Training is a must to become a home inspector, even if you have construction experience. Many companies offer training courses, as do most of the national and state chapters of the home-inspection associations
Ruiz began his training with an intensive two-week program to find out whether he was really interested in the business. Then he offered his services to home inspectors--free of charge--in exchange for on-the-job experience.
Licensing for home-inspection services is controversial, and the regulations vary widely among the states. Some states have tough licensing or certification requirements; in other states, anyone with a ladder and a few business cards can set up shop as a home inspector. Find out from realtors and other home inspectors about the regulations that govern licensing in your state and any neighboring states where you might want to do business.