The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) and Architectural Testing, Inc., an Intertek Company ("Intertek-ATI") has created a new partnership to provide training for building professionals to earn certification as FORTIFIED™ Home Evaluators and FORTIFIED-Wise credentials. Intertek-ATI is nationally recognized for the leadership, dedication, and professionalism of its staff and IBHS is very pleased to partner with them as they expand their training and certification services to include the FORTIFIED Home Training and Certification Programs. Consumer protection is a top priority for IBHS and Intertek-ATI, and one way we safeguard consumers is by selecting professionals who are fully qualified, competent, and ethical. Individuals may work for a company or an organization, but FORTIFIED Evaluators are certified on an individual basis. Certified FORTIFIED Home Evaluators provide essential inspection and documentation services to builders and homeowners seeking to make their homes stronger, safer, and more durable to specific natural hazards.

FORTIFIED Home™ Evaluator Certification


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FORTIFIED Home Evaluator Training Program

The FORTIFIED Home Evaluator Program provides training and certification to ensure the FORTIFIED designation is consistent and technically accurate throughout the country. FORTIFIED Home Evaluators are certified after completing a comprehensive training course, passing a final exam, and meeting rigorous professional requirements. FORTIFIED Evaluators are then qualified to help assess the condition of single-family, detached dwellings.

Certified Evaluator

Please refer to the FORTIFIED Home Evaluator Handbook for qualification requirements to register for certification. Proof of qualification and all required documents must be submitted with registration form to register. Incomplete registrations and documentation will not be processes and will be returned for completion.
In-Person Training Class Fee: $750

Fee includes the cost of the two-day training class, the FORTIFIED Evaluator Manual, the certification exam (minimum score to pass exam is 85%), certificate and ID Badge and listing in the FORTIFIED Home™ Provider Directory once all required documents are submitted.

Non-Evaluator Participants

There are no professional requirements for individuals who wish to audit the training. However, they will not take the evaluator exam at the end of the in-person class.
In-Person Training Class Fee: $550

Fee includes the cost of the class materials and training class. The fees are non-refundable and must be paid with registration form. All classes are scheduled as tentative until registration has been verified. Payments received will be processed and confirmation notices will be issued once the classes are confirmed. Please register early to reserve your registration.

FORTIFIED-Wise™ Credential Program


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FORTIFIED-Wise Associate

The FORTIFIED-Wise Associate demonstrates a solid understanding of FORTIFIED building principles, construction practices, and verification requirements. It is ideal for anyone newer to FORTIFIED Home™ and IBHS, including but not limited to, building and code officials, product manufacturers, insurance professionals, students, real estate professionals, and associates. Fee includes the cost of the one-day training class, the FORTIFIED-Wise Manual, the FORTIFIED-Wise Associate exam (minimum score to pass exam is 85%) and listing in the FORTIFIED Home™ Provider Directory.
Prerequisites: none.
In-Person Training Class & Exam Fee: $275

FORTIFIED-Wise Professional

The FORTIFIED-Wise Professional demonstrates an advanced depth of knowledge of the FORTIFIED Home™ building program principles and practices by successfully completing the FORTIFIED-Wise™ training and passing the FORTIFIED-Wise Professional examination. Fee includes the cost of the one-day training class, the FORTIFIED-Wise Manual, the FORTIFIED-Wise Professional exam (minimum score to pass exam is 85%) and listing in the FORTIFIED Home™ Provider Directory.
Prerequisites: Applicant must provide their current license as a General Contractor, Building Contractor, Residential Contractor, National Council of Building Designer Certification (NCBDC), Architect or Professional Engineer. The applicant must provide a copy of their current license with the registration form and full payment when registering for a class. Incomplete registrations will not be approved and returned to applicant for completion.
In-Person Training Class & Exam Fee: $375

FORTIFIED-Wise Roofer

The FORTIFIED-Wise Roofer demonstrates a solid understanding of the critical aspects of installation and documentation for roofing a new or existing home to meet the FORTIFIED standards. This course is ideal for experienced roofers looking to expand their business and marketing opportunities. Fee includes: 2 hour classroom instruction, FORTIFIED Wise Roofer Exam (minimum score to pass is 85%), Printed copy of FORTIFIED Wise Roofer Training presentation, and a listing in the FORTIFIED Home Service Provider Directory.
Prerequisites: Applicants must provide proof of an approved roofing certification (eg., GAF Factory Certified Roofer, Owens Corning Preferred Contractor, Malarkey Certified Residential Contractor etc.)
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Applicants that do not have the certifications above may be considered on a case by case basis by providing proof of the following:
  • Properly Licensed
    Licensed by their state (or province) to perform roofing work*
  • Minimum 7 years in business
  • 1 million general liability coverage + proper and valid workers compensation
  • Satisfactory rating with BBB
  • GOOD or better credit rating
  • Clean distributor reference (means we pay our bills)
  • No liens, or judgements unresolved on record
  • Good workmanship record
*Applies in states where licensing is available.
In-Person Training Class & Exam Fee: $150

Please note:
The fees are non-refundable and must be paid with registration form. All classes are scheduled as tentative until registration has been verified. Payments received will be processed and confirmation notices will be issued once the classes are confirmed. Please register early to reserve your registration.
Certificates will be issued for attending and passing the class that will expire three years from the month the class was attended. There are continuing education requirements and renewal fee to renew your credentials and maintain your name in the FORTIFIED Home™ Provider Directory.

Important Documents

  
    - FORTIFIED Home™ Evaluator Registration Form
    - Documentation Requirements For Certified Evaluator Or Trainer Candidates
    - FORTIFIED Home™ Evaluator Certification Handbook
    - FORTIFIED Wise™ Training Registration Form

Upcoming Scheduled Classes

To register to attend a class listed below and you have any questions about the upcoming classes please contact Intertek-ATI at kyetter@archtest.com or 717-764-7700. Please note there are FORTIFIED Evaluator, FORTIFIED Evaluator Trainer, and FORTIFIED Wise Training classes listed. Registration forms and any required documentation are accepted by email, fax or mail with payment to register for any of the classes

Class Registration deadline is 14 days before the class date. All required documents including the registration form and payments must be submitted and received by this deadline in order to attend any of the listed classes. Incomplete registrations will be returned for completion. LATE REGISTRATION FEES WILL APPLY FOR ANY COMPLETED REGISTRATION THAT IS RECEIVED WITH LESS THAN 14 DAYS NOTICE. NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR CLASSES WITHIN SEVEN DAYS OF THE CLASS SCHEDULED DATE. NO WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS PERMITTED.

Class TypeDateLocationInstructorContact PersonPhone
Evaluator09/08/2016 Deadline 8/29/2016Tulsa, OKFred MalikKaren Yetter717-764-7700
EvaluatorPendingResearch Ctr. S. C.Bill YorkKaren Yetter717-764-7700
FORTIFIED - Wise10/18/2016Spanish Fort, ALBill YorkKaren Yetter717-764-7700


Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI), an Intertek Company, shall not be held responsible or liable for any modifications, repairs or replacements with regard to any property, systems, components, or the contents therein. ATI is neither a guarantor nor insurer. ATI assumes no responsibility or liability for any advice or services rendered by any builder, engineer, architect, plan reviewer, plan designer, inspector, manufacturer, or other professional as a result of the certification of such individual as a FORTIFIED Home™ Evaluator, FORTIFIED-Wise Associate or FORTIFIED-Wise Professional.