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Becoming a CREIA Certified Inspector Member

Complete the Associate Membership application

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.

Note: Membership dues are $495 for the first year (includes NHIE ebooks)

Path to become a Certified CREIA Inspector (CCI).

Complete the following steps to become a CCI
Steps 2-6 may be completed in any order, with Report Reviews as your final step.

1. Join CREIA - Complete an Associate Member Application and CREIA Background Check

Your first step is to become an Associate Member of CREIA by completing an application form. Membership in CREIA will provide you with many opportunities to interact with and learn from CREIA Inspector Members, network and create a client base. Associates must pass the Background Check, and 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 $449. 

Your membership fee includes the National Home Inspection Examination (NHIE) Study Guide as an eBook (a $259 savings!), study materials for the  CREIA's SOP/Ethics Examination, and an Associate focused webpage containing additional resources to help you get started.

Complete the Associate Membership application

Click here for information on the Background Check Program

 2. Pass the National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE) 

The EBPHI is the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors and administers with the NHIE (National Home Inspector Examination): https://nationalhomeinspectorexam.org/prepare-for-the-exam/

The examination fee is $225.00 per exam. Click here to register. Please know that the NHIE examination is rigorous. Be prepared! For more FAQs click here

There are 5 NHIE practice tests. The practice tests are available through PSI Online,  Click here for information about the practice tests.

Watch the CREIA study group recordings to help you prepare for the test!  Click here to access the recordings.
 3. Pass the CREIA SOP & Ethics Examination 
  The CREIA SOP Exam is a monitored exam that can be completed by:
  • *Emailing [email protected] to set up a time with the CREIA Office to take a Skype monitored exam. 
  • Scheduling the exam during a monthly chapter meeting (Please alert the CREIA Office 15 business days before your next chapter meeting so we have time to plan with the Chapter Leader) 
  • Taking the exam at the CREIA Annual Conference

The SOP Exam must be monitored by CREA staff, or a Chapter Leader. If the member does not pass on the first attempt, the office will work with the member to reschedule the exam for another time. 

You earn 5 CECs for passing the CREIA SOP/Ethics Examination.

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. Some will also be earned by completing the requirements of certification.

Where an Associate or member receives multiple credits as in attending a recognized school or college course and earns more than 20 Education hours, only a maximum of 20 credits will be eligible for CEC credit towards yearly membership requirementsClick here to read more regarding Continuing Education Credits.

Click here for CREIA-approved educational sources to fulfill your home inspector training.

CREIA Members receive a $50 discount for Michael Casey & Associates LIVE training program. Be sure to let Kelly/Michael know you are a member of CREIA. You will need to provide your membership identification number. Note, they have not increased registration fees for their live training program in seven years in an effort to keep start up costs as reasonable as possible for prospective home inspectors.

*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 and to download the Ride-Along Report form. Alternatively, you may contact the CREIA office at [email protected] and we will assist you in making a connection. Send completed Ride-Along forms to [email protected] so we can mark your profile accordingly.

CREIA will award one (1) CEC per ride to both the Mentor and Participating Member –not to exceed 3 CECs per each participant, in a respective membership year.

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 are a part of the live training with Michael Casey & Associates. Click here for more information this program.

Click here to view upcoming Chapter "Toolbox" Meetings.  Please be sure to send verification to [email protected].

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 protected]. 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 set their own pace to fulfill the requirements for the CCI designation. There is no set timeframe.

Ready to join?
Complete the 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 & Background Check: click here for the application.
2. Submit proof of having passed the NHIE examination to [email protected].
3. Pass CREIA's Residential Standards of Practice and Ethics examination. -- See step three (3) above for information on how to schedule.
4. Submit valid proof of having performed at least 250 fee paid home inspections to [email protected].
5. Submit a list of the last 50 fee paid inspection reports to [email protected] from which CREIA will randomly select 2 reports to be reviewed. 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.

At least one report should include a raised foundation dwelling.

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 protected].

ASHI Membership Reciprocity*

An ASHI Certified Inspector shall be granted CREIA Certified Inspector (CCI) status upon satisfying the following requirements:

(1) Provide proof of ASHI Certified Inspector status.
(2) Submit a list of at least 50 fee paid inspection reports from which CREIA will randomly select 2 reports to be reviewed for compliance with CREIA’s Standards of Practice.

*Other requirements may be mandated by ASHI. Please contact ASHI regarding reciprocity as a CREIA CCI/MCI.