Claude Lawrenson, RHI, National Certificate Holder
Much has happened since the last update in the spring 2007 issue. One recent, major development in the Program was the completion of
the Equivalency Assessments for CAHPI British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, AIBQ and Atlantic. To date these associations
have been granted equivalency for the RHI membership category with the Background Review requirements for National Certificate Holder. What this means is anyone having achieved the RHI designation in these Provinces can apply for National Certification and be granted equivalency and by design fast tracked through the Background Review, upon verification of their RHI status by their Association. These Applicants fill out the shortened application form, eliminating the need to search for documentation regarding education and qualifications that may have been filed away many years ago. Once verified, these Applicants can be scheduled for their Test Inspection and Peer Review (TIPR), which is the final step toward receiving their Certificates. Equally of interest at the time of writing, several other associations have expressed their interest in applying for Equivalency Assessment status.
An accreditation agreement for the accepted Educational Institutions & Training Providers is currently coming into effect. The Accreditation agreement will lay down the guidelines for current and future education, review, testing and examination of Applicants. Applicants will
now have contact to an extremely reliable and wide variety resource to assure that their education and training has prior credit and endorsement of meeting the Home and Property Inspector National Occupational Standards. At present there are 115 National Certificate Holders with approximately an equal amount in various stages of certification review. To handle this extra work load some additional examiners have been trained in those particular geographical areas requiring additional support. Equally as important Deputy Examiner’s are now appointed in most all of the provinces. They serve as the main provincial contact for the administration of the Test Inspections with Peer Review process. In addition, the secondary processing of applicant background review will be contracted out to those home inspection associations that meet and signed the Equivalency Agreement.
Elections will take place at the CAHPI National Conference this year. Positions on the NCA will be filled by a vote of all National Certificate Holders. Approximately half of the NCA members will be replaced by elected individuals in 2007 and the other half in 2008. Appointments will be for a two year term, with half of the members replaced each year. That will ensure continuity, while maintaining a fresh stream of elected volunteers to oversee the National Certification Program.
In closing I would like to encourage all home inspectors in Canada to consider the opportunity to become a National Certificate Holder, particularly in light of the changes for the end of this year. At that time the criteria credits change, so it is an opportunity to beat that deadline. In addition, I would like to thank both of my predecessors (Graham Clarke and Ari Marantz) for their hard work and enthusiasm in helping in moving this valuable program forward. Equally recognition needs to be acknowledged to all the members of the National Certification Authority, the National Certification Council and the National Accreditation Council for their thoroughness and dedication in the huge tasks they faced. Last but not least, a real heartfelt thank you for the long hours and the commitment of Sharry Featherston – a real blessing as our Registrar and National Administrator.