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Inspectors Newsletter - January 2015

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CSA Standards for Home Inspections

Single Common Standard

In Canada it is commonly believed that the Home Inspectors operate to distinctly different Standards of Practices. Similarly across Canada, there is a move to regulate the Home Inspection profession because of the perceived unprofessional behaviour of home inspectors, led generally by media hype. Various Provincial governments have different approaches to a Home Inspection but again it …

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Malpractice or Frivolous claim?

In September, we saw a newspaper article that claimed a Mr. Lyndon Tucker was charged $1,243 for an inspection, about “double” the going rate.   The report goes on to say the client found “serious” problems that did not appear in the report. After taking possession of his home he found his kitchen and bathroom sinks and toilets didn’t drain properly. …

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Protect yourself from legislation change

Every so often new legislation comes into effect that affects the way in which we operate, and may expose the inspector to liability they are not aware of.  The board of directors have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that not just our members but all inspectors in Ontario are protected as best they can.

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Clauses to protect the inspector from inconsistent regulation

CASL - Canadian Anti-spam Legislation (Bill C28) If you use an electronic reporting system, in order to ensure that you are compliant with the Anti-spam regulations you should add the following clause to your agreement.  Failure to protect yourself from this regulation by getting opt-in protection from your client to allow you to send them emails as part of your …

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Radon Awareness

We have been talking to a number of education providers and we hope that an announcement will soon be forthcoming with regard discounts to training in Ontario towards the C-NRPP program.   This will assist any members who wish to participate in the C-NRPP Radon measurement and Mitigation programs to gain recognition.

We reached out to Health-Canada with respect to recognising the IAC2-RADON Certification for Radon Measurement.  Their response was:

"Health Canada's position of recognising the C-NRPP program as the only Canadian certification program, is not just about difference in measurement units but a completely different testing philosophy as compared to our American counterparts. A lot of effort has been taken to ensure that the program training & exams reflect HC's guidelines in testing and mitigation .

The membership for this program has grown to over 250 (and still growing) of measurement & mitigation professionals spread across Canada. The goal is to continue to enhance the program by initiating new measures that improve the quality, reliability & accessibility of these services to Canadians.

We would encourage your organization, the Canadian Association of Home Inspectors to have your members that intend on providing radon services in Canada train & certify under the C-NRPP program."

It's good to see that the people at Health Canada are so detail oriented that they failed to realise our Association was the Ontario Association of Certified Home Inspectors, or that they recognise the ability of a consumer to test for themselves, with no training or understanding of the gas, its progeny or how it can migrate from its source into and around a home, but refuse to recognise a professional who is trained.

We have contacted Ben Gromicko, the Education Director, at InterNACHI to see if the IAC2 Radon program can be altered to take into account the differences between the Canadian requirements and U.S, requirements.  While the U.S. requirements are based around U.S. measurements and references, many of the collection protocols are the same, as the C-NRPP program and NRPP programs are almost identical.   It is interesting to note that the reference level for Radon in Canada is set to 200Bq/M3 whereas the U.S. reference level of 4 pCu/L is 148Bq/M3

It is in areas such as this that the differences lie.  As other Canadian and Ontario specific regulations (e.g. Tarion) are based upon the Canadian reference levels it is apparently important, especially to Health-Canada, that these differences are well understood.

An approach has also been made to C-ARST to identify if there is an opportunity for co-operation between them and OntarioACHI.  We hope to let our members know more soon.

Membership Cards and benefits

OntarioACHI has taken the unique step in developing a membership card program that will allow consumers, via their smartphones to be able to ascertain the membership standing, certification status and public profile of any of our members.  In order to do this it is important that members log into the membership system and ensure their profiles are correctly filled out and include an upload of their photograph.

We believe this is an important step for our consumer outreach as this will be the first time in Inspection history that consumer will be able to identify that the inspector they are using is a current member of an association and the status of their certifications, without having to perform an intense investigation of their own.

The membership card will also be proof of membership status that may be required to be shown in order to gain access to discounts from the various vendors.

The system has been designed such that only information that the member would use to promote their business, and association certification and membership statuses are made public.  Any private information is kept as such.

More information about the cards and how you can use them can be found here

Canadian Certified Home Inspector

The CCHI program is advancing.

The board and committees of OntarioACHI are continuing to work on the implementation of the CCHI in Ontario and we will be providing members with information about the process of attaining this certification.  We now have a number of members who are considered competent to perform proctoring services and we feel that while it has taken a long time to finalise the details, the processes in place will ensure that any member holding a CCHI can be trusted by consumers and realty professional alike to be the go-to Inspectors for professional, concise and comprehensive inspections.

On-line service opportunity for members

As an Association we have access to the Citrix Go-To-Webinar service that allows us to create on-line seminars.  We are investigating the option of providing limited use of this service to members who wish to present relevant professional topics to the public through this service.

This allows us to promote both the professionalism of the member and show that as an Association we are here to help not just each other as inspectors, but also the consumers and other professionals related to Real estate transactions.  

We will be rolling out a pilot project early in 2015 for paid-up members in good standing.  Anyone wishing to take part in this pilot project please contact us here

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Joining OntarioACHI

Click here to join the association that helps you in your inspection business

Membership is open to anyone in the Home Inspection Industry.  As the administrative arm of the Ontario Chapter of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, members of that organisation are automatically registered members of OntarioACHI.  This does not mean those inspectors have access to all the benefits and services OntarioACHI offers. The difference in joining fees is less than the price of one coffee a week, but the extra services and advocacy benefits pay dividends to full members..

We have made it simple and painless to join, just click the join now button on the website and use the web-site payments through a secure pay-pal service which will let you pay either by PayPal or by Credit card. If you have already registered with us but not become a member, log in first.  It saves you having to enter many of the details already submitted and ensure processing of your membership is faster.

We chose this route because we believe it is more important to concentrate our efforts on providing services to our members than to invest in the technology that is required to provide PCI compliance.  In addition to improving the Ethics, Standards and Professional conducts, we want your membership money to provide improvements for the Home Inspector Profession in Ontario, and to generate marketing and other incentives for people to use our members.

Remember this is a not-for-profit organisation, and the less we waste on infrastructure, the more we can use back on the membership, which is what it's all about.

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