An individual who has exceeded the standard education levels for the inspection industry.
And therein lies one of the problems, for there are no such “standards” which exist. Many HIs have no formal education in the science and art. I say “art” intentionally, for what we do is a mix of both art and science. There are no absolutes to performing a competent home inspection, for each inspection is different, as is each client, and for that matter, the scope of the inspection may change from time to time.
Nailing down a definition wont be easy. I’m not sure that this is a necessary task. One pointed out that a new surgeon and a more experienced surgeon are different. Not in the eyes of the law. They are both licensed to perform surgery. So, experience and education are used as a marketing tool. Therefore, I’d say that CMI is primarily for marketing, otherwise no one would be interested in it. When something is used as a marketing tool, the rules change.
Magic books are not the answer, nor is a single magic test, in my opinion. A curriculative outline may be helpful for those, who through a reasonable formula, look to offset one requirement or another with some educational benchmark.
Finally, CMI should not be used as an exclusionary benchmark/designation, reserved only for those who have been in the industry for “X” number of years. These may be the same individuals who join NACHI only for to take advantage of its Internet presence and domination.
I also question the notion of a “peer review committee” This opens the door to the creation of a mechanism on exclusion, which may become quite arbitrary. This is especially true if members of this committee have shown any malice in the past toward the org or any of its members.
If the argument is that inclusion is determined by benchmark, then a person either qualifies or does not. Peer review is not needed. When one applies for a license, based on a pre-set criteria, one either gets a license or not. There is no peer review.
Peer review should be reserved for those specific instances where, for one reason or another, deviation from the formula is sought.