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February 17, 2017 - a message from Trisha Henshaw, ALHI, DPOR
The Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors (Board) considered public comments on the draft changes to the Home Inspector Regulations to transition from certification to licensing, along with the new training program requirements for pre-license education and the NRS training module. On February 9th, the Board made final changes based on comments received and adopted the final text. The regulations will be effective in two stages. On March 6, 2017, the first filing – which includes all education and training approval regulations – will be published in the Virginia Register of Regulations. The provisions for approval of pre-license education courses and NRS training modules will be effective April 17, 2017. Pre-license education and NRS training providers who wish to seek approval will be able to access the application on the Board’s website at the beginning of April, so that the applications can be submitted as early as April 17, 2017. The Board’s goal is to have education and training providers approved and offering courses by the effective date of home inspector licensing, July 1, 2017. (Note: Retroactive approval is permitted upon request and contingent on the education course or training module meeting all of the Board’s requirements at the time the course/training was offered.)
The second filing, which includes all other changes necessary to transition home inspector regulation from certification to licensing, will be published on March 20, 2017. By law, these regulations will not be effective until July 1, 2017.
We encourage you to share this information with other interested parties. Please contact the Board office if you need additional information or assistance.
Trisha L. HenshawExecutive Director
Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors
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Saturday, March 18, 2017
Waterford at Fair Oaks
12025 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway Fairfax VA
Seminar approval pending for 8 ASHI CEs. VA and WV accept ASHI CE credits
Maryland CEs pending
8:00 –8:30 AM Registration
8:30 – 10:15 AM Manufactured Home Inspections
10:15- 10:30 AM Break
10:30 - 12:15 PM Updates in the 2014 NEC applicable to Home Inspectors
12:15- 1:00 PM Lunch provided by NOVA ASHI
1:00 – 2:45 PM Built-In Appliance Inspection
2:45 – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 – 5:00 PM New Plumbing Rules and Components
I attended the final meeting of the Home Inspector Licensing Committee of the Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors today. Bob Anaya and Charles Chisholm were also in attendance as home inspector representatives on the committee.
The regulations for licensing and the new home training module criteria were finalized by the committee. The changes made will be included into the regulations and then sent to the Board for review, change and adoption. There were no significant changes to the regulations from previous drafts. Licensing will be implemented on July 1, 2017. Home inspectors who are certified before June 30, 2017 will be grandfathered into licensing. For those of you who were not certified before that date, you will have to apply for a license to continue to do home inspections after July 1, 2017.
The training program for new construction and the pre-license education will hopefully be available by May 1, 2017, two months in advance of the 7/1 effective date.
The ALHI Board will meet on 11/15 to review the recommendations of the committee. There is a public comment period, advertised via notices on Town Hall, DPOR website and trade organizations regarding draft test and the comment period. When this is available, you will be notified through VAREI if you are a member.
The ALHI Board meeting on 2/9/17 will consider any public comments received and amend the text as appropriate and adopts the text of the regulations. The text will be published in the Virginia Register of Regulations on 3/6/17.
This information is all courtesy of Trisha Henshaw and DPOR staff including Tanya Pettus, who worked very hard on these regulations. While I was paying attention and making notes, my notes were certainly not this detailed. DPOR prepared the regulation timeline for those attending the meeting.
If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to let me know.
Thank you very much,
Immediate Past President
David P. Rushton
ABLE Building Inspection, Inc.
540-636-6200, 540-636-6202 fax
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VA Certified Home Inspector #3380 000161
WV Certified Home Inspector License #HI3812031954-0407
MD Home Inspector License #30236
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