The main work of home inspectors is to provide written reports for property buyers and property owners and insurers of property. These inspection reports describe the condition, compliance and risks associated with the ownership of an existing property or building.
The fees for the SAHITA training are R24,750 – payable either as a single discounted payment upfront of R22,999, or three payments of R8,250. One payment of R8,250 for the 1-10 modules (Semester One) and two payments of R8,250 for the remaining 20 modules (Semesters Two and Three).
SAHITA offers a certified and widely recognised professional certification for South African Home Inspectors, Building Inspectors, Insurance Adjusters and Project Managers.
The work of a home inspector, who inspects existing structures, is closely related to the work of a “building inspector” who is usually employed by municipalities and other parts of provincial and national government and by the construction industry to inspect the compliance and quality of new building work.
The South African home inspection industry is especially suitable for small business and entrepreneurs because the prospects for growth are excellent, start-up costs are low and because a high level of personalised service will enhance the prospect of success.
The new national Building Inspector qualification, which has been approved by QCTO, was developed for the QCTO by SAHITA, LGSETA, NHBRC, banks and other stakeholders. This new qualification will regulate building inspection services in South Africa. This new qualification, is expected to create an additional 10 000 jobs in the property inspection sector.
Two new laws – the Property Practitioners Act and the Sectional Title Schemes Management Act – are designed to improve consumer protection for home buyers and home owners. These new laws will result in a massive growth in the demand for home inspection services in South Africa. Elsewhere in the world the demand for independent property inspection services generates billions of US dollars in inspection fees.
SAHITA training provides new and existing home inspectors and other property professionals with a head start in this exciting and fast-growing sector of the property industry. SAHITA is working closely with experts in the training field to ensure that its official accreditation will meet the standards of the new Building Inspector qualification.
The SAHITA online course material has been specifically structured to conform to South African building methods and building regulations. The SAHITA training focuses on helping students understand SANS 10400 – this national standard is central for compliance with the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act which governs the South African built environment.