National Credential
Credential: Certified Inspector (CI)  NCCA resource
Credentialing Agency: American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)

The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), Certified Inspector (CI) is a credential for mid-level professionals who assess the current condition of houses. Certified Inspectors document their professional opinion of a home based on a visual evaluation and operational testing of the home’s systems and components. A CI should have broad technical knowledge of all house systems and an ability to communicate technical issues in terms that a layperson can understand.


More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 1 year

Certified Inspector (CI)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12A Engineer Senior Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 12K Plumber MOS other          
Enlisted 12R Interior Electrician MOS other          

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Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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Certified Inspector (CI)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 30 days
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 1 year

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
932 Lee Street, Suite 101
Des Plaines, IL  60016
Phone: (847) 759-2820
Fax: (847) 759-1620
Contact Page

Certified Inspector (CI)

ASHI CI candidates must submit valid proof of performance of at least 250 fee-paid home inspections that meet or exceed the ASHI Standards of Practice.

Candidates are required to complete at least 30 days as an ASHI Associate Inspector.

Candidates are required to submit inspection reports successfully verified for compliance with ASHI’s Standards of Practice prior to being CI certified.

The Certified Inspector (CI) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates and those holding the CI credential must agree to abide by ASHI’s Code of Ethics.

Certified Inspector (CI)

  • Building Science (64%)
    • Identify and inspect site conditions (4%)
    • Identify and inspect building exterior components (6%)
    • Identify and inspect structural system elements (7%)
    • Identify and inspect electrical system elements (7%)
    • Identify and inspect cooling systems (5%)
    • Identify and inspect heating systems (6%)
    • Identify and inspect insulation, moisture management systems, and attic/interior/crawl space ventilation systems in conditioned and unconditioned spaces (6%)
    • Identify and inspect plumbing systems (6%)
    • Identify and inspect interior components (5%)
    • Identify and inspect fireplace and chimney systems (6%)
    • Identify and inspect common permanently installed kitchen appliances for proper condition and operation (3%)
    • Identify and inspect pool and spa systems (2%)
    • Identify and inspect lawn irrigation systems (1%)
  • Analysis and Reporting (24%)
    • In the inspection report, identify building systems and components by their distinguishing characteristics (e.g., purpose, type, size, location) to inform the client what was inspected. (6%)
    • Describe inspection methods and limitations in the inspection report to inform the client what was inspected and what was not inspected and the reason why it was not inspected. (6%)
    • Describe systems and components inspected that are not functioning properly or are defective. (7%)
    • List recommendations to correct deficiencies or items needing further evaluation. (5%)
  • Business Operations (12%)
    • Identify the elements of the written inspection contract (e.g., scope, limitations, terms of services) to establish the rights and responsibilities of the inspector and client. (6%)
    • Identify responsibilities to the client in order to maintain the quality, integrity, reputation, and objectivity of the inspection process while protecting the client’s interests. (6%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Certified Inspector (CI) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Certified Inspector (CI)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Certified Inspector (CI) credential has the following recertification information:

  • All ASHI inspectors are required to earn 20 hours annually in continuing education credits.

Certified Inspector (CI)

Additional considerations for the Certified Inspector (CI) include:

  • The CI examination is open to all individuals with no prerequisite for experience or education. ASHI certification should be used as one of several measures of an individual's qualifications when screening applicants for a position. Inspectors should possess a combination of technical knowledge, education, and related experience.