At Bellingham Technical College, those of us who are involved in the home inspector training program, believe that it is important for students to be introduced to the duties of being not only a home inspector but, also, a structural pest inspector.
The way the state law reads, home inspectors who do not, in addition to the home inspector license, also have the state structural pest inspector license are not permitted to report on any of the insect pests -- wood boring beetles, ants or termites. We have quite an assortment of such insects in the state, so this is a real limitation to the home inspection when the inspector cannot report on the "bugs." The home inspector is allowed to comment on rot and conditions that are likely to lead to decay.
To make sure that all students fully understand the rules, and they are complicated at times, we try to have a guest instructor come in whenever we can. Dr. Dan Suomi, the enforcement and field officer for the WSDA, which regulates the licensed structural pest inspectors, gives an interesting talk on wood destroying organisms, bugs and the law.
We feel that this opportunity is a real value-added benefit offered by the BTC class. Students learn not only the basics of the field but we introduce them to a whole spectrum of different possibilities for operating their inspection businesses.
The next class in home inspection, four weeks of fast-track fundamentals training including field training, will be held at BTC beginning on July 11, 2011. For information call 360-676-6908.
Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspections