Ian, I have to give you my view on ASHI which may be different than others. Here in NH we are facing licensing and the local ASHI chapter has set up a independent coalition to confuse the state legislators. They have written a bill that mirrors ASHIs membership requirements and have lied and been deceptive in their vain attempt to gain control of the inspection industry here in NH. They have lied so much that their lobbyist actually quit in front of a house of representatives committee hearing.
ASHI, in Illinois, has done this. The state’s HI law is pretty much the ASHI SOP. ASHI did the same thing here. They even got the state to adopt the NHIE as the state exam (with questions added for the state law).
But, they outsmarted themselves.
ASHI wanter all its “full” members to grandfather in. The state said that they didn’t have to take the coursework, if they could pass the test.
But, rather than the test that ASHI was giving, the state made it harder and had it administered by an independant agency. The ASHI guys didn’t have the answer key anymore.
And only 41% of these guys passed.
When you make a deal with the state, after you shake their hand you better count your fingers. :mrgreen:
They have also attempted to gain support from me and other NACHI members under the guise that we all need to work together, which by the way is the theme of this thread, while I agree with this premise, it was less than a month later that my state senator read me a email that was sent to him stating that we, NACHI inspectors, basically couldn’t inspect a dog house and are all unqualified.
I used to hear this all the time. Now I just laugh. NACHI inspectors, in Illinois, regulary, are called in to evaluate the poor inspection of other association inspectors. I have testified, in court, myself, in three of these cases. The other guys were doing 45 minute, checklist inspections and all three had been inspectors for longer than I have been. They just got complacient, fat and lazy.
Now that is whats happening in my neck of the woods, the ASHI members here in NH are back stabbing liars that cannot be trusted, so why should we NACHI members think for a moment that this industry needs back stabbers and liars to help keep this industry professional. In my opinion the sooner this organisation goes under the better, not only for the consumer but the industry as well.
All of the above is JMHO.