Incase you missed it on the other thread The COE letter 2-a Sayes it best and nothing about fees
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[/LIST] [INDENT] [INDENT] a. The Certified Master Inspector[FONT=‘Times New Roman’]® will strive to improve the Inspection Industry by sharing his/her lessons and/or experiences for the benefit of all. This does not preclude the Certified Master Inspector® from copyrighting or marketing his/her expertise to other inspectors or the public in any manner permitted by law. [/FONT]
b. The Certified Master Inspector[FONT=‘Times New Roman’]® shall assist in disseminating and publicizing the benefits of hiring Certified Master Inspectors®. [/FONT]
c. The Certified Master Inspector[FONT=‘Times New Roman’]® will not engage in any act or practice that could be deemed damaging, seditious or destructive to fellow Certified Master Inspectors®.[/FONT]
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Jim if that happens all who signed up from the very 1st. with the lowest requirement to become a CMI, to the last with the most requirments that had to be obtained will lose all their money and who wins?
Is any home inspector less qualified to inspect a home than a CMI? Of course not.
I am not a CMI and my basic fee is $350. A CMI will use the same SOP and write the same report that I will. The idea is that he will charge more for his level of skill and expertise.
Do they plan to beat me out for the $350 inspection because of their designation? If so, they leave me with no other choice than to use my communication skills to educate the public that they are NOT more qualified…and why they are not more qualified.
With the thousands of us who are NOT CMIs educating the public in this regard, the designation has no chance of catching on. It is easy to sabotage its growth in any market. I would not want to do that if they were raising fees…but I will totally destroy it if it is being touted as a “standard”.
If you can’t make money off it why purchase it. Sooner or later someone will take one of them to court and it will be very expense to try to explain it was just to generate more business and not that they are any more qualified.
(William J. Decker, CMI, IL. Lic. 450.002240)
I am sure that you would like to see your fee schedule go up, Jim. But just getting a CMI designation won’t do it all by itself. Are you a CMI, Jim?
Do you go out of your way to help and serve your clients, your fellow inspectors and the industry?
Masters are deemed masters well before some simple “Certification Board” says they are.
When I was studying martial arts, I learned that one does not call themself a “master”, one waits until others start calling them “master”.
All I see you do (and I may be wrong. I don;t live in your area and have not seen your work) is to spout off on this board about licensing and attempt to play the great ethics guru.
Maybe is you helped out a few other people, you would see it differently.
When I said someone will sooner or later take a CMI to court. I mean’t that with that designation they don’t expect you to miss anything, recalls, etc. and no one can walk on the top of the water that I know of.
The intention was for them to use that designation to increase their fees. Instead, they are using that designation to dupe the public into thinking they are more qualified to do an inspection at your price…than you are.
This was not the original intent and has somehow morphed into their present way of doing business.
I think it is unacceptable and should be nipped in the bud before these guys get too far with it.