I think this is an important point to consider. Almost no one in the real estate industry, nor most homeowners understand what “ICC certified” means. It is a real and difficult to obtain designation that does improve the inspector, although clearly, it doesn’t make much of a marketing tool (few advertise such as it raises potential liability and too few really understand the designation).
That said, you come out of it with a wealth of knowledge and I guarantte you will be a better inspector.
This is my own vision for how CMI could be a useful desigantion. It has nothing to do with marketability, although it is a lot more intuative for people to understand than ICC. It has everything to do with raising the knowledge and expertise of home inspectors.
Obviously, it will be marketed by those who obtain it since it can be easily understood by the general public. I cannot see any way to avoid that. The real goal is to make it mean something by setting a high educational bar.
I am not one who insists that there must be a magic number of years in business and inspections perfromed. ICC certification is available to anyone - even those who are not inspectors no never spent a single day in an inspection class. It still is a significant accomplishment and well regarded in the industry.
It is a process to arrive at the final product, but one that should be goverened by concrete goals and a good strategic plan. This is my area of strength and will likely be what I can contribute to the committee process.