The truth about InterNACHI, NACHI, ASHI, NAHI, SASHI and SAHITA

Most inspection company websites in South Africa have smart looking certification seals from one or more of the companies listed below, but the truth is that these certifications don’t mean much. The US organizations that offer certification (online) don’t have much relevance as houses in South Africa are very different to houses in the US (and US regulations don’t apply). The South African organizations that offer certification also operate self-owned home inspection companies so they certify themselves. (Read more about each organization below)

Certified badges and seals such as those shown below are provided to anyone who has paid for membership. (Then again, they can also be copied and pasted onto any website or report to make them seem credible.)

There is currently no governing body in South Africa that regulates home inspections or that “certify” home inspectors.

Inspect SA inspectors are intimately familiar with the National Building Regulations and Building Standards (SANS10400) as well as the standards set by the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) for new home builders. The fact that our inspectors are called upon to assist with NHBRC cases, building disputes and other legal cases in an expert witness capacity, is testament to their experience and knowledge. Our work speaks for itself – contact us for a sample report.

Our inspectors have access to an internal network of experts from structural engineers to entomologists that they can consult if necessary thereby ensuring that your report is completely accurate. This is very important to us as in some cases we need to support our reports in the High Court.

InterNACHI / NACHI: the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, is a non-profit organization headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA. InterNACHI is “the world’s largest organization of residential and commercial property inspectors”. They offer free certification and online training to paid members. They offer a $10,000 Honor Guarantee but this is only valid in the USA and Canada.

ASHI: American society of home inspectors is a not-for-profit association for home inspectors in the USA, headquartered in New Jersey, USA. They have an online learning center through which members can do various home inspection courses.
NAHI: The National Association of Home
 Inspectors, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to 
promote and develop the home inspection industry in the USA and Canada. Their website http://www.nahi.org is no longer functional.
SASHI: South African society of Home Inspectors is loosely based on the American version ASHI (see above). The also charge a membership fee, but don’t have the other resources like the American site. On their website they say that they aim to “regulate the practice of home inspection in South Africa” through a bill “to be entitled the “Home Inspectors Licensing Law”; to regulate the practice of home inspection in South Africa; to create and establish a State Board of Home Inspectors“. Their website http://www.sashi.org.za/ diverts to http://sosumi.co.za/ a home inspection / franchise based in Stellenbosch, Western Cape.
SAHITA: South African Home inspector training academy offers a SAHITA Certificate of Competence to paid members upon  completion of their online test and the submission of one home inspection report, however, SAHITA and “House Check” (a privately owned home inspection company) are one and the same company.