It was developed for Ontario in conjunction with the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and the Alberta Association of Certified Home Inspectors (AlbertaACHI)
The Canadian-Certified Home Inspector certification allows the public to identify Inspectors who can prove that they have the required skills, education and professional acuity to be trusted to perform top class Home & Property inspections.
Why is this different from other Certifications?
Educated & Experienced
The CCHI has been designed to mirror ALL the requirements proposed to the government for the regulation of Home Inspectors in Ontario. It has the most stringent requirements for examination, peer inspection shadowing and report reviews.
Vetted & Trustworthy
Unlike other Certifications which ask the home inspectors to submit to a police background check, the CCHI program requires the Inspector to provide a current police background check. This puts the onus on the inspector to prove they are professional and trustworthy.
The CCHI program demands full coverage with respect to Insurance including both E&O and General Liability. These insurances ensure that the Inspector, their client and the home owner are protected from accidents and legal claims that might arise from a home inspection.
Unlike other Associations that mandate all stick and no carrot, OntarioACHI have worked in conjunction with the major broker for Home Inspection Insurance in Ontario to identify cost savings for the insurances so there is no excuse for a CCHI Certified member of OntarioACHI to not have adequate cover.
Professional & Responsible
Unlike other certifications the CCHI demands bi-annual re-certification. While this only incurs the costs, where applicable, of the examination process to the Inspector, it does require they maintain a level of continued professional development, which they can log through using web services provided by the Ontario Association of Certified Home Inspectors (OntarioACHI)
CCHI members MUST adhere to the toughest Canadian Code of Ethics and perform their duties to the most comprehensive Standards of Practice. CCHI members must issue concise contracts that explain the limitations, costs and redress available and ensure the client is fully aware of the clauses they are signing.
Recognised and Relevant
The CCHI has already been recognised in other parts of Canada as part of the regulation process. Unlike some certifications that can be advertised by just joining an association, the CCHI must be earned, and OntarioACHI members who earn this relevant certification can be proud to display it prominently. Clients will know when a Home Inspector says they are a Canadian Certified Home Inspector, they have had to prove it to us, and now they are ready to prove it to everyone.