I’m already forced into licensing in Washington State James, the trouble is it’s licensing by the Department of Agriculture as a Structural Pest Inspector. I’m not in favor of HI licensing or regulation, morr because I don’t like regualtion than I think it will either benefit or hurt my business. I learned in 22 years in the Army to always have a Plan “B”, or C, D, E…Plan A is to stop the proposed legislation, which after talking to different people and members of State Senators Staffs the past couple of weeks is looking more and more difficult, Plan “B” is to alter the legislation as much to our benefit as possible if it can’t be stopped. I had a couple go rounds with them last spring before the Bill was stopped, now after the KIRO Report it is looking to be harder this time around.
Several HI’s have been talking with WSDA about changing or compromising on the Present Law, I thought I was “original” in one argument, but several other Inspectors have had the same idea, talking with the WSDA I proposed that the present Law be changed to where Home INspectors would still be required to pass the WSDA SPI Test and to be “Registered”, but not be required to do the Complete WDO Inspection, instead they would be required by Law to refer any conditions or conducive conitions to a licensed Pest Control Company. if that would eliminate my WDO portion of my E&O then it would benefit me, Dr. Soumi said that he could actually consider that as several of us have brought it up, I’ve also asked WSDA to consider allowing Home Inspectors to include a Waiver in our Contracts where clients could waive the WDO Inspection, if the two Inspections were kept separate it might be easier to charge for both, Soumi didn’t like that idea very much, now I’m trying both ideas on the State Senators who are involved.
Like I said, we’re already regulated in Washington, the original bill was passed 15 years ago when there were very few HI’s in the State, I live and Inspect in Idaho also, but Idaho is not very friendly to Regulation, which, other than being a 4th generation Idahoan, is why I live here, although with all the “New” people moving here it is changing for the Worse.
For the other New Inspectors in Washington, especially the ones who are doing business without the SPI License you should check out the fine print in the Old Bill, the part about Grandfathiering, 250 Inpsections are required, or, down in the fine print:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 4. (1) Applications for certification of
34 registration under this section made on or before January 1, 2008, will
35 be approved without meeting the requirements of section 5 of this act,
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1 if the applicant has performed more than two hundred fifty inspections
2 prior to December 31, 2007, and on or before January 1, 2008, has
3 passed the national home inspector exam.
4 (2) This chapter does not apply to:
5 (a) Architects licensed under chapter 18.08 or 18.96 RCW;
6 (b) Engineers licensed under chapter 18.43 RCW;
7 © Plumbing contractors or journeyman plumbers licensed under
8 chapter 18.106 RCW;
9 (d) Contractors who are contracting for work on his or her own
11 (e) Real estate appraisers certified under chapter 18.140 RCW;
12 (f) Real estate brokers and salespersons licensed under chapter
13 18.85 RCW;
**14 (g) Structural pest inspectors licensed under chapter 15.58 RCW;
**Pretty stupid isn’t it, waiving the required number of inspections and the NHIE or equivilant for a SPI License that you can get with a few hours of study , a simple test, and a $45 fee