You’re wrong but just don’t know it. The late Cole Greenberg from Sedona who helped set up the AZ licensing was a real good 20 year friend of mine, as were several other inspectors from AZ that put that puppy into play. AS you know it was heavily slanted toward 1 home inspector association.
AZ had the BTR which many states have nothing similar to.
MY GF has to have 500 hrs of training to rub your back, BUT other than Texas in most states 80 to 120 hours of classes, liability insurance and a small fee puts a dishwasher, home handyman, house wife or computer software geek into the home inspection business as a “LICENSED” home inspector.with little or no real construction or similar experience.
In some states 1 HI group have used their $$$ to slant the Boards to their people, their SoP (as in AZ), their association test, etc, etc.
AND worse yet is that in various states once they get you licensed … ALMOST anybody or everybody that has more people, more $$$, and more political pull than you (which is almost everybody) can jerk your chain OR try to inflict rules on you that they don’t have on themselves.
When Kansas had licensing, the unlicensed state home builders, and then the realtors and trial attornies were clamoring to make E & O insurance mandatory for home inspectors ALTHOUGH we found no other licensed OR unlicensed profession in our state having this as a REQUIREMENT.
The realtors and trial attornies tried VERY hard to get the law written so it prevented inspectors from limiting their liability by time OR $$$$ while other groups including the realtors themselves had no restrictions like that.
4 years after licensing we saw no improvement OR major change in the amount of DUMB guys in our business.