I agree that ICC certification is a great credential. Of course, as HI’s, we are not charged with code enforcement per se, that is, we are not the AHJ as in the NEC. However, it’s interesting to note that the section of the NEC defining what or who is an AHJ, has been changed substantially over the last few editions. Excerpt: “In many circumstances, the property owner or his or her designated agent assumes the role of the AHJ…”
The previous notwithstanding, I see no harm in CMI. There is nothing exclusionary about it. We will all have the opportunity to achieve it. If we choose not to, then so be it. The obvious pro to the CMI, as I see it, is to provide NACHI members a real accreditation. Course work and testing should be rigorous. As we know, the NACHI entrance exam is NOT. As stated previously, my 13 year old son passed it in 25 minutes. It blows my mind how much this industry is being sullied by people having no business even entering the field. Google “home inspector training” and see all the eh hhemm… “schools” that tout “no experience necessary”, “become an inspector in 2 weeks”. NACHI has a great thing going organizationally. I see obvious merit to either tuff-up the entrance exam and or requirements or, offer something like CMI.
As to CMI not being nationally recognized, well that challange will fall on us. I hope it will be rigorous enough to silence the detractors of NACHI, especially ASHI. Personally, I have no state regs as of yet (Ohio). Like it or not, somebody who has a full membership to ASHI has a definate advantage over me. I have been in business for 23 years, 13 of which were with the toughest code enforcement municipallity in the state. Still, I loose work because I’m not an ASHI member. Sure, providing enough marketing and goober smooching, there’s still enough work. But, is it fair that one entitiy has a strangle hold on the “Advanced” segment of the industry? As the saying goes, if you cant beat 'em, join 'em…Well, I’d rather beat 'em.
I vote for CMI. Nick, make it tough!