Becoming a CREIA Inspector Member
CREIA Certified Home Inspectors are Tier One Inspectors: Unsurpassed testing; Unmatched training and education requirements; Industry leading performance Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics – That’s why California Law specifically mentions CREIA as an industry benchmark.
Path to Success Program to become a Certified CREIA Inspector (CCI).
1) Join CREIA - Complete an Application
Your first step is to become an Associate Member of CREIA by filling out an application. Membership in CREIA will provide you with many opportunities to interact with and learn from CREIA Inspector Members, network and create a client base. There are no requirements to become an Associate Member of CREIA. However, Associates must abide by the CREIA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
Membership Fee: First year Associate membership is $495 due to cost of new member materials. Subsequent years are $395.
Your membership fee includes the National Home Inspection Examination (NHIE) Manual and Study Guide, study materials for the CREIA's SOP/Ethics Examination, and a thumb drive containing additional resources to help you get started.
Click here to complete the online Associate Membership application.
2) Pass the National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE)
The examination fee is $225.00 per exam. Click here to register and for FAQ's.
Please know that the NHIE examination is rigorous. Be prepared!
There are 4 NHIE practice tests. The practice tests are available through PSI Online at $50 for a 50 question test. Click here for information about the practice tests.
3) Pass the CREIA SOP & Ethics Examination
Please contact the CREIA office at email@example.com to schedule a *Skype-monitored exam.
*A Skype Username and Password are required to complete the exam. Click here to create an account.
The exam can also be completed at the Annual Conference. Click here to view event.
4) Earn at least sixty (60) CREIA and CREIA-approved Continuing Education Credits (CECs)
20 of 60 units MUST be attained by CREIA-sponsored events such as CREIA Chapter Meetings, CREIA Chapter Toolboxes, and the CREIA Annual Conference.
Click here for CREIA-approved educational sources to fulfill your training.
*Education registration fees are not included with annual membership dues.
5) Complete two (2) Ride-Alongs with a CREIA Certified Trainer or Master CREIA Inspector
Ride Alongs are to be scheduled with CREIA Certified Trainers or MCIs from your local "Home Chapter." Please login to the membership center for a list of Certified Trainers and MCIs to schedule a Ride Along. Alternatively, you may contact the CREIA office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you in making a connection.
6) Participate in one CREIA SOP Group inspection
A CREIA or CREIA Chapter Standards of Practice (SOP) Group Inspection or a Chapter "Toolbox" Meeting.
Group Inspections are held during the Annual Conference. Group Inspections may be held in Michael Casey & Associates Training. Click here for more information on the training.
Click here to view upcoming Chapter "Toolbox" Meetings.
7) Report Reviews
This should be your final step. The purpose is to assess compliance with the CREIA Standards of Practice (SOP), Code of Ethics, the California Business and Professions Code 7195, and the CREIA L.I.D.E.R. (Locate. Identify. Describe. Explain. Recommend) method of report writing.
It is recommended that you take CREIA’s online Report Writing education prior to submitting your reports (you will also receive two CECs for this online training).
The Associate shall submit ten (10) inspection reports to CREIA via email. Three of which should be raised foundation dwellings if possible. The reports must be of independently conducted inspections of single-family residences.
NOTE: Inspections performed in conjunction with a CREIA Certified Trainer/MCI do not qualify.
Q: What will happen when you submit your ten (10) reports?
A: The ten reports will be forwarded to a member of the report review panel. Of the ten (10) reports submitted, two (2) of which will be randomly selected for review for compliance.
Q: What happens if my reports do not meet compliance?
A: Should either review not meet compliance, the reviewer will stop the review and report the areas needing improvement so that the Associate will have the opportunity to re-write and submit the reports. If the resubmitted two (2) reports fail to meet compliance, an additional report review fee of $100 will be charged to the Associate.
Note: Associates have three (3) years to complete the requirements for the CCI designation.
Ready to join? Click here to complete the online Associate membership application.
Please click here for additional information and FAQs.
Become a Certified CREIA Inspector (CCI), via the Experienced Inspector Path:
1.) Join CREIA - Complete the Application: click here for the application.
2.) Submit proof of having passed the *NHIE examination to email@example.com.
3.) Submit a **letter certifying you have completed 250 or more home inspections to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4.) Pass CREIA's Residential Standards of Practice and Ethics examination. -- See step three (3) above for information on how to schedule.
*Submit proof of having passed the NHIE examination, or ICC certification as a Residential Combination Inspector, or a Combination Dwelling Inspector.
**A signed letter indicating you have completed 250 home inspections. Ten (10) actual fee paid inspection reports sent to the office via email or USPS; two (2) of which will be randomly audited by the Membership Committee to ensure compliance with CREIA's SOPs and Code of Ethics.
Renewal Requirements: Payment of Membership Dues, 30 Continuing Education Credits (Hours/CECs), and attendance at 2 CREIA Chapter Meetings per year.
If you have further questions, please contact the CREIA office at email@example.com.
CREIA has a very active public relations and marketing department to promote CREIA Certified members and the profession to the media and with the California REALTOR and home buying community. We have not seen other organizations doing as much in this regard on behalf of home inspectors in the state or the country for that matter. CREIA also retains a lobbyist monitoring legislation effecting California home inspectors.