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Get your license from the board.
First start with you state licensing board to see what is required. If classes are required they will most likely give you a list of approved schools.
I would contact your Department of State Licensing Division or contact a company in Virginia and ask them for advice. I am sure being certified is necessary. Maybe you could work for a company that would train and certify you.
Check with your state, or with one of the home inspection associations.
Get the Inspector license.
You don't even need a license in VA. These three websites will provide most of the information you need. nahi.org, ashi.org, and dpor.virginia.gov Virginia does offer a voluntary certification program. You must complete that program in order to call yourself a " Certified Home Inspector" in Virginia. See dpor for that. If you have the money ( franchise fee is $12,000.00 I think) but you'll need ( $40,000.00 or so to get up and running), you can buy a franchise like pillartopost.com, and they will provide some training, etc.
I agree with Debra and Debbie, visit a local gov website and find out what are your state requirements. Talking to local inspectors would probably very helpful too. Good luck!
Take a look at Active rain members from Virginia as there are some Home inspectors and call or email them.
Talk with some REal Estate Professionals and see what they have to say about it. Contact your state licensing division and ask about that.I would check and see if there is a glut of inspecters. Back in 04 I was getting contacted almost every week from a new inspecter. Most agents once they have a good inspecter lined up they seldom stray from them so it can be a hard market to get into