Brian - Actually NACHI does not say your a “Certified Home Inspector” it says your a certified member of INACHI. Two different things.
It would be like me starting a organization call the The association of the kick azz home inspectors. Do I say they are kick azz? Nope just saying they are a member. Imply what you want, thats marketing.
I agree with your mentality on raising the bar. But here is where I see the flaws. Mentoring by a well experienced person (who sets the standard for this? Is there a fee? Who sets the fee? Do they automatically pass the mentoring phase or is there a test? Is the test standardized? What is the minimum number of inspections? Who decides? I know a ton of people who are good at what they do, but can’t teach for sheet. So they are the ones mentoring?
I agree, but when dealing with man, there are som many viarables that get in the way. The number one is EGO. People want to feel superior than others. Hence if I am mentoring a person in my area, do I set them up for success or failure? Why would I want to train my competition and tell them all I know and learned in the past 12 years? Seems like a way to keep newbies out and then set what ever standard you hold. Example: Lets set the standard for Florida Home Inspectors to get a license at owning a business that has been in varifiable existance for 25 years as an inspection company performing over 25,000 inspections total. Fair? Proably not, but my company meets that and I don’t know of another that does. So then I will raise it to where I meet it, but then don’t allow other who don’t meet it.
I agree in the better standards. I see your knowledge base, its vast and extensive and I see where you are the leader in many of the ideas talked about here, such as blower doors. You are the first one to use this that I have heard of. I understand protecting the profession. What I don’t understand is who sets your “standards”? How is a new guy to enter the field?
I am willing to learn. I jsut feel that mentoring should be free, and voluntary. There will never, ever be a hard license to get or else it would not be cost effective for the goverment to issue the license. The easier it is, the more there are and the more revenue generated. Licensing is not about PROTECTING, its above generating revenue.