Are you aware that some of those who’d missed the deadline and are pushing to avoid this schooling have taken the NHIE numerous times without passing it?
You ask your question - “How is this guys 38 inspections a year gonna hurt anyone?” as if it’s only home inspectors competing with this guy who should care. Well, first, I don’t know if the guy you’re referring to is one of those who’s frequently failed the test or is just someone who’d dragged his feet when it came to getting his/her requirements done, but, I agree, he’s not directly a factor in your business or mine from the standpoint of competition; however, he’s definitely a factor to those folks he’s inspecting homes for.
If an inspector couldn’t pass the test by the September 1st 2009 deadline, and is now still trying to pass the test by repeatedly taking it, and doesn’t want to go to school to learn what he or she needs to learn - the practice of how to properly inspect a home - what makes you think they’ll pass it by July 1st? More importantly, if you were buying a house and knew that the inspector couldn’t pass such a simple test and just kept re-taking it without getting any additional training, until finally lucking out and passing it, would you want to hire that inspector?
The law was passed to require inspectors to prove a basic level of competency; and, if they couldn’t prove that, to go back to school and get the training they needed to be able to provide that basic level of service.
The law doesn’t require the inspector to be a master of the profession or to have 10,000 inspections under the belt - only to prove that one is minimally competent - kind of the way your first driver’s test doesn’t expect you to be the absolute best driver on the road but ensures you at least have enough skills to make it from point A to point B without killing anyone if you follow the rules and are careful. That’s all this law is designed to do.
Make no mistake about it, James, every time you do an inspection you are assessing things that affect the lives and safety of those who are paying you to assess their prospective new home. Don’t you think that consumers have the right to have inspectors that are at least minimally competent when it comes to the health, welfare and safety of themselves and their families?
ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!
Mike O’Handley, LHI
Your Inspector #202
Wa. Lic. Inspector #202