After years of discussion regarding the qualifications required to earn the CMI professional designation, it finally opened with a 100-100-100 formula (100 inspections, 100 continuing education hours and 100 weeks in business). The first few applicants all had several thousand inspections under their belt and complained that number of inspections needed to be raised and that number of weeks in business meant nothing. This resulted in the requirements being changed to:
- Completing 1,000 fee-paid inspections or hours of inspection-related continuing education (combined) in their lifetime.
- Abiding by the industry’s toughest Code of Ethics.
- Substantially following a Board approved Standards of Practice.
- Submitting to a criminal background check.
- Applying for Board certification by signing the affidavidt in front of a Notary.
The Master Inspector Certification Board wrote its own tough COE. SOP’s from ASHI, CAHPI, CREIA, FABI, ISHI, NACHI and TREC have been approved and the board uses them.
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Most CMI’s are using their professional designation to argue for higher fees. When someone calls and asks “How much do you charge for an inspection?” , CMI’s are saying “I charge about $100 more than my competitors because I am a Certified Master Inspector. You are spending a lot of money on your new home, you’d better spend an extra $100 and have it inspected by a CMI.” It’s a killer response that works every time.
The CMI professional designation is already supporting higher fees for the designation holders. Remember folks, it is the top of our industry that has to charge higher fees and lift the ceiling so the rest of us can raise our fees up underneath them. Cheer them on.