Future of the Home Condition Report and the Home Inspector Certification Scheme

In a letter to Brian Scannell, MD of NES Ltd., DCLG has confirmed that Part 5 of the Housing Act 2004 is to be repealed later this year and, as such, Home Inspectors, Home Condition Reports and Home Inspector Certification Schemes will no longer exist on a statutory basis.  As such SAVA now offers a scheme for all surveyors with the HI Diploma to join in order to offer the HCS.  

As Part 5 is to be repealed and there is absolutely no voluntary market for the HCR, we will not update the HCR to make it compatible with the switch over to RDSAP 2009 due on the 17th April.  From that date all outstanding Home Inspector candidates using the NES Home Condition Report will not be able to produce a Home Condition Report.  Any reports that candidates have started for assessment purposes must be finalised and the PDF downloaded to a local computer.  However, we will give candidates wishing to finish the qualification access to the HCS to complete their qualification.  Contact claire.flitt@nesltd.co.uk to arrange access.

In addition, ABBE has now confirmed that after 31st March 2011 no new candidates can be registered on the Home Inspector Diploma and that existing candidates have until the end of 2013 in order to finish the qualification.  This is because ABBE is required to transfer all qualifications to the new Qualifications and Credit Framework - a key strand of the Government’s Vocational Qualification Reform Programme and 2013 is the end of the transitional period.

We have asked ABBE to confirm if it has any plans to replace the Home Inspector qualification and await their response.

If you have any queries relating to the assessment process please email our assessment team at assessment@nesltd.co.uk who will be pleased to assist or read more about the SAVA scheme here.