California Real Estate Inspection Association


The California Real Estate Inspection Association, CREIA is a true non-profit association dedicated to using all its resources for the benefit of members and the home buying public they serve. For over 40 years CREIA is an association of members for members, founded on the principle that joining and working together they can do much more to advance the home inspection profession and protect the public than could possibly be accomplished individually.

Inspecting real estate is an incredibly knowledge-intensive profession and more than anything else CREIA is all about educating and training its members to do the best inspection possible for their clients. CREIA members must first pass a rigorous competency test and accept a strict code of ethics to become a member and then requires the most extensive annual continuing education from its membership of any similar association. Why would anyone in this state take a chance with a home or commercial inspector who isn’t a CREIA member?

A Master CREIA Inspector (MCI) is the highest rating that can be obtained through CREIA. This designation is only given to those inspectors that have obtained over 100 hours of additional training , performed over 1000 inspections, and have been tested for knowledge above the already high standard set for CCI members of CREIA.

Established in 1976, CREIA is a non-profit 501(c) 6, member-driven association with twenty chapters located throughout the California. CREIA regularly holds an Annual Conference and other educational programs, advocates for the profession, and offers leadership opportunities to it members. CREIA is the oldest and largest nonprofit state inspector association in the country – and California-specific in education and consumer outreach. CREIA is in enhancing consumer protection and promoting public awareness.

The CREIA Board of Directors is representative of the CREIA membership. In addition to the CREIA Board of Directors and chapter leadership opportunities, there are several standing committees and task forces that report to the Board of Directors. We encourage our membership to get involved.

CREIA’s Standards of Practice have been recognized by the State of California, and are considered the source for home inspector standard of care by the real estate and legal communities.

Section 1 of Stats.1996, c. 338 (S.B.258), provides:
“It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this act to assure that consumers of home inspection services can rely upon the competence of home inspectors. It is the intent of the Legislature that, in ascertaining the degree of care that would be exercised by a reasonably competent home inspector pursuant to Section 7196 of the Business and Professions Code, the court may consider the standards of practice and code of ethics of the California Real Estate Inspection Association, the American Society of Home Inspectors, or other nationally recognized professional home inspection associations.”

CREIA = Tier One Inspectors

Unsurpassed testing; Unmatched training and education requirements; Industry leading performance Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics – That’s why California Law specifically mentions CREIA as an industry benchmark.