**Home inspectors scramble for certification **
Posted 27 minutes ago
Unlicensed home inspectors in Wood Buffalo are out of luck as new legislation introduced on Thursday now requires all home inspectors in the province to complete a recognized training program.
The legislation requires home inspectors to have either completed training from a approved educational institute and pass a test inspection, have a Registered Home Inspector Designation or a Certified Master of Inspector Designation in order to legally continue. Those who continue to inspect without the proper credentials could face a hefty fine up to $100,000 or up to two years in prison.
However, the massive influx of people applying for these licenses has caused lengthy waiting periods for those applying.
“They’re not doing great getting the applications in,” said Eddie Dicks, owner of Canadian Residential Inspections here in Fort McMurray.
"There are a lot of home inspectors who don’t have their licenses because of a backlog of applications that are just sitting in the system.
“They should have a few extra people there to process these applications through the system and get everything up to speed. I know several guys who don’t have their license because of the (back-log) and it’s been quite a while since they applied for it.”
Dicks also noted that some customers are weary when it comes to home inspectors now that this new legislation has been introduced, saying more than ever customers are “on edge.”
However Service Alberta says the new legislation is to protect one of the largest investments a person can make and that they’re working to ensure the transition process is a smooth one.
A spokeswoman says they have taken on extra staff to deal with the influx of applications and staff are working quickly to process them. Those who need more time to acquire the credentials can get a conditional license that is valid until March of 2013.
“We anticipated that some inspectors may have a hard time getting their ducks in a row at this point and we’ll work with them if they have made a reasonable effort to get their licensing and application in place,” said Sharon Lopatka, spokeswoman for Service Alberta.
Right now, Service Alberta is processing 107 business applications and 133 inspector applications as well. They currently have 58 licensed businesses and 70 licensed inspectors.