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  1. #1
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    Default Searching for the best HI training available

    I'm currently in the process of starting my own HI business in CA. Planning to start the beginning of 2016 & gradually ease myself into it & then by 2017 do it full-time. I know that CA does not require a license but that does not mean I care to do the bare minimum as I enter this field. I feel that there is no one training that will be able to teach me everything I need. Experience is the best teacher you can have, only by actually doing inspections and gaining valuable knowledge do I expect to succeed.

    But since that is not an option starting out, I would like to hear some feedback on what others have done starting out? Any worthwhile programs available? I'm not interested in something quick so I can jump in the game, so to speak. I want to spend the rest of 2015 gaining as much knowledge and training as I can so that I can set myself up for success and not failure.

    Any, feedback, suggestions, comments, or insight would be very much appreciated.

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    Default Re: Searching for the best HI training available

    The "best HI training available" is having actual hands-on experience in the construction industry.

    Aside from that, I'm a big fan of the InterNACHI training courses (some here will disagree). Then choose from other available training vendors/schools.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=home...utf-8&oe=utf-8

    Then take and pass the national exam.

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    Default Re: Searching for the best HI training available

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Carmin View Post
    I'm currently in the process of starting my own HI business in CA. Planning to start the beginning of 2016 & gradually ease myself into it & then by 2017 do it full-time. I know that CA does not require a license but that does not mean I care to do the bare minimum as I enter this field. I feel that there is no one training that will be able to teach me everything I need. Experience is the best teacher you can have, only by actually doing inspections and gaining valuable knowledge do I expect to succeed.

    But since that is not an option starting out, I would like to hear some feedback on what others have done starting out? Any worthwhile programs available? I'm not interested in something quick so I can jump in the game, so to speak. I want to spend the rest of 2015 gaining as much knowledge and training as I can so that I can set myself up for success and not failure.

    Any, feedback, suggestions, comments, or insight would be very much appreciated.
    Defiantly try your best to attend a classroom setting that offers some hands-on field work. Online training is helpful but it lacks…... I have been at this for over 20 years and I learn something almost every week or see something new at just about every other inspection. You never stop learning in this profession…

    Look at Classes Offered | Home Inspection Classes - Hands-On Training | The ASHI School You might need to travel and spend some nights in a hotel but the investment in your future is well worth it in the long run.

    Scott Patterson, ACI
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    Default Re: Searching for the best HI training available

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Payson View Post
    The "best HI training available" is having actual hands-on experience in the construction industry.

    Aside from that, I'm a big fan of the InterNACHI training courses (some here will disagree). Then choose from other available training vendors/schools.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=home...utf-8&oe=utf-8

    Then take and pass the national exam.
    Wholeheartedly agree with Steve here. I would do my own training online using InterNACHI's $49/month student membership and I would do my darndest to find a crusty old veteran inspector for a mentor. I'd squeeze him/her like a boa constrictor for all the information/experience possible. In the meantime, I'd also be on facebook, linkedin, inspectionnews, and all the other great sites out there for ongoing inspection education. Best of luck and email me if I can be of help. I'm a wee bit crusty myself!

    Dan Cullen
    www.domicileconsulting.com
    Chicago IL

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    Default Re: Searching for the best HI training available

    I attended the ASHI school after 18 years as a professional Handyman. I went thinking I had it in the bag and was surprised by how much I had to learn! I highly recommend the ASHI school! Ditto the previous comment on crusty old experienced Inspector. Also see great education opportunities on the internachi site. Depends on budget. Maybe start off working for somebody as a side kick to see if it is right for you in the first place. There is WAY more to this job than I thought going into it!!!!!


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    Default Re: Searching for the best HI training available

    What city you in?

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    Default Re: Searching for the best HI training available

    Steve writes
    I'm a big fan of the InterNACHI training courses
    Dan write
    Wholeheartedly agree with Steve here. I would do my own training online using InterNACHI's $49/month student membership

    And if you really want great hands-on training, nothing beats the House of Horrors at www.nachi.org/school

    Lisa Endza
    Director of Communication
    InterNACHI

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