All CMIs have completed at least 1,000 fee-paid inspections and/or hours of training and education combined.
All CMIs have been in the inspection business for at least three years prior to becoming Board-Certified.
All CMIs have completed professional education prior to being approved.
That’s the real question, and goes to the heart of the issue. If we are being honest, the answer is “not necessarily”. All the CMI designation means is that the inspector has satisfied a narrow set of criteria, and is not a newcomer to the field.
Every inspector has to work to overcome the “newby” label. I tout my experience as a Realtor, Home Builder, and General Contractor, and offer value-added services that other inspectors do not. My training is up-to-date, and I like to think I more actively seek ways to better serve my customers than some veterans might be.
I believe the CMI adds to an inspector’s credibility and professional stature, but the majority of the general public may not, so I have to make sure that I am actually providing superior service and value and convincing my customers that those services are worth the extra money I am charging. Otherwise the CMI will do very little to help my business.