Can someone advise me of the educational / experiencial requirements to obtain the CMI designation? Is there an application process? Must I provide certificates of completion for each of the courses that I have taken?
Perhaps there is web page somewhere on the NACHI site that I haven’t been able to find that outlines all of this.
…and the horse you rode in on Roy! I could give a crap if you could meet the new requirments or not. Being fairly new I was just at the previous number and ready to sign up when the 100 showed up.
I’m not that big on the idea of the CMI but thought it woud be a nice addtional cred. Being inspectors we all know that some (probably plenty)of the inspectors that qualify for the higher numbers have slept through a lot of their CE classes and do some pretty substandard inspections.
I have sat around many a table of long time inspectors (mostly ASHI and NAHI) who give airs of thiking deserve a metal. Listening to them talk about inspection practices I am often amazed at how these guys keep their licenses and haven’t been sue for everthing they’ve got.
Now if they the CMI’s that got in with 100 are then required to get to 1000 within a specified time that would be ideal.
I do not see what part of your post I got wrong but If you had been reading the board all along you would have seen there was a serious discusion on how some did not like the system and the disusion continued for many posts . To come along some time after and make the statement
( " selcet few got in under the wire it ") Sounds like sour grapes to me.
This post sort of confirms the same thing , being factious does not help. You have been a member since April 05 the way I read it made over 300 posts so should have seen what the members wanted .
It was not my doing or NICKs
Like anything else it has to be marketed in order for it to work. The CMI thing was debated for quite some time before any changes were made. I would venture to guess that very few know what all some of the early “select few” have in the way of training and experience. They might be very surprised at how much. The number went to 150 from 100 before it went to 1000 and that after much debate. The price also went up so there was plenty of time for anyone who didn’t hesitate to get “under the wire”.
I know an inspector on the Gulf Coast who markets his CMI cred very aggressively, and he tells me it’s paying off. He actually designed a hand-out describing what a CMI’s qualifications are; yet another way for him to differentiate himself from the competition.
I agree with Doug that, “like anything else it has to be marketed in order for it to work.” Otherwise, it’s just another tool gone unused.
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.
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.
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Mr client does not know a CMI from an ICC
Get the CMI because you qualify and want to send your $$ to a good cause not because it will make you more $$
In short people find about your skills after you do the inspection based on the quality of your services – the letters after your name will go away if you do not do your job
A while ago I missed a broken window in a detached garage and I put $50.00 on the table to make it right
Yes, it was visible and I missed it. I did not do a quality inspection and that client will not pass my name to another – I lost
If you want to tell a client that you are good - tell them that you meet all the requirements for XXX and that your will be sending all documation in the near future. They will never know the difference that it is a $$ issue
BTW make sure you qualify when you say so
With ICC tell them that you have gone to ICC boot camp and are getting ready to take the exam. – They will think it was 12 weeks in Great Lakes Ill etc. – not a few hrs in XXX.
There was a lot of thought that went into the name of the professional designation “Certified Master Inspector” in that unlike ambiguous qualfications that the average consumer doesn’t apprecieate (Member of NACHI, ICC certified, E&O insurance, etc) every consumer instantly gets it when they hear or see “Certified Master Inspector.” It is a professional designation that can’t be trumped in terms of real requirements… and also like Richard points out… can’t be trumped in terms of marketing. If I was a home inspector (and I was), there is nothing I’d rather be.