altAbout CREIA:
California Real Estate Inspection Association



To protect lives, health and investments


The Association is formed for the purpose of engaging in any lawful act or activity for which a nonprofit corporation may be organized under the law, including but not limited to the following:

  • Planning, developing, and overseeing professional opportunities for members and others to achieve the highest level of respect for the real estate inspection profession;
  • Establishing, promoting, and maintaining professional standards and qualifications;
  • Communicating the ethics, standards, purposes, goals, and accomplishments of CREIA to its membership, government, and the general public;
  • Developing, reviewing, publishing, and presenting technical and educational materials;
  • Developing, maintaining, and enhancing membership growth and retention programs;
  • Promoting and enhancing relationships with other associations, governmental agencies, standards organizations, and the general public.


The California Real Estate Inspection Association promotes excellence in the real estate inspection profession and is committed in supporting every member in achieving the highest level of expertise in the industry.


  • Integrity – No cutting corners, no compromise, persevering
  • Competence – Professional knowledge and expertise
  • Belonging – Among the leaders advancing high standards through collaboration
  • Passion – For serving and protecting our clients


Established in 1976, CREIA is a non-profit 501(c) 6 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.”