Membership Information


Membership Procedure and Information
  1. When an individual requests membership information, a membership application packet will be forwarded to the applicant. This membership packet will include: the FABI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics; the membership policies and procedures; a membership application with declaration of intent in which the applicant agrees to abide by the FABI Code of Ethics and the Standards of Practice and states the penalties for not abiding by them; and any other information that may be helpful. An application fee of $65 is required to be included with the application when it is returned to FABI, otherwise NO ACTION WILL BE TAKEN except to advise the applicant that the $65 application fee must be paid prior to any action being taken on their application. See application fees under DUES AND RENEWALS.
  1. When the application is returned with the appropriate application fee and all information requested in the membership application packet, the application will be reviewed by the executive director for all appropriate information. If the membership packet is not complete, the inspector will be advised in writing within five (5) working days of receipt of the packet.
  1. The executive director will notify the applicant of all actions necessary to complete the requirements of membership and any other information which may be helpful.
  1. Associate inspectors must provide one full, fee-paid home inspection report, completed by the associate, within 60-days of application. 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.  Associates will not receive the logo, membership certificate, name badge and their information will not be placed on the website until their report is received.
  1. As part of the membership process, all associate inspectors must provide proof of 250 full, fee-paid inspections that meet or exceed the FABI Standards of Practice. Proof of inspections 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 professional inspector membership is granted, this list will be removed from the member’s file and destroyed.
  1. Once all requirements are met, 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 professional inspector status.
  1. Within one year of becoming a professional inspector, the member must take and pass the standards and ethics portion of the Florida Home Inspection Exam (FHIE)™.
Master Professional Inspector (MPI)

This classification is for inspectors who have achieved at least ten (10) consecutive and verifiable years in one of three home inspector associations: 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.  The master 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.

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-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. 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, 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 not involved in the home and building inspection profession.  This designation entitles the Affiliate Member to attend all FABI educational conferences 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# information and referral line.

Retired Member

A Registered 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

ASSOCIATES

Dues are $150 per year.  The initial application fee is $65. Click here to pay your application fee online.  This fee will go towards your first year’s dues if paid within 30-days of application.  You may also choose to pay the full first year’s dues upfront by clicking here.

If you are a dues paying member of ASHI or InterNACHI, you may submit your paid dues receipt to either group by email to info@fabi.org and then click here to pay your FABI dues at a 25% discount.

PROFESSIONAL INSPECTORS

Dues are $250 annually.  Click here to pay your dues online.

If you are a dues paying member of ASHI or InterNACHI, you may submit your paid dues receipt to either group by email to info@fabi.org and then click here to pay your FABI dues at a 25% discount.

AFFILIATE MEMBERS

Dues are $175 annually.  Click here to pay your dues online.

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 and associates 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 or an associate inspector.

Any inspector employee must become a FABI Associate Inspector within 90-days of employment. The associate inspector must complete all requirements for full RPI status. 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. Any associate inspector found using either the MPI, RPI or affiliate logo 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.

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.