Pat, I believe I would qualify
21/2 years and 250 inspections is basically what ASHI requires for full membership. The taking of an additional course will not make one a master.
I agree with Nick that the designation must be both meaningful and attainable. I differ in that the designation should not be easily attainable.
This to me is different from a Realtor who takes a class and has a GRI designation. That is a designation simply that the Realtor took and passed a class. Our designation will decree that the inspector is a master, defined as an expert, in the eyes of NACHI, and the inspector will advertise this to the buying public.
A master electrician, plumber, HVAC tech, etc., takes years (4 just for a journeyman license) to attain. On one hand, we are inspecting what they do, while on the other hand we defer to them because we are either unsure, lack sufficient knowledge, or simply want to cover our assets. If we want to carry a “master” designation, read expert, top of the profession, we had better be able to explain the difference between a regular ole inspector who has 7 years and 2500 inspections under his belt and belongs to ASHI or NAHI, and our 3 year wonder Master, who has done 300 inspections and passed a class.
I truly think the bar is too low, regardless of the difficulty of the class or test, and that a master should have at least 1000 inspections and 5 years in the business, among other things.
Then, Master will be meaningful and will be recognized.