Originally Posted By: bmerrell
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It is the opinion of our school to limit the course we offer at present to a 4 day format. In addition, those who attend the course can perform 3 inspections, which is reviewed and sent back to the student with corrections. We also have an on-line course which is granted 7.5 hours of continuing ed credit for real estate professional as well. The course initially discussed is granted 22.5 hours of continuing education for real estate sales and brokers. (NYS does not grant more than 22.5 hours of ce credit for any course in real estate since that is the maximum require amount of ce credit a real estate sale/broker needs)
We are not suggesting that 30 hours will teach you everything you need to know. We agree that it is a beginning, just like the initial courses offered at various schools, which are between 20-40 hours.
Our schools position is that we will not offer a 100+ hour program (140 with unpaid inspections as per NYS guidelines) until the State of NY actually approves a program. Can you image if you were to take over 100 hour hours of education, and it was not approved, accepted or even permitted. This was the case in New York State in 1991 and 1992 as it related to real estate appraisers and 1978 and 1979 as it related to salespersons and brokers. The laws evolve, and a school is prudent not to offer something it believes will be accepted, until the state gives a green light. To met the initial interest of the industry, we are offering this initial course, which NACHI has approved, and we will wait to see what the actual approved outline must be before we entertain elective courses to add to the program.
Bill Merrell, Ph.D- fellow NACHI members and educator
Doesn't this seem to be the more reasonable approach. Offer an initial course and wait to see what actual outline the state will mandate of each school that wishes to provide courses in 2006. Can you image what would happen to the school that offers a $2-3000 or a $1000 plus home study course that may not be accepted in NY. Disclosure is everything. We are taking a wait and see the actual school application before we go forward. Other schools are going ahead with their programs, hoping they will be approved. I am not even suggesting that they will not be approved. All I am saying is that until the state spells out the exact outline, anyone interested in a career may consider an Introduction course, and may decide to wait of additional courses until the state finalizes their regs...and puts everything in writing for all home inspectors to see.
Bill C. Merrell, Ph.D- Fellow NACHI MEMBER and Educator