CREIA’s Online NHIE Study Group

This course is for members only.
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To assist CREIA Associate Members in preparing and successfully passing the NHIE exam by offering an online (via GoToMeeting) NHIE Study Group. The study group will meet once per week for one hour and cover one chapter of the NHIE Study Manual. This program is completely voluntary. The study group is free to all CREIA members and all attendees and facilitators receive one CEC hour per one study group hour.


  • Associates come from differing backgrounds and with a variety of experience.
  • The test contains questions which have a regional bias. People living in the West will be unfamiliar with some building systems or components that are more common back East.
  • Some people are knowledgeable about a subject, but have trouble with test taking. Test anxiety, etc. This will likely be discussed in the first and last week study groups—and it’s encouraged to seek out a mentor or someone who has taken the test recently for advice/guidance.

Program Details and Suggestions:

  • Associate members receive the NHIE Manual and Study Guide upon becoming a member with certain exceptions (Join and Register, joined prior to the development and received other membership materials, etc.), which contains relevant information that will likely be covered in the test. Note the NHIE Manual and Study Guide will be used for this program. (The NHIE Manual and Study Guide can be purchased online in the CREIA store at a cost of $99 for CREIA members.)
  • Facilitators will assist in answering tough questions and peppering the group with information that may be on the exam but not evident in the NHIE materials, and related information when you are on the job.
  • To augment the experience, Associates are encouraged to also find a mentor who they are comfortable talking with-- most if not all of the facilitators have agreed to offer their contact information.
  • Attendees can join the study group from a computer, tablet or smartphone. First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check:


  • Attendance and timeliness are key. Please be sure to log in timely and participate for the full hour. Group members may decide to stay online longer if they so choose. Appropriate CEC. hours will be awarded.
  • Participants are expected to read the chapter(s) in advance and review/discuss the topics covered during the study group.

Study Program Meeting Dates and Schedule:

The schedule reflects the table of contents from the NHIE Study Manual. There is also a Study Guide helps to familiarize the candidate with the examination itself. Click here to go to the CREIA store and purchase the set!

Week 1
NHIE Study Group Kick-off Meeting
Discussion of Study Guide and Manual
Discussion about the test and best practices: Study, ask for clarification, review, there's no short cuts.
See practice exams: 
Week 2 Chapter 1: Site Conditions
Week 3 Chapter 2: Exterior Components
Week 4 Chapter 3: Structural Components 
Week 5 Chapter 4: The Electrical System
Week 6 Chapter 5: The Cooling System
Week 7 Chapter 6: The Heating System
Week 8 Chapter 7: Insulation and Ventilation 
Week 9 Chapter 8: The Plumbing System 
Week 10 Chapter 9: The House Interior
Week 11 Chapter 10: Fireplaces and Chimneys
Week 12 Chapter 11: Kitchen Appliances
Week 13 Chapter 12: Swimming Pools and Spas
Week 14 Chapter 13: Landscape Irrigation 
Week 15 Chapter 14: Analysis and Reporting of Findings 
Week 16 Chapter 15: Inspection Business Operation
Week 17 Review Questions - NHIE Manual page 616
See practice exams:
Discussion about the test and best practices