Nope, the InterNACHI test will not be recognized.
Being a NY State authorized Home Inspector Qualification Training Instructor I received an email about this from NYSAHI Thanksgiving Eve. This is important for those presently in classes as well as future home inspector qualification students
A brief background on the elimination of the NYS Test.
About 5 years ago NYSAHI (New York State Association of Home Inspectors) introduced proposed legislation via legislators in both houses. The legislation proposed to get rid of "the impotent State test and replace it with the National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE). Part of their thinking was that, due to the "mobility"of home inspectors the NHIE would qualify everyone in any jurisdiction. Also, bordering states that used NHIE refused reciprocity for inspectors wishing to be licensed in multiple states because they live near state boundaries.
Lo and behold, our Governor Mario Cuomo (called by some Prince Mario due to his proclivity to declare things and sign them into law on a whim - the NY SAFE Act, the renaming of the Tappan Zee Bridge after his Father) signed the bill into law just as the legislators left for the Thanksgiving recess. Effective immediately.
When I contacted the DOS/Division of Licensing Services they told me “this was dumped on them, they had no time to prepare all the details and notify the public about the changes. No idea about fees, who administers the tests or anything else. They don’t anticipate a required change of home inspection training curriculum. Stay posted to the state website for updates.”
And yes, some tweaking of the classes will be needed, now we need to teach about techniques not seen in the great NorthEast - straw roof coverings, adobe construction, swamp cooling, straw bale homes come to mind. Of course - there is the “equality” for the inspector changing locales. The inspector from Southern Arizona or a similar area will need to know about oil heat or other things common here in the New York and New England.
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