I know I’ll take some flak for this, but I don’t think a CGC should be restricted from performing any trade provided they take/pass the CILB test. A CGC is responsible for all trades and they are the one who is sued should something go awry with the electrical, plumbing, roof, etc. A CGC should always automatically qualify to sit for any state test without further qualifying, period. Again, I believe they should have to pass the trade testing. So, if a CGC feels like they want to do HI’s, they should be able to sit for the required test and go forth. Same with plumbing, septic, roofing, and any other trade license. There should be no further license fees to the GC. So if he wants to remodel houses and do his own roofing, so be it. Why not? He is responsible for the job regardless and if the roofer does a poor job, the GC has to fight the roofer to get it fixed or hire another roofer to do it correctly. So WTF should a GC have to hire a trade?
Many of us worry too much about what a GC can do. Personally, I would rather compete against a GC who decides to practice HI rather than the dumb asses who are currently entering the market and selling $99 HI’s. That’s right, $99.00 including Wind Mit and Roof Cert. Just lost a job to this yesterday.
Why defend the SOP? Most of it is BS and meaningless. The ones who defend it only do so because it is so lame even a hearing aid salesman can do it. Any competent builder would laugh at this SOP. Oven turns on. Drainage appears satisfactory. Crack in driveway. Give me a break.
What is a HI license? What does it mean? You can report on whether or not it is broken or “near the end of its expected lifecycle” based on a visual inspection. You can’t fix it. You can’t hire someone to fix it. You have never fixed it and have absolutely no clue how it should be fixed. You have a license to take a photo and paste it into a piece of software. You are making statements on electrical, roofing, structure and plumbing with almost no training or background, yet, you want to preclude the only licenseholder in the state that “supposedly” has the experience and knowledge to properly report on these components. You want a “dumbed down” license so lots of new Nachi members can be recruited who are happy to go make $200 day for doing nothing and knowing even less. HI’s are their own worst enemy.
Increase the qualifying criteria to become a HI or ultimately watch the profession disappear. $20/hr is perfectly acceptable to most of those entering the “profession” and you are supporting this with stupid SOP’s and easy entry into the field.