i’ve done construction phase and “code” substantiated inspections for over 25 yrs w/o icc or other certs
u just have to know what’s supposed to be & be able to do the required research to substantiate & document the deficiencies found
i often include the code verbiage without the section or citation number becuz these often change over the years & encourage my clients to request any & all disputes to my reports by whomever in writing on their letterhead like i’ve provided to the client & any naysayers
I have before but here the point is to get STARTED. This is normally the first step in learning new construction. This cert can help you get into a building department. E1 & P1 are of very little help in gaining employment in a certified department.
Maybe you live in SE Ohio and there is no certified building department. This cert puts you ahead of all the ASHI inspectors and probably most of your fellow InterNACHI members. Shows that you know what you are doing.
IMHO the ICC cert is just as good as the state cert if you are doing these inspections for clients. I think if you get ICC certified you could quote code all day long while holding a HI license.
I am trying to show you how to increase your business and operate within the law.
IMO it’s always best practice to not wear two hats at the same time. You either wear your home inspector hat or you wear your ICC certified hat.
If you start quoting code in a report, you better know ALL the current codes, which are in a constant stage of change, otherwise you could get called out for inspecting to code in one area of a report but not in other areas. IMO you’re creating undue liability for your self, you may also want to check with your E&O carrier before you go there as well.
I would hope that folks go above the minimal standard of the building codes for their clients! Those that brag that they inspect to code or build to code are not bragging about very much! Go above the others that do the minimal jobs and you will be successful in this profession!
And this is where you go off the rails! Home inspectors are not doing code compliance inspections. Nobody is breaking any laws(as long as they have a proper home inspector license) by inspecting a new construction home for a client.