Regardless of what you may believe, a majority of those who perform commercial inspections, including professional engineering firms, architects, and accounting firms, do conform to the outlines for a PCA as provided via ASTM. These folks will likely never utilize the COMSOP. Too bad, really, because it does contasin some good stuff.
While NACHI’s COMSOP is a viable alternative, one simply cannot dismiss the ASTM standard.
We teach compliance with both. I believe that the two compliment each other, and should not compete. The idea is conformance and compliance, not necessarily dominance with one over another. My course emphasizes that the real idea is to provide a guide for producing a quality work product, and help protect the inspector along the way.
Both have strong points… and some weak points. The idea is in understanding both, compliance, and comprehending what you have signed up to do.
BTW, NY rejected the course not due to the standard, but with the understanding that ASTM is clearly designed for COMMERCIAL property condition assessments. Inspection regulations stop at the residential side. As the NY State DOS, who licenses HIs is also the department in charge of all Code Officials in the state, and is the Department (along with the NY State Department of Education) that works with ASTM on a variety of issues, it was no real secret that teaching a course using a recognized commercial inspection standard for residential inspector CEUs probably wouldnt fly.
It was worth a try, though.
This is not really true. Their committees and working groups do author a lot.