As usual, you have come to a conclusion without any prior knowledge of the history of Home Inspection licensing in FL. The vast majority of practicing Home Inspector did not want licensing, in fact it was mostly people outside the home inspection community pushing for it. There were some inspectors who jumped on that bandwagon thinking just you do that they would be on the front end of the licensing and get all the cookies and got into bed with this group working behind the scenes. Unfortunately for all those who pulled this off, they got screwed right along with everyone else. Many of us who were in this fight for years tried to warn them but their greed and avarice got the better of them and now they have to deal with the consequences of their deed. Welcome to the club.
You need to know it was FAR, Florida Association of Realtors, some members of FABI (as well as ASHI) and Florida contractors who pushed the hardest for Home inspection licensing. There was a cabal of players who started and pushed hard for this for over a decade. Up until Charlie Crist got into office it never got very much footing and was either defeated in committee or vetoed by the Governor every year. You need to get your fact straight. Now that it is here, best advice I can give you either cut bait or fish. Get with the program, figure out what the hell you want to be; either a contractor or a home inspector because obviously you can’t or don’t want to do both.
Scott is right, there will be a ****load of home inspectors in the beginning, many will find out they can’t make a living after shelling out the money to go to HI schools and go out of business. Those that want to hang in there and figure out how to make it work will still be standing in a few years. Coupled with a sagging economy that may be accelerated.