Professional Associations: 

Although an individual may be a very competent trades person or contractor, a qualified Home Inspector is one who is trained to look at the House as a system and is able to recognize how all of its components do or do not work together.

In Ontario, there are three Professional Associations to be noted:

Members of these associations are bound to follow a unified Standards of Practice - click here to read these standards. (For all intents and purposes the public is safe to consider the OAHI & CAHPI Ont. to be one and the same.) 

Accreditations & Qualifications

Because there are no Government regulations for Home Inspections in Ontario, and the fact that the market is some-what fueled by reality TV, there is much confusion. Hopefully the following will help explain with some basic clarification. 

The Government of Ontario has given the OAHI the right to regulate the title RHI (Registered Home Inspector) which is currently the highest level of achievement in the OAHI

In conjunction with ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) the term “Certified Inspector” is used in the USA and “RHI” is used in Canada. 

There are a number of other private bodies that use terms such as “Certified” to which no recognized standards are attached. 

Commonly offered “Walk Throughs” or Inspections with “No Written Report” or Home Inspections performed after dark are not considered true Home Inspections by the professional associations. 

Most Association members agree that a Standards of Practice Inspection (including report writing) takes 3.5 to 4.5 hours.