Originally Posted By: ddivito
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governing the use of the C word. It has nothing to do with organizations who may not advise their members correctly for every state situation. It is the individual home inspector who would be responsible.
? 54.1-517.1. Applicability.
The certification program established under this article shall be voluntary and shall not be construed to restrict or otherwise affect the right of any person to conduct an inspection of a residential building for any purpose; however, no person may (i) refer to the inspection conducted as a "certified home inspection" or (ii) hold himself out as, or use the title of "certified home inspector," unless he has been certified in accordance with this article. Any person offering to provide or conduct a "certified home inspection" within the meaning of this chapter or through verbal claim, sign, advertisement, or letterhead representing himself as a "certified home inspector"
shall be subject to the provisions of ? 54.1-111 of this title.
(2001, c. 723.)
? 54.1-111. Unlawful acts; prosecution; proceedings in equity; civil penalty.
A. It shall be unlawful for any person, partnership, corporation or other entity to engage in any of the following acts:
1. Practicing a profession or occupation without holding a valid license as required by statute or regulation.
2. Making use of any designation provided by statute or regulation to denote a standard of professional or occupational competence without being duly certified or licensed.
3. Making use of any titles, words, letters or abbreviations which may reasonably be confused with a designation provided by statute or regulation to denote a standard of professional or occupational competence without being duly certified or licensed.
Any person who willfully engages in any unlawful act enumerated in this section shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
The third or any subsequent conviction for violating this section during a 36-month period shall constitute a Class 6 felony. In addition, any person convicted of any unlawful act enumerated in subdivision 1 through 8 of this subsection, for conduct that is within the purview of any regulatory board within the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, may be ordered by the court to pay restitution