I would highly recommend that not too much faith be put in Bill Mullens National Certification .
It was about two years ago when he was telling all how much money could be made and how many inspectors would be required to do the PDI inspections that would soon be needed .
This is just one of many disapointed home inspectors who spent a lot of money and still are waiting for their chance to make huge profits from all those $2,000:00 inspections that would come their way.
Unfortunatly like many of Bill Mullens hopes it was just smoke and Mirrors.
Roy Cooke sr… R.H.I… CAHPI-ONT. Royshomeinspection.com.
Read below and weep !!!
As one of the attendees at the conference, I offer the following comments.
I’m sure the organizers were pleased with the turnout at the conference, however I became quite disappointed during the first day session where it became evident that the PDI inspection training session was not playing out as I and others had been led to believe it would. What I had understood was going to take place was that those of us attending this session, plus any who attended future training sessions, would be the only people capable of carrying out what was to amount to approximately 220,000 PDI inspections annually across Canada, and that this was something that was about to be inplemented in the very near future. As things turn out, the home building industry has not yet agreed to or climbed on board with this initiative; that even when (or if) they do, this is not going to be a mandatory process; that there is no restriction of any kind on who may carry out this type of inspection once it does come to be; that their are two completely separate types of inspections for which protocols are being developed (one is a Performance inspection and the other is a Contract Compliance inspection) and it will be entirely at the buyer’s discretion whether any of them are carried out, and the cost will be coming out of their pocket. The session also was not an official training session but more of a discussion and information and idea-sharing exercise with no clear answer at the end of the day what exactly those of us who attended had achieved. A diploma/certificate was recieved although it was not made definitively clear just what value this diploma might actually have.
Attending the PDI course was my only reason for attending the CAHPI conference. With a rather significant cost of over $1,500 to do so, I figured that with the expectations being talked about with this new initiative, that it would certainly pay for itself. The rest of the sessions I found somewhat interesting but certainly wouldn’t have considered going to Whistler for 4 days if it had not been for the PDI course being put on, not to mention the cost of leaving my one-person business unattended for that period of time.
I heard similar comments from other attendees so I know I’m not the only one who thinks there was some pretty siginificant misinformation being distributed prior to the conference about what the PDI training session was supposed to entail. I will be more careful about any similar types of training sessions such as this in the future.
CMHC, Alan Carson and myself have been handling hot potatoes with the PDI
initiative, and due to that, the protocols and the course have been
almost daily. That is why we could not come right out and call the
‘session’ in Whistler a ‘course’. It was a discussion and consultation
process. (I admit that the word ‘course’ was used often and too close to
actual day…my fault) In reality, it was actually about
90% of the course.
From the feedback which we will receive in the next couple of weeks, we
be putting the final touches on the entire system. At that point, Alan is
creating a ‘Supplemental Module’ which will go out electronically to all
attended the PDI ‘session’. Once they have studied it, there will be an
exam, hopefully administered locally in each city.
There will be no more traveling or cost to anyone who registered for the
Whistler session and actually attended. We hope to have this part done by
the end of November 2004 and implemented by the year’s end. That way,
who attended the session will then be provided with their certificate of
qualification to perform PDI’s. We obviously wanted to do the entire thing
in Whistler, and of course that was the hope and understanding we
unfortunately left with some. Alan explained this during the session.
Those who attended should not be disappointed because they will receive
their certificate once this final module and exam are completed. Their
was certainly not wasted since the material is primarily the same as will
delivered in the course. (with changes derived from the feedback) Anyone
the future who wishes to take the course will have to attend a full day
session and pay a full fee of at least $ 250. These courses should be
to roll in the new year.
In a perfect world, everything would have fallen into place. In the world
in which we live, nothing is certain.
Alan Carson has gone far beyond the parameters of his agreement with CMHC
and CAHPI. He has redone almost everything a few times trying to satisfy
Jim Robar of CMHC has been deftly stickhandling between CAHPI and CHBA. He
is in fact right now at one of their meetings trying to convince them of
worth of this project.
I myself have worked hard to bring this about. Perhaps my enthusiasm for
this incredible project caused me to be too optimistic, and this misled
people. However, my optimism has not waned a bit. If everyone supported
this initiative and tried to make it happen, I have no doubt it will fall
I can verify that CMHC has paid a large amount of money to develop this
course and they also poured about $ 12,000 into the Whistler session. They
are backing it as well as anyone could. On the other hand, due to the
skeptics and those who want things handed to them, CMHC has expressed
about whether or not CAHPI even wants this protocol and the opportunity.