ASHI Standards and Ethics Examination Handbook
of Home Inspectors, Inc.
In 1976, a group of visionary home
inspectors established the American Society of Home Inspectors, a not-for-profit
membership organization. Their goal was to build consumer awareness of home
inspection and to enhance professionalism by developing high Standards of Practice
and a Code of Ethics.
Today, ASHI is the largest and most
respected professional association for home inspectors in North America, with
more than 5000 members. ASHI’s Standards of Practice, covering all of a home’s
major systems, are specifically noted in state and federal legislation and recognized
by consumers as the definitive standard for professional home inspection.
Candidates and Members of ASHI are
required to abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics, which specifically forbids
home inspectors from active brokerage or sale of real estate, or performing
repairs on homes which they inspect. ASHI Candidates and Members also agree
to perform and report inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice.
Because the ASHI logo is widely regarded as the mark of a professional home
inspector, its use by the ASHI membership is also carefully controlled.
About the ASHI
Standards and Ethics Examination
Administration of the ASHI S&E Exam
is intended to insure that the membership of ASHI understand and will practice
according to ASHI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Home inspectors
address a personal need of consumers by inspecting their residences for safety,
health and comfort. Therefore, it’s important that when consumers contact an
ASHI Member, they are confident of the standards and ethics with which the inspector
practices his or her profession.
The content of the examination covers
the objective statements contained in the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code
of Ethics, as well as their application to situations the ordinary home inspector
might encounter in everyday practice.
ASHI’s Standards and Ethics Examination
is developed, maintained and administered according to accepted psychometric
standards, under the guidance of Columbia Assessment Services, Inc.
There are no study aids other than
the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Copies of these documents
|| On ASHI’s website
the Membership Kit supplied to every Candidate on joining ASHI
ASHI’s Information-on-Demand fax service at 800-743-2744, Document #1010
American Society of Home Inspectors
932 Lee Street, #101
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Membership phone: 847-759-2820
Candidates may also find
it valuable to explore technical standards issues and ethical questions with
colleagues as preparation for the exam, at local chapter meetings or on ASHI’s
on-line Forum accessible in the Membership