This is what I have found so far Nick.
I spoke with Howard Walker who is the Plant Industry Regional Supervisor at my local DOA office. he was very knowledgeable about this subject.
He told me the same thing you said the other day. Anyone can write a termite cert in the State of PA.
Even though FHA only requires a cert if the home has signs of WDO or it is in an area where termites are commonly found, nearly all FHA and VA lenders and underwriters will require you to have a State issued applicators license.
The PA standard purchase agreement also states the buyer is entitled to have a cert written by a licensed applicator on pages 6/7.
Since quite a few of my inspections have been for FHA loans, I a going to get the certification.
I ordered the Core packet and the CAT 12 packet from the Penn State extension office for $50.00
I’m sure the NACHI courses adequately prepared me for the exam, but it’s worth looking at the training materials they supply as well.
I haven’t found anything that spells out who actually requires you to be certified. everything points toward the State not requiring it. But most banks do.
Thanks for your help and advice on this. You have yet to let me down!!
I will keep you posted and send you something concrete when I find it