From what I can read and find on this site, the ASTT act provides only for designations under the Act. It does not appear that BCIPI is a body granted authority under any Provincial Act but rather is a sub group set up by ASTT.
Now maybe someone in BC would like to correct me or add their opinions or know of an Act representing BCIPI. If there is no specific legislation then BCIPI would appear not to have the weight it assumes it does under ASTT.
Opinions anyone? I am always willing to be challenged and corrected!
Certification - House & Property Inspection
How to Become Certified as a House or Property Inspector **[size=3]
Your qualifications and experience are positively evaluated by the ASTTBC Board of Examiners. This Board is made up of senior volunteers, including practitioners from industry and post secondary educators. Before being granted a technical specialist certification as a House or Property Inspector, you are assessed for registration with ASTTBC as an Associate, Certified Technician (CTech) or Applied Science Technologist (AScT).[/size]
To get certified as a House or Property Inspector you need to obtain the applicable application forms and information sheets which are available from ASTTBC. Certification is granted by a Board of Examiners and ASTTBC staff cannot provide prior analysis on how a potential applicant’s experience might qualify for certification. Before contacting the ASTTBC office to discuss whether you meet certification requirements, it is essential you review the application form in detail, go through the Question and Answer sheet that is provided, and check into the courses required. Once you have read this information, staff will be pleased to discuss the details of your application.
Education & Training To become a Certified Property Inspector (CPI), currently you must be a certified member of ASTTBC in a traditional engineering discipline and have taken House & Property Inspection courses as well as Commercial
courses (or equivalent) and the BC Building Code: Part 9 course at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. A certified member of ASTTBC is a Certified Technician (CTech) who has a Certificate of Technology (or equivalent), or an Applied Science Technologist (AScT) who has a Diploma in Technology (or equivalent).To become a Certified House Inspector (CHI), currently you must be at least an Associate Member of ASTTBC, meaning at least Grade 12 (or equivalent), and have taken House & Property Inspection courses (or equivalent) and BC Building Building Code: Part 9 at BCIT.Academic competencies and capabilities that can be definitively shown to have been achieved through work experience will be recognized at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.
Please note that certification requirements are subject to amendment by the Council of ASTTBC.
Requirements Effective: January, 2005
1.1 A person who has applied to the ASTTBC Board of Examiners (Board)and who has not as yet acquired the academic and experience qualifications for certification as either an Associate, Certified House Inspector (CHI) or Certified Property Inspector (CPI). An IIT must maintain an ASTTBC Career Log and is not approved to offer services to the public. No designation is awarded until you have been accepted into ASTTBC membership. The individual is responsible for providing educational agencies with proof of exemptions from courses as provided in writing by the Board. **
An Associate Inspector is a temporary classification during which it is expected that a Registrant is refining their competency and capability***. ***Prior to being considered by the Boardfor Associate status an applicant must have completed the following:
2.1 *House Inspection 1 OR equivalent* AND, 2.2 *BC Building Code Course (BLDC 1500) OR equivalent Part 9 Course* AND, 2.3 *House Inspection 2 OR equivalent* AND, 2.4 *House Inspection 3, Communication and Report Writing OR equivalent *AND 2.5 *House Inspection 4, Basic Field Experience in House Inspection,* OR if acceptable to the Board, ‘apprentice’ with a CHI/CPI Mentor OR have other field experience acceptable to the Board, documented in an ASTTBC Career Log. 2.6 *ASTTBC Professional Practice & Ethics Exam.* 2.7 Associate Inspectors must maintain an ASTTBC Career Log for submission to the Board upon request. 2.8 Any additional certification requirements for Associate Inspector certification must be reasonable, justified and documented. 2.9 There are time limits on the period during which you may remain as an Associate Inspector. Currently, this is two years without additional conditions and five years maximum without a special exemption. It is intended that an Associate Inspector would generally work for or under the direct supervision of a CPI/CHI.
3. Certified House Inspector (CHI)
Prior to being considered by the Boardfor Certified House Inspector status an applicant must have completed the following:
3.1 A minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 24 months experience as an Associate Inspector and a minimum of 25 additional inspections that demonstrate diversity & relevance. Submit a detailed ASTTBC Career Log and declaration. Any or all of these inspections may be subject to review by the Board. After 24 months, the Board will require an Associate Inspector to meet the most current requirements for certification as a CHI. *AND*, 3.2 Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 2 inspections with CHI/CPI Peer Reviewers (a list of Peer Reviewers will be provided); *AND*, 3.3 The CHI designation is granted to qualified individuals holding a minimum of Associate status with ASTTBC and who are working to eventually achieve the Certified Technician (CTech) designation. 3.4 Any additional certification requirements for full certification must be reasonable, justified and documented. **
- Certified Property Inspector (CPI)
**Prior to being considered by the Boardfor Certified Property Inspector status an applicant must have completed the following:
4.1 Commercial Inspection 1 (BLDG 2965) OR equivalent AND 4.2 Commercial Inspection 2 (BLDG 2975) OR equivalent AND 4.3 A multi unit and small buildings code course (BLDG 1825) OR equivalent 4.4 A minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 24 months experience as a CHI and a minimum of 25 additional inspections that demonstrate diversity & relevance. Submit a detailed log and declaration. Any or all of these inspections may be subject to review by the Board. After 24 months, the Board will require a CHI to meet the most current requirements for certification as a CPI. AND, 4.5 Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 2 inspections with CPI Peer Reviewers (a list of Peer Reviewers will be provided); AND, 4.6 The CPI designation is normally only granted to qualified individuals holding an AScT or CTech designation in the Building, Civil, Electrical or Mechanical disciplines. 4.7 Any additional certification requirements for full certification must be reasonable, justified and documented.
1. House 1, 2, 3, 4, BC Building Code courses, and Commercial Inspection 1 and 2 courses are offered at BCIT as part-time studies. 2. Any course equivalency or exemption is determined by the Board of Examiners. 3. The Board retains the option of requiring the applicant to complete other requirements for certification if it is not convinced of the competency of the applicant to perform inspections – see 2.8, 3.5 and 4.8. 4. There is a fee for the services of CHI/CPI Mentors and Peer Reviewers. 5. All inspections must be completed to the minimum requirements of BCIPI inspection standards or better. 6. At the exclusive discretion of the Board those candidates with exceptional experience and qualifications may be afforded special consideration. 7. Additional ASTTBC Career Logs are available from ASTTBC for $10.70 each, including GST and postage. 8. Registrants are consistently referred to the ASTTBC Code of Ethics & Practice Guidelines and specifically in the matter of financial protection for their clients in the event of their errors and omissions: “All Members who provide services directly to the public or perform work as independent contractors have a duty of care to ensure adequate financial protection to their clients in the event of their errors and omissions”. Fees[INDENT] Property Inspection
[/INDENT] Application Fee:
$125 + GST Combination Application Fee:
(for both ASTTBC membership and
Certification as a House/Property Inspector) $275 + GST Annual Renewal Fee:
(effective from June 1st, 2005 - May 31st, 2006)[INDENT] Inspector-In-Training$95 + GST Associate Inspector$185 + GST CPI/CHI$265 + GST Note: special levies MAY be charged to the full BCIPI membership
to underwrite initiatives that are approved by prior vote of the BCIPI members. ASTTBC
Annual Dues: (effective from January 1st - December 31st, 2006) Associate$205 + GST GradTech
$70 + GST first year
$100 + GST second year
$152 + GST third year
$205 + GST forth year AScT/CTech$255 + GST [/INDENT]More Information on BCIPI
To learn more about the British Columbia Institute of Property Inspectors, please visit their web site, bcipi.asttbc.org