Originally Posted By: Nick Gromicko
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Anyway, here is how I see it:
Licensing generally hurts the consumer in 2 ways:
1. Licensing hurts the consumer because the standard to get a license is so low that anyone (even Aunt Penny) can be a licensed inspector.
2. Licensing hurts the consumer in that it provides a false sense of security misleading them into thinking a licensed inspector (even Aunt Penny) is somehow a good inspector and so the consumer is often less apt to do any homework on their own.
Licensing generally hurts the existing inspector and helps the newbie:
1. Licensing hurts the existing inspector (often a NACHI member) who has his own developed market share because now Aunt Penny can come in and compete claiming "I'm as licensed as he is."
2. Licensing helps the newbie because it creates a new standard that they can meet easily. The old standard (free market) is too tough generally.
Licensing helps NACHI:
1. Licensing helps NACHI (sort of) as an organization (if you are only looking at NACHI as a trade association) because everywhere licensing is adopted the amount of inspectors roughly triples. Surprise, surprise!
2. Licensing also helps NACHI (sort of) as an organization (if you are only looking at NACHI as a trade association) because it captures our weaker markets for us and draws into NACHI all the smart inspectors. Licensing wipes out any existing market strong holds and sets everyone back to square one. Once everyone is back to square one, NACHI then (admittedly) exploits it's marketing strengths to give it's members an unfair advantage. Everywhere licensing is adopted, after about a year or so, inspectors realize that just being licensed isn't getting them any business and that state governments do no marketing whatsoever and that NACHI members have some business success tools that a mere license on the wall doesn't provide (see the huge number of out-of-business, once-licensed inspectors on the TREC site... and they had to do hundreds of hours of continuing ed!)... and so the smartest, licensed inspectors... realizing that NACHI membership is worth much more than 79 cents/day...join NACHI. The rest slowly starve. NACHI ends up with all the licensed, smart inspectors (see all the TREC#'s in http://www.nachi.org/memberlist/featured/all.htm
...download time 45 seconds). It is a form of Darwinism in that NACHI ends up with all the smart, licensed inspectors. Bigger in number (see #1 above), better in bloodline. ![icon_biggrin.gif](upload://iKNGSw3qcRIEmXySa8gItY6Gczg.gif)
I'm not saying I like or dislike what I've written above... I'm only saying that I believe it to be true.
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