Membership Information


Membership Procedure and Information

As of January 1, 2019

  • Complete all sections of the membership application and return by email to info@fabi.org or by mail to the address shown on the application. Be sure all sections are initialed, signed and witnessed as needed. Application will be returned if incomplete. ASHI® Certified Inspectors and InterNACHI Certified Master Inspectors® are automatically qualified for professional inspector membership and need only submit the proper membership application (found by clicking here).
  • An application fee of $65 must accompany the application.  You can complete the payment section of the application or send a check to the address shown on the application.
  • Application will be reviewed within five (5) days of receipt and a welcome email will be sent notifying the applicant of all actions necessary to complete the requirements of membership and any other information which may be helpful.
  • In most instances, an applicant will automatically be classified as a FABI Aspiring Associate Inspector.  Aspiring associate inspectors can then upgrade their membership by completing the requirements for associate inspector and then registered professional inspector.
  • To earn the FABI Associate Inspector designation, the inspector must provide one home inspection report, completed by the applicant. This must be a full home inspection (no condos, wind mits, etc.). This report must have the client’s personal information removed. This report will be reviewed by the membership committee to ensure that it meets the FABI Standards of Practice.  In addition, the applicant must submit proof of 100 full home inspections completed by the applicant.  This proof must be in the form of a list including date and complete address of each inspection (a sample spreadsheet will be sent to applicant upon membership).    This list will be reviewed by the membership committee, who may, at its discretion ask to see any of the reports that correspond with the inspections on the list. Associates will not receive the logo, membership certificate, or name badge until this information is received and approved.
  • To earn the FABI Registered Professional Inspector (RPI) designation, an inspector must submit proof of 250 full home inspections completed by the associate inspector (may include the original 100 inspections completed as required for associate inspector membership).  Again, this proof must be in the form of a list including date and complete address of each inspection. This list will be reviewed by the membership committee, who may, at its discretion ask to see any of the reports that correspond with the inspections on the list. Once RPI membership is granted, this list will be removed from the member’s file and destroyed.
  • Once all requirements are met for the RPI designation, and before board approval is requested, the member will be asked to update their original membership application.  This updated application will be sent to the board for final approval to move up to RPI status.
  • Within one year of becoming an RPI, the member must take and pass the standards and ethics portion of the Florida Home Inspection Exam (FHIE)™.   If the applicant passed the FHIE in order to become licensed, they have already met this requirement.

 

Master Professional Inspector (MPI)
  • This classification is for inspectors who have achieved at least ten (10) consecutive and verifiable years in FABI, ASHI or InterNACHI.
  • MPIs must attend a minimum of one FABI conference and earn 20 total hours of continuing education each renewal year.
  • This designation entitles the MPI to attend all FABI events at the reduced member rate; to possess and use the standard FABI logo and/or the exclusive MPI FABI logo in all advertising and transactions; and other member benefits which may be added from time to time.
  • MPIs have full voting privileges; may serve as an elected officer or director; serve as a committee chair and on committees; receive referrals from the FABI 800# line and website and other FABI sponsored advertising.

 

Registered Professional Inspector (RPI)
  • This classification is for all persons engaged in the profession of performing fee-paid home and building inspections, after completing all requirements for this category.
  • This designation requires the applicant to successfully pass an approved exam, submit proof of 250 full home inspections and one completed inspection report for review.
  • RPIs must attend a minimum of one FABI conference and earn 20 total hours of continuing education each renewal year.
  • This designation entitles the RPI to attend all FABI events at the reduced member rate; to possess and use the standard FABI logo and/or the exclusive RPI FABI logo in all advertising and transactions; and other member benefits which may be added from time to time.
  • The registered professional inspector has full voting privileges; may serve as an elected officer or director; serve as a committee chair and on committees; receive referrals from the FABI 800# line and website and other FABI sponsored advertising.

 

Associate Inspector
  • This classification is for all persons engaged in the profession of performing fee-paid home and building inspections while going through the process of becoming a registered professional inspector.
  • This designation requires the applicant to submit proof of 100 full home inspections and one completed full home inspection report for review.
  • Associate inspectors have three years from the date of application in which to complete the membership requirements. After this time, they must reapply for membership.
  • Associates must attend a minimum of one FABI conference and earn 20 total hours of continuing education each renewal year.
  • This designation entitles the FABI Associate Inspector to attend all FABI events at the reduced member rate, and other benefits which may be added from time to time.
  • The FABI Associate Inspector has no voting privileges and may not serve as an elected officer or director. They may, however, be listed on the website as associate inspectors, use the associate inspector logo and serve on committees.
  • All FABI Associate Inspectors are encouraged to attain the registered professional inspector status by completing all requirements for that category, in which case they will have all rights of the registered professional inspector, upon approval by the board of directors.

 

Aspiring Associate Inspector
  • This classification is for all persons who may or may not be engaged in the profession of performing fee-paid home and building inspections while going through the process of becoming a home inspector or a registered professional inspector.
  • Aspiring associates have three years from the date of application in which to complete the requirements of associate inspector. After this time, they must reapply for membership.
  • Aspiring associates must attend a minimum of one FABI conference and earn 20 total hours of continuing education each renewal year.
  • This designation entitles the FABI Aspiring Associate Inspector to attend all FABI events at the reduced member rate, and other benefits which may be added from time to time.
  • The FABI Aspiring Associate Inspector has no voting privileges and may not serve as an elected officer or director. They may, however, be listed on the website as aspiring associate inspectors and serve on committees.
  • All FABI Aspiring Associate Inspectors are encouraged to attain the associate inspector or registered professional inspector status by completing all requirements for that category, in which case they will have all rights of the registered professional inspector, upon approval by the board of directors.
Affiliate Member
  • This classification is available to any person or company offering products or services to the home and building inspection profession.
  • This designation entitles the affiliate member to attend all FABI conferences and advertise at the reduced member rate; to possess and use the FABI Affiliate Logo in all advertising and transactions; and other member benefits which may be added from time to time.
  • The affiliate member has no voting privileges; and may not serve as an elected officer or director. They may, however, serve as committee chairs and on committees; and may receive non-inspection referrals and inquiries from the FABI 800# line and website.

 

Associate Affiliate Member
  • This classification is available to any staff member associated with a current FABI member (MPI, RPI or Associate) but who does not perform inspections.
  • This designation entitles the affiliate member to attend all FABI educational conferences at the reduced member rate; to possess and use the FABI Affiliate Associate Logo in all advertising and transactions; and other member benefits which may be added from time to time.
  • The affiliate member has no voting privileges; and may not serve as an elected officer or director. They may, however, serve as committee chairs and on committees.

 

Retired Member
  • A professional inspector may become a retired member upon retiring from the home and building inspection profession.
  • They can no longer be actively involved in the home and building inspection profession as an owner, inspector or an employee of other inspectors and they must have no ongoing interest in a home and building inspection company or business involved in home and building inspections.

 

Honorary Member
  • The board of directors may make an individual an honorary member by an affirmative majority vote of the board.

 

Dues and Fees

Membership Fees (click on links to make payments):

MPI – $250 annually25% discount offered to dues paying members of ASHI and InterNACHI (proof of dues receipt required).

RPI – $250 annually25% discount offered to dues paying members of ASHI and InterNACHI (proof of dues receipt required).

Associate Inspectors – $150 annually per individual for a maximum of 36 associate inspector months.  $175 annually per individual for any inspector who has been an associate inspector for 36 months total combined associate inspector time.  25% discount offered to dues paying members of ASHI and InterNACHI (proof of dues receipt required).

Aspiring Associate Inspectors – $150 annually per individual for a maximum of 36 associate inspector months.  $175 annually per individual for any inspector who has been an associate inspector for 36 months total combined associate inspector time. 25% discount offered to dues paying members of ASHI and InterNACHI (proof of dues receipt required).

Affiliate Member – $200 annually per individual or company.

Affiliate Associate Member – $175 annually per individual

Retired Member – No charge

Honorary Member – No charge

Annual membership fee for all FABI Past Presidents is waived.

Continuing Education

The purpose of FABI is to continually update the knowledge of its membership. FABI will provide regular educational conferences in order to assure itself that members in all classifications (except affiliate) achieve regular input toward their continuing education. A minimum number of annual continuing education units shall be required for continued membership in FABI. The number and scope of the continuing education credits will be set by the FABI Education Committee.

Professional inspectors (MPIs and RPIs), associates inspectors and aspiring associate inspectors are required to attend at least one FABI conference and earn 20 hours of continuing education each renewal year.

 

FABI Logo Use

Use of the FABI Logos is restricted to master professional inspectors, registered professional inspectors, associate inspectors and affiliate members. In addition, if an MPI or RPI uses the MPI or RPI logo and/or the standard FABI logo, any inspector employee or subcontractor used by them, for the purpose of performing the general building/home inspection MUST be a FABI MPI, RPI, associate inspector or aspiring associate inspector.

Any inspector employee must become a FABI Aspiring Associate Inspector within 90-days of employment. The aspiring associate inspector must then complete all requirements for associate and then RPI membership. Exception: Excluded from the above are specific subcontractors who are retained by the primary building inspection firm to perform individual inspections such as, but not limited to, WDO, seawall, septic systems, roof, consulting engineers, etc.

Each person must use the logo that coincides with their classification. An associate inspector found using either the MPI, RPI or affiliate logo or an aspiring associate inspector found using a FABI logo of any kind may, at the discretion of the FABI Ethics and Standards of Practice Committee have their membership immediately terminated with no refund of monies paid.  Affiliate members may only use the affiliate member logo.

 

Leadership

For a FABI Professional Inspector in your area, please use the Inspector Locator Function. For questions, please contact the FABI Office at 407-897-5422.