National Home Inspector Exam/Insurance

Originally Posted By: Cj Suter
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Hey Guys,


I just finished an 80 hour inspection training course. I was planning on taking the National Exam. However, I'm just starting my company and money is tight. It looks like the exam runs about $200. Do you think its important to take the National Exam right away? I'm in DC & MD and I don't think its required right now.
Also, I need to get E&O and general liability insurance. Any recommendations on a good company? Thanks,

Cj


Originally Posted By: Guest
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I couldn’t get any E&O at any price until I passed the NHIE.


Originally Posted By: Susan
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Cj,


You probably are "chompin at the bit" so to speak to get the exam out of the way. Don't know where you did your training but make sure that if they provided you with material and drawings, practice and read as much as you can. When I took it (about a year and a half ago), there were a lot of drawings where you had to know component parts of things (mechanicals, structural members etc.). My instructors said to study for 3/4 weeks and then go take it. I studied probably 7 weeks (1 to 2 hours a day) and passed it my first try.

The test questions change all the time (or at least that's what they say) so just make sure you know all you can and that if possible you look at these things in your own home or home's of friends. The more comfortable you are with the terms and how they relate to the inspection process, the better prepared you'll be for the test and as a home inspector!!

The test also contained many code related questions. The Code Check series is fairly inexpensive and will be a great reference for your "inspector library" if you can purchase them.

Good luck and keep us posted!!

Sue Cieslewicz


Originally Posted By: rpierson
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I use Allen insurance.


FYI


Originally Posted By: Blaine Wiley
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FREA has new inspector insurance, and there is no requirement to pass the NHIE.


Good luck in the DC market!


Originally Posted By: dbowers
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Taking the NHIE does not have anything to do with you being able to do home inspections - its just a test and there are many of them out there depending on where you’re at and which Association you belong to.


The NHIE used to be ASHI's test then it got renamed and packaged to make it easier to promote in states with licensure. In my area we've had a much higher passing rate on people taking the NHIE than when it was the ASHI test. I've had guys fail the old ASHI test 3 or 4 times then take the NHIE and sail thru - they said it was easier than the old ASHI tests.

When it was the old ASHI test they set the passing score higher than it is for the NHIE (states would not be as interested in using the NHIE if too many people failed). I still have some of the old statistics from when the NHIE was ASHI's old test and depending on the quarter - some times the rate of people passing the test was as low as 47% to 49% .

Two of our local inspectors (under 5 months in business) recently took the new NAHI exam for the CRI designation, and then took the NHIE just to try it. Both said the NHIE was easier than NAHI's exam.

Dan Bowers


Originally Posted By: Larry O’Connor
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Hello everyone


I'm very new here so be gentle with me.

I live in Michigan and just found out from Noel
at NHIE, that there is legislation pending to
license all home inspectors.

So until then, can any one recommend a
traing program in the Michigan/Northern
Indiana area or maybe a home training
program?

My primary concern is getting the
experience.on the job in addition to the
classroom training.

Can I train or be mentored by another
Inspector outside of my proposed territory?

Lastly, How much is E&O Insurance?
Although presently this insurance is not required
by Michigan, if that legislation is passed, it will
certainly be.

Any feed back would be appreciated.

Thank You

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Originally Posted By: tallen
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Originally Posted By: tallen
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I lied here is the web site to take the practice exam


http://www.catglobal.com/CATGlobal8/demo.asp?context=ebphi[url][/url]


Originally Posted By: Larry O’Connor
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Thank you Todd


I appreciate your feedback.

Will the Check Code Book series really
help to prepare for the exam?

I'll buy a few and study them.

Thanks again
Larry


Originally Posted By: tallen
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I just spoke with Gerry Beaumont and all the Exam questions I have are in the members section practice Exam. I guess I should look around the web site instead of hanging around the message board icon_redface.gif icon_redface.gif


Originally Posted By: Larry O’Connor
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Todd


Thank you again for the quick response.

There's a lot of information on the web site.
you can't expect to know everything.

Besides, we Newbies need you veterans on
the message board to ask questions, etc.

I'll have to wait to get into the member's site
when I'm "officially" a member. Hopefully by
Monday or Tuesday.

Have a great weekend. It's sunny and 47 here
in southwest Michigan.

Hope you're weather is great.

Larry


Originally Posted By: jmorrison
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tallen wrote:
I have 381 questions and answers from the 2003 test if anyone wants them let me know ![icon_cool.gif](upload://oPnLkqdJc33Dyf2uA3TQwRkfhwd.gif)
free of charge to any NACHI member


Todd I will take you up on this offer. My email: jjm0390@aol.com

Thank you

Jimmy Morrison


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Originally Posted By: tallen
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Jimmy



I sent them to you.You should check out the practice exam in the members area of this site they have the same questions and many more.


Originally Posted By: jmorrison
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Todd Allen


White Glove Home Inspections


Thank you very much.


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Originally Posted By: tallen
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Originally Posted By: Scott Patterson
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Hi Todd,


Lesson learned is worth more than any test question.

Best regards,

Scott


Originally Posted By: dbowers
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Todd - Do yourself a favor and read my earlier post in this topic section. Its not that tough a test if you have any construction knowledge or have studied the code check book.


Dan Bowers


Originally Posted By: tallen
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Originally Posted By: Guest
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