FIELD MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
We have developed the premier field mentoring training program that stands unrivaled. Our team of Field Training Inspectors (FTIs) are all full-time professionals in home inspection, each contributing a unique skill set. Ranging from multi-firm managers and multistate license holders to members of home inspector associations and even BOARD CERTIFIED MASTER INSPECTORS, our diverse group ensures a wealth of field training opportunities. Their collective expertise guarantees you’ll gain the comprehensive knowledge necessary to thrive in this field.
FIELD MENTORING REQUIREMENTS AS PER THE NJ STANDARDS OF PRACTICE (SOP)
Per NJ Admin Code 13:40 - 16.6, all students must complete 40 hours of field training, which shall include not less than 40 hours of unpaid field-based inspections in the presence of and under the direct supervision of a licensed home inspector. The inspections shall be provided by the school administering the approved course of study. This field training fulfills the mandated prerequisites.
STUDENTS MUST READ THE NJ STANDARDS of PRACTICE (SOP) PRIOR to SIGNING UP FOR THEIR FIRST INSPECTION. CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW.
To receive credit for field training inspections, students must submit a home inspection training report for each inspection completed. For licensing, students will need to include 3 to 6 of these training reports with their application.
DEFINITIONS AS PER THE NJ STANDARS OF PRACTICE
“Home Inspection” means a visual, functional, non-invasive inspection conducted for a fee or any other consideration and performed without moving personal property, furniture, equipment, plants, soil, snow, ice, or debris, using the mandatory equipment and including the preparation of a home inspection report of the readily-accessible elements of the following components of a residential building: structural components, exterior components, roofing system, plumbing system, electrical system, heating system, cooling system, interior components, insulation components and ventilation system, fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances, or any other related residential housing component as determined by the Board, in consultation with the Committee, by rule, but excluding recreational facilities and outbuildings other than garages or carports.
“Home Inspection Training Report” means a written report prepared by a trainee pursuant to N.J.A.C. 13:40-15.6(a)4, which:
1. Discloses those systems and components which are designated for inspection pursuant to this subchapter and are present at the time of the inspection, as well as those which are present at the time of the home inspection but are not inspected and the reason(s) they are not inspected;
2. Describes systems and components as specified in the rules N.J.A.C. 13:40-15.16
3. States what material defects are found in systems or components;
4. States the significance of findings; and
5. Provides recommendations as to the need to repair, replace or monitor a system or component, or to obtain examination and analysis by a qualified professional, tradesman or service technician.
Students must complete a MINIMUM of 12 field training inspections to satisfy the requirement as per NJ Admin Code Section 13:40-15.2 (4) which defines a “Home Inspection” as seen below.
****Please note that the requirements for a “Home Inspection Training Report” and a “Home Inspection Report” are identical.****
SCHEDULING FIELD TRAINING INSPECTIONS
At the NJ Academy of Home Inspectors, our priority is you! To simplify the process of scheduling training inspections, we utilize SuperSaas, an intuitive online scheduling platform.
Before receiving SuperSaas, students are required to complete at least five weeks of classes. This prerequisite ensures students possess a comprehensive understanding of what to observe and assess during a home inspection.
After completing five weeks of classes, students will be equipped with a username (which will be their student email address) and password for SuperSaas. Detailed instructions will be provided on how to login and schedule inspections.
Once logged into SuperSaas you will see a list of FIELD TRAINING INSPECTORS (FTI). Select an FTI to see his schedule. Find a date, time, and location of an inspection that works for you and simply click on it. Next click “Make Reservation”. You will then receive an automated email that will have the specifics of the inspection to include the name and phone number of the FTI you will be working with.
One credit is used for each reservation made. Students will receive 12 credits and will ONLY be able to schedule 3 inspections at a time.
If an inspection is full you can still make a reservation. This will put you on a waiting list and you will be notified if someone previously scheduled cancels.
Hours credited towards the forty (40) hour requirement is dependent upon time spent completing the inspection(s) and should be a minimum of twelve (12) or more inspections.
Reports are reviewed weekly (Sundays) and can be subjected to class review for training purposes.
NJAHI® DOES NOT GIVE PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT TO ANY STUDENT FOR THE BOOKING OF FIELD TRAINING INSPECTIONS. IT IS THE STUDENTS RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK SUPERSAAS FREQUENTLY.
SUBMITTING TRAINING REPORTSIt is the STUDENT’s responsibility to obtain all needed information for their report at the time of inspection from the FIELD TRAINING INSTRUCTOR ONLY.
TO RECIVE CREDIT FOR REPORTS ALL REPORTS MUST INCLUDE:
3-DATE of INSPECTION
4-BUYER NAMEPictures should be included in ALL training reports. STUDENTS MUST have with them something to document theirs findings, a GFCI tester, camera and a flashlight.
NAMING THE REPORT
All completed reports must be emailed in PDF format. DOWNLOADABLE REPORTS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. REPORTS MUST BE ATTACHED TO YOUR EMAIL AS A PDF or WORD FILE. The report’s name must include, what number inspection it is (sequentially), STUDENT’s last name, the address of the inspection, and the inspection date (see below).
example – 1-Smith270HamiltonRdSomerset4-5-20.pdf
DO NOT SEND TO OR CC ANY OTHER SCHOOL EMAIL.
SENDING REPORTS IN FOR CREDIT
Students should email six (6) reports at a time to email@example.com. Reports 1 through 6 should be attached to one email, and then 6 through 12 should be attached to a second email.
If the reports are to big to send the six (6) reports can be sent in multiple emails. Students may opt to download reports to a thumb drive and mail or bring them in.
Emails MUST include STUDENT’s full name. For convenience, STUDENTS can click on the below button to generate an email to submit report(s).
***To receive credit for training inspections, students must submit a training report for each inspection completed. For licensing, students will need to include 3 to 6 of these training reports with their application.***
ALL emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org are reviewed only on Sundays during normal class dates and times.
CERTIFICATION OF DIRECT ON-SITE SUPERVISION FORM ("PAGE 9")
The Direct On-Site Supervision form (“page 9”) is needed to apply for your Home Inspection License and for students to receive their course certificates.
It is the STUDENT’s responsibility at the completion of the STUDENT’s field training to fill out the Direct On-Site Supervision form (“page 9”) in its entirety for EACH TRAINING INSTRUCTOR (FTI).
Each FTI needs a separate Direct On-Site Supervision form (“page 9”), and each form should pertain to the specific field training inspections carried out with that particular FTI. For example, if a student conducts twelve (12) inspections under the guidance of two (2) different field trainers, they will need to fill out two (2) Direct On-Site Supervision form (“page 9”) in total – one for each trainer.
The student should ensure the form is signed at the conclusion of their FINAL field training inspection with that specific FTI. You can view the “Page 9’s” forms and a sample of how to correctly complete them by clicking below.
ALL REPORTS AND CERTIFICATION OF DIRECT ON-SITE SUPERVISION FORM(s) (PAGE 9) MUST BE SCANNED, SUBMITTED IN PDF FORMAT (NO CELL PHONE PICTURES). NO CERTIFICATES WILL BE COMPLETE UNTIL REPORTS, AND PAGE 9’s ARE RECEIVED. ALL PAGE 9’s MUST BE “WET” SIGNED.
OUTSIDE FIELD MENTORING
According to the New Jersey Administrative Code 13:40 – 16.6, all students are required to complete 40 hours of field training to meet the field mentoring requirement. This training includes a minimum of 40 hours of unpaid field-based inspections, conducted under the direct supervision of a licensed home inspector. To receive credits for the inspections they MUST be provided by the school administering the approved course of study.
If students wish to use an outside Field Trainer Instructor (FTI), they can do so provided there is no cost to the school and the FTI is vetted and approved by NJAHI® prior to their first inspection.
To use an outside FTI, students will need to have the prospective FTI fill out the NJAHI® OUTSIDE FIELD TRAINING INSTRUCTOR AUTHORIZATION FORM. This form, available for download through the below link, must be filled out completely signed with a “WET” signature, and submitted to the school IN PDF FORMAT before the first inspection with the outside FTI.
All inspection reports, along with corresponding “Page 9’s”, must be submitted to NJAHI®. This is a prerequisite for receiving their Field Training Certificate.
HOME INSPECTION SOFTWARE
Most ALL home inspection software has a trial version of their software available for download. SUDENTS are encouraged to try different home inspection software. ALL students are required to have a working trial copy of a home inspection software download and working for each training inspection they conduct. To find Home Inspection Software that works for you, click the button below.
GETTING YOUR CERTIFICATES
To obtain your certificates from the school, you must complete all classroom and field mentoring training, and submit all field training reports and page 9’s. Once submitted, the school will review all the documents/reports, approve them, and update your information in the new IGX system. This process must be completed before we can generate your certificates, and it typically takes between one and two weeks after submitting all your documentation.
To ensure your application is reviewed by the HIAC, you must submit all documentation to the HIAC at least 10 business days in advance. It is essential to plan accordingly, as we will be unable to generate your certificates if you submit the required documents just days before the HIAC meeting. If you aim to submit your application to the HIAC, all page 9’s and reports must be submitted to the school four weeks prior to the HIAC meeting that you want your application reviewed at. This allows enough time for the school to process your paperwork, generate your certificates, send them to you, and enable you to submit your application in a timely manner to the HIAC for review.
NJAHI® STUDENT FIELD MENTORING GUIDELINES
It is important to note that we will be teaching you while you are shadowing us. We will be talking with you about our inspection process, what defects we see, and other important tips of the trade. Please hold onto any questions until the end of the inspection or a natural pause in the action. Asking the inspector multiple questions during the inspections can disrupt the inspector’s flow. Our field training is designed so that all your questions should be answered during the course of the inspection, so just wait to see if your question gets answered. If not, ask at the end of the inspection. We recommend that you write your questions down. Also, remember to never ask questions in front of the client or realtor. They sometimes feel it detracts from them and the inspection.
Make sure you dress professionally (no t-shirts with a sports logo, offensive content, etc.). You are representing yourself as a home inspector, but you are also representing the company. Looking the part is an important skill to develop to be successful. If you take the job seriously, then your clients will too.
The inspector may quiz you while you are shadowing, so be ready! The course is interactive!
Learn as much as you can. Experience is the best way to learn how to be a home inspector. Make sure you come away with something new every time. We are here to help you out!
Students are not permitted to fly drones during inspections.
STUDENTS must remember that it is not uncommon for dates and times of home inspections to change or even be canceled. This happens for a variety of reasons and is beyond the control of the school.
It is the STUDENT’s responsibility to check SuperSaas.com frequently for changes, and STUDENTS must check SuperSaas the DAY OF THE INSPECTION to ensure that the inspection is still scheduled.
1. All inspections are subject to cancellation; this does not happen often but does happen for various reasons and is beyond the control of the school. It is the STUDENT’s responsibility to check SuperSaas.com the DAY OF THE INSPECTION to ensure that the inspection is still scheduled.
2. STUDENT should bring something to document thier findings, Flashlight, Camera & GFCI Outlet Tester **STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR INSPECTION PICTURES**
3. STUDENT should arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the inspection is scheduled. STUDENT should wait in their car until the Inspector arrives. STUDENTS ARE NOT TO APPROACH THE CLIENT OR REALTOR UNTIL INSPECTOR ARRIVES.
4. PARKING – STUDENTS SHOULD NOT park in front of the home. Spots are reserved for the Inspector (who works out of their truck), the client(s), and the realtor(s).
5. STUDENT is responsible for obtaining the buyer’s name at the time of inspection. This information is required for your N.J. license application. This should be obtained from the INSPECTOR ONLY! STUDENT SHOULD NOT ask client or realtor for any information.
6. STUDENT SHOULD NOT talk to the real estate agents, buyers or sellers unless told. STUDENT should NOT answer questions about the home inspection while shadowing. It is essential to learn as much as possible, and talking to the clients about the inspection can disrupt the Inspector’s flow. All questions about the home inspection should be referred to the Inspector.
7. If STUDENT needs to cancel their reservation for any reason, they must cancel in SuperSaas. STUDENT’s who cancel THE DAY OF the inspection MUST notify the Inspector via PHONE/TEXT and cancel in SuperSaas. If a STUDENT does not show up for their reservation two (2) times WITHOUT NOTIFYING ANYONE, they will lose all credits and be unable to reserve inspections independently. Students will then have to email a request to email@example.com to make a reservation from that point on. Should the student not show up for a scheduled inspection a third time WITHOUT NOTIFYING ANYONE, that will be grounds for removal from the Field Mentoring Program.
8. A Training Report must be completed that meets the requirements of N.J. Home Inspector Standards of Practice (N.J. A.C.13:40-15.2.) for each inspection completed in order to receive credit for the inspection.
9. STUDENT should follow the Inspector’s direction throughout the inspection process. Only assist with the inspection at his explicit request. STUDENT should work with or behind the Inspector NOT in FRONT.
10. STUDENT acknowledges that attendance of this field training is done at STUDENT’S own risk and agrees to follow safe inspection practices.
11. STUDENT is not allowed to climb ladders or put themselves in an unsafe situation. If a student does climb a ladder, it is at their own risk. If STUDENT feels they are in an unsafe situation, they should immediately stop what they are doing and remove themselves from that area/situation.
12. STUDENT MUST return all systems and components to their original position/status before they leave the location. This includes restoring thermostat settings, GFCI outlets, panel covers, furnishings, clothes, belongings, etc.
13. STUDENT MUST clean any spills, dirt, messes that they make at the location before leaving the location.
14. STUDENT WILL NOT smoke, eat, drink or make/receive phone calls while at the inspection site.
15. STUDENT WILL NOT ask realtors for their business cards or any other information. The realtor is the FIELD TRAINER’s point of contact. The field trainer is allowing students, as a courtesy, to be on THEIR inspection. STUDENTS are not on inspections to market themselves or solicit business.
16. STUDENTS are not permitted to fly drones during inspections.
17. NJAHI® has a ZERO tolerance for the use of Alcohol or Drugs. If a STUDENT is found to be under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs during an inspection, they will immediately be removed from the program. No exceptions.
THESE GUIDELINES MUST BE ADHERED TO AT EVERY INSPECTION FOR STUDENTS TO OBTAIN CREDIT. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE FIELD TRAINING GUIDELINES IS GROUNDS FOR REMOVAL FROM THE FIELD MENTORING PROGRAM.
Hours credited toward the forty (40) hour requirement are dependent upon time spent completing the inspection(s) and should be a minimum of twelve (12) or more inspections.
STUDENT has six (6) months from the time they receive access to the Field Training Online Scheduler to complete their field mentoring inspections. All STUDENT’S will receive an additional three (3) month grace period to complete their required training inspections. During the three (3) month grace period, STUDENT’s will be required to pay $50 per inspection. If after nine (9) months from the time STUDENT’S have received access to the Field Training Online Scheduler, the STUDENT still has not completed the Field Mentoring Training Program, they will receive an incomplete unless STUDENT’s applies for an extension. Any requests for extensions must be made in writing prior to the end of their three (3) month grace period. All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.