Become a Certified Home Watch Professional

Since our official launch in 2010, Home Watch businesses have earned their Accredited Member status from the NHWA by meeting requirements and going through a vetting process that assures the public of their commitment to excellence by setting and upholding the very highest of standards in our industry. For the past few years, members of our Advisory Board, Best Practices Committee, as well as members at large, have been talking about creating a training curriculum for our members and their employees. The consensus was that we should “certify” these Home Watch Inspectors/Reporters and give them some sort of designation for them to display on their promotional material and website to announce their accomplishment.

Well, the conversation turned to action early in 2017, when our Advisory Board decided to move forward and begin to put the process in motion. The conversation commenced with discussions of what should be in the curriculum. It only made sense to base it on the NHWA’s Best Practices, Glossary of Terms and lots of input from leading Home Watch business owners throughout the United States and Canada. And, because we take the business of Home Watch so seriously, the curriculum is pretty serious, too.  With that, we are proud to announce the official NHWA Certified Home Watch Professional designation for owners, principals, and employees of an NHWA member company.


How do I earn my NHWA Certified Home Watch Professional designation?

You must be a company principal or an employee of an NHWA member that is in good standing in order to be considered as a candidate for certification. This is an individual designation and not to be confused with being an NHWA Accredited member business.

There are certain qualifications you will need to have in order to begin the certification course:

  • You are the company principal or an employee of a company in good standing in the NHWA and have practical Home Watch experience;
  • Or: You possess experience in the Home Watch Industry prior to becoming a company principal or employee of an NHWA member company in good standing Home Watch Boot Camp; 
  • Or: Complete Home Watch Boot Camp training as a company principal or employee of an NHWA member company in good standing.

In order to obtain and maintain the certification, you must:

  • Pass the CHWP exam with a minimum score of 90%; and
  • Complete the requisite continuing education (CE) credits every two years and pass a recertification exam with a score of 90% or higher.
  • The cost for the NHWA Certified Home Watch Professional curriculum and exam is $250. Recertification curriculum and exam is $50.

Becoming an NHWA Certified Home Watch Professional will earn you the designation of being among the elite in the Home Watch industry. Holding our candidates to the highest qualifications and standards ensures our designees are truly deserving of the title of Certified Home Watch Professional.

Please contact the NHWA for all qualification details at (843) 357-6660 or  

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