CMI cannot work at the national level for the very same reason that the NHIE is now and will forever be a minimum standards test. Inspectors are not interested in becoming a “Master” of useless knowledge in building standards they never interact with. The value, worth and power of CMI can only be achieved at the local level, through local experience and peer review.
Again, it is easy to attain professional status by obtaining education through books, seminars & classroom studies, but to become a “Master” home inspector requires local knowledge and experience.
Just think about construction standards and how they vary throughout the country, heating & cooling requirements, the effects of snow, wind and seismic conditions and how they relate and not only across the country but across the state.
For instance, here in Florida home inspection requirements differ vastly between Miami and Tampa. In Miami and up through Palm counties you had better know how to perform a cost estimate on your defects and be aware minimum roof construction requirements for your wind zone, the good news is you will never encounter a steam boiler, swamp cooler or a slate roof.
On a social/political level I would use CMI to build a strong local chapter of leaders. In my world CMI could only be achieved and awarded at the chapter level and it would always be a work-in-progress, as opposed to a certificate hung on a wall. Participants would need to qualify every year, earning points in at least four distinct categories.
1). Participation: You could not just join a chapter and reap the benefits, you would be required to actively participate.
2). Personal Goals: You would be required each year to state in writing your goals for that year and how they would be measured.
3). Continuing Education: At least twice the current membership requirement and a minimum must be earned locally, subject to peer review.
4). Beneficence: What you have given back to your local community and profession for the privilege of being allowed to earn your living locally.
This would all take place through peer review with the goal of making us better inspectors, throughout the year we might find ourselves a teacher on one subject and a student on another.
Sadly though there is no quick-fix or shortcut to this process and it may take some inspectors a decade or more to earn enough points to become a master. I’ll guarantee on that day the inspector who has completed a course as outlined above will have no need for marketing gimmicks and he will be turning down work because he is just too busy.
I would like to thank the author for creating this thread and provoking this open discussion, I now have a much clearer picture of CMI and how it can really benefit our profession on a local level.