A lot of confusion will be lifted in the industry as a home-inspector will either be approved by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or not. The National Home Inspector Personnel Certification Program will now be recognized as the standard for home inspectors across the country.
"To become a certified national home inspector, a candidate must write a qualification exam. Based on the results of this exam and a background review, the candidate will be advised of what, if any, further education is required."
Currently, there are only 500 home inspectors in Canada that hold the certification, but more are certainly going to follow.
Before being granted certification as a "national home inspector" the candidates will have to undergo a review of previously completed home inspections, be under some supervision, and receive a mentor.
Of course, there is no guarantee that conflicts of interest and issues of qualification and professionalism within the field of building inspectors will evaporate, but it is definitely a step in the right direction, and it bodes well for future home buyers.