KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2012) - The Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors of British Columbia - CAHPI(BC) - is pleased to announce the commencement of a formal collaboration with the University of British Columbia (UBC) on a research program to develop more rigorous proficiency testing for home inspectors that is more accurate, more precise, verifiable, and deliverable throughout British Columbia and that will set a new (higher) standard for competency in the home inspection industry.
"CAHPI(BC) has an exceptional verification process for candidates who wish to become licensed home inspectors, the best in the industry actually, but there is room to improve," observed CAHPI(BC) Executive Director, Ms Helene Barton. Examination of candidates to assess knowledge, skill, and analytical ability to ensure comprehension of the many technical components of a home inspection is a key part of what CAHPI(BC) requires before licensing is conferred on an inspector, requiring an 80% passing mark on 7 separate exams after proof of education. "Our exams are the best means in the industry to verify competency to date but we believe it is now time to take them to the next level and ensure exam results are verified through an accreditable examination system," states Craig Hostland, RHI, President CAHPI(BC). UBC is tasked with developing an algorithm with verifiable analytics to ensure test results reflect the competency of the candidate accurately. "Just because a person can pass an exam doesn't mean they have fully comprehended the subject matter or are able to apply it properly, if the exam is flawed. Some industry exam methods fail to prove credibility of results by being too simple or are easy to beat. Applying verification analytics to an exam process will ensure exam results are verifiably accurate to the best possible level. The provision of a Professional Home Inspection in BC, in our opinion, is serious business that starts with ensuring a home inspector is properly trained and ready to inspect," opined Craig Hostland RHI. "We are BC's largest home inspection association for a reason. Our members are committed to the pursuit of excellent and are pleased to undergird our mandate of protecting the public with this additional effort."