It has been well known in the State of Washington for many years that if you perform home inspections, then you better have your structural pest inspector license.
The laws regulating inspections by anyone reporting wood destroying organsims and/ or their conducive conditions, for use in a real estate transaction, clearly state that the report must be performed by a licensed structural pest inspector (SPI). That includes portions of the home inspection we are required to report on by our SOP as NACHI Members.
Unfortunately one of our misguided members chose not to heed the warnings and advice of several other Washington inspectors. This person was fined by the WSDA as reported in a news release a couple weeks ago.
This individual chose to listen to other NACHI members who do not even work in this state. These members stated that NACHI’s position was that HI’s did not need to follow the SPI law. Their interpretation was wrong, and an individual member was harmed as a result. These people are not attorneys, and when asked if NACHI legal counsel had reviewed their Official NACHI position, the answer has always been, NO.
Here is the link the the news release.http://agr.wa.gov/news/2007/07-29.htm
Here is the link where the NACHI member was duped into believing that inspectors in Washington don’t need an SPI license. (only one of many threads, and it is long)
Lesson learned, rely on local information. If you are not sure consult with a real attorney, not someone who plays one on the NACHI message board. Our business is too important to let individuals underqualified tell us how to run it.
For those that mislead this individual…you first owe and apology to the person fined, second you should pony up the money to pay for the fine. You know who you are.