I probably would have gone on forever thinking that if the big wigs in the other Canadian associations are bashing us, they must be really tough… only a reporter called and asked how NACHI’s entrance requirements http://www.nachi.org/rigorous2006.htm and 24 hours per year continuing education compared to another association’s based in Canada… which of course forced me to research it.
Like a fool, at about the same time, I was talking with Gerry Beaumont on the phone, discussing how we are going to front-end his new plumbing and manufactured/mobile homes courses to make them additional membership requirements and I was using the argument that we had to catch the Canadian associations with regard to entrance requirements (we long ago surpassed our American associations). Now we know it was all just a big lie camouflaged by stones being thrown from a very glass house.
Well, anyway… we are still planning to add the new courses to our http://www.nachi.org/membership.htm despite having the most entrance requirements of any association in the U.S. or Canada… and John and I have been in discussion (what with all the new online courses available these days) over raising our continuing education hours to 30 per year… 3 times what the associations in Canada require… year after year. Think about how much better educated that makes a NACHI member in 5 years (100 extra CE hours!). It adds up folks.
With all NACHI’s entrance requirements, continuing education offerings, exams, quizzes, member benefits, actual events, classroom training, success tools, vendor deals, free stuff, etc… it is getting pretty hard to NACHI bash unless you are willing to lie.
From what I can tell, the other Canadian associations are in last place in every quantifiable category except for ethics (Scumbag NAHI has the worst COE). It is a bit silly to bash the team in first place… when you are in last place… no?
As trade associations go, and I mean all trade associations, not just inspection associations… I really don’t think any other comes even close to NACHI. I am becoming convinced that NACHI is one of the best, if not the best professional trade association that ever existed in all of human history.