Several blogging events of late made think about the qualifications necessary to be a good and reputable Home and Building Inspector. A basic list of qualifications would include training, testing, experience, insurance, licensing, certification, integrity and character.
Training is important because without training an Inspector is working in a vacuum. Many Inspectors without training are inspecting a structure based on how they use to build them or inspect them for the last XX years. Experiece as a contractor or tradesman is worth something when it comes to Inspecting but training is just as important. Attending formal training puts the Inspection process into a different perspective. It takes the mind set from "my way or the hiway" to the "best way". Training based on regulatory or agency standards will bring an Inspector's capabilities to a higher level and deliver a better service to the Client.