Northern Virginia Chapter of ASHI® Inspectors

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The Northern Virginia ASHI® Chapter meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month, except July and August. Meetings are held at the Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC) located, at 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, in Fairfax, Virginia. The office is part of the Fairfax Executive Park near the intersection of Rt 50 and I-66, and across from the NRA building off Waples Mill Road.

Please join us at our next NOVA ASHI MEMBERSHIP MEETING on the 4th Tuesday of each month:    Click HERE   for more information

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Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing


SB 812 Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors, Board for; home inspections, required statement.

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Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors; home inspections; required statement related to the presence of yellow shaded corrugated stainless steel tubing. Provides that whenever a home inspector observes the presence of any shade of yellow shaded corrugated stainless steel tubing during an inspection of a home built prior to the adoption of the construction code effective in 2008, his observation must be included in the inspection report along with the following statement: "Manufacturers believe that this product is safer if properly bonded and grounded as required by the manufacturer's installation instructions. Proper bonding and grounding of the product can only be determined by a licensed electrical contractor."

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Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors

Upcoming Changes Affecting Home Inspector Regulation


February 17, 2017 - a message from Trisha Henshaw, ALHI, DPOR


Good afternoon,

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 RegulationsThe provisions for approval of pre-license education courses and NRS training modules will be effective April 17, 2017Pre-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, 2017By 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

A message from Dave Rushton, President (re: VAREI meeting and licensing)
Friends and Collegues,

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,


David P. Rushton
ABLE Building Inspection, Inc.
540-636-6200540-636-6202 fax
ASHI Certified Home Inspector #109688
VA Certified Home Inspector #3380 000161
WV Certified Home Inspector License #HI3812031954-0407
MD Home Inspector License #30236
Master Inspector by Peer Review, NOVA ASHI, 2009
Historic Building Inspector Association Member
NEHA Residential Measurement Provider #101329RT
NRSB Radon Measurement Specialist #SS3170


ASHI® is Our Parent Organization:
The American Society of Home Inspectors,
ASHI®, founded in 1976, has more than 5,000 members. ASHI is the oldest and most respected non-profit, professional organization of home inspectors in North America. ASHI Home Inspectors are the only home inspectors certified by a recognized-independent third party. ASHI's Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are industry standards.
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ASHI online.

The Northern Virginia ASHI Chapter, NOVA ASHI, was established in 1993 to promote professionalism and networking among the local Washington DC Metro Area home inspector community. NOVA ASHI holds monthly meetings and biannual Seminars, providing educational sessions geared to both new inspectors and the seasoned veteran. Members are known for being thorough and competent.
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More often than not, you're in the position of recommending, probably even scheduling, the home inspection. And, of course, you want the very best for your clients. How can you be sure the inspectors you recommend are up to your standards? Isn't it really best if your clients choose their own inspectors? You need to be able to point them to a resource that will help them make an educated choice. This site is designed to be just such a tool. [more]

The best possible training is the key to becoming a good home inspector, and a commitment to continuing education is the key to staying there. Setting and promoting property inspections standards, and providing the educational programs needed to achieve excellence in the home inspection profession is what ASHI is all about.
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JOIN NOVA ASHI or RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP   You do not need to log in to register, renew or pay dues. Once the Treasurer receives your payment, he will activate your account. Please be patient, this could take a day or two.