I have received some information from two sources about grandfathering of home inspectors once home inspector licensing is adopted in Ontario. I’m of the belief that Ontario will adopt some form of grandfathering that incorporates the Certified Master Inspector (CMI) professional designation similar to what Alberta did when it used our Certified Master Inspector (CMI) professional designation to grandfather home inspectors. There is a twist though. I’ve heard that you will have to have been a Certified Master Inspector (CMI) for a certain amount of time for it to count. From one source I heard 18 months and from another I heard one year. Again, I don’t know what requirement will finally be adopted.
I consider this information to be merely rumor at this time. Nevertheless, we can’t take any chances, nor can you.
Therefore, I’ve devised a system that eliminates the risk to you (either way) and costs you nothing to manage this risk:
If you are already a Certified Master Inspector (CMI), this does not apply to you. You are already in the best position I know of to get grandfathered should grandfathering be adopted (and I’m certain that some form of grandfathering will be adopted as to not disrupt the real estate market).
If you don’t qualify to be a Certified Master Inspector (CMI), this does not apply to you. You should apply as soon as you qualify though.
However, if you are not currently a Certified Master Inspector AND you qualify to be one, take these steps now (TODAY!):
Immediately apply at www.CertifiedMasterInspector.org but during the application process, STOP at page three where it asks you to pay. Do not pay the $2,500.00 fee.
At this point in the application (after you’ve submitted page 1 and 2), email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me that you applied but did not pay the $2,500.00. Include your name, email, and phone number in this email.
I will have someone at the Master Inspector Certification Board call you personally to collect payment, but we’ll only collect $1,000 from you by credit card.
We’ll archive your time-stamped application so that if you need us to provide evidence that you are a Certified Master Inspector (CMI), we’ll be able to do that for you.
Now when Ontario finally adopts licensing, if it turns out your Certified Master Inspector (CMI) was useless to you with regard to getting a license, you have two options:
- You can keep your Certified Master Inspector (CMI) professional designation and you’ll have saved $1,500.00.
— or —
- You can contact me and I’ll send you a full refund for the $1,000.00. You won’t be a Certified Master Inspector (CMI) any longer, but you won’t have spent any money managing the risk of not being one. I’ll refund your full fee immediately.
Either way you win while managing your risk of not being grandfathered for a total cost to you of $0.00.