Inspectors Newsletter - February 2014

OntarioACHI at the Carson-Dunlop Conference

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Make sure to join OntarioACHI at the Carson Dunlop Conference: What Home Inspectors Need to Know.

  • Attendees will receive a free Home Reference Book & Study Guide! - That's a $100 value and worth 20 OAHI CEUs, and 40 ASHI, PHPIC, OntarioACHI and InterNACHI CEUs when completed!
  • The conference has been approved for 12 OAHI CEUs, 12 PHPIC CEUs, 12 ASHI CEUs, and 12 InterNACHI and OntarioACHI CEUs!     

Join us March 1 & 2, 2014 at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto

 There are some additional Home Inspection related events surrounding the Carson Dunlop Conference that you can take advantage of. These include:  

 >> A Horizon Training Event for new and advanced users on February 28, 2014.

 >> CDW Engineering's renowned Commercial Inspection Course on March 3-5, 2014. 

 To learn more or register, please click here or call 800-268-7070.

2013-14 Annual General Meeting

The second AGM for OntarioACHI has been announced by the board of directors.  This is the chance for members to get information first hand on what has happened in the past year and what is planned for the coming year.

More importantly it is the opportunity to have your say in how the association is run.  All paid-up members have the ability to nominate candidates for the Board of Directors and to vote at the AGM for their choice of nominees on the late.

There are some important dates leading up to the AGM.  These are:

  • 16th March, 2014 - All Nominations for board members needs to be received by the registrar.  Only full members can nominate.  Only full members can be nominated.
  • 12th April, 2014 - Any members wishing to have issues raised at the AGM should submit their case by this date.  This does not stop any comments being raised from the floor at the meeting, but anything that might require an operational or bylaw change needs to be in by this date so the relevant paperwork can be distributed to all members in time for the meeting.
  • 14th April, 2014 - All members wishing to use a proxy vote has to have submitted it by this time.
  • 16th April, 2014 - This is the date of the AGM.

For more information on te AGM, and for up-to-date details as the event is fleshed out, please go to the OntarioACHI website here.

Home Inspector Regulation in Ontario:  Update

The final Panel meeting with the Ministry of Consumer services, took place on the 6th December 2013,which put a the stamp of approval of the panel members on the 

The document was on Friday 13th, December and was open to public comments until January 27th 2014.

Inspectors are invited to post their concerns on the message board, and those who are passionate about being part of the solution should consider joining OntarioACHI as a paid member

Canadian Certified Home Inspector

Process for ensuring continued service to the consumers

Both British Columbia and Alberta has instigated licensing of Home Inspectors, and the criteria for licensing is different in each of these provinces.  The proposals for regulation of Home Inspectors in Ontario studied these two models and one thing that appears to be emerging is that the Government in Ontario is mandating that there should be no disruption to the availability of Home Inspectors to the consumers.

This is going to require some form of "transferring in" of existing Home Inspectors.  This must simultaneously allow for Home Inspections to continue and ensure those carrying out Home Inspection have the ore-requisite skills and understanding to perform the task to the higher standards set.

We believe the Canadian Certified Home Inspector Certification offer both in Alberta and Ontario will meet the criteria set for the 'transferring in', otherwise known as grandfathering, here in Ontario.

Read more here.

How the CCHI aligns with the proposed regulations.

The board and committees of OntarioACHI have been working in multiple arenas to ensure that the education provided to inspectors already, whether from InterNACHI or other locations, is not wasted when Licensing becomes a reality in Ontario.

In conjunction with InterNACHI and AlbertaACHI we have adopted and modified the CCHI program to align completely with the proposals given to the Ministry of Consumer Services.

Read more here

Inspector Qualifications in Ontario and across Canada

Home Inspector Qualifications

Presently there are around 13 Associations operating in Ontario that deal with the home Inspection Industry.

Some, like OntarioACHI are Ontario based, some purport to represent the whole of Canada and some are International.

Most of them offer, between them, a  number of Home Inspector ...

Read online.

New services and Benefits for our members.

Member reductions on operating insurance

Following a Request for Proposal (RFP) process that has taken the board several months to complete, we are please to announce that an arrangement has been formulated with HUB International Ontario Limited to become the broker of choice for OntarioACHI and it's membership.

What this means is that we are now able to offer a program from HUB International that gives our members substantial discounts on their E&O and General Liability coverage, while at the same time allowing the members to provide cover for their equipment.

The Canadian Certified Home Inspector Certification has a mandatory requirement of E&O and GL insurance, and this program provides that cover at a rate we do not believe is available anywhere else in Ontario.

For more information on this program and it's benefits read here

Joining OntarioACHI

Membership is open to anyone in the Home Inspection Industry.  Obviously as a Chapter of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, members of that organisation can choose to join either as an associate member at a reduced rate, or if  you want access to all the benefits and services we will be offering join as a full member.  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 go to http://www.ontarioachi.ca/join-today and use the web-site payments through a secure pay-pal service which will let you pay either by PayPal or by Credit card.

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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