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  1. I, for one, want to thank those experienced inspectors who reply to these topics. it shows that you remember starting out and what advice and help you were given and now want to “pay it back”. So, thank you!
  2. Virginia requires 25 inspections under supervision by a licensed inspector. So I don’t have the option of starting “cold”. I’m hoping to find someone in Charlottesville, Fredericksburg or Williamsburg that I can shadow after training. I’ll have my training done before Thanksgiving.
  3. Well, I found out that Virginia requires half of your 70 hour requirement to NOT be online. Not sure how I'm going to fulfill this part of their requirements. Maybe if I offer compensation to an Inspector just outside my proposed service area?
  4. Yeah, that takes NHIT off my list. I have an electronics background (USAF Avionics, 38 week school), not the same as residential electrical but a good start. I've got a bit to learn about home electrical.
  5. And, if I decide this is for me I’ll be looking into a crawl space bot and a roof drone. Drone to eliminate a lot of ladder risks and a bot just because I’m a little claustrophobic. I don’t like really tight crawl spaces. Had one at my old house that was only about 18” and I paid somebody to run some wiring.
  6. THANKS TO ALL FOR THEIR REPLIES! Seriously folks, I appreciate it.
  7. Only problem there is I have other issues requiring my time and I can’t go to work anywhere full-time. My son is going to run my other business but he’ll need a lot of help and my time for awhile yet. I’m thinking of reaching out to inspectors just outside my service area and offering them some sort of compensation just for dragging me around with them. Can’t decide if it should just be money per inspection or a flat fee or what to offer without causing offense.
  8. Some of the schools have four days classroom and four days in the field. Better than all classroom, maybe? And you're right, only the state cares about ride-alongs. So I need to care also and find a way to make it happen.
  9. Who do you like for training? And do they help you with ride-alongs?
  10. Thanks for the replies. i understand the difference between a ride-along and training. However, my state (Virginia) requires: “Completion of 25 home inspections under the direct supervision of a home inspector” to obtain a license. How do people meet this requirement? EDIT: I just spoke with AHIT and they arrange the 25 ride-alongs after training. So apparently the wording above refers to this process. What’s your general opinion of AHIT?
  11. My “disability” is only a VA 10% rating on one knee and I’ve had that fixed with a partial replacement a few years ago. It’s now better than my old “good” knee. I’m hoping my sponsor will get me to the point where I’m basically doing the inspection and he’s there to correct my mistakes and catch my misses. Luckily, where I live (Richmond, VA), we have other significant markets an hour away. From looking at their websites they don’t really work my area so they might be willing to train me. At least I’m hoping.
  12. Unfortunately, I can’t imagine anyone locally wanting to train their competition, whether they’re a good inspector or a bad inspector. Therefore, I am looking for information about the schools and training programs.
  13. Complete noob here so if this need to be moved to another section please forgive me. I’m a disabled veteran and looking to get into the home inspection industry. Looking online I see literally dozens of training schools and opportunities to get started as a home inspector. However, I can’t find any reviews on these courses or companies. If you were starting out today, or bringing a new employee in, where would you suggest they get their training? Thanks in advance for any help you may give.
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