A.At this point, Texas is the only state that requires certification for home inspectors. Compliance must be handled through the state housing board. But for general information and training there are several home inspection organizations. The largest is the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI, 3299 K St. NW, 7th floor, Washington, DC 20007; 202/842-3096). ASHI’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics is widely accepted among home inspectors. Other training opportunities include the Property Inspectors Training Institute (8811 Stonehaven Court, Potomac, MD 20854; 301/983-9371), which offers a week-long residential inspection course several times a year, and Home-Tech Systems, Inc. (5161 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20186; 301/657-3133), which periodically offers a course in starting a home inspection business.

There are also several home inspection franchise organizations that offer training to members. Perhaps the largest of these affiliate networks is HomePro Systems, Inc.

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