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 Issue #2 / 2016-2017

February 2017

In This Issue

From the Boardroom

Committees and the Board at Work

Chapter Spotlight: Toolboxes

CREIA 2017 Annual Conference


On Your Way to Certification

Chapter Leaders: Apply for Funds - March 1 deadline

In Development: CREIA SSA Certification

Hot off the Press

Contact Preferences

Social Networking


Quick Links

Event List

2017 Annual Conference

Conference Session Descriptions

CREIA Approved Education

CREIA e-Learning

CREIA non-CEC Learning

CEC Guidelines

Board of Directors


Kenneth Collins, CCI
Chairman of the Board

Greg S. Terry, CCI
Vice Chairman & Region 7 Director

John Gamache, CCI
Chief Financial Officer & Region 8 Director

Steve Carroll, MCI

David Pace, MCI
Immediate Past Chairman

Michael Dugan, MCI
State Director

Richard Zak, MCI
State Director

Steve Zivolich, CCI
State Director

Dan Sherrets, CCI
Region Two Director

Bret Husted, CCI
Region Three Director

Ron Dubaich, CCI
Region Five Director

Bob Guyer, MCI
Region Six Director


Steve John, MCI, IF
Bylaws & SOP/Contract Committees

Chapter Relations Committee, Open

Neal Muckler, MCI, IF
Education Committee

Sam Jabuka, CCI, IF
2016 Annual Conference Committee

Bob Guyer, MCI
2017 & 2018 Annual
Conference Committees¿

Michael Dugan, MCI¿Ethics Committee¿

Greg S. Terry, CCI¿Finance & Policy and Oversight

David Pace, MCI
Legislation & Nominations Committees¿

Richard Zak, MCI¿
Membership Committee

Steve Carroll, MCI
Public Relations/Marketing Committee
Online Ed Task Force

Craig Funabashi, MCI
Publications Committee

Matthew Harper, CCI
Social Media Task Force¿

Andy French, MCI¿Website Committee

Gunnar Alquist, CCI
Technical Information Exchange
(TIE) Moderator

SSA Certification Committee

Skip Walker, MCI

Steve Carroll, MCI

Andy French, MCI

Neal Muckler, MCI

Abe Simantob, P.E., G.E., D.GE

Marianne Knoy
California Earthquake Authority

Ayse Hortacsu
Applied Technology Council

Kelly Cobeen, Licensed Civil and Structural Engineer

Premier Affiliate Member

Green Home Solutions of
Northern California

OREP Insurance

Radalink, Inc.

Educational Affiliate Members

Carson Dunlop & Associates Ltd.

Home Inspection University

Inspection Certification Associates (ICA)

McKissock 100% Education

Michael Casey & Associates

Monroe Infrared Technology

National Swimming Pool Foundation

North American Deck & Railing Association
OnCourse Real Estate dba American Home Inspectors Training

Professional Home Inspection Institute

Standard Affiliate Members

3D Inspection Systems, Inc.

Allen Insurance Group, Inc.

Always Sparking Pool & Spa Inspections

American Society of Home Inspectors

Arrow Pipeline Repair, Inc.

ASI Hastings Heating & Air

BPG Inspection, LLC

DeBerry Inspection Services

Ed Daher Plastering
Forensic Stucco Consultant

English Pool Consulting

Guaranteed Property and Mold

Home Inpsection Form

Home Inspector Pro



Hovey Environmental



InspectorPRO Insurance

International Coe Council (ICC)

John White Sewer Line Video Inspections

Life Deck


Private Eyes Engineers

Ram Jack Pacific

Spectacular Home Inspection System

Synergy Pool & Spa Inspections

The Permit Pro Consultant

The Sewer Pros

TWM Roofing Inc.

US Inspect

Vanguard Emergency Management

Click here for the
CREIA Affiliate Directory

2017 Annual Conference Sponsors & Exhibitors

Allen Insurance Group

American Society of Home Inspectors

California Earthquake Authority

Green Home Solutions of
Northern California

Guardian Financial

Home Owners Network

Inspection Support Network


InspectorPRO Insurance

Michael Casey & Associates

Monroe Infrared Technology

National Swimming Pool Foundation

Radalink, Inc.

State Farm Insurance

Warranty Management, LLC


From the Boardroom

Board Minutes

Please find the attached minutes of the Board of Directors meeting held December 5, 2016. The Board met in January and those minutes will be sent once approved during the Board's next meeting in late March. As a reminder, all finalized Board minutes are posted in the Member Center (landing page upon logging onto the Website with your username and password).

CREIA Standard Residential Contract

The CREIA Standards Residential Contract was recently reviewed by an attorney and CREIA insurance providers. The following minor changes in red text have been added. The updated contract is available in Member Documents posted in the Member Center.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Client agrees what is being contracted for is a building inspection and not an environmental evaluation. The inspection is not intended to detect, identify, or disclose any health or environmental conditions regarding this building or property, including, but not limited to: the presence of asbestos, radon, lead, urea- formaldehyde, fungi, molds, mildew, feces, urine, PCBs, Chinese drywall, vermin or pests or other toxic, reactive, combustible, or corrosive contaminants, materials, or substances in the water, air, soil, or building materials. The Inspector is not liable for injury, health risks, or damage caused or contributed to by these conditions.

ARBITRATION: Any dispute concerning the interpretation or enforcement of this Agreement, the inspection, the inspection report, or any other dispute arising out of this relationship, shall be resolved between the parties by binding arbitration conducted in accordance with California Law and the Federal Arbitration Act, except that the parties shall select an arbitrator who is familiar with the real estate profession. The parties agree that they shall be entitled to discovery procedures within the discretion of the arbitrator. The arbitrator shall manage and hear the case applying the laws of the State of California to all issues submitted in the arbitration proceeding. The award of the arbitrator shall be final, and a judgment may be entered on it by any court having jurisdiction. Any disputes are to be arbitrated by:

Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC, Resolute Systems, or other comparable entity.

Committees and the Board at Work

Mentors and why they are important:

Most of you received some kind of support on your journey to certification. Your mentor(s) likely understood your struggles to prepare and pass the examinations, locate someone with whom to do ride-a-longs, as well as the necessary time investment. They provided encouragement, offered tips, and sage business advice.

Your mentor understood the challenges you faced when new to the field, and probably pushed you through when you otherwise felt discouraged.

One Associate member recently said, "Having a mentor that challenges me and helps keep me accountable, gets me out of my comfort zone. I know I'll be a better inspector because of it."

CREIA will be assisting new Associate Members in locating a Mentor. The role of a mentor is simple; make contact with the Associate, check in periodically with them, and be available to communicate with the Associate and offer guidance or direction, whether in person, by email or telephone.  Mentoring can be as simple as helping the new CREIA member find the right person or educational resource to assist them in their path to success and to becoming a CCI.

We hope that CREIA's CCI and MCI members will accept this important duty and allow us to pair you with a new CREIA member. Please take a minute to complete this survey.

Thanks in advance for your participation.

Please complete and submit your answers as soon as possible if you have not already.

Run for the CREIA Board of Directors!

Nominations are due March 3, 2017:

CREIA Board Nominations and Elections have arrived. We would like to ask you to please respond with your self-nomination or a suggested nominee (with permission please). CREIA will create a ballot slate for the 2017/2018 term.

The nominee must be a CCI or MCI in good standing within CREIA. Please forward nominations to CREIA Staff at [email protected].  Please respond on or before Friday, March 3, 2017. Questions? Contact Dave Pace, MCI, CREIA Nominations Chair at [email protected].

It's Award Season

Nominations are now being accepted for the following CREIA Awards.
Please send in a nomination for an award, along with a brief bio of the nominee to [email protected]. Please submit nominations by March 3, 2017.

Winners will be announced during CREIA's 2017 Annual Conference at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation and Lunch on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Click here to view the CREIA Awards page on the CREIA Website.


Any voting member of CREIA.

Selection criteria:
The John Daly Award is CREIA's most prestigious recognition. The award recognizes longstanding commitment, contribution, and leadership by an outstanding individual who is a long-time, quality contributor to CREIA and the real estate inspection profession. The recipient is selected by past recipients of the John Daly Award.

John Daly was the first president of CREIA and was one of the first inspectors in the state to be active in legislative issues. He was recognized for his wisdom, leadership, and his integrity. He always brought out the best in others. John Daly was a Los Angeles city building inspector for 20 years before founding his business, Certified Home Inspectors. He and his wife Kay raised 5 children. Even after he contracted his illness, John still worked on CREIA projects. Near the end, he was still giving words of encouragement to those with whom he spoke. John was 66 years old when he passed away in August 1988. Each year, the California Real Estate Inspection Association presents its most prestigious token of recognition, the John Daly Award, in appreciation of longstanding commitment, contribution, and leadership to an outstanding individual who is a long-time, quality contributor to CREIA and the real estate inspection profession.


Any individual, including individuals who are not members of CREIA.

Selection criteria:
A person who has provided outstanding service to CREIA for 10 or more years. The award recognizes longstanding quality commitment, contribution, and leadership to CREIA and the real estate inspection profession. The recipient is selected by 2/3 vote of the Board. Recipients of the Jerry McCarthy Inspector Fellow Award who are CREIA inspector members receive a lifetime reduction in dues, as established by the Board.


Any "newer" CREIA inspector member.

Selection criteria:
A "newer" CREIA inspector member who has excelled in recent years in contributing to CREIA and the real estate inspection profession. The recipient is selected by majority vote of the Board.


Any CREIA Chapter.

Selection criteria:
This award honors a Chapter, which has excelled in programs and activities. The purpose of this award is to encourage growth of the Chapters, to recognize educational and outreach efforts, and to show appreciation for volunteer efforts at the Chapter level. All CREIA Chapters are considered and size of a Chapter is not a factor. The Chapter selected will receive an award, plus an appropriate gift to be determined by the Board. The recipient is selected by majority vote of the Board with the following factors being considered:

  • Number of Chapter meetings held
  • Pre-chapter meeting roundtable programs
  • Chapter toolboxes held
  • Volunteer at local REALTOR and consumer shows
  • Ratio of Associates upgrading to CCI status
  • Ratio of CCIs upgrading to MCI status
  • Overall Chapter growth
  • Chapter Newsletter
  • Public relations & marketing efforts
  • Charitable efforts
  • Associate Mentoring Program
  • Chapter Leadership

CREIA's 2017 Annual Conference

Home & Commercial  Inspection Education for California InspectorsSharpen Your Skills & Broaden Your Business Opportunities
May 4-7, 2017
Burlingame, California

  • Wednesday and Thursday Pre-Conference Session, ICC Electrical Exam Prep*
  • Thursday Group SOP Inspection
  • Thursday Chapter Leadership Day (for Chapter Leadership and Board only)
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Educational Sessions
  • Saturday Annual Business Meeting & Awards Lunch
  • Saturday Welcome Reception and Exhibitor Grand Opening
  • Exhibitor Showcase
  • Several opportunities for networking with your peers
  • Opportunity to sit for the CREIA SOP/Ethics Exam
  • ADA ICC Certification Exam Prep*

Click here for more information.
2017 Annual Conference Registration to register!

Chapter Spotlight: Toolboxes

For information, please click here to go to the Events Listing.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
San Diego Chapter Toolbox: Roofing with Dennis Parra II

Monday, February 27, 2017
Orange County Chapter Toolbox: Registered Hearth Advisor with Dale Feb

Friday, March 3, 2017
Palm Springs Chapter Toolbox: Stucco

Saturday, March 11, 2017
San Francisco Peninsula Chapter: One of a Kind Home Inspection Toolbox with Patrick Burger & Bret Husted

Saturday, March 25, 2017
CREIA and LA West/South Bay CREIA Chapter Toolbox: Intro to Commercial Inspections, Roof and Floor Trusses, and Changes to the NEC 2014 with Michael Casey. ICC approved


CREIA's Marketing and PR Committee suggests click here to review the press release by Rick Hartmann, CCI, "CREIA Advises Home Sellers and Buyers to Know Fixture Water Flow Rates Mandated in California."

While the testing of rates is outside CREIA Standards of Practice, CREIA is in the process of branding flow rate bags, which CREIA inspectors can give to clients and prospective clients. More information will be coming soon.

On Your Way to Certification

Associate Members - You now have an Associates' Member Center (landing page upon entering your username and password) where we have posted resources and information and will continue to augment this center based on your needs. Have questions or need assistance? Please let us know by emailing at [email protected].

Chapter Leaders - Don't Miss This Opportunity

Chapter Leaders: Apply for Funds - March 1 deadline

The Board of Directors voted to approve a $5000 Chapter PR grant fund for a new CREIA Chapter PR Grant program to assist CREIA Chapters in grass roots public relations efforts. Chapters can apply for grant funds for exhibiting and public relations activities. The PR Committee will receive the applications and issue grants to Chapters up to $5,000.
Grand funds will be used to support a project, program or event with the purpose of:
a.      Gaining Chapter membership (and/or)
b.      Promoting the CREIA brand and CREIA members

A few ideas funds can be used for:   
Chapter pull-up banner and branded materials
Exhibiting fees at local CAR expos or charity events
Advertising in publications (magazines, newspapers, online pubs.)
Local CAR association affiliate dues
Facebook ads ...

Click here for full details.
CREIA Chapter PR Grant Application to complete the online Chapter PR Grant application form.

In Development: CREIA SSA Certification

CREIA has been working closely with the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) and the Applied Technology Council (ATC) to create a CREIA Simplified Seismic Assessment (SSA) Certification. The bones of the program are just about set and educational planning is in progress.

Hot off the Press

The Glossary Project has been re-created and is available in PDF. Click here to access The Glossary Project.

Your member profile: Contact preferences

T.I.E. Notifications

For any of the forums in the TIE: People with Notify selected would receive an e-mail when a new topic was created [within the forum]. People with Subscribe selected would be notified when another member responded to the topic.

To check on your contact preferences, log onto the CREIA Website with your username and password, click on "Update Your Profile." Hover over "My Profile" and click on "Contact Preferences." Here you can update your various contact preferences. Regarding "Mailing List Preference" at the top. If you hear that people are not receiving emails, they typically have accidentally opted out, and the sentence "I do not want to receive emails sent to multiple recipients" checked.

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