The graduated system is used by many bodies who have to bring people into a certification who have varying degrees of experience and training. Those who are in the system prior to Dec. 31/07 need to take at least 20 hours of education each year to continue upgrading and every five years everyone has to be ‘recertified’ by taking another TIPR. There is nothing stopping people from signing up before the new rules click in, so it’s available and fair to everyone.
The problem was that there are hundreds of inspectors out there with years of experience and that has to be taken into consideration. Grandfathering was not an option and we are very glad now it is not. Some people who have been inspecting for many years have shown us that they are not performing inspection well enough to comply with Standards of Practice, and this comes out in the TIPR. We also couldn’t ask experienced home inspectors to start at the beginning and take all of the courses. This system is the best of both worlds but it still retains the integrity of the program. Nobody gets a free ticket but we also aren’t sending old-timers back to school for a couple years.
Many models for training and certification were studied by independent consultants and this model meets the requirements for rigor and fairness.
Nothing is perfect and no doubt things will change a bit over the years as they learn more because the model is a living project.