California Real Estate Inspection Association

Welcome to the CREIA Website!

The California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) began in 1976 when a group of home inspectors came together to contemplate what this new and emerging profession should become. CREIA has grown incredibly since those early days, but still carries on the original mission. We have always been a group of home inspectors sharing knowledge and experience to improve the quality of home inspections, the home-buying experience, and to protect the home-buying public.

CREIA is the only organization dedicated to the education and professional development of California home inspectors and the protection of California home buyers. Likewise, CREIA is the only organization with a Standards of Practice and professional contracts written specifically to meet California’s unique legal requirements. CREIA is also the only organization where home inspectors in California can join together in monthly meetings throughout the state to network and improve professional skills. CREIA holds the only statewide conference for home inspectors each year here in California. Home inspection is an incredibly demanding and knowledge-intensive profession and CREIA is dedicated to keeping members up-to-date and on top of the profession.

The home-buying public should be very cautious when choosing someone to inspect the largest financial commitment most people will make -- the purchase of their home. It is not easy to find someone qualified. Your real estate agent or neighbor may think they are doing you a favor by directing you to the least expensive home inspectors, but this is one place where price should never be your first concern. The home inspector needs to be your true advocate willing to dedicate the time to hunt down the inevitable defects; have the substantial knowledge needed to know when a defect is a material concern; and have the ability to report it clearly and in proper perspective. This is a difficult and demanding task -– take the time and choose wisely. The best inspectors are not always going to be the least expensive or do the quickest inspections. Quality takes time, dedication, and experience.

Think about all the electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and structural systems of which you expect your home inspector to be knowledgeable. Why would you risk your home inspection to someone that wasn’t a member of CREIA? What does it say about someone who would call themselves a home inspector and not be unwilling to agree to a legally recognized standard of practice, code of ethics, and willing to fulfill the continuing education requirements?

The California Real Estate Inspection Association has a very cooperative relationship with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI); however, we realize that California has a unique legal and regulatory environment and therefore have chosen to remain independent. We often share in education and training with ASHI and have joint conferences whenever ASHI holds its annual conferences in California. Many CREIA members are also members of ASHI. CREIA Board Members over the years have also served with ASHI. As well, many of the CREIA chapters throughout the state are joint CREIA/ASHI chapters. Thus, CREIA partners with ASHI while maintaining our focus on California.

CREIA is a true member-benefit, non-profit, California-based, home inspection association. We are not an out-of-state, internet-based marketing cooperative. I am confident that your first and best line of ensuring that your inspector is qualified is to make sure your home inspector is a Certified CREIA Inspector (CCI) or a Master CREIA Inspector (MCI). These are designations that truly mean something. Both CCI and MCI members have passed a nationally recognized home inspector examination, commit to a serious and balanced Standard of Practice and Code of Ethics that clearly outlines what is inspected and how an inspector needs to act to protect home buyers and not just the home inspector. Master CREIA Inspectors meet substantial additional requirements for education and experience.

CREIA’s goal is to advance the skills and knowledge base of home inspectors to make them the best they can be and to protect the home buying public. Choose your home inspector wisely. Choose CREIA.

Steve John
Chairman of the Board


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Welcome CREIA Member!


You have reached the online “Members Only” section of the CREIA Website.  Here, you have access to resources such as managing your profile, uploading CECs (please also keep your own records), and accessing the Leadership Center, as well as access to files such as contracts and SoPs.

Please scroll down to go to Common Resources to get started with education, documents and membership related material.

If you are a Chapter Leader/President - Click Here for Chapter specific resources.

- The original CREIA Ask and TIE forums are currently being tested to be archived and available for our members to access.

- The inspector search is being reviewed by the engineering team, there are a few minor issues that will be resolved. Member contribution is important, please look at the information below to update your information so that the "Find An Inspector" feature can pull your information properly.

Update Your Member Profile: Please note that when you are updating your logo or picture under your profile, it must not exceed 250x250 proportions and it must be equal width and length. Please also update your county under your profile options so that "Find An Inspector" can properly search for your business. If you are searching for your profile under various fields and your information does not show as it should, that means there is an issue with the information in your profile. Constantly update your profile to assure search result accuracy. The only information that the search pulls from is your personal profile. CREIA also suggests uploading a picture of yourself for your profile.

Also: Email blasts, E-News Letters, badges and other items that CREIA sends out pulls information from your profile so we can properly communicate with our members. When people look for an inspector, the information information you provide is vital for receiving business. The only information that did NOT get transferred was County. So, unless you update your profile, it will not show under 'Find an Inspector'. CREIA staff is in the process of changing the county manually.

Member Verification Link: Updating your verification link to your website is easy, If you are looking for a link to verify that you are an inspector, search for your profile under 'Find An Inspector' and click on your name and it will open up the information on your profile. The URL that opens up to your full member profile is the URL link you are going to use for verification. The URL will be long because of the search function, but provide your webmaster/web service with the URL and ask them to embed the URL link from your profile to the logo/icon on your site, you can also link it to normal text like a traditional hyperlink. CREIA is not responsible for member website(s). The 'Find An Inspector' function is designed so that when members don't renew or are past the grace period of 30 days or the education required isn't logged, it automatically removes them from the website.

Long At Last! Declare Your Own CECs: You can now properly declare your own CECs. Upon reporting, the CREIA staff is notified and a CEC check takes place. If your CEC(s) were approved, they will remain on your transaction list in your profile. This new intuitive feature will give members an opportunity to completely self manage their documents. No more long email threads or calls trying to track down paperwork or wondering if that fax ever went through. Do it individually throughout the year or upload all at once upon renewal. You can also see a list of receipts of all of the CEC(s) declared by both you or CREIA. These tools provide a 'hastle-free' approach to education.

We understand the frustration of moving over. The success of this website and future campaigns is determined upon cooperation with the members and like affiliates. We truly appreciate your cooperation as we move forward onto a new platform for CREIA's future. If one individual is having issues you can be assured the rest of the members are experiencing the same.



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Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

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Looking for Contracts, Bylaws or Standards of Practice?

Click here for more documents.
Ready to upload your Continuing Education Credits (CEC)s?
Please click here to complete the online CEC Reporting form.

Need Approval for Education or Toolboxes?
  • For a CREIA Education Approval and CEC Review Request form, click here.
**Typically for chapter toolboxes or any event/meeting hosted by CREIA.
  • For A Non-CREIA Sponsored Education CEC Review Request, click here.
**Education that is not hosted or approved by CREIA.


Looking for a list of CREIA Approved Education?
Click here for approved educational sources.

Time to renew your membership?
Please click here for 2nd year Candidate Membership Renewal
Please click here for CCI or MCI Member Renewal
Please click here for Affiliate Member Renewal

Looking for membership requirements?
Click here.

Need a CREIA Member logo?
Please click here to send an email request for a CREIA Member logo.
*CCIs and MCIs can use the CREIA member designation logo for  advertising on business cards, letterheads, promotional materials, advertising, etc.

Marketing Yourself to the Public or Real Estate Agents? Try these:
How to Choose a Home Inspector
Buying an Investor-Owned Property

Do you have an Ethics violation to report?
Please click here to complete the online Ethics Violation report.
 ** Reporting for malpractice or logo use rights.

Looking for Chapter meetings in your local area?
Click here.

Please contact the CREIA office should you need any assistance.

65 Enterprise
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

P 949-715-1768
F 949-715-6931