I haven’t followed this real closely. I assume the cons are that requirements connected with licensure might be controlled by agencies or organizations with agendas that conflict with what would be good for consumers.
An example might be that an organization consisting of real estate agents (who only get paid if the transaction succeeds) would be responsible for establishing regulations that govern the actions of home inspectors (who are neutral third parties).
Another example might be that the organization tasked with developing home inspection regulations didn’t understand the details of the inspection business, like when they specify that an inspector must confirm proper fastening of asphalt shingles (which would require breaking bonds/damaging shingles).
I guess the main reason for wanting licensure is to prevent people who are not qualified from representing themselves as home inspectors, and in doing so cheating consumers and giving the home inspection industry a bad name.
Anyone want to expand on this?