APL Home Inspections Code of Ethics

 

nterNACHI® Code Of Ethics

The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI®) promotes a high standard of professionalism, business ethics and inspection procedures. InterNACHI® members subscribe to the following Code of Ethics in the course of their business.

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Duty to the Public

  1. The InterNACHI® member shall abide by the Code of Ethics and substantially follow the InterNACHI® Standards of Practice.
  2. The InterNACHI® member shall not engage in any practices that could be damaging to the public or bring discredit to the home inspection industry.
  3. The InterNACHI® member shall be fair, honest and impartial, and act in good faith in dealing with the public.
  4. The InterNACHI® member shall not discriminate in any business activities on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, or handicap, and shall comply with all federal, state and local laws concerning discrimination.
  5. The InterNACHI® member shall be truthful regarding his/her services and qualifications.
  6. The InterNACHI® member shall not:
    1. have any disclosed or undisclosed conflict of interest with the client;
    2. accept or offer any disclosed or undisclosed commissions, rebates, profits, or other benefit from real estate agents, brokers, or any third parties having financial interest in the sale of the property; or
    3. offer or provide any disclosed or undisclosed financial compensation directly or indirectly to any real estate agent, real estate broker, or real estate company for referrals or for inclusion on lists of preferred and/or affiliated inspectors or inspection companies.
  7. The InterNACHI® member shall not release any information about the inspection or the client to a third party unless doing so is necessary to protect the safety of others, to comply with a law or statute, or both of the following conditions are met:
    1. the client has been made explicitly aware of what information will be released, to whom, and for what purpose, and;
    2. the client has provided explicit, prior written consent for the release of his/her information.
  8. The InterNACHI® member shall always act in the interests of the client unless doing so violates a law, statute, or this Code of Ethics.
  9. The InterNACHI® member shall use a written contract that specifies the services to be performed, limitations of services, and fees.
  10. The InterNACHI® member shall comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where he or she conducts business.
  11. The InterNACHI® member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to the structure for which the member or member's company has prepared a home inspection report for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems that are not included in the InterNACHI® Standards of Practice.

 

Duty to Continue Education

  1. The InterNACHI® member who has earned the Certified Professional Inspector® (CPI) designation shall comply with InterNACHI's current Continuing Education requirements.
  2. The InterNACHI® member who has earned the Certified Professional Inspector® (CPI) designation shall pass InterNACHI's Online Inspector Exam once every three years.

Duty to the Profession and to InterNACHI®

  1. The InterNACHI® member shall strive to improve the home inspection industry by sharing his/her lessons and/or experiences for the benefit of all. This does not preclude the member from copyrighting or marketing his/her expertise to other Inspectors or the public in any manner permitted by law.
  2. The InterNACHI® member shall assist the InterNACHI leadership in disseminating and publicizing the benefits of InterNACHI membership.
  3. The InterNACHI® member shall not engage in any act or practice that could be deemed damaging, seditious or destructive to InterNACHI®, fellow InterNACHI® members, InterNACHI® employees, leadership or directors. Accusations of a member acting or deemed in violation of such rules shall trigger a review by the Ethics Committee for possible sanctions and/or expulsion from InterNACHI®.
  4. The InterNACHI® member shall abide by InterNACHI's current membership requirements.
  5. The InterNACHI® member shall abide by InterNACHI's current message board rules.
 

AARST-Code of Ethics

The American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST) is a nonprofit, professional organization whose members are dedicated to the highest standard of excellence and ethical performance of radon measurement, radon mitigation and transfer of radon information for the benefit of members, consumers and the public at large. 

 

Forward

These principles are intended to aid members of the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists
(AARST), individually and collectively, in maintaining a professional level of ethical conduct. Members should recognize
this standard as a set of dynamic principles guiding their business conduct. It is a guideline for professional responsibility
by which they may determine the propriety of their conduct in relationships with colleagues, with members of other
professions, and with the public. Any member found in breach of this Code is subject to disciplinary action, which may
include expulsion. This is a living document and, as such, shall be reviewed for content and applicability by the AARST
Ethics Committee on an annual basis.

A. Relations with Colleagues, Clients, and Others

1. Members shall never knowingly mislead anyone, and shall have due regard for the safety and health of those who may
be affected by the work for which members are responsible.
2. Members shall promote interest in and understanding of radon by the public, and shall not make untrue, false, 
deceptive or exaggerated statements regarding radon. Statements regarding radon by members shall have sound
scientific basis. Inaccurate statements concerning radon and radiation, when discovered, shall be clarified as soon as
possible.
3. Members will not falsely or maliciously injure the professional reputation of anyone.

 

B. Technical Professionalism

1. Members shall only provide services and products in accordance with the Code and in accordance with provisions of
AARST National Radon Standards and applicable laws. Where the service and product being provided is not addressed
by AARST National Radon Standards and/or where federal, state or municipal laws, regulations, or codes conflict with
AARST National Radon Standards, the law, code or regulation shall supersede the standards.
2. Members shall not attempt to practice in any field in which they are not proficient. When required by law, members shall
be appropriately licensed or certified.
3. Members shall strive to improve their knowledge and skills, and shall endeavor to extend the effectiveness of the radon
profession by sharing information and experience with others, and by contributing to the work of professional associations
and the scientific and academic community.

C. Business Ethics

1. Members shall strive for the highest standard of integrity and fairness. Members shall take care that credit for work is
given to those to whom credit is properly due.
2. Members shall protect the sources of confidential communications, provided that such protection is not itself unethical
or illegal.
3. Members shall not engage in unlawful activities. Members shall not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from
more than one interested party for the same service, or for services pertaining to the same work, without the consent of all
interested parties.