250 paid home inspections. To remain active in the organization, all members must complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education each year. ASHI's organizational structure and membership process was thoroughly evaluated by the NCCA Board for compliance with what it requires of a responsible professional accrediting society. The society is committed to improving the profession and educating consumers. It joined forces with the Appraisal Institute and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to educate consumers on the difference between an appraisal and a home inspection. It has continued to work with HUD as a counseling program was put in place and the brochure "For Your Protection: Get A Home Inspection" is now distributed to homebuyers. The ASHI web site (www. ashi.org) offers consumers a virtual home inspection and a search function for obtaining a list of ASHI members to interview before hiring a home inspector. The society recommends interviewing several home inspectors and seeing their sample reports before contracting for the inspection. All ASHI members receive the ASHI Reporter, which includes technical articles, marketing ideas and news of the Society. The ASHI Reporter is also available through its web site. The ASHI Reporter was named the best "Professional Society Magazine" by Association Trends in 2005. ASHI has its roots with Ron Passaro and his brother Ralph, both of Connecticut and both still listed as “Charter Members” (as are other Res-I-Tec stalwarts, like Robert Lamparelli). Ron Passaro was president of a company he founded known as Res-e-Tec Home Inspections in Bethel, CT, and is credited as the Founder of ASHI, a story detailed more in Norm Becker’s book, Complete Book of Home Inspections (McGraw-Hill, 3d ed. 2002). Ron still is CEO of Res-I-Tec. He was chairman of Connecticut’s first home inspector licensing Board, and was a prodigious marketer (appearing on 48 Hours, CBS News, Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, etc. ). The original ASHI Standards of Practice was written by the late Philip C. Monahon, a founder and ASHI's first Executive Director serving for 5 years. The "Philip Monahon" award is the highest honor awarded by the American Society of Home Inspectors annually. It is presented at the Society's annual conference, InspectionWorld, which is held in January.