LANCASTER - Ray Prater was supposed to start his new part-time job as building inspector of Garrard County a week ago, but then he found out that he didn't have all of the certification he needs for the position.
"I am not a certified residential inspector," Prater told the Fiscal Court Aug. 12, four days before he was supposed to start inspecting buildings for the county. He said he is certified to inspect homes, but not residences.
"They are two separate things," he said. "I didn't know there was a difference at the time, but I do know now. I want to bring this thing to light. I didn't try to misinform anyone."
Ken Meredith, deputy commissioner in the Kentucky Department of Housing, Building and Construction, said often home inspectors are certified by an organization or an association. He said the state certifies, through a training and testing procedure, people to inspect one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses.