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Exam FAQs

There are two examinations required for an ASHI Associate to move up in membership. They are:

     1. ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics Examination (SOP/COE)
The ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics Examination tests your knowledge and understanding of the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. One hour is allowed to complete this multiple choice test. The exam may be taken from your computer or at a testing center. This examination is based on the ASHI Standards effective January 1, 2000. For complete information, visit

     2. National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE)
The NHIE is administered by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors. For complete information, visit This exam must be taken at a testing center.

Who is eligible to take the ASHI Membership Exams?
Anyone is permitted to take the National Home Inspector Examination or the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics Examination, even if not a member of ASHI. Also, several states require passing the NHIE or the SOP/COE for licensure. Check with your state regulatory agency to verify existing licensure requirements by clicking here.

How are the exams structured and what information will I be tested on?
The examination series is designed to test the following five specific areas:

  1. technical knowledge in all building trades used in light residential construction;
  2. the ability to observe and recognize systems failures;
  3. familiarity with ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics;
  4. report writing skills; and
  5. inspection and communication ability.

The exams are administered electronically. Examination questions and answers are presented on a touch sensitive screen. Knowledge of computers and typing is not required.

How far in advance will I need to schedule my exams?
You may make an appointment to test up to one day prior to your desired test date. Walk-in testing is NOT available.

How do I register for the exam?
For the National Home Inspector Examination, call toll free 877-543-5222 for a listing of testing centers and to make a reservation. Visit for exam information.

For ASHI's Standards and Ethics Examination call Promissor toll free at 800-274-8359 for a list of available test centers and to make a reservation. Visit our extensive handbook area for exam information.

Both examinations are administered by Promissor.

Phone lines are open (Eastern time):

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Record the name of the Promissor Customer Care Representative with whom you speak.

When making an exam reservation, have available the following information:

  1. Your full name, address, social security number, telephone number and date of birth;
  2. the examination date and location of the test center you desire;
  3. the name of the examination(s) you will be taking; and your score report (if retaking an exam).

You will receive a confirmation number. Write this number down as you will need it to take your test.

What is the cost of the exams?
The fee for the ASHI Standards and Ethics Examination is 85, and for the National Home Inspector Examination is $225. A certified check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to "Promissor" is required. Individuals wishing to pay for their exams using a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover) can do so during the reservation process only. Promissor does not have the capability to accept credit cards at the test centers.

What if I need to cancel?
Test reservation must be cancelled at least two days in advance to obtain a refund.

If you have reservations for two examinations in one day AND you wish to pay at the test center, you must bring your payment for each examination in separate cashier’s checks, certified checks or money orders. Cash, personal checks and/or credit cards will NOT be accepted at the test centers.

What do I need to bring with me on the day of the exam?

  • Your confirmation number.
  • Examination fee - or separate fees if scheduled for both examinations - in the form of certified check, cashier’s check or money order payable to "Promissor". Cash, personal checks and credit cards will NOT be accepted.
  • Two forms of signature identification, one of which must be photo-bearing, preferably a driver’s license.
  • Your failing report score, if retaking.

If you do not present all of the above items on examination day, you will be denied admission to the test and will be considered absent. You will owe Promissor the full examination fee.

Individuals who arrive late for their examination will forfeit their reservation. Persons excluded from testing because of lateness will be considered absent and will owe Promissor the full examination fee.

Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf
Promissor is equipped with TDD (Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf) to assist deaf and hearing impaired candidates. TDD calling is available during all Promissor Customer Care reservation hours listed above through a special toll-free number, 800-274-2617. This number is only for use by individuals with compatible TDD machinery.

How will I learn my exam score?
When you have completed the exam you must alert the test center manager for immediate scoring. The passing score is 500. Individuals who pass will be notified with the word "PASS", those who fail will be given a numeric score and diagnostic information which identifies areas of performance strength and weakness in examination preparation as well as instructions for retaking the exam.

You may request a duplicate score report on the day of the exam by submitting an additional fee of $15. This fee must be made payable to "Promissor". If you need a duplicate score report at a later date, please contact Promissor/ASHI Services to obtain a Duplicate Score Report form at 1-888-204-6261. Duplicate score reports one year old and less are $15. Duplicate reports over one year are $25.

If I fail an exam, is there a waiting period before retaking it?
Individuals who fail an exam must wait 30 days before being eligible to retake it. All persons taking a reexamination must pay the original examination fee for each test. There are no limits to the number of times an individual may test.

Notice: neither The American Society of Home Inspectors nor Assessment Systems Inc. discriminates on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, disabling condition, religion, national origin, or any other protected characteristic.



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