Originally Posted By: Brad Wederquist
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With great interest, I reviewed NAHI and ASHI statements on regulatory measures for home inspectors. As an individual without a vested interest in either of these organizations, I found ASHI is attempting to monopolize the HI industry. What they are essentially attempting is to sway legislation to meet their membership requirements. And in the process bring their Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI) with them at $195 a test–don?t forget $35 to take a practice test?with them. Tell me that?s not a conflict of interest for a ?non-profit? organization.
My only problem with the NAHI is that they want a 250 paid inspection requirement for states to issue a license (a requirement also endorsed by ASHI). This essentially creates a barrier to entry for any entrepreneur to break into the field. How do you get 250 paid inspections without a license to meet the requirement? Thankfully, that if I choose to start a business or obtain a franchise, I reside in Washington state where regulatory measures and licensing is not yet mandated.
Please don?t infer that I believe regulatory measures are unnecessary, but we live in a free market society where everyone is entitled to an equal opportunity. Government intervention is only required when the welfare of the stakeholders is at risk. There is no issue for a lawyer to pass a bar examination to practice law without representing 250 paying clients.
Presently, my career with the US Army is quickly nearing completion, leading me to explore the possibilities in the Home Inspection field as a follow on career. This process required examining the certification requirements and the ultimate discovery of this website. To evaluate my potential, I completed the NACHI online evaluation and passed on the first attempt. Prior to joining the Army I spent several years in new house construction and maintained an interest in residential construction, associated problems and avid DIY.
So if there is any seasoned home inspectors in the Seattle/Tacoma interested in mentoring, send me an email. I work cheap ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif) .
Thanks for letting me vent