Home Inspection | Ashton College
As a home inspector, it’s your job to help your clients make an informed decision on housing by providing them with clear and detailed reporting on all areas of their property. Everything from plumbing and electrical, roofing and structure, you are the expert.
Being a home inspector can be a natural career step for those with experience in trades. Using the knowledge and skills learned on the job helps ensure credibility in home inspection reports. An added benefit of being a home inspector is that your services will be in demand throughout the year. This means no more seasonal work, or irregular shifts, or an uncertain work schedule.
Standards of Excellence
The province of British Columbia recognizes the home inspection courses at Ashton College. As a licensed profession, home inspection in British Columbia was previously supervised by four separate associations, each with its own set of standards. Recent changes to the profession were implemented by Consumer Protection BC, bringing a universal standard throughout the province. The new standards will be under the banner of the CSA (Canadian Standards Association), allowing for improved oversight of the profession, as well as better consumer education.
Home Inspection is a licensed profession. Consumer Protection BC issues licences to individuals who perform home inspection services based on the requirements of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act and the Home Inspector Licensing Regulation. To apply for a licence, applicants must meet the necessary requirements, including the education requirement from the designated associations or authorities to operate as a home inspector.
Home Inspection Examinations
Upon completion of coursework, you will be required to take the Canadian Home Inspection Examination (CHIE ) to get the certification. Exams are administered online but must be taken at an approved test centre. Ashton Testing Services - rated as one of the best test centers in Canada has a long-standing relationship with home inspectors in British Columbia. Ashton Testing Services charges a flat fee of $45.00 for exams that are one to three hours in length.
Home Inspection Courses
Home Inspection Courses (Online)
Until 2009, Canadian home inspectors were not required to obtain licensing. However, this has since changed, and British Columbia became the first province in Canada to implement a mandatory home inspection license.