Since 2003, the North American Association of Home Inspectors, Inc. (NAAHI) has been committed to achieving
greater professionalism in the home inspection industry. NAAHI promotes high standards for those who engage in
the home inspection profession each year and has a growing membership throughout the United States and Canada.
Formerly known as the National Society of Home Inspectors (NSHI) through 2018, NAAHI changed its name to better
reflect its membership growth in both the United States and Canada. NAAHI has members in every U.S. state and Canadian
province, along with members in several other countries.
NAAHI was formed in response to the need for higher standards for new home inspectors entering the profession,
especially in areas where home inspections are not regulated by a state body. Membership is for applicants with
home inspection experience or NAAHI-accredited* home inspection training, who have met applicable state licensing
requirements, and who have passed NAAHI's national certification test or another state or national exam. NAAHI
professional members are designated full members after performing or participating in at least 100 inspections.
As a non-profit membership organization, NAAHI operates independently of home inspector training schools and does
not endorse any home inspection training program. NAAHI provides a rigorous accreditation process for training
schools who desire to have their training programs count towards NAAHI entry requirements. NAAHI-accredited training
providers who participate in NAAHI's Gold-Level program are eligible to provide free 1-year NAAHI memberships to
NAAHI's mission is as follows:
1. To advocate high standards of practice.
2. To enforce a code of ethics that protects consumers.
3. To provide opportunities and education for members.
4. To provide professional development for members.
5. To provide the above services at a reasonable price.
* To become
a NAAHI-accredited training provider, a home inspector training school must submit
an application to NAAHI for approval. Applicants are required to have one visit to the training site; a review
of the curriculum, enrollment and company structure, be authorized or licensed by its state post-secondary education
governing body and not facing disciplinary action; be insured and bonded; have been in continuous operation for
at least 10 years; be an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau with a satisfactory complaint history;
and employ instructors who hold valid home inspector licenses in the state(s) where the training is conducted.
Accreditation is renewed every 3 years. Note that the application processing fee, which includes travel expenses,
background checks and administrative fees, is based upon the school's average annual enrollment and is not refundable.
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