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Education for California Inspectors!


The CREIA Annual Conference has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the most stimulating and worthwhile education opportunities for inspectors in California. Join the California Real Estate Inspection Association for its 2018 Annual Conference, Are Your Business and Inspection Skills Elevated for New Technologies & Energy Systems?

The 2018 Annual Conference will be held April 27-29, 2018 at the Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, California!

The 2018 Conference Committee has built a conference schedule to cover inspection basics; niche/special opportunities geared to those with intermediate to advanced knowledge; and commercial inspections.

The CREIA Conference is a not to miss event! 

  • Conference Highlights
  • Schedule-at-a-Glance
  • Registration Fees
  • Plan Your Stay!
  • Session Descriptions and Presenter Bios
  • CEC Information
  • Conference Program Book

2018 CREIA Conference Exhibitors

Interested in Exhibiting? Please click here for complete information!

Thursday, May 4 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. or
Friday, May 5 from 6 to 7:30 a.m.

Exhibits Open
Friday from  7:30 am to 5 p.m.
Friday Welcome & Exhibitor Appreciation Reception 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday 5 to 7 p.m. 

Conference Highlights

  • Wednesday and Thursday Pre-Conference Sessions
  • Thursday Group SOP Inspection
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Educational Sessions
  • Friday CREIA Welcome and Exhibitor Appreciation Reception
  • Saturday Annual Business Meeting & Awards Lunch
  • Exhibitor Showcase ~ view the latest products and services offered by the many vendors that will be present
  • Several opportunities for networking with your peers
  • Opportunity to sit for the CREIA SOP/Ethics Exam
  • Sessions are approved for ASHI/CREIA CECs
  • alt Many sessions are ICC approved


Wednesday & Thursday, April 25 & 26: Pre-Conference Sessions

7:30 a.m.
Pre-Conference Check-in, Registration, & Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pre-Conference Programs

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Group SOP Inspection (Offsite-Event)
Check-in at the Conference registration desk
San Francisco Peninsula Chapter, co-sponsor and facilitators a TRULY UNIQUE Group SOP Inspection Toolbox with Patrick Burger, CCI and Bret Husted, CCI

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Exhibitor Set-Up

Friday, April 27

7:30 a.m.
Conference Registration/Check-in

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Chairman's Message in the Exhibit Hall

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. (1.5 CECs)
Breakout Sessions

10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Break

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (1.5 CECs)
Breakout Sessions

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  (1.5 CECs)
Breakout Sessions

3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Break

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (1.5 CECs)
Breakout Sessions

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
CREIA Welcome and Exhibitor Appreciation Reception ~ All conference attendees are welcome to experience this exceptional networking event with exhibitors, prizes, light hors d’oeuvres, and a drink on us!

Saturday, April 28

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration & Check-in

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. (1.5 CECs)
Breakout Session

10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (1.5 CECs)
Breakout Sessions

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (1.5 CECs)
Annual Business Meeting, Legislative Update, Awards Presentation & Lunch

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (1.5 CECs)
Breakout Sessions

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (1.5 CECs)
Breakout Sessions

Sunday, May 7, 2017

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Registration & Check-in

7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sunday Breakout Sessions

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Session Descriptions and Presenter Bios

Presenter Disclaimer

Presenters were chosen because of their expertise in the subject matter presented. The views and opinions expressed by presenters do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or official policy of the California Real Estate Inspection Association.

Registration Fees

Full Registration:
Member $365 and Non-Member $495
At Door: Member $405 and Non-Member $535

*Join CREIA and Register for the Full Conference:
For Non-Members $505
At Door: For Non-Members $565

Pre-Conference Program:
Does not include Materials.

Single Day/Friday:
Member $135 and Non-Member $185
At Door: Member $155 and Non-Member $205

Single Day/Saturday:
Member $189 and Non-Member $215
At Door: Member $200 and Non-Member $235

Single Day/Sunday:
Member $100 and Non-Member $125
At Door: Member $125 and Non-Member $145

Guest Registration:
Member $95 and Non-Member $95
At Door: Member $105 and Non-Member $105

*Join and Register: If you are not a member of CREIA, register for the Full Conference and Join CREIA today with CREIA's promotional "Join and Register" Conference and Membership discount. The Join and Register fee does not include any study materials for the NHIE. Please visit the CREIA Store to purchase the books separately. This category includes Exhibits and Educational Sessions; Continental Breakfasts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Annual Business Meeting and Awards Lunch on Saturday; Reception on Friday. (Does not include the Pre-Con  or Materials.)

Full Conference Registration: This category includes Exhibits and Educational Sessions; Continental Breakfasts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Annual Business Meeting and Awards Lunch on Saturday; Friday's Welcome Reception. (Does not include the Pre-Con Class or Materials.)

Guest Registration: Guest must accompany a CREIA member. Fee covers admission to the Exhibit Hall, Continental Breakfasts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Annual Business Meeting and Awards Lunch on Saturday; Friday's Welcome Reception. (Does not include Educational sessions, syllabus, program materials, or CEC credit.)

Special Accommodation: Facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you require special accommodation and plan to attend the CREIA Conference, please contact the CREIA office at or by calling 949-715-1768. Please allow as much advance notice as possible to ensure we have ample time to meet your needs.

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations will be accepted in writing until March 30, 2018. A $50 administrative fee will be deducted. No refunds will be given if cancellation notice is received after March 30th.

CEC Information

Please note:

  1. You will be asked to select the sessions you would like to take during the Conference directly on the on-line registration form.
  2. If on-site you wish to change or have not selected your session, you will need to complete a session change/update form so that your classes and CECs will be recorded in the actual transaction in your profile. If you do not select sessions, you'll need to list the ones that you take.
  3. There will also be sign-in sheets in back of each session room, which are used for auditing purposes. Do not forget to sign-in each session.

Plan Your Stay! - Information coming soon!

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CREIA Approved Education

The education listed in the Events Calendar are CREIA-sponsored education or education approved by CREIA for continuing education credit. CREIA Associates (formerly Candidates), CREIA Members, Certified CREIA Inspectors, and Master CREIA Inspectors must report and document to CREIA at least thirty (30) Continuing Education Credits (CECs) per membership year. At least ten (10) of those CECs must be CREIA-sponsored programs (Conference, online education, chapter events). Up to 20 CECs may be gained in a renewal year by any of the approved educational partners.

Click here for other ways to earn CECs with CREIA and CEC guidelines.

You may take any of the education listed to obtain CECs, but the member is responsible for all costs outside of membership; if you are looking for pricing, please click the website link provided to their respective pages. CREIA does not recommend specific courses, however, the education listed is in compliance with CREIA's Standards of Practice and § 7195 California Business & Professions Code for Home Inspectors in the State of California. All courses are submitted annually and reviewed by the CREIA Education Committee.

In addition to others specifically named in the Event List/Calendar continuing education from the following organizations are approved:

American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)
ASHI--Allied School of Home Inspection
BPI--Building Science Principles
Carson Dunlop
Home Inspection University
Inspection Certification Associates (ICA)
Michael Casey Associates (MCA)
McKissock 100% Education
Monroe Infrared
National Swimming Pool Foundation
Professional Home Inspection Institute
Simpson Strong Tie
SoCal Edison
United Infrared

 Education Source | Course Title | # CECs
Premier Educational Affiliate

CREIA, Michael CaseyMichael Casey Associates (MCA)

Through June 2018

  • Live Home Inspection Training Class (60) - CREIA members receive $50 off live training. Be sure to let them know you are a CREIA member for the discount. (See Website for dates) Registration fees have not increased in seven years in an effort to maintain costs for prospective home inspectors.
  • Commercial Inspection Management - Online Course (16)
  • CREIA Report Writing Standards Online - Online Course & Final Exam (1.5)
  • Fundamentals of Home Inspection - Online Class & Final Exam (40)
  • Principals of Home Inspection - Online Class & Final Exam (100)
  • House: Buy - Fix - Sell - Online Class & Final Exam (4)
  • Claims Consultant - Online Class & Final Exam (2)
  • The Truth About Mold - Online Class & Final Exam (4)
  • Pool and Spa Inspection - Online Class & Final Exam (8)
  • Pre-Drywall Inspection - Online Class & Final Exam (8)

altPremier Educational Affiliate
United Infrared

Through May 2018

  • The Home InspectIR; (4)

A 4-hour online training course teaching home inspectors how to use infrared technology in their home inspections.

  • SewerScan (4)

A 4-hour online training course teaching home inspectors how to grow their current business with underground piping inspections via a sewer camera.

  • Residential Construction Performance Guidelines (2)

A 2-hour training course approved by the National Association of Home Builders to help home inspectors understand construction guidelines. Registration includes a free workbook.

Through June 2018

  • ElectricIR (8)

An advanced, online course in Electrical Thermography

  • RoofScanIR (10)

This online training is an intensive course that will prepare you to perform on-roof infrared surveys of flat and low-sloped roofing systems. The course curriculum includes twenty-one (21) separate presentations about both technical and practical aspects of roof moisture surveying. Included are instruction in the chemistry, physics and thermodynamics of roofs, industry standards, applications of commercial and industrial roofing, and exactly how to perform scans on flat and low-sloped roofing systems

American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT)AHIT, CREIA

Through August 2018:
  • OnCourse Real Estate, Inc. dba American Home Inspectors Training (120) CREIA CEC's for their Professional Home Inspection Online Course.
  • Home Inspection Master Course Plus Three Days Hands-on-Training - Online & Live Course (120) + (27)

Through November 2017:

  • Alternative, Renewable, Sustainable, and Green Energy (1)
  • Atoms, Conductors, Insulators, and Flow (1)
  • Biomass Energy: An Overview (1)
  • Business Etiquette (1)
  • Business Writing Skills (1)
  • Circuits and Wires (1)
  • Commercial Building Energy Conservation (1.5)
  • Customer Service- Face to Face and On the Phone, (2)
  • Direct and Alternating Current (1)
  • Direct Mail Marketing Techniques (2)
  • Electricity Distribution (1)
  • Geothermal Energy (1)
  • Home Energy Use: Helping Lower Electricity Bills (1.5)
  • Oral Communication Skills (1.5)
  • Smart Meters (1)
  • Solar Energy for Electricity and Heating (2)
  • Stress Management (1.5)
  • Time Management (1.5)
  • Voltage, Current, and Resistance (1)
  • Report Writing for Risk Reduction (8)
  • Inspector Safety (3)
  • Inspecting Pools and Spas (4)
  • Advanced Electrical - Online Class (8) through 3/2016 only

Home Inspection Universityalt

Through October 2017

  • AC & High Efficiency Furnace Inspection online (1 CEC)
  • Basement & Attic Inspection Online (1 CEC)
  • Composition Roofing Inspection (1 CEC)
  • Electric Panel Inspection (2 CECs)
  • Exterior Inspection (1 CEC)
  • Interior Inspection (1 CEC)
  • NEC 2014 Update for Home Inspectors (1 CEC)
  • Pool Inspection (1 CEC)
  • Roof and Floor Truss Inspection (2 CECs)

Inspection Certification Associates (ICA)

ICA, CREIA Educational AffiliateThrough October 2017

  • Real Estate Inspection Certification Program - Interactive Online Class (120)

CREIA, McKissockMcKissock 100% Education

Through September 2018

  • Electricity and Electrical Inspections: From the Inside Out (3)
  • Roof Inspections (4)

Through June 2018

  • Home Inspection From the Ground Up - Online Course (3)
  • Inspection What's Outside the Home - Online Course (2)
  • Safety Precautions for Home Inspectors - Online Course (2)
  • Energy Efficient Home Inspections - Online Course (2)

Through July 2018

  • Radon Inspection for Residential Properties online education course (4)
  • Practical and Successful Reporting online education course (4)

Professional Home Inspection Institute alt

Through October 2017

  • Initial/Basic Course (90 hours)
  • Advanced Course (32 hours)
  • Commercial Mold Inspection (16 hours)
  • Defect Recognition (8 hours)
  • Energy Audit Diagnostic (20 hours)
  • Environmental Hazards (8 hours)
  • House Framing (45 hours)
  • Infrared Level 1 Thermography (60 hours)
  • Infrared Moisture Survey (24 hours)
  • Manufactured Home Inspection (16 hours)
  • Mold Remediation Certification (40 hours)
  • Mold Remediation Protocols (16 hours)
  • Pool and Spa Inspection (14 hours)
  • Radon Measurement Certification (16 hours)
  • Residential Mold Inspection (90 hours)
  • Structural Pest Inspection (24 hours)
  • Weatherization & Insulation Remediation (24 hours)

National Swimming Pool Foundation alt

Through March 2018
  • Certified Pool/Spa Inspector Online Course (3)
  • Home Pool Essentials Online Course (2)


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Tracking CECs

About Tracking Continuing Education Credit:

CREIA members are to be keeping track and reporting their own CECs. Recertification requires 30 CECs and at least two chapter meetings per year.

CREIA members have a choice regarding reporting CECs:

1. Create a Word doc or PDF listing the education taken over the year and upload it (in one file with any related documentation) directly in the CCI/MCI membership renewal form upon renewing your membership (similar to how ASHI members report their CECs). 

2. Others prefer to upload CECs as they receive them, so they use the CEC Reporting online submission form accessible when you enter your username and password on the Member Center page (see in Quick Links called CEC Reporting above).

If CREIA chapters submit their meeting and/or toolbox sign-in sheets, staff will upload those CECs to member profiles. As well, if the member transactions folder lists CREIA full conference registration, that generally means the member obtained 20 CECs directly from CREIA. 

Please note that as you may know, re-certification requires 30 CECs and attending two chapter meetings per year. Twenty CECs of the 30 CECs needed for recertification each year may be "CREIA-approved" education and 10 CECs per year must be "CREIA-sponsored" education. CREIA accepts non-approved education, but the member is required to pay $10 per CEC.

Click here for the link to the CREIA Website for CREIA approved education:

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To view your CECs in your member profile
From here (if you venture away from the Member Center, you can return by hovering your cursor over "Members" on the main menu bar and click on "Member Center") click on "Update Your Profile" above, hover your cursor over "My Profile," and click on "View Transactions." Here you can view CEC reports have been submitted as well as other CREIA events or forms you completed.

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About CREIA SOP/Ethics Examination
In preparation for taking the test, the candidate should thoroughly study the following documents:
CREIA Standards of Practice:

CREIA Code of Ethics:

California State Business and Professions Code 7195-7199:

California State Health and Safety Code 19890-19891:

About the NHIE Examination:
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.

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