Certified Master Inspector

Master InspectorThe Master Inspector Certification Board, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(6), tax-exempt organization dedicated to promoting excellence in the inspection industry. The Board holds the registered Trademark Certified Master Inspector® (CMI), the inspection industry’s top professional designation, and awards it to qualifying inspectors who have demonstrated a high level of competency by:

  1. completing 1,000 fee-paid inspections and/or hours of inspection-related Continuing Education courses (combined) in their lifetime;
  2. proving they’ve been in the inspection business for at least three years;
  3. abiding by the industry’s toughest Code of Ethics;
  4. substantially following a Board-approved Standards of Practice;
  5. submitting to a criminal background check; and
  6. applying for Board certification by signing an affidavit in front of a Notary.

The Master Inspector Certification Board, Inc. is not a trade association, and the Certified Master Inspector® is not a membership level. Certified Master Inspector® is a professional designation available to all qualifying inspectors who wish to be Board-Certified™.

Mission: By awarding the Continuing Education/experience-based Certified Master Inspector® professional designation, the Master Inspector Certification Board, Inc. supports the inspection industry’s advanced education providers and encourages experienced inspectors to maintain excellence. Certified Master Inspectors® are the very best of the best!

Code of Ethics The Master Inspector Certification Board promotes a high
standard of professionalism, business ethics and inspection
procedures. Certified Master Inspectors® subscribe to the
following Code of Ethics in the course of their business:
1. Duty to the Public
a. The Certified Master Inspector® shall abide by this Code of
Ethics and substantially follow a Board-approved Standards of
Practice (ASHI, CAHPI, CREIA, FABI, InterNACHI, ISHI, TREC).
Any state-mandated Standards of Practice are also approved for
Certified Master Inspectors® in that state.
b. The Certified Master Inspector® shall have completed 1,000
fee-paid inspections and/or hours of inspection-related Continuing
Education (combined) in his/her lifetime.
c. The Certified Master Inspector® shall have been in the
inspection business for at least three years.
d. The Certified Master Inspector® will not engage in any
practices that could be damaging to the public or that could bring
discredit to the home inspection industry.
e. The Certified Master Inspector® shall be fair, honest, impartial,
and act in good faith in dealing with the public.
f. The Certified Master Inspector® will not discriminate in any
business activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, familial status, sexual orientation or handicap, and
shall comply with all federal, state and local laws concerning
discrimination.
g. The Certified Master Inspector® shall be truthful regarding his/
her services and qualifications.
h. The Certified Master Inspector® will have no conflict of interest
with the client, nor will the Certified Master Inspector® accept or
offer any commissions, rebates, profits or other benefits.
i. The Certified Master Inspector® will not communicate any
information about an inspection to anyone except the client
without the prior written consent of the client, except where it may
affect the safety of others or violate a rule or statute.
j. The Certified Master Inspector® shall always act in the
interests of the client, unless doing so violates a rule, statute, or
this Code of Ethics.
k. The Certified Master Inspector® shall use a written contract
that specifies the services to be performed, the limitations of
services, and fees.
l. The Certified Master Inspector® shall comply with all
government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction
where s/he conducts business.
m. The Certified Master Inspector® shall not perform or offer to
perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services
to a structure for which the Certified Master Inspector® or
Certified Master Inspector’s® company has prepared a home
inspection report. This provision shall not include services to
components and/or systems which are not included in his/her
Standards of Practice.
n. The Certified Master Inspector® shall submit to a criminal
background check and rescind his/her Certified Master
Inspector® professional designation if ever convicted of a violent
crime.
2. Duty to the Profession and to other Certified Master
Inspectors®
a. The Certified Master Inspector® will strive to improve the
Inspection Industry by sharing his/her lessons and/or experiences
for the benefit of all. This does not preclude the Certified Master
Inspector® from copyrighting or marketing his/her expertise to
other inspectors or to the public in any manner permitted by law.
b. The Certified Master Inspector® shall assist in disseminating
and publicizing the benefits of hiring Certified Master Inspectors®.
c. The Certified Master Inspector® will not engage in any act or
practice that could be deemed damaging, seditious or destructive
to fellow Certified Master Inspectors®.
d. The Certified Master Inspector® will dress professionally when
acting in the capacity of his/her profession