What is the Canadian-Certified Home Inspector Certification?

  The Canadian-Certified Home Inspector is an education, skills and  professional competency  certification developed for Ontario in conjunction with the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and the Alberta Association of Certified Home Inspectors.  The Canadian-Certified Home Inspector Certification allows the public to identify Inspectors who can prove that they have the required skills, education …

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The CCHI and Home Inspector regulation in Ontario

The process for developing proposals regarding regulation of the Home Inspection profession in Ontario has finished it’s first stage.  The proposals document which can be found here made a series of recommendations to go to the public consultation stage, and if seriously unopposed on to the policy review stage. Of the thirty-five (35) recommendations made …

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Home Insepctor Comparisons

Inspector Qualifications in Ontario and across Canada

Home Inspector Qualifications

Presently there are around 13 Associations operating in Ontario that deal with the home Inspection Industry.

Some, like OntarioACHI are Ontario based, some purport to represent the whole of Canada and some are International.

Most of them offer, between them, a number of Home Inspector Certifications and Designations in Ontario that are aimed at offering the public an indication of the capability and skills of the Inspector that carries them.

The problem is that these designations and certifications are not well laid out to allow the public to identify exactly what those capabilities are.

At OntarioACHI we are aiming to give honest and accurate information to the public regarding the qualifications required by a Home Inspector to call themselves Certified or Registered.

The public needs to remember that in the absence of Government regulation of the profession, Home Inspectors are regulated by their own peers.

The first thing to understand is the if a Home Inspector is not a member of any association, then they are not held to any level of accountability save for recourse to the law.

Of the 13 Associations, there are really only 5 Certifications that actually confirm the Home Inspector has been educated to any standard at all.

Certified Professional Inspector, or C.P.I., awarded by InterNACHI
National Home Inspector, or N.H.I., awarded by the National Home Inspectors Certification Council
Certified Master Home Inspector, or C.M.H.I. awarded by CanNACHI
Certified Canadian Home Inspector or C.C.H.I., awarded by OntarioACHI
Certified Master Inspector or C.M.I.,awarded by the Master Inspector Certification Board.

In addition to these four, in Ontario there is the designation Registered Home Inspector, or R.H.I., which is a term reserved by Provincial Act of Parliament and indicates that the holder is a registered member of Ontario Association of Home Inspectors, but does not confirm that the holder is qualified to any specific level of training or skills.

Here is a table that attempts to explain the various skills, education and cost requirements to attain each level.

Ontario Certifications as of March 9th 2016
Key to annotations

¥ Test Inspection & Peer Review

Key to abbreviations

CPD Continued Professional Development
CEU Continued Educational Units
hrs Hours
pts Points (educational)
TIPR Test Inspection & Peer Review

Certified Canadian Home Inspector Program

OntarioACHI in conjunction with AlbertaACHI have adopted the Certified Canadian Home Inspector Program (CCHI). This program requires serious commitment from the home inspector towards their education and professional development. The difference between this program and others is that it concentrates on the Professional development of the inspector with regard to Consumer Protection. Most other certifications at this level require expensive education to be taken. This education is provided at great expense either by the Associations offering the Certification or through third parties that have a relationship with either the Association of the executives of that association.

We see this as a conflict of interests. The education required for the CCHI can be obtained by members of OntarioACHI from any means recognised by ANY of the other Certifications. This means that the Inspectors who choose to train for the CCHI can avail themselves of inexpensive training. Their training at the educational level is tested independently from this 3rd party training and verified through examinations developed by OntarioACHI and proctored by 3rd party individuals.

We also believe that practical experience should be tested. It is important that Inspectors should be able to inspect, diagnose and adequately report the information they see to their clients. This is why, to be awarded a CCHI designation, our inspectors must prove themselves at an adjudicated Test Inspection. Here they must be able to show they follow a standard that ensures all the required components are inspected, that they recognise and correctly identify components and any defects, and subsequently report, both verbally and in writing their findings.

This Test Inspection & Peer Review (TIPR) is adjudicated by more than one oversight inspector, who has been properly trained in their own right.

OntarioACHI-AlbertaACHI agreement for the CCHI

The boards of both the Ontario Association of Certified Home Inspectors and the Alberta Association of Home Inspectors are pleased to announce that a formal agreement has been signed by both parties allowing OntarioACHI to both adopt and award the Canadian Certified Home Inspector (CCHI) certification standard. Not only is this standard the highest certification …

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Open Letter to other Home & Property Inspector Associations.

The following letter has been delivered from the Board to the Presidents of the other Home Inspector Associations that operate or have representative Inspectors in Ontario. This includes (in alphabetical order): ASHI CAHPI CanNACHI InterNACHI OAHI PHPIC TheACHI These Associations will be at the Stakeholders meeting later this month, and we wanted to ensure that …

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Scoop! – Programme d’interception légale pour les membres OntarioACHI

Un nouveau programme pour l’Ontario Accueil inspecteurs   Nous avons travaillé avec un cabinet d’avocats à Toronto au nom de la Maison profession d’inspecteur en Ontario, et nous sommes heureux d’annoncer qu’un accord a été parvenu à offrir un service juridique exclusive qui sera disponible uniquement pour les membres entièrement libérées d’OntarioACHI. Les détails du …

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Insurance for Inspectors

Background Stakeholders at the up and coming meeting with the Ministry of Consumer Services regarding Licensing of the Profession in Ontario include representatives from Insurers.The ones so far notified re the Insurance Bureau of Canada and the Brokers Hub International.  There is no doubt that these two stakeholders either individually or on behalf of the …

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AGM – 2012/2013

At Holiday Inn, Barrie, Ontario Attendance: A Quorum was confirmed by the Registrar at 18:00. Welcome: Apologies: None AGM Business: Minutes of the previous AGM: The minutes of the [year] annual general meeting were As this is the inaugural AGM there were no prior minutes/ Presidents Report: The President’s report was read. Financial Statements: The …

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Free Radon Webinar

Thanks to Roy Cooke for passing this on: Webinar:  Reducing Radon in Canadian Homes Health Canada is hosting a webinar on reducing radon in new and existing homes. Join us to learn about: ·        Radon mitigation techniques with a detailed overview of the new Canadian mitigation guide entitled: Reducing Radon Levels in …

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