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Old 6/22/18, 8:34 PM
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Default Feedback & Errata in the TREC Texas Standards of Practice Review Course

After completing the course, quizzes and exams, IMO, there are some errors in content and questions that need to be addressed.

I'm posting this here rather than in the education forum, because we all know that the educational forum posts are read by no one. https://www.nachi.org/forum/1931273-post462.html

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Old 6/22/18, 8:41 PM
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Quiz #4 and Final Exam

Quote:
T/F: The inspector shall report deficiencies in the location of the return-air openings.
The answer is True, but is not to be found in the course.

The course content that includes the content from the Texas Standard of Practice omitted the relevant subsection

The subsection "DUCT SYSTEMS, CHASES, AND VENTS" is missing from the "HEATING, VENTILATION, AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS" section

Missing content:
Quote:
DUCT SYSTEMS, CHASES, AND VENTS
22 TAC §535.230(c)
(1) The inspector shall report as Deficient:
(A) damaged duct systems or improper material;
(B) damaged or missing duct insulation;
(C) the absence of air flow at accessible supply
registers;
(D) the presence of gas piping and sewer vents
concealed in ducts, plenums and chases;
(E) ducts or plenums in contact with earth; and
(2) The inspector shall report as Deficient deficiencies
in:
(A) filters;
(B) grills or registers; and
(C) the location of return air openings.



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Old 6/22/18, 8:45 PM
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Quiz #4 and Final Exam

Quote:
A deficiency in the evaporative cooler would include _____.

a lack of a damper
old models that are not updated
two thermostats
A damper is not mentioned in the SOP but backflow prevention is. Backflow prevention is required to protect the potable water supply and has nothing to do with a "damper".

Quote:
(c) Evaporative coolers. The inspector shall:
(1) report:
(A) type of systems;
(B) the type of water supply line;
(2) report as Deficient:
(A) inoperative units;
(B) inadequate access and clearances;
(C) deficiencies in performance or mounting;
(D) missing or damaged components;
(E) the presence of active water leaks; and
(F) the absence of backflow prevention.



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Old 6/22/18, 8:49 PM
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Quiz#6
Quote:
In the kitchen, the inspector is required to inspect the __________.

self-cleaning functions of appliances
In the kitchen, the inspector is required to inspect the __________.
trash compactor's ram pressure
The "correct" answer is an exact reiteration of the question. This is an editorial error. The real answer needs to be put in the list of options.



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Old 6/22/18, 8:51 PM
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Quiz #8

Quote:
Inspectors are required to inspect underground drainage systems or to test gutters or downspouts _____________.

that are above ground and have visible deficiencies
that are buried, hidden, latent or concealed
The question is wrongly worded. The first portion of the question "Inspectors are required to inspect underground drainage systems" is FALSE. There cannot be a correct answer to this question other than "False". The listed "correct" response is also FALSE. Inspectors are not required to "Test" gutters and downspouts, they are required to "report as deficient" gutters or downspouts that are above ground and have visible deficiencies. The question is a mess and should be completely rewritten.



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Old 6/22/18, 9:29 PM
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Quiz #8

Quote:
T/F: The absence of weatherstripping on a door is a required reporting deficiency.
False
True
This question is based on FAQ 27, which is much broader and includes several gas fired appliance related questions. TREC's response was
Quote:
... None of the issues listed would necessarily be required to be reported as deficiencies; this determination depends on several factors, such as the design of the system.
Not all doors in a house require weatherstripping



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Old 6/22/18, 9:32 PM
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Final Exam

Quote:
T/F: The seller's agent is not allowed to inform a buyer (customer) about previous offers.
I can't fathom where this question came from. This has nothing to do with the SOP for inspectors and certainly is not addressed within the TREC Inspector SOP. I don't actually know what the correct answer was supposed to be.

This absolutely does not belong in the final exam for a TREC Texas Inspector Standards of Practice Review course.



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Old 6/24/18, 9:50 AM
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Default Re: Feedback & Errata in the TREC Texas Standards of Practice Review Course

So ... no "in depth" review and checking of the final product before publishing?


I thought (likely a wrong assumption on my part) that TREC had to review each course for content and accuracy before it could be published.


That should have been two reviews (INachi and TREC) ... guess it slipped through some way.



Chuck - Excellent work and especially the time you took to review and share.



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Old 6/24/18, 4:37 PM
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So ... no "in depth" review and checking of the final product before publishing?


I thought (likely a wrong assumption on my part) that TREC had to review each course for content and accuracy before it could be published.


That should have been two reviews (INachi and TREC) ... guess it slipped through some way.



Chuck - Excellent work and especially the time you took to review and share.
There is no standard of practice nor minimum performance standard for those who regulate the professionals who are required to meet minimum performance standards.

There is no penalty matrix for the creators of the penalty matrix. No protection for the public from the "protectors" of the public...



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Old 6/25/18, 6:50 PM
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How about the crappy Remote Proctor system that doesn't work and doesn't have any way to contact them for support?



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