CSA to take control of home inspectors?
The Canadian Standards Association is in talks with the National Home Inspector Certification Council about having the CSA train, test and certify home inspectors in Canada
September 10, 2012 by Steve Payne
A home inspector with a CSA sticker? It may happen soon.
Contractors and consumers are very familiar with the CSA label, which most of us see on items like windows, appliances and machines.
Now, an offshoot of that regulatory trademark, the Canadian Standards Association Group, has started talks with the National Home Inspector Certification Council. They are looking at the possibility that the CSA may help train, examine and accredit home inspectors throughout Canada.
There are an estimated 3,000 home inspectors across Canada, but no single set of standards for getting the designation. In fact, you can become a home inspector simply by taking a course available on the internet.
The goal of a government-approved national designation for home inspectors may be difficult to achieve since labour is regulated province-by-province in Canada, not at a federal level.