**Protecting the Public
** LICENSING OF HOUSE INSPECTORS – UPDATE
August 4, 2006
In April 2006 the Minister Responsible for Housing, the Honourable Rich Coleman, announced that house inspectors will be licensed in BC. The BC Government has determined that the interests of the public will served by licensing inspectors and improving consumer awareness. The Minister advised that the Business Practices & Consumer Protection Authority (BPCPA) will have a role in the licensing scheme. Since the announcement in April, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General has engaged in a dialogue with various stakeholders to come to better understand the market conditions, consumer interests and needs, and professional certification schemes in place today. The Ministry expressed an interest in meeting with ASTTBC and in learning more about the certification program provided by ASTTBC under the ASTT Act and Regulations. ASTTBC met with Ministry staff as well as the CEO of the BCPCA to review ASTTBC’s professional certification program and the association’s role under the ASTT Act and Regulations.
The BC Institute of Property Inspectors (BCIPI) Executive also met with Ministry staff to review BCIPI’s interests, needs and services for the public as well as in ensuring members continued access to professional development, market intelligence and services. Members of BCIPI are registered with ASTTBC as either Certified House Inspector or Certified Property Inspector.
This fall the Ministry is expected to formulate a direction for a licensing and consumer awareness program.
John E Leech AScT CAE Executive Director & Registrar ASTTBC ASTTBC has guidelines for the submission of a complaint against a registered member or technical specialist, including house and property inspectors who have been certified by ASTTBC. Complaint submissions must be in writing and addressed to... **ASTTBC Registrar** 10767 - 148th Street Surrey, BC V3R 0S4 The Registrar acts as Secretary to the Practice Review Board (PRB), who under the ASTT Act, has the responsibility for the review of registrants' conduct. Staff cannot accept verbal complaints. Complainants should be aware that a false or malicious complaint may result in legal action by other parties. For more information, [click here](http://www.asttbc.org/mem/complaints.html).