Originally Posted By: Nick Gromicko
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We could. In fact we have a contract ready to sign with the country’s largest computer testing service: LazerGrade.
Here are the issues though:
1. Our exam is open book anyway.
2. A person who cheats on our entrance exam (which we may be able to prevent by proctoring) can also cheat on the SOP, COE, sleep thru continuing education, and whole list of other things we can't proctor.
3. NACHI's entrance exam already has the highest failure ratio http://exams.nachi.org/stats.php
second only to National Institute of Building Inspectors, the International Code Council, and the International Council of Building Officials which are all proctored and which we accept as alternatives to NACHI's Online Inspector Examination.
4. Most states that have licensing already require the passing of a proctored exam. Our members in those states have to pass a proctored exam already.
5. Because our industry changes so rapidly, members must pass NACHI's Online Exam yearly, something we want them to be able to do from the comfort home.
6. NACHI's Online Exam is not only an exam but a helpful self evaluation tool with many versions and a custom weakness color pie chart.
7. The Ethics Obstacle Course is not meant to be hard and useless, like a score-only exam is...It's meant to be easy and interactive so that it helps the inspector understand. A score-only exam usually doesn't tell you which ones you missed. There is no reason to proctor a non score-only exam.
8. The SOP Quiz is not meant to be hard either. It is meant to point out important issues to help inspectors realize things about themselves.
9. Passing our entrance exam is not the only requirement of membership. One must also sign an affidavit, abide by a COE, follow an SOP, fulfill continuing education, carry E&O if your state requires it, etc. Each of these requirements have many requirements within them as well.
10. We cannot make a series of hoops for members to jump through just for the sake of making it hard. Requiring members to do something as a condition of membership must have sound reasoning behind it. A requirement isn't minimized by ease of fulfillment.
PS All humorous answers on NACHI's Online Inspector Examination are additional possible choices, they are all incorrect choices, and there are no humorous questions. In other words their addition to the exam and the maintenance of the exam integrity are mutually exclusive events.