Thomas Francis Home Inspector Qualifications and ExperienceOver 30 years working in nearly all aspects of the building trades
InterNACHI certified home inspector since 2004. InterNACHI Certification requires the inspector to pass InterNACHI’s Online Inspector Examination, complete InterNACHI’s online Code of Ethics course, Complete InterNACHI’s online Standards of Practice course, To maintain certification, you must: substantially adhere to the InterNACHI Standards of Practice or the standard required by law in your jurisdiction, abide by the InterNACHI Code of Ethics; Continue learning 24 hours/year and more…
New York License #16000011376
NY State requires: Every licensed home inspector who is engaged in home inspection shall secure, maintain, and file proof of a certificate of liability coverage with the Department of State, which shall be a minimum amount of $150,000 per occurrence and $500,000 aggregate. Home Inspectors are required to complete 24 hours of approved continuing education within their two-year license renewal period prior to the expiration date in order to renew their license.
IAC2 Certified Indoor Air Consultant, Mold Certified
Certified # IAQ2-00-00431; IAC2 is the non-profit, certifying body for home and building inspectors who have fulfilled certain educational and testing requirements including those in the area of indoor air quality. The biggest purchase you’ll ever make deserves a certified professional. IAC2 helps you find certified indoor air consultants in your area. See http://iac2.org/ for more info.
Pro-Lab Mold Certification
For over 10 years I’ve been using professional air pumps and mold spore traps for laboratory analysis, not the homeowner type kits most home inspectors use. Certified testing using an air pump, gives usable data, sampling mold in the air unlike test kits that yield no significant data. I have tested and found the toxic black mold stachybotrys chartarum in 4 different houses. This mold was causing serious heath effects, even in small quantities. Most toxic mold is nearly impossible to detect without professional air sampling.
The School of Home Inspection
This was a great 16 class, career development course. I took these classes in 1999 and 2000 while running my general contracting business. I was doing home inspections part time from 1997 up to about 2003 as I transitioned into full time home inspection work.
WARDFLEX Gas Line Installation Certification
Successfully completed the Wardflex Gas Line Installation training and was certified to install stainless steel flexible gas line. At the time in 2001 this type of flex line could only be sold to and installed by certified installers as per NY State law.
Required Courses for Plumbers in Onondaga County
Satisfactory completed Plumbing 1 and 2 at Central Technical Vocational Center in 2002. Onondaga County Plumbing Authority required training for Plumbers in Onondaga County, approved 22.5 hour vocational course.
2 Army Achievement Medals
For meritorious achievement performing leadership duties on large construction construction projects in Germany.
Home Inspector Qualifications and Experience
- I have a current New York State License for Home Inspection, License # 16000011376
- I have conducted over 2000 home inspections since 1997 and many building evaluations since 1983.
- I am a member in good standing of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI).
- Better Business Bureau Business Review of AAA Best Home Inspection A+ Rating and 0 complaints for 13 years.
- I am trained and certified by Pro-Lab for environmental mold testing.
- I am trained and certified by Anabec for Mold Remediation
- I owned and operated a construction company for 16 years.
- I was a CNY dealer authorized installer for Peach Tree windows and doors.
- I am trained and certified by Wardflex for flexible gas line installation and sales.
- I was a registered plumber in Onondaga County, doing emergency service & installations for about 5 years.
- US Army Engineers, 4 years, Army Achievement Medal for performance as Construction Quality Control Officer.
- I was Energy Conservation Evaluation Officer for a Emporia College, Kansas.
- Served an Electrician apprenticeship for 1 year.
- I own and use high-tech professional equipment such as radon monitors, electronic gas leak detector, gamma radiation measurement, carbon monoxide, and oxygen testers, circuit test meter, air pump collection, infrared gauges, florescent light detection for florescent dye, negative pressure gauge and much more.
- I have passed NACHI’s on-line inspector certification examination.
- I have completed NACHI’s Code of Ethics obstacle course and abide by it.
- I have passed NACHI’s Standards of Practice test and follow them.
- I fulfill and exceed NACHI’s and New York State’s continuing education requirements every year and more, totaling hundreds of hours of home inspection accredited classes.
- Rutgers University’s National Radon Proficiency Program (NRPP) certification course graduate, passed the certification exam.
- Rutgers University’s (NRPP) certified Residential Radon Measurement course graduate, passed the certification exam.
- National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Member
- IAQ2 Certified (International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants, Certification # IAQ2-00-00431
- AARST (American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists) Member
- GSAR (Greater Syracuse Board of Realtors) Affiliate Member
- GSAR Supra electronic key access
- Fully insured, Liability/Medical $1,000,000 coverage. Contact me for a current copy of my policy coverage.
Purpose of Continuing Education
- Continuing Education is an integral aspect of InterNACHI’s mission to help inspectors maintain inspection excellence.
- Continuing Education permits InterNACHI members to meet the requirements of new home inspection legislation.
- Continuing Education helps ensure that each member recognizes changes within the home inspection industry.
- Continuing Education improves our membership’s combined knowledge and helps make InterNACHI a strong association.
A Small Example of Some Courses I have taken and received credit for:
- How to Perform Roofing Inspections
- Structural Issues for Home Inspectors
- Residential Plumbing Overview for Inspectors
- Green Building Inspection
- How to Perform Mold Inspections
- How to Perform Energy Audits
- Radon Measurement Service Provider
- Wood-Destroying Organism
- Building Science and Thermal ImagingCode of Ethics Obstacle Course
- Residential Standards of Practice Quiz
- Inspecting Water Heater Tanks
- Home Inspection Fundamentals: The Exterior Inspection How to Inspect for Moisture Intrusion
- Log Home Inspection
These are some of the courses NACHI classes I have taken in the last couple of years. The State of New York requires continuing education to maintain the State Home Inspection License also. The above listed IntrNACHI courses were not approved yet by NY State for continuing education, so I have taken more than 106 hours of other State approved classes from the American Building Inspection & Training Co. in East Syracuse, NY and other NY approved training classes.