ASHI continues to push licensing which helps NACHI and harms inspectors.
- Minimum standard licensing that uses the Kindergarten NHIE continues to dilute the market share of established inspectors by making everyone (including newbies) all “equally licensed.”
- Licensing doubles to triples the number of inspectors in any state where it is adopted, while only holding out 3 or 4 bozos who can’t pass a memory exam.
- Licensing causes home inspection schools to pop up on every corner, all pumping out a steady stream of new inspectors (competitors), each waving their newly printed licenses.
- Licensing causes us all to become comoditized and flattens (and even lowers) our overall fee structures and makes it nearly impossible to raise prices.
- Licensing causes real estate agents to stop recommending the best inspectors based on merit (as is their duty) and instead, in an attempt to avoid negligent referral suits, point to the never ending list of licensed inspectors who can only compete on price.
NACHI was originally created to be a post-licensing trade association, one that offers all the www.nachi.org/benefits.htm that the state (the ultimate credential issuing organization) will never offer. This is why NACHI does so well for licensed inspectors… we’re built for it! NACHI’s checkbook loves licensing… but I (and anyone else who cares about the profession)… should hate it.
ASHI’s push for licensing is much like playing chess with someone for the first time. They make, what appears on the surface, to be really odd moves, ones you don’t understand. Why would ASHI replace the only perceived benefit they offer their members (a credential) with one offered to everyone by the state (a license)? So you think “Uh oh, maybe these are really thought out, brilliant plays”… then as the game goes on (and you see the results of licensing in other states) you realize… your opponent isn’t thinking at all. He’s an idiot.
As the other associations struggle to survive (all of them reporting massive losses in membership), licensing is helping NACHI (a post-licensing crafted, member-benefit association) become the lone trade association of an industry full of starving inspectors. This is not a game I wish to win.