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SAHITA – SA’s leading building inspector trainer

SAHITA is the first building inspection academy to equip South Africans with an all-round knowledge of local building methods & regulations together with practical knowledge on how to conduct a building inspection and compile an inspection report.

SAHITA was established to meet a need because the South African home inspection industry was unregulated. HouseCheck, South Africa’s leading building inspection company, therefore pioneered the launch of SAHITA, which now offers an excellent standard of training material. The SAHITA course covers the many different building disciplines that all certified home inspectors must understand.

SAHITA has been approved by the QCTO (Quality Council for Trades & Occupations) to develop a National Building Inspector qualification. SAHITA is working with other stakeholders (NHBRC, LGSeta, municipalities, banks, NRCS and the private sector) to develop this important qualification – which should be finalised and approved in 2017.

In anticipation of this new Building Inspector qualification, SAHITA has again taken the initiative and funded a new non-profit organisation the National Association of Building Inspectors of South Africa – see www.nabisa.org.za for more details. All SAHITA graduates qualify for membership of NABISA.

This important new Building Inspector qualification will provide training and assessment standards for the work done by private sector home inspection companies, the NHBRC inspectors and by the municipal building control officers.

Home inspection”, or “property survey”, is one of the most exciting business opportunities in South Africa. You can become part of this fast-growing industry. The SA home inspection industry is especially suitable for small business and entrepreneurs. The prospects for growth are excellent, start-up costs are low and a high level of professional and personalised service will enhance your prospects of success.

SAHITA offers South African focused training opportunities to entrepreneurs to enhance their building inspection skills.

The philosophy of SAHITA is to share knowledge for the greater good of the South African community and creates opportunities for students. After qualifying, some SAHITA students may be invited to join the HouseCheck team, others may choose to set up their own businesses as home inspectors, or to join another home inspection company.

Expert Trainers

Gerrie van Niekerk

John Graham, Principal of SAHITA, CEO of HouseCheck and is a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. Graham has been enrolled by the NHBRC and he has hands-on home building experience; Graham has also owned and operated a number of property development companies; he has been trained by, and worked for two of South Africa’s leading home inspection companies; and he has previously qualified by examination as a professional estate agent.

Gerrie van Niekerk is a professional quantity surveyor and project manager who has vast practical experience in the South African construction industry. He is SAHITA certified and is an active House Check Home Inspector.


Corporate information

South African Home Inspection Training Academy (Pty) Ltd. Reg. No. 2012/189989/07.  Postal: Suite 258, Private Bag X1005, Claremont, 7735.  Administrative Office: 80 St Michaels Rd, Claremont 7700, Cape Town


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The SAHITA course is endorsed by HouseCheck, South Africa's leading home inspection company.

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