L.A. / Ventura County (LAVC) Chapter

Chapter Officers - Meeting Location

Welcome to the LA / Ventura County Chapter website of CREIA!

The Certified CREIA Inspectors (CCI’s) of the Los Angeles / Ventura County Chapter (LAVC) have a daunting task of covering the second-largest city in the country as well as the surrounding areas in adjoining Ventura County. LA County has a population of over 9.5 million residents and Ventura County is home to another 1.5 million. The land area of the city of LA alone is 467 sq. miles. With over 600 miles of freeway in LA and Ventura counties, LAVC inspectors service some of the most beautiful and diverse areas in the world.

From the humble beginnings as the Pueblo of the Queen of Angeles in 1835, the modern Los Angeles area has developed into a varied amalgamation of 88 separate cities and communities with 81 miles of Pacific coastline, 3 major mountain ranges, and 4 riverways. The LA area boasts one of the busiest seaports in the world, services over 80 million airline passengers yearly, has 188 colleges and universities, and the tallest building in the world between Chicago and Southeast Asia, the Library Tower.

Many say the beautiful weather here, with over 329 days a year of sunshine, an average of only 15 inches of rain per year, and a mean temperature of 66 degrees in January, one of the reasons for the LA region's spectacular growth. Others would say it is the opportunities that abound in high tech manufacturing, government and business, the entertainment industry, and small businesses that have brought residents to the area from over 140 countries, speaking 88 different languages.

From Burbank to Hollywood, from Beverly Hills to Malibu, from the communities of the San Fernando Valley to the groves of Ventura, home building and resales are strong and predicted to remain so. LAVC home inspectors are accustomed to inspecting a wide and diverse range of styles of home and unique geographical type of site. Realtors know that LAVC CREIA Certified Inspectors (CCI) and Master CREIA Inspectors (MCI) are trained and experienced to provide the highest quality inspection reports in accordance with the CREIA Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

One of the hallmarks of the Los Angeles / Ventura Chapter of CREIA is its dedication to the ongoing education of its members and others. As a leader in special Tool Box seminars designed to promote in-depth education of its members and encourage Continuing Education for new inspectors and seasoned professionals as well, the LAVC is committed to helping make your pre-sale inspection, resale purchase, or new home inspection professional and to the highest standards in the inspection industry. 

Edward M. Castro

Tom DeSpain
Vice President


Rebecca Castro
Treasurer, Education Co-Chair

Matthew Monajemi, PE


Jack Gironda
Sr. Trainer
Bob Guyer
Education Co-Chair, Region 6 Director


Meeting Location



Monday November 6th, 2023

 8-CEC Advanced Seminar

 “Must-Know” Chimney & Fireplace Deterioration & Damage Issues AND the “Must- Know” Environmental Mechanical Exhaust System Issues. 

 Your Choice of the Hybrid Seminar Presentation

LIVE (30 max seating) or ONLINE Go-to-Meeting Program***

***Including Recorded Online Playback Access provided for 1 week after this Seminar***

 CECs Approved by ASHI & CREIA

Comprehensive 2-Part Advanced Home Inspection Program

LOCATION: Courtyard Marriott Thousand Oaks 1710 Newbury Park Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA  91320

at 7:30AM

8:00am TO 5:00pm


Seminar Part 1 8:00am – 11:30am(1/2 hr Lunch Break) 12:00pm-2:30pm 

 Recognize the Critical “Must- Know” Vintage Masonry Fireplace, Zero Clearance Fireplace & Seal Gas-Fireplace Unit Deterioration & Damage Issues.   Advanced Class 

Presented by Mr. John Ceasar

 Chairman of the Board Chimney Safety Institute of American- CSIA - ANSI Approved

Nationally Recognized Fireplace & Chimney Educator & Expert.  Owner of Ceasar Chimney Service of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Seminar Part 2 3:00pm-5:00pm

Recognize the Critical “Must- Know” Must Know Environmental and Mechanical Exhaust System Issues.

Jointly Presented by Mr. John Ceasar, CSIA  Mr. Dan McLaughlin, ICC,IAPMO

Sr.Mechanical & Plumbing Inspector for Calabasas & Ventura Bldg Depts.  Sr. Inspector & Bldg Dept Mgr for Goleta, CA.  Sr. Bldg Dept Consultant for Calabasas Bldg Dept.  Plumbing & Mechanical Codes Instructor for 15+yr in Const Tech Dept at Ventura College.  Plumbing & HVAC Systems Instructor for multiple ASHI IW & CREIA Educational Events. ICC & IAPMO Certified Inspection Professional. 

   CECs Approved by ASHI & CREIA


Live Attendance Seating  limited to only 30

$185.00 per person

Prepayment Required at time of your Reservation


ON-LINE Attendance – “Go to Meeting”

$159.00 per person

Payment Required by November 2nd, 2023

***Including Recorded Online Playback Access provided for 1 week after this Seminar***

On-Line Reservations Reqd by November 2nd, 2023

to allow for Emailed Go-to-MeetingAccess Code.

Catered Lunch Buffet, Coffee & Bottled Water & Morning Pastries Provided for Live Attendees.

 Reservation Assistance CONTACT IS :

             Rebecca Castro, CCI,ACI  LAVC Member    

              (805) 217-1752 Cell/Text      

               [email protected]

      Robert Guyer, MCI-II,ACI,IF,ICC,IAHI

                         (805) 501-0733 Cell/Text

             [email protected]

Program Reservations & Pre-Payment REQ’d by Nov 2nd, 2023

Areas that Los Angeles / Ventura County CREIA members commonly serve are:

Agoura, Agoura Hills, Altadena, Arleta, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Camarillo, Cambria, Cameron Park, Canoga Park, Canyon Country, Cardiff-by-The- Sea, Carpinteria, Catalina Island, Chatsworth, Culver City, Canyon Country Encino, Fillmore, Glendale, Glendora, Granada Hills, Hollywood, Huntington Park, La Canada, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Lakeview Terrace, Los Angeles, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, Mission Hills, Monrovia, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Newhall, North Hollywood, Northridge, Ojai, Oxnard, Pacific Palisades, Pacoima, Pasadena, Port Hueneme, Reseda, Santa Clarita, Sherman Oaks, Simi Valley, Somis, South Pasadena, Studio City Sun Valley, Sunland, Sylmar, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Toluca Lake, Topanga, Tujunga, Universal City, Valencia, Valley Glen, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Venice, Venice Beach, Ventura, West Hills, West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Westlake Village, Westwood, Westwood Village, Winnetka, Woodland Hills