This is a chapter out of the ASHI playbook.
The organization, plan, manipulation, fraudulent representation…
I actually believe that many, if not most, ASHI inspectors (rank and file) DO NOT really support legislation proposed. They are intelligent, and are only trying to make a living like the rest of us. I believe many are bullied into joining and supporting these so-called “coalitions”.
I also believe that there is a sort of unwritten succession within the upper tiers of ASHI.
I wonder if the bigwhigs behind these efforts would embrace the following idea:
That no single educational curriculum within a state pertaining to the training of home inspectors for licensing or continuing education shall be mandated.
That course length be allowed to be 100 hours.
That schools offering licensing curriculum MUST offer the requesite inspection portion, and said requirements are automatically a part of the curriculum, included in the pricing, and the school shall find the inspections, coordinate the activities, insure the students and premesis, and include this segment to be available for completion in a very timely manner as part of the tuition.
That the actual course content not be specified as part of the law; only the outline of subjects to be covered and the time spent per segment required.
That qualifications of instructors and schools be fairly liberal, so as to put education into the hands of MANY, rather than the hands of a few.
That licensing boards have no specific authority, other than to advise the governmental entity they report to.
*That few interpretations of the law, or sections to be developed or initiated, be left to these licensing boards. *
That curriculative requirements be specific within the law.
That “housekeeping” amendments, initiated in secret and without the opportunity for input and a legislative vote, be disallowed.
That licensing boards be balanced with an equal number of industry professionals and ordinary taxpayers not affiliated with our profession, and that this rule be strictly adhered to.
Not that I am in favor of licensing, but I am doing this to simply prove a point. Absent of something for somebody along the line, I wonder what the arguments will be against these suggestions. There are no legitimate arguments against them, other than it TAKES from those who seek to gain power or perks or control or indentured servitude.
I would also love to see the need for licensing challenged at a legislative level. Statistically, we all can agree that there are probably many more serious complaints against contractors and realtors than we lowly HIs.
When we hear of an inspection group or bogus “coalition” touting how legislation is needed to protect the consumer, the facts should bear themselves out. Our plan should be to demand the data supporting such a need, and to point out what the proposed law REALLY says and does.
The consumer protection issues go to the back burner. Always do…
I wonder if any of it is covered under RICO.