The only way I’ll favor it is if every state requires on the job training in addition to classroom lecture. As it stands right now like I have already explained having someone sit through 50-80 hrs of lecture then simply passing a multiple choice test is a joke. Anyone can do it. However, not everyone can convince a seasoned HI to sign off that your competent out in the field.
I know one state that requires 448 hours of classroom training, 7 years applicable experience, the passing of a state, proctored exam, adherence to the most comprehensive SOP of any other state or trade organization, E&O insurance and then 16 hours CE each year. I’m not saying that’s good nor bad, just stating the facts.
I have operated my business just fine for 8 years with no lawsuits and no licensing. Why does the government want to move in? I say, hands off. And on the job training is a must for any profession. Having a college degree does not mean you know where to put the gas in your car. Which state is it? Mental or hipnosis state?
It’s the carpetbaggers. The midwest has no demonstrated need for licensing…but those who make a living by providing services to home inspectors (NHIE, NACHI TV, AHIT, and others) need the government to mandate their services by law for without it, few would buy.
Who would pay $150 to take a silly test like the NHIE if they didn’t have to? How many people are actually going to pay to watch video training conducted by self proclaimed experts with no teaching credentials or third party verification of their own expertise? But push a licensing bill (or stand by and watch while others push it) and have your test mandated…and you now have a captive market.
Ever wonder how these numbers of 60, 80 and 120 hours of education got fixed in people’s minds as these laws are written. AHIT, who pushes for licensing in every state, happens to offer classes to fit those blocks and hires ex-ASHI presidents to teach them. Check out ther websitefor the most comprehensive and up to date library of state licensing laws. They feed off of them like pilot fish.
Nick will hype that he “gives away” free classes…but he is also getting the paid classes approved. Why? Well, if the approved class is free in 2008 but just happens to cost $5 in 2009, and $15 in 2010…it’s still an approved class, isn’t it? It’s still cheaper than attending a seminar for your required state CEUs, isn’t it? So the laws that destroy an inspector’s business and harm consumers like the law just passed in Kansas…are good for the carpetbaggers.
My position is that NACHI has stopped becoming an association for home inspectors and, instead, has become little more than a vending machine, when it is clearly stated by its leadership that what is bad for the consumer and bad for the inspector – is still good for NACHI, and thereby supported.
The consumer and government, and to some degree - home inspectors, are simply pawns in this arena.
Add this to the documented and official intent of the Missouri and Kansas Associations of Realtors to control our industry to prevent the loss of potential sales, and you have a very powerful force.
NACHI indeed is heading down the wrong course. It kinda reminds of the old ASHI members talking about the good old days of ASHI. When ASHI looked out for their members and they were there to improve the inspection industry. I will guarantee you, I will jump ship before I will belong to an organization that does not support it’s members.
This is not true. It is a convenient mistake…or a lie…but in either case, it ignores the President of NACHI’s 2005 legislative position statement that NACHI will oppose any home inspection legislation that is association biased, creates an undue hardship to become a home inspector, or puts current home inspectors out of business.
Does that jog your memory? It was the guidance provided to the Legislative Committee that existed at that time.
Yes, you are correct. I forgot about it. That exists somewhere, but I can’t find it. I don’t disagree with it either. In fact, my legislative work that succeeded in KY, NJ, PA, WA, MI, GA, TN, AB, BC, ON, etc is based on making sure all laws everywhere treat InterNACHI fairly.
Prior to Wednesday where I started making sure InterNACHI gets approved in Kansas and Cohen’s molly letter…
I never met with anyone about licensing in Kansas or Missouri. Never.
I never sent any letters about licensing in Kansas or Missouri. Never.
I never called anyone about licensing in Kansas or Missouri. Never.
I never contacted any legislator about licensing in Kansas or Missouri. Never.
I never contacted any lobbyist about licensing in Kansas or Missouri. Never.
What are you talking about when you say “interference” and “oppose” ???