The GI Bill is reimbursing members of the U.S. military who train to be home inspectors through American Home Inspectors Training in Wisconsin. AHIT, a leader in home inspection training since 1993, has announced that the Wisconsin State Approving Agency approved its live, 7-day Home Inspection Start-up Course for those eligible to receive GI Bill educational benefits.
Military members—active duty service members and veterans—who are eligible can qualify for full tuition and housing cost reimbursement for the live AHIT home inspectors’ course, if they attend in Brookfield, Wis.
“It was great news to hear that we had been approved to accept the GI Bill in select states,” said Chad Gresch, director of admissions at AHIT. “We speak to so many military folks who have a sincere interest in becoming home inspectors, and now we are able to help them use their benefits.”
U.S. military member Lonnie Hutchinson said the GI Bill reimbursement gave him the resources to buy tools and cover other start-up costs to launch his home inspection business.
“I took this [start-up] course to gain better knowledge on home inspections and to be the best of the best in my state and area. I learned so much in this course,” Hutchinson said.
“If you are passionate about home inspections and good at communicating with others, then this is the school for you,” Hutchinson said. “They will give you all the tools needed to run a successful business.”
Laura Grace Peek, compliance analyst at OnCourse Learning, AHIT’s parent company, said the GI Bill approval of AHIT’s Home Inspection Start-up Course means that eligible veterans can leverage their education funds to take AHIT’s 7-day class in Brookfield, Wis. But, while the training is in Wisconsin, the government benefit covers military members who live in 22 additional states.
“Prospective students with benefits from Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming may enroll in this course,” Peek said.
“If you are passionate about home inspections and good at communicating with others,
then this is the school for you. They will give you all the tools needed to run a successful business.” — Lonnie Hutchinson
Meeting high standards
Earning GI Bill approval isn’t easy for educational providers and shows a high level of quality learning.
For example, GI Bill approval is done on a state-by-state basis.
“The Wisconsin State Approving Agency reviewed our course and evaluated our facilities,” Peek said. “The course remains approved as long as we maintain our approval with the State of Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, which is renewed annually.”
The government doesn’t just approve any home inspection training course. AHIT’s course was the perfect match for GI Bill reimbursement, according to Brian Sholly, OnCourse Learning’s Executive Vice President of Real Estate.
“AHIT has been around for 24 years and [has] trained tens of thousands of home inspectors. A lot of our competitors don’t have a physical training location and only offer a home study course. We consider our live training our ‘flagship’ training and have the most experienced instructors in the industry,” Sholly said.
“AHIT creates its own training materials that have the latest and most detailed information available,” Sholly continued. “And we take you out on actual home inspections so the students get real-life experience looking at the different systems of the home and filling out the inspection report with one of our professional technical instructors. A lot of our competitors don’t do that so by getting our 7-day live professional course approved, we can offer our military students the absolute best home inspection training available in North America.”
How to get started
AHIT admissions representatives work with prospective students to provide them with the information they need to sign up for the comprehensive home inspectors’ training program and apply for benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
“I would recommend calling one of my admissions specialists for assistance to see if your state qualifies. For those military folks who do not live in a qualifying state, we do offer military discounts for those paying out of pocket,” Gresch said.
“There are a couple other schools that have GI Bill approval, but as the largest and most recognized training provider in the industry, AHIT is the school that our military personnel are looking for,” Gresch said. “They have done their research and understand that the technical and business training on top of the support we offer sets us apart.”
Get more information at: http://www.ahit.com/military/.