by Cam Allen L.I.W., R.H.I.® firstname.lastname@example.org
**NATIONAL CERTIFICATION FOR
HOME INSPECTORS BEGINS
Iam going to dispense with my usual question and answer this week in order to answer a comment that I get
constantly from Home Buyers. “Why are Home Inspectors not licensed?” The answer is complex so I will start with a brief history of the National Certification Program, how it works, who can apply and how it affects
In the mid 1990’s, Central Mortgage and Housing Canada (CMHC) did a survey to find out why the Home Inspection industry was so fractured and why the numbers of problems with the actual inspectors themselves were surfacing in such large numbers.
They arrived at a shocking conclusion, the majority of home inspectors were
poorly trained, lacked education and many were in the industry for a quick dollar.
About this time Provincial Associations like the Ontario Association of
Home Inspectors (OAHI) and the Provincial Association of Certified Home Inspectors (PACHI) organized and they set minimum standards for membership.
These standards included education and training and a number of members entering the industry were licensed trades, engineers and experienced
Unfortunately the provincial associations lacked either the “clout” or the
desire to gather everyone doing home inspections and over the past ten years many have “Hung out the Shingle” and called themselves Home Inspectors.
Fast forward to the late 90’s and the Construction Sector Council working with CMHC decided to form a group call the Canadian Home Inspectors and Building Officials (CHIBO) The mandate they were charged with was developing a national standard for all Private and Public Building Officials, including the First Nations Building Officials.
This process began in earnest and by 2001 the CHIBO program was announced. It went thru additional years of development and fine-tuning
and each sector then took their document and began to organize
a National Program.
The former Canadian Association of Home Inspectors became the
Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI).
In Ontario OAHI & PACHI joined and then became CAHPI Ontario.
CAHPI then began to set up the private Home Inspectors
program and the National Certification Authority (NCA) was formed.
This board which operates at arms length from CAHPI was mandated to begin
the process of introducing the National Certification Program that would become standard right across Canada.
This Program received over 2 million dollars of support from CMHC
to ensure the program succeeded.
About 2 years ago the program Coordinator and National Examiner positions were finally set and then the call went out to established reputable inspectors across Canada to form up the Regional Examiners Group.
A Pilot Program to “work the bugs out” was completed in 2006,
over a 100 inspectors from coast to coast were processed and
starting this past week the national program was opened up
to every home inspector in Canada.
Now that the program is open to all home inspectors in Canada, the NCA expects an initial rush of applications and over the next 12-18 months the
ranks of National Certificate Holders should swell into the thousands from Coast to Coast.
CMHC is now recommending National Certificate Holders on their web site and if you call them for information about Homes Inspectors.
The Mortgage Companies, Home Insurance Companies and the Real Estate Profession across Canada will likely begin to recommend National Certificate Holders.
CAHPI & and the Canadian Real Estate Association have already had numerous discussions on how this process will happen.
A number of Canadian Banks have already expressed interest in this program. CAHPI realizes we need to have a representative pool of inspectors in
every area across the country that are available for the homebuyer
to choose from.
Any present home inspector or someone who is interested in becoming a
home inspector can apply, no matter if he belongs to CAHPI or not.
All they have to do is go to www.cahpi.ca and click on the Application for Background Review.
There are multiple benefits to the Consumer who is considering a new home purchase.
It will mean the National Certificate Holder Home Inspector that arrives
at your prospective home will have completed a full background
review on his or her education, experience and training.
They will have to complete any upgrades or additional training that the NCA requires before they go forward to their test inspection and board review.
They will have been tested at an on-site inspection and then reviewed by a panel of NCA examiners ho are trained to review their inspection knowledge.
They will have to comply with a Canadian Code of Ethics and will be held to a standard of practise.
If the homebuyer has a complaint, there is now a formal method of review that the National Certification Inspector will be held accountable to.
This process is long overdue.
The days of the “Flashlight and Business Card” or the fancy lettered
truck and flashy tools home inspector that “looks past” the obvious because they don’t know or don’t care and are only interested in the real estate
referrals and the money is coming to the end.
I have had the pleasure of being involved with this for some time, now as a National Certificate Holder and a Regional Examiner.
If anyone has further questions or would like more in-depth information
on this tremendous advancement in the Home Inspection Industry,
send me an e-mail at **email@example.com **[FONT=Verdana]and I will gladly help any homebuyer or someone who wants to pursue[/FONT]
the home inspection business.
From the CAHPI web site
**(All fees include 6% GST)
Initial application, including background review and one Test Inspection $ 530.00
Initial application, including background review and one Test Inspection $1,166.00
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