The Canadian-Certified Home Inspector (CCHI) designation is a stringently audited designation. Any Home Inspector that has been awarded, and maintains the CCHI can be identified as being at the top of their profession.
Membership Required for the CCHI
In order to be awarded and maintain the Canadian-Certified Home Inspector (CCH) designation, CCHI applicants and designates must be, and remain, fully paid-up members of OntarioACHI. The CCHI is awarded by OntarioACHI in Ontario and is not transferable to any other organisation in Ontario.
The reason for this is that, as a CCHI designate, Inspectors will be required to abide by the OntarioACHI Code of Ethics. All CCHI inspections should be compliant with the CAN/CSA A770-16 Home Inspection Standard or any other Standard of Practice that can be proven equivalent or more stringent from a consumers perspective.
If the inspector is not a member of OntarioACHI the Association cannot offer any guarantee to the public of the ongoing commitment to the profession of the inspector, nor do we hold any regulatory power over that Inspectors actions.
Non-members cannot hold or claim to hold this designation. Anyone found doing so will be publicly announced as being out of compliance with designation requirements.
Any other membership type held in OntarioACHI (e.g. Registered, Associate, Affiliate, Retired) does NOT allow the Inspector to hold the CCHI designation. Again, none of these memberships requires a commitment to the OntarioACHI mandate, code of ethics or SoP.
How the CCHI compares to other designations
There are a number of Certifications from different associations in Ontario, across Canada and throughout North-America. Each has merits and concerns. In the recommendation document for regulation of the profession in Ontario, a number of proposals were made to ensure Inspectors were fully qualified to carry out a Professional Home Inspection. The chart on the left is a comparison of the Certifications and designations held by various inspectors along with a summary comparison of the expected regulatory proposals.
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(This chart is accurate as of July 1st, 2016)
In order to achieve the Designation of CCHI, CCHI Applicants must have completed at least 202 hours of Home Inspection coursework approved by the Accreditation Committee of OntarioACHI.
Proof of completion of these courses will be required in the form of certificates of attendance and proctored examinations. Courses that do not provide proctored examinations will not be recognised as entry to the fast track education assessment process. The fast track education assessment process differs from the regular education assessment process by requiring the CCHI applicant to only submit to a single proctored examination for prior learning assessment, which is similar in nature to the re-certification examination. Those CCHI applicants who do not qualify for the fast track education assessment process will be required to sit two proctored examinations which will require a more intense assessment of their prior learning.
In order for a Candidate to be able to reach the experience requirement for the CCHI designation, they must have at least 150 Home Inspections under your belt. They are required to provide a list of these inspections in their application, a number of which will be selected for peer review.
New Inspectors obviously have a long way to go to get the required experience to be able to obtain the CCHI but can start their journey to professional excellence by applying for the CCHI program as soon as they join OntarioACHI.
The Certification Committee can then provide guidance to steer the Applicant in the right direction and may even be able to connect them with a qualified Professional Inspector in their local area who can provide a mentorship program.
Once the Inspector has completed the basic 202 hours education, insurance and background check requirements they are able to use the CCHI Applicant designation and logo. Completion of any relevant learning assessment examinations and completion of the required peer-reviewed inspections they will be advanced to a full Canadian-Certified Home Inspector (CCHI) designation.
Continued Educational Development
We require all CCHI designates to attend courses for Home Inspection or Construction related specific subjects each year to maintain their knowledge. Each CCHI designate must maintain a number of CEU (Continuous Education Units) every year, from accredited courses and log these to their profile to ensure they can maintain the CCHI designation.
We require all CCHI designates to sit a re-certification exam every two years.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
Everyone makes mistakes. Home Inspectors are no different. When those mistakes cause genuine problems for consumers there should be a mechanism to offset any costs incurred by the consumer as a result of error or omission on the part of the Inspector. This is why we require all CCHI designates and recommend all Inspectors of any status, to establish and maintain both Errors & Omissions Insurance and General Liability Insurance.
This doesn’t provide a pot of gold for clients who think that because an Inspector is insured it offers a change to file frivolous claims and get some money to offset the purchase price of their home. The flip-side of providing security for consumers for negligent actions on the part of the Inspector is a professional legal team from the Insurer to fight frivolous claims.
Professional Indemnity insurance does provide protection for the consumer where they are wronged by the Inspector, but it equally protects the Inspector from clients who wrongly accuse the inspector of negligence.
Police Background Check
Inspectors have access to peoples property and their innermost secrets and are often alone in a house with just one other person. It is important that they are shown to be trustworthy. This is why we require all of our CCHI designates to provide Police Background Checks and refuse the CCHI to anyone who has, still on the legal books, offences against property (theft & criminal damage) or against a person (any form of violence or sexual offence). We require CCHI designates to affirm each year their PRB has not changed and every five years to provide a new one.
Continued Professional Development
In addition to the Continual Education Development, we require CCHI designates to attend courses, seminars and other events that extend their professional development. These events ensure the soft and business skills of each CCHI designate is kept up to date.