Well here you’re just mixing apples with oranges. Allowing someone to take a course over until he or she feels he or she is proficient enough to take and pass the exam is what just about every school on the planet does, isn’t it?
I promise you, when it comes to mathematics, I’m the absolute worst on the planet. My brain just isn’t wired for numbers. I had to repeat a required math course over and over until I passed it in high school or I wouldn’t have been graduated. That’s a far cry from taking just the final exam over and over until I’d passed it.
Now, we’ve got some “experienced” folks here who didn’t even attempt to become licensed until after their deadline had passed and since then have kept failing the NHIE. These folks have somehow managed to get a senator to sponsor a bill extending their deadline 9 months to allow them to be licensed without going back to school to get the training they so sorely need. They also wanted a rule that allowed them to be exempted from garnering any CEU’s until 2016 if they bit the bullet and went back to school to get their training. That little gem has been nixed from the bill by the legislators.
They’ll still need to pass the NHIE though and I’m sure they are hoping to do exactly what you describe - keep taking the test until they pass it. That bill has to make it out of the rules committee by March 5th or it’s dead and we’re waiting to see what’s going to happen.
See? So far, licensing has done what it was intended to do; identify those inspectors who need more training and force them to get the training to improve their skills.
It’s going to be a shame if these few folks get their way, but if they do, the rest of us will just have to live with it and drive on, paying attention to our own businesses and doing the best we can for the client. Besides, I think what goes around comes around - I think that if they get their way that more than a few of them are liable to fail that test anyway and after July 1st find themselves literally put out of business by their own foolishness.
Ron needs to present his case and see how things fall out. Everyone on the board is a professional and they understand his concerns. In the end, it will come down to what seems to make the most sense to the majority of the board and what they are legally able to do under the law. It sure as hell won’t be because a megalomaniac in Colorado is huffing and puffing about blowing their doors in. I promise you, any of the board that read your “getting religion” comment probably fell of their chair laughing and that kind of stuff isn’t likely to help Ron or anyone else.
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Mike O’Handley, LHI
Your Inspector LLC.
Wa. Lic. Home Inspector #202