Nick thanks for the note. First things first. I’m sorry you have had to get slammed by those who just don’t understand the new bill. I have read many of your postings and it seems that your experience in these issues has given you the expertise to dissect the bill and understand what is can and cannot do. Those who have supported this bill, including me, have undergone a constant barrage of inaccurate reports, and deliberate misinformation regarding the bill, who was behind it and how it came about. The sad thing is that many of the individuals making the comments actually knew the truth, but chose to change the truth to fit their purpose and many others were just believing the junk that was out their. I personally sent out over 250 invitation to every inspector we would find on two separate occasions to attend meetings in Kansas City to solicit input from inspectors around the state, but none of the individuals complaining now attended until the ball was rolling and well down the path. Despite many attempts throughout the process to provide accurate details with corroborating dates and other information these desperados kept on with their nonsense. The funny thing is that they never said a word until the bill was already written. Knowing it was in progress they decided to sit back and say nothing when we were asking for their input. I know you have run into this before and will again. This is not a new tactic. If the truth is not on your side, make it up seems to be their motto.
As for your request. The Board has not been completely set yet and of course has never had a meeting so I can’t speak for any final regulation. I can say, however that the reason for taking any reference to any national association out of the bill was to not limit the board on who would be “approved”. The goal was to establish a set of standards and all associations that met the standards would be included in the approved category. InterNACHI for example, has a well established online continuing education program which is a leader in the industry. As a group we need to meet and visit with individuals with InterNACHI to see how this program can be made available and how we can incorporate it into the process. As far as the proctored testing. It is my understanding that you guys have a test that fits this profile, however since we are just starting this process we have no information on how it is set up. We have just sent out a message to the state leadership of InterNACHI, NAHI, ASHI and other groups to forward to their members requesting them to develop the language to use in the rules and regulations. It is not practical for a board of five to research and develop all of the information needed to put this together effectively. The input from your members is needed to define the direction for our industry for the future. To answer your question specifically, I expect InterNACHI and its members to be a big part of the of the development of the rules and regulations and in many areas you have already blazed the trails we will need to follow. The Issue regarding what affiliation an inspector belongs to is a non issue in most of Kansas. Every inspector puts his or her pants on one leg at a time just like the next guy. Most of us see other inspectors less as completion as we do part of a brotherhood. I could care less what association the guy setting next to me in a training class belongs to. If he didn’t tell me I would never know. Most inspectors I know judge other inspectors by their character, actions and deeds rather than the association they belong to.
Nick I hope this answers your questions, so we can work together to make this the best bill it can be for the inspectors of Kansas. I am looking forward to working with you and InterNACHI on helping us develop future looking training programs to help us all.
If you have any additional questions, please feel free to call me directly at 316-393-XXXX.