If anyone is not “willing to increase their knowledge” etc. they shouldn’t be in this business. The industry is always changing and we have to keep up with it. So your statement about Carson Dunlop is irrelevant. To my knowledge the C&D course is code based and I just do not see the need for a code based course. The code changes constantly and you cannot retro legislate code. Law is another matter altogether, we are by and large more concerned about safety issue and air quality. If the government passes a law, like the new law mandating smoke detectors on all levels of the home, that is what we should concerne ourselves with not code. If you are going to do a lot of PDI and Phase inspections I would suggest that your code skills are top notch other than that stick to knowing what to advise your clients on the day to day issues.
I agree with your first statement, but I’m not sure why your repeating this since this is what I was alluding to in my comments. As for the rest of your reply,…you obviously have never seen the C&D course material!?
Although at times they do make some references to codes, It is NOT a code based course in anyway! It is more like a huge defect recognition course.
There are 10 modules (structure, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating I, Heating II, A/C & heat pumps, Exterior, Interior, communication and professional practice) and each module describes how each system works in detail. Then they describe HOW to inspect each system, what to look for, tips of the trade, procedures to follow (when relevant) and then typical failure modes for each system, then how to report the issues.
I did the home based correspondence with the manuals and video tapes and thought it was for the most part excellent material.
There were assignments that had to be completed and sent in for marking. There was a mid-term exam, and final exam that had to be competed at an approved location with a proctor in the room - so no open book exams and no cheating! I wrote the tests at Algonquin college, then THEY sent the exam in to Seneca where the C&D people marked the tests. By the way I graduated with HIGH honors.
Next time you really should take a moment to educate yourself before stating what you think is factual,… by the way,… not a good business practice either.
Oh, by the way I own several codes books, know how to read, have read them a lot and don’t mind reading them. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand them,… comes in handy when doing PDI, and phase inspections,…thanks for the info.