CREIA Chapters Offer Earthquake Safety Evaluation Seminars


December 2004 (Palm Springs, Calif) –— The California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) in conjunction with the Applied Technology Council under the authority of The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services is please to announce a very special education seminar for professional real estate inspectors as well as those in allied professions.

The seminar — Post Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings — will provide guidelines and procedures for making post earthquake building safety evaluations. The purpose of these evaluations is to determine whether damaged, or potentially damaged buildings are safe for use, or if entry should be restricted or prohibited. This seminar will provide instructions in accepted methods for the Rapid Evaluation of involved buildings. It will be helpful for inspectors after the next earthquake in their own business or as volunteers working for the state or local jurisdictions.

After a significant earthquake there is a huge demand for qualified people to evaluate damage to structures. This course provides the guidelines and procedures for making rapid post-earthquake building safety evaluations for placing the official Green Tags (inspected, apparently safe), Yellow Tags (limited entry) or Red Tags (unsafe) on buildings after an earthquake. Upon completion of this course Building Inspectors (ICBO or ICC commercial or residential), ICC Combination Dwelling Inspectors, Geologists, Architects, Structural Engineers, Geotechnical Engineers and Civil Engineers will be qualified to register as Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Evaluators with the The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services as qualified volunteers with appropriate badges and authority.

CREIA Members not qualified to register as SAP Evaluators can help the general public as well. After each big seismic event, qualified home inspectors will be able to inform homeowners if their homes are safe.

In an effort to make this important educational seminar easily available to anyone interested in attending it will be offered twice in early 2005. In southern California it will be hosted by the West Los Angeles/South Bay Chapter of CREIA on January 14, 2005 in the Ventura County area. In the northern region of the state, the San Francisco Peninsula Chapter of CREIA will host this seminar in the Oakland area on January 22, 2005.

The Applied Technology Council is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation established in 1973 through the efforts of the Structural Engineers Association of California. ATC's mission is to develop and promote state-of-the-art, user-friendly engineering resources and applications for use in mitigating the effects of natural and other hazards on the built environment.

Since 1976, the California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA), a non-profit voluntary membership organization has been providing education, training, and support services to the real estate inspection industry and to the public. Inspectors must adhere to CREIA's Code of Ethics and follow the Standards of Practice developed by the association. These Standards of Practice have been recognized by the State of California, and are considered the source for home inspector Standard of Care by the real estate and legal communities.

CREIA requires its members to successfully pass a comprehensive written examination of property systems, have performed at least 50 fee-based inspections and complete 30 hours of continuing education each year. Members can accumulate credits through various sources of education including monthly chapter meetings, conferences, and other approved activities. CREIA keeps records to ensure that members are complying with the requirements. Educational topics cover a variety of technical subjects including updates and advances affecting the profession of real estate inspection. CREIA Members will receive 7½ Continuing Education Credits for this educational course.

CREIA is dedicated to consumer protection and education. To locate a qualified CREIA inspector near you click here or call CREIA at (800) 388-8443.