Education / CECs

Inspector Educational Opportunities


CREIA Annual Conferences / Educational Symposiums / Seminars

California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) has an annual conference every year. As well as obtaining networking opportunities, the Board of Directors strategically place education sources for the seminars during the conference. These education sources are approved and reviewed by the Education Chair to receive Continuing Education Credits for all members who attend. The typical sum of CECs ranges from 20-30 and attending the conference automatically removes that member from CREIA's auditing process which takes place every month during renewals. In addition to CECs, CREIA also offers a Group Standard of Practice Report Review for all Candidates who attend the conference and need this requirement completed. We suggest all members to attend the conference for networking and education, all the while enjoying the different aspects of the real estate inspection community.

2016 CREIA Annual Conference, please click here.
For the list of upcoming events, please click here.


CREIA Chapters

CREIA chapters are located throughout the state. Most chapters hold monthly educational meetings and special event programs. Each CREIA member is assigned to a local chapter. All Certified CREIA Inspector (CCI) and Master CREIA Inspector (MCI) members, Candidates, Affiliates and prospective members/guests are invited to attend local meetings. Chapter meetings are an excellent way to meet and interact with peers, participate in educational programs, and market products and services to those in the inspection industry. Toolbox events are held by the CREIA Chapters that pay to have education reviewed and approved on your behalf which allows our members to obtain CECs cost free which helps to uphold the (30) Continuing Education Credit standard. Chapter Leadership functions also offer members CECs as does state board and committee functions.

For meeting times, locations and contacts click here.

CREIA Technical Information Exchange

One of the most valuable CREIA member benefits is the CREIA Technical Information Exchange (TIE).  The purpose of the TIE is to educate members by sharing technical aspects of real estate inspections and providing an archival collection of information free of extraneous content.

The CREIA TIE is available through the CREIA website at  At the top-right of the toolbar on the main page, click “Login.” Enter your username and password. If you forgot your password, you may click “Forgot Password” and an email will be sent to your email on file to reset your password. If you need any help with your username and password, you may also contact the CREIA office.

Upon logging in, you will be directed to the Member Landing page. Under the toolbar in the gray section, you will see several links. Click on “CREIA TIE & ASK.”

Members may post comments or reply to other threads, but members should be mindful that comments should be free of extraneous content. Members should limit the content of their posts/comments/replies with this in mind and refrain from drifting from the topic of the original post.
Members may attach PDFs or pictures in conjunction with their content.  

Members may earn CECs upon posting content deemed worth hours of study. Requests for CECs should be sent to The Education Committee Chair will review the activity and will note whether or not CECs can be granted.  Please note, there will be a limit of CECs earned for online activities, which is under review.  

Please click here to review the policy on the CREIA Technical Information Exchange Use Guidelines.

CREIA Educational Providers

Interested in partnering with CREIA for education? CREIA approved education consists of educational sources that have been reviewed and approved by the Chair of the CREIA Education Committee and the CREIA Board of Directors -- this is considered education that is "CREIA Approved." Affiliate members whose education is CREIA Approved also pay a fee to be reviewed and approved. There is no cost to the member looking to receive CREIA Continuing Education Credits from these sources. If an educational source is not "CREIA Approved" it does not necessarily mean that the education is inadequate, it simply means that they have not submitted their education.

To submit education for review, the educational source must apply to be an Affiliate member of CREIA and submit the education for review using the prescribed CEC review form and pay the CEC review fee. The only affiliation where CREIA waives the CEC review fee is the Premium Educational Affiliate Member. All other levels Affiliate membership pays $10 per CEC (Continuing Education Credit) or: # of CEUs/Hours x $10.

Click here for a list of CREIA Approved Educational Providers

CREIA Educational, Reference & Exam Preparation Publications

The education of professional inspectors is the most important thing that we do. It is our primary mission. We seek to educate CREIA members on current construction, code, health and safety issues, as well as educating consumers about the value of a professional inspection. CREIA provides various kinds of educational programming including monthly chapter meetings, conferences, exam preparation materials, articles, online education and testing, technical information exchange forum (TIE), vendor resources and home-study products.

Currently, candidate/associate members receive the NHIE Exam study materials upon payment of application.

CREIA publishes its own inspector education products as well as provides discounts to members for commonly used reference and exam preparation materials — most educational products are available through our online store.

For the CREIA Online Store click here.