Nick is right with his comments as far as trying to get participation with other associations. But winning a battle and winning a war are two different things.
I have been trying to get a higher tier inspection level going locally for years. No inspector wants it or wants to get involved in the start up of it. As a result I took the CMI logo and went to town creating Master Inspector Network. We now are about to brand CMI and NACHI to every realtor in North East Florida, and yes everyone of our inspectors are NACHI and CMI. And yes there were some typos on the booklet, but I believe they are taken care of now by Catherine.
Also, contrary to a few beliefs there was never any under lying currents to the changes being proposed at national level for this to be a much better and recognized designation! I know those people that know me personally, are very aware if this too. My goal is to make this the most respected credential in the industry and again one that every NACHI member and others will be proud of.
So… I have attached the Christmas present you all have been waiting for. I have not read it in detail in a while, it is 8 or 9 pages!. It consists of a brain dump as I call it, but is a starting line to get the ball rolling on the CMI.
Here is a summary of the attached document and my discussions with Nick:
Existing members are grandfathered. Never in question.
New membership qualification requirements will change – a two tier/level approach, one that combines experience only and one that includes a combination of experience and education. An experience component critical for CMI.
A closer review of approved education – with maximum limits on introductory level courses.
An annual membership fee change – Existing life time members excluded.
A new association to manage the designation and membership. (ASMBI)
Set up of a consumer relief fund and inspector relief fund.
Establish a mentoring program
Establish a peer review program
Establish a collaborative marketing program in every city
Establish a realtor participation program
A CMI E-Bate(rebate) program
As far as members looking to sign up and become a life time member, I have agreed with Nick to keep this open until January 15th 2007. All new applications must be received through the new registration form on www.masterbuildinginspector.com. All moneys generated will go to the expenses of setting up quarterly meeting of CMI leaders, and other requirements, the first of which is slotted for the end of January.
Merry Christmas to all and I am looking forward to a great 2007.
Fine. I’d like to be a CMI. I assume that since there are people in CMI now who have been in biz approximately the same time as me, and similar experience and education, that there won’t be a problem with me joining?
here are my first thoughts to be misquoted, taken out of context and generaly picked apart.
BTW< I Have not as yet read the attachment, so this is off the cuff.
[FONT=Times New Roman][size=3]Here is a summary of the attached document and my discussions with Nick:
Existing members are grandfathered. Never in question. No one should have any issue with that.
**2. New membership qualification requirements will change – a two tier/level approach, one that combines experience only and one that includes a combination of experience and education. An experience component critical for CMI. Further discussion about implementation will be required.
**3. A separate web site and message board – www.masterbuildinginspector.com and www.homeinspectorlive.com Great and no doubt a relief to many
A closer review of approved education – with maximum limits on introductory level courses. I personally have no issue with that as we are looking at Masters
**5. An annual membership fee change – Existing life time members excluded. Personally I believe that this will not be sustainable, as benefits rise so will costs and these should be borne by all members.
A new association to manage the designation and membership. (ASMBI) I have no current opinion, but believe it will need some structure to manage CMI outside of NACHI
Set up of a consumer relief fund and inspector relief fund. I have not even thought about that, but if some form of self insurance is possible I would concider it.
Establish a mentoring program Most certainly
**9. Establish a peer review program I believe the rolls and rules for this need further discussion.
Establish a collaborative marketing program in every city. Thats gonna be tough in most markets. (at least in the short/medium term.
Establish a realtor participation program Anything that open up the lines of communication between professionals is good.
A CMI E-Bate(rebate) program I guess I need to read up on this one
I have always been a believer in 2 things, firstly that promises should be kept, and secondly in Darwinian theory, if there are one or two CMI’s who were previously admitted by Nick who may be below the bar they will either grow into CMI’s proper with the support of other members (Michael did comment on the mentoring part) or unfortunately their businesses may not survive what we all expect to be a tough market over the comming year.
“If there are any qualified non CMI inspectors, as appears to be the perception by many across the industry, then a procedure needs to be set up to address these, so that the ethics committee and the Peer review committee can deal with them accordingly.”
A complaint - audit resolution policy needs to be set up for these. I am sure the ethics committee will have a minimum time to review the complaint or audit request. If found that a member did not meet the requirements, they would be put on suspension and have a period of months to comply, maybe 6-12 months.
We have to make sure these audits are fair but stern.
ASHI has a random audit process. How in the world would I know if they call the seller? The bottom line is you have a grandfathered inspector who is going to tout himself as a **MASTER INSPECTOR **to consumers, who had completed about 50 inspections a year and a half ago.
Except for the grandfathering, I see that essentially nothing has changed in your proposal. Its still the world according to Mike Rowan, with no thought given to sharing your ideas with the existing Bopard.
Now, we are to turn everything over to you, and Inspection Depot. Your new management association is a sham.
More of the same. You continue to dismiss Nick’s comments that little will change with regard to the program. You got caught in a lie the other day.
As I have stated several times, the program under your direction needs to immediately cease and desist until such time as you can reveal your plan for CMI to the existing Board. Be sure to bring the logic behind what you are planning. Change simply for the sake of change, or your belief in the need for change, needs to be justified. Additionally, I for one cannot embrace any change absent of a plan. You have no plan.