FORTIFIED Home™ Training

IBHS offers two types of FORTIFIED Home™ training courses

For registration details or to apply for any of the FORTIFIED training listed below, please contact Karen Yetter at kyetter@archtest.com.

Additional details are available at fortified.archtest.com.

FORTIFIED Home Evaluator Certification Training

FORTIFIED Home Evaluator training is a two-day, instructor-led course with a comprehensive exam that ensures qualified professionals (i.e., building officials, engineers, energy raters and home inspectors) have the knowledge and skills to perform required FORTIFIED Home evaluations.

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. 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.

IBHS and Architectural Testing, Inc. (ATI) have created a partnership to provide training for building professionals to earn certification as FORTIFIED Home Evaluators. 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 Evaluator Program.

Consumer protection is a top priority for IBHS and 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 Evaluator

In-Person Training Class: $750
Non-Evaluator Participants for In-Person Training Class: $550

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 Professional Directory once all required documents are submitted. Certification is valid for three years.

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.

Program Handbook

This handbook provides you with the information and registration requirements of the IBHS FORTIFIED Home Certified Evaluator Training program for evaluators, non-evaluators, and trainers. Inside, you will find an overview of the training program, what to expect when you attend, and important information about eligibility and registration.

Download the FORTIFIED Evaluator Program Handbook.

Have you or someone you know been interested in learning more about the FORTIFIED Home program, but didn’t want to commit the extra time or expense of the intensive evaluator training?

We are now offering a FORTIFIED Wise training course, which covers the critical aspects of the FORTIFIED program that will allow you to expand your knowledge about the program and improve your marketing advantage within the building industry.

The FORTIFIED Wise accreditation is ideal for anyone new to FORTIFIED Home and IBHS, including product manufacturers, building officials, insurance professionals, students, and real estate professionals.

There are two types of FORTIFIED Wise certifications:

FORTIFIED Wise Training

A one-day, instructor-led session providing participants with a solid understanding of the FORTIFIED Home building principles, construction practices, and verification requirements. The FORTIFIED Wise accreditation is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about FORTIFIED Home and IBHS—whether they are new to the program or not—including builders, contractors, insurance professionals, product manufacturers, building officials, students, and real estate professionals.

The FORTIFIED Wise course is approved for International Code Council Education Units (CEUs) and American Institute of Architects CES.

FORTIFIED WiseAssociate

FORTIFIED WiseAssociates have attended a training class and demonstrated an understanding of FORTIFIED Home concepts and requirements. FORTIFIED WiseAssociates are qualified to describe the program and how it works.

FORTIFIED WiseProfessional

FORTIFIED WiseProfessionals are industry professionals that hold one or more current licenses in the following disciplines:

  • General contractor
  • Building contractor
  • Residential contractor (builders, not sub-contractors or trade contractors)
  • Architects
  • Professional engineers

FORTIFIED WiseProfessionals have attended a training course and demonstrated an advanced understanding of FORTIFIED Home concepts and requirements.

In-Person Training Class & Exam Fee: $275 (Associate) and $375 (Professional)

Fee includes the cost of the one-day training class, the FORTIFIED Wise Manual, the FORTIFIED WiseAssociate exam (minimum score to pass exam is 85%), 6 CE hours every two years, and listing in the FORTIFIED Wise™ Directory.

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.