The boards of both the Ontario Association of Certified Home Inspectors and the Alberta Association of Home Inspectors are pleased to announce that a formal agreement has been signed by both parties allowing OntarioACHI to both adopt and award the Canadian Certified Home Inspector (CCHI) certification standard.
Not only is this standard the highest certification standard awarded by a Canadian Home or Property Inspector Associations, but the only certification standards awarded in Canada recognised as a qualification towards licensing in the province of Alberta.
The boards of both the Alberta and Ontario Association realised that in order to provide a consistent standard that could be recognised by the Canadian Consumer as providing a qualification that could be recognised in the Canadian Market, we would need to work on the bi-lateral adoption of the Certification between and across provinces.
Unlike other Certifications awarded in Canada, which can by achieved only in certain provinces, and only by becoming a member of an Association or working at a diploma mill towards external certification, to become a Certified Canadian Home Inspector an inspector must successfully attain high standards of education and proven competence.
This certification will be accepted by both Associations in both provinces, allowing for mobility of Inspectors between the provinces. At present CCHI holders from Ontario will still need to apply for an obtain a license to work as inspectors in Alberta. We believe a similar action will be required in reverse as and when Licensing for Home Inspectors is introduced in Ontario.
This includes over 200 hours of approved courses and pass the final proctored exams. They must also perform four home overseen inspections (ride along), submit and have accepted as fulfilling all the requirements of the Standards of Practice, four inspection reports (peer review). Both these exercises must be adjudicated by CCHI or CMI Inspectors that have been trained to use the peer review procedures.
The ride along and peer review adjudicators must be different individuals.
In addition the Inspector must complete 25 fee paid inspections that are submitted for review and a final proctored exam on the Code of Ethics.
The board of OntarioACHI has been busy ensuring that the relevant technical and procedural infrastructure is in place before the final launch of this Certification and at present we expect that OntarioACHI will be able to start awarding this Certification by the end of 2013 to successful applicants.
More information can be obtained by contacting the Certification Committee, or any member of the Board of Directors of OntarioACHI, and we will use the web-services of OntarioACHI and Newsletters to ensure more information is provided as and when it is formalised.