Professional Home Inspector: More Notes On Becoming A Professional Home Inspector

Prior construction experience is a great asset – either in renovation, construction, or trade-related experience such as electrician, plumber etc. – or as a quantity surveyor, construction estimator, trades coordinator, or as a professional architect or engineer.

An architect or an engineer is not automatically a good home inspector. These are disciplines that deal with very specialized and specific areas of buildings, whereas professional home inspectors are generalists, observing and understanding all the components in a building – and the relationships between different components and component systems.

The general categories are:

* electrical

* plumbing

* foundations, basements and structures

* insects, vermin and decay

* central heating systems, including heat loss/gain

* space heating, including fireplaces, wood stoves & chimneys

* central air conditioning

* roofing systems

* exteriors, including landscaping

* interiors, including insulation and ventilation

* environmental and safety issues

With or without prior experience, the prospective home inspector usually starts by reading about, and getting involved with the parts of the house he or she is not already familiar with.

There have been until recently, only a few private (and very expensive) schools of home inspection, and the content is frequently lacking. One way to start preliminary evaluation of a career in home inspection might be with a correspondence course.

Larger inspection companies will generally teach prospective inspectors how to inspect a house, but they won’t teach you “about” the house; you’ll have to learn that yourself.

Community Colleges offer a wide range of evening classes in trade-related topics, and recently some colleges have started to offer courses in the field of home inspection.

The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) has developed some training programs, primarily in the area of defect recognition, and groups such as Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT Inc.) offer wood energy technical training.

Most associations provide prior learning assessments, to help applicants determine which courses of study may be required, prior to attaining applicant or candidate status. In addition to any courses of study and possibly company training and/or apprenticeship, a number of fee-paid inspections, a review of the inspector’s reporting methods and formal examinations, generally must be completed before applying for full membership in a professional association.

There may be a requirement to write a preliminary exam, before one can be covered by association-sponsored insurance programs during training or appreticeship.

Some knowledge of the following will also be beneficial:

* real estate and real estate law as is pertains to the transaction

* wells, septic systems, municipal water and sewer systems, general infrastructure

* inter-personal communications, correspondence and report writing

* computerized applications, basic telecommunications

Home inspectors, whether working independently or dispatched by a larger company, require some form of telephone service, record keeping and follow-up service in conjunction with performing inspections. Inspectors usually have their own vehicles, and purchase their own tools, test equipment, cell phones, pagers etc. Personal liability insurance, errors and ommisions insurance, and disabilty/income security are usually the responsibilty of the individual.


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Fiorentina vs Inter 12-02-07

Fiorentina: Frey, Ujfalusi, Gamberini, Potenza, Pasqual, Kuzmanovic, Donadel, Liverani, Mutu, Semioli and Pazzini

Inter Milan: Cesar, Maicon, Cordoba, Samuel, Chivu, Zanetti, Cambiasso, Jimenez, Dacourt, Ibrahimovic and Cruz

First chance for Fiorentina in the 2dn minute as Kuzmanovic headed the ball just over.

Good chance for Mutu as Donadel’s shot was played in his direction and his improvisation was just not good enough in the 7th minute.

Goal for Inter in the 9th minute as Zlatan’s through ball to Jimenez was dispatched quite clinically.

Good play by Fiorentina as Mutu’s clever flick went to Kuzmanovic and his cross was miskicked by Mutu then he tried to redeem himself but was closed down by Samuel, Cordoba and Chivu in the 12th minute.

Great chance for Pazzini to make it 1-1 but his header was weak because the cross from Mutu was weak and Chivu was able to clear the ball away in the 21st minute.

Maxwell is on for Dacourt in the 22nd minute.

Good play by Pazzini as he turned Samuel and hit his shot but was saved by Cesar i9n the 23rd minute.

Chance for Inter with Jimenez playing a very good ball to Zlatan but his shot was parried for a corner kick by Frey in the 27th minute.

Silly free kick given away by Chivu on Semioli but Pasqual’s attempt was easily saved by Cesar.

Good play again by Inter but Maxwell wasted a very good opportunity by trying to beat Fry on his near post but it was saved and Cruz could do nothing with the rebound in the 32nd minute.

It is end to end in this game as they are taking it in turns to attack each other but no clear cut chances in the last .

2-0 to Inter Milan with Zlatan Ibrahimovic again very prominent in the move as he plays in a fantastic pass to Cruz leaving 1on 1 with Frey and he calmly passed in into the net in the 44th minute.

Half Time

Fiorentina 0 Inter Milan 2

It has been a very good half of football with Inter being totally professional in their manner of going about things and with 3 fabulous forwards and a gem in Ibrahimovic.

They also have a very good defence that is uncompromising in their approach to play and are ably helped by athletic midfielders like Zanetti and Cambiasso.

Fiorentina have not played badly but they are somewhat lacking in the final third where Mutu perhaps tries to do too much at times.

At the start of the second half Christian Vieri and Martin Jorgensen for Kuzmanovic and Pazzini.

Good defending by Cordoba as he twice intercepted in matter of seconds to thwart the threat of Fiorentina on the 51st minute.

Chance for Vieri in the 53rd minute following a great pass from Liverani but it was on his right foot and was pulled wide.

Zlatan had 3 bites at the cherry in the 55th minute as he was put through by Cruz and his first shot was stopped by Frey with his right hand, it came back to Zlatan and his shot was punched by Frey back to him and his final shot was over the bar.

Frey has again denied Zlatan in the 58th minute with a wonderful save for a corner kick.

Mario Santana is on for Fabio Liverani in the 59th minute.

Good block by Gamberini on Julio Cruz in the 68th minute.

David Suazo in on for Julio Cruz in the 73rd minute.

Another chance for Inter but Maicon’s cross was too high for Zlatan to make it 3-0 in the 74th minute.

Good cross by Mutu and it was met well by Vieri but his header was over the crossbar in the 77th minute.

Again excellent defending by Inter this time by Samuel, who stops Pasqual’s cross from doing any damage in the 79th minute.

Good play by Suazo as he beat Jorgensen in the penalty box but his cross was saved by Frey in the 80th minute.

Marco Materazzi is on for Luiz Jimenez in the 81st minute.

Great save by Cesar with his feet on Semioli’s header in the 91st minute.

Full Time

Fiorentina 0 Inter Milan 2

It was a very good performance by Inter Milan proving once again that they are the team to beat in SerieA as they brushed aside the challenge of Fiorentina.

There were a lot of very good performances in Inter’s colours with Zlatan, Jimenez, Cruz, Samuel, Cordoba and Maicon but Esteban Cambiasso was possibly the pick of the bunch.

For Fiorentina Sebastian Frey was their best player by a long way and it was an emotional day for everyone concerned with Fiorentina especially Cesare Prandelli whose wife passed away on Monday and the fans game him a standing ovation and a 1 minute silence was observed in her honour.

Understanding Individual Competencies to Build Successful Personal and Professional Relationships

Job performance is a function of aptitude, ability, and proficiency. Aptitude determines the suitability of an individual for a role; ability determines their expected quality of performance for an activity; and proficiency defines their level of competence.

Competence is characterized by both knowledge and skills. Every individual has three competency areas to varying degrees:

  • Personal
  • Professional/technical
  • Enterpriship (entrepreneurship, leadership, management)

Personal competencies…

Personal competencies are about who we are, and have both intra-personal and inter-personal components. Intra-personal competencies are about the self. They include the basics of anticipation, aptitude, comprehension, deliberation, preferences, and stress tolerance. Inter-personal competencies include both oral and written communications, and the ability to build relationships with others.

Professional/technical competencies…

The terms “professional” and “technical” can be used broadly or narrowly.

When used broadly, the terms apply to domain knowledge in subject areas, and the accompanying technical skills. Subject areas include both arts and sciences disciplines – business is both an art and a science. Subject areas in business include: legal, finance, human resources, information technology, program management, engineering, operations, and business development. The accompanying technical skills have mental and physiological requirements, depending upon subject area.

When used narrowly, the terms apply to occupations. Professional occupations include accounting, architecture, consulting, law, marketing, medicine, and sales. Technical occupations include construction, engineering, and information technology. These terms are used by government agencies to classify jobs.

Beware of the subject matter expert – an individual who appears knowledgeable, but lacks the technical skills to achieve results. Subject matter experts may do well in interviews, but do not necessarily perform well on the job. Hence, it is important to assess the aptitude, ability, and proficiency of a candidate before hiring, or risk being fooled.

Enterpriship competencies…

Enterpriship competencies relate to the disciplines of entrepreneurship, leadership, and management. These competencies are distinct from professional competencies because they apply in both personal and professional life, and in both community-at-large and workplace settings.

Enterpriship competencies enable value to be earned and results to be achieved. They include transforming innovative ideas into value, setting direction that others will follow, and applying resources to activities to achieve results.

For example, executive directors of charities are faced with the need to find innovative ways to raise funds, to motivate others to contribute, and to manage resources on tight budgets.

For example, designers of electronic equipment have to find innovative ways to cram components into devices, be able to persuade others to use their products, and conserve resources such as batteries.

Playing to strengths and accommodating weaknesses…

When taking on any new responsibility, an individual should compare their competencies to the expected requirements of the assignment, identify the gaps, and take steps to close them accordingly. Competencies can be acquired through experience and training, if an individual is so motivated.

When building a new relationship, an individual should compare their competencies to those of the other person, identify gaps, and explore the synergistic opportunities from working together. This approach is especially beneficial in teamwork, where weaknesses in one team member can be offset by strengths in another.

Inter-personal competencies, and especially effective communications, are perhaps the most important of all. The ability to entertain, inform, convince, persuade, and negotiate with others to get things done is essential – nothing happens in business without people.

Understanding your individual competencies and those of others, so as to play your strengths and accommodate your weaknesses, is essential to success in both personal and professional relationships.