November 1, 2016
CAHPI National Adopts CSA A770 Home Inspection Standard

At the National Annual General Meeting held on October 21st, CAHPI chose to adopt the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) A770 Home Inspection Standard as the National Standard of Practice (NSOP) of the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors.

Graham Clarke, P.Eng, RHI I am proud to see CAHPI positioning itself as a first adopter of a document like a National Standard of Canada. Many home inspection associations will face challenges and questions about our relevancy in the next few years as licensing laws are enacted and revised. CAHPI has positioned itself as a leader, rather than a follower, in the industry. CAHPI's leadership, exemplified by its continued participation in the development and maintenance of the Standard, has been recognized by the CSA.

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March 10, 2016
CSA Group Publishes the First National Standard on Home Inspections
CSA A770-16 Home Inspection was developed to help establish specific guidance for inspection through a single recognized standard. Inconsistency in the approach to inspections can create a risk for both consumers and home inspectors, and the lack of clear expectations for what a home inspection entails may cause increased liability for both parties. The CSA Group technical committee, comprised of a balanced representation of stakeholders including real estate agents, home inspectors, consumer protection groups, governments and others, agreed that a national standard would help provide clarity.

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CAHPI Announces NOS Revision Completion

CAHPI is pleased to announce the completion of the review and revision of the 2008 National Occupational Standard for Home and Property Inspectors. CAHPI recognizes and willingly accepts its leadership responsibilities to the home inspection industry as well as to its stakeholders. For many years now CAHPI has dedicated itself to writing Standards of Practice and Codes of Conduct for its members and standards and protocols for the industry.

The NOS review and revision process brought together a group of experienced, respected inspectors from all across Canada and was facilitated Mr. Jeff Griffiths of Griffiths Sheppard Consulting Group, Calgary Alberta. The NOS working group collaborated through CAHPI National’s SharePoint online portal to communicate remotely at a significant cost saving.

CAHPI, on behalf of its members and industry stakeholders, extends its gratitude to the NOS working group for committing to the revision of such an important document to our competency model.

Ongoing validation and industry feedback is being collected by the CAHPI National office.  Comments can be emailed to NOS Feedback.

On behalf of CAHPI,

Blaine Swan, RHI President

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CAHPI Releases revised National Standards of Practice - October 2012

The National Standards of Practice are a set of guidelines for home and property inspectors to follow in the performance of their inspections. They are the most widely accepted Canadian home inspection guidelines in use, and include all the home's major systems and components. The National Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are recognized by many related professionals as the definitive Standards for professional performance in the industry.

These National Standards of Practice are being published to inform the public on the nature and scope of visual building inspections performed by home and property inspectors who are members of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI).

The purpose of the National Standards of Practice is to provide guidelines for home and property inspectors regarding both the inspection itself and the drafting of the inspection report, and to define certain terms relating to the performance of home inspections to ensure consistent interpretation

To ensure better public protection, home and property inspectors who are members of CAHPI should strive to meet these Standards and abide by the appropriate provincial/regional CAHPI Code of Ethics.

These Standards take into account that the following is a visual inspection of a building does not constitute an evaluation or a verification of compliance with building codes and Standards or regulations governing the construction industry or the health and safety industry, neither or with Standards and regulations governing insurability for the purpose of insuring risk.

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