Membership Information

Membership Procedure and Information

As of March 2022

  • Complete all sections of the membership application. The application will be returned if incomplete. ASHI® Certified Inspectors and InterNACHI Certified Master Inspectors® are automatically qualified for RPI  membership and need only submit the membership application (found by clicking here).
  • Choose the payment option you wish (see Dues section below).
  • The 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.
  • 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.
  • To earn the FABI Registered Professional Inspector (RPI) designation, an inspector must submit proof of 250 full home inspections completed by the associate inspector.  This proof must be in the form of a list including the 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 or MPI, 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

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
    OR
    A FABI member for less than 10 years in good standing that qualifies for RPI status AND has 10 years as a Florida Licensed Home Inspector AND has completed 1,500 standard home inspections (not insurance inspections).
  • If moving from another state, an applicant can become an MPI after being in business in Florida and a FABI member for a minimum of 3 years AND
    1. Has been a member of ASHI or InterNACHI for at least 7 additional years
    OR
    2. Has completed 1,500 home inspections (not insurance inspections).
  • MPIs must attend a minimum of one FABI conference and earn a minimum of 20 total hours of continuing education through a state approved provider each 2-year licensing renewal period.
  • 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 must submit one full home inspection report for review by the Membership Committee if not previously approved as an RPI.
  • 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 website and other FABI sponsored advertising.

Registered Professional Inspector

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 2-year license renewal period.
  • 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 website and other FABI sponsored advertising.

Associate Inspector

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 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 2-year license renewal period.
  • 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.

Affiliate Member

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 website.

Associate Affiliate Member

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

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

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: Dues for all inspector categories are $24.99 per month.    You can set up these payments by completing and returning this recurring dues form.

Those inspectors wishing to pay their dues annually will pay $250.

Inspectors who are dues-paying members of ASHI or InterNACHI may take a discount of 25% off their dues when paid annually.  Their dues will be $187.50.

Dues for employees of inspection companies are as follows:
1-5 employees – $150 per employee
6+ employees – $100 per employee

Affiliate Member – $335 annually per individual or company.

Retired Member – No charge

Honorary Member – No charge

The annual membership fee for all FABI Past Presidents not actively serving on the Board of Directors is waived

Special Assessments:

Special assessments may be added from time to time by the board as needed.  These special assessments shall apply to each and every member and associate inspector.

Testing fees for examinations are set by the FABI Education and Testing Committee.

Dues and Fees in Arrears:

FABI Membership may be terminated if the money owed to FABI exceeds 30-days past due.

MPIs may be moved to RPI status, or terminated, if money owed to FABI exceeds 30-days past due.

Unpaid fees will be deducted from renewal dues before being applied to renewal dues; this may result in non-member status until the renewal dues balance is paid.

Members may decline to renew by writing to the board of directors, stating their reason. The board, at its sole discretion, may allow a member to renew within a two (2) year period (24 months) and not require full re-application.

Refunds: As a policy, no fees shall be refunded unless the applicant is rejected. The board of directors may be petitioned in writing, in cases of hardship, for a refund of unused money, by any current member in good standing.

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 affiliates) 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), associate inspectors are required to attend at least one FABI conference and earn 20 hours of continuing education each license renewal period.

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 associate inspector.

Each person must use the logo that coincides with their classification. An 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.

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