Homes Specialist Credential An Offer for ASHI
Because home inspectors are on the front line
when it comes to evaluating the integrity of the home environment, it
makes sense for ASHI to become involved in promoting a unique
credential to its members.
ASHI, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and The
National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) are working together to
offer the Healthy Homes Specialist (HHS) credential to ASHI members to
ensure they are part of a knowledgeable workforce assisting the public
in its growing concern over the issue of healthy homes. The HHS
credential can be used to help ASHI members expand the services they
provide. The Healthy Homes Specialist Credential is designed for health and housing professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Use and Implementation
A variety of professionals may be interested in the Healthy Homes Specialist credential. As a member of ASHI you may use the Healthy Homes Specialist credential to expand the services you provide.
Individuals who have been certified or licensed as
lead risk assessors, radon measurement professionals, or mold
professionals. These individuals have developed a basic expertise in a specific environmental hazard in the home and should be interested in expanding their
capabilities and services.
NEHA Registered Environmental Health Specialists seeking to document their experience and expertise in housing.
Public health nurses seeking to document their expertise in healthy homes.
Health department and housing agency staff seeking to document their expertise in healthy homes or better position their agencies to receive HUD healthy homes grants.
Licensed pest management professionals seeking to expand their services. Resolving pest problems using integrated pest management essentially relies on a knowledge base similar to the Healthy Homes Practitioner.
Certified home inspectors seeking to expand their business by adding healthy homes to their standard services
Have five years of experience in housing, environmental health or public health; ASHI Members are exempt from this experience requirement, as their
knowledge and experience in home inspection and membership to ASHI
serves to fulfill it.
Achieve a score of 70% on qualifying examination; and
Successfully complete an on-line assessment exercise.
Exam Content Outline
The Healthy Homes Specialist Credential examination will consist of 75 multiple-choice questions. You are given two (2) hours to complete the examination. The following represents the exam content outline:
Connection between health and housing (20% = 15 questions)
Damp indoor spaces
Housing codes and related laws (10% = 7-8 questions)
Housing as a system – Basics of building science (20% = 15 questions)
Healthy homes strategies (40% = 30 questions)
Keep it dry
Keep it clean
Keep it pest-free
Keep it ventilated
Keep it safe
Maintain the home
Resources for healthy homes (10% = 7-8 questions)
While training is not a prerequisite to obtaining a credential, individuals who have completed the
Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners course offered by the National Healthy Homes Training Center and Network will have the foundation they need to succeed.
Maintaining the Healthy Homes Specialist Credential
Once you have obtained the Healthy Homes Specialist Credential you are expected to maintain it through continuing education requirements and renewal fees.
The Healthy Homes Specialist Credential will be valid for two years from the first day of the month after you have initially obtained the credential. Within the two-year credential period you must obtain and submit to NEHA a minimum of 15 contact hours of continuing education (CE). In addition to the CE requirement, at the end of the two-year credential period you must also submit the credential renewal fee to NEHA
($85/member or $115/non-member).
Exam Dates/Training Dates
The Healthy Homes Specialist credential will be offered in conjunction with the Training Centers. For more information please visit: