The National Standards of Practice are a set of guidelines for home and property inspectors to follow in the performance of their inspections. They are the most widely accepted Canadian home inspection guidelines in use, and address all the home’s major systems and components. The National Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are recognized by many related professionals as the definitive standards for professional performance in the industry.
The National Standards of Practice are published to inform the public on the nature and scope of visual building inspections performed by home and property inspectors who are members of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI).
The purpose of the National Standards of Practice is to provide guidelines for home and property inspectors regarding both the inspection itself and the drafting of the inspection report, and to define certain terms relating to the performance of home inspections to ensure consistent interpretation.
To ensure better public protection, home and property inspectors who are members of CAHPI should strive to meet these standards and abide by the appropriate provincial/regional CAHPI code of ethics.
These standards take into account that a visual inspection of a building does not constitute an evaluation or a verification of compliance with building codes, standards or regulations governing the construction industry or the health and safety industry, or standards and regulations governing insurability.