Recent regulatory action in several states has made it much more difficult to become a home inspector. Delaware and South Carolina now require an apprenticeship. Think about it, who would help train their future competition?
According to John Hood in an article published over 20 years ago "One of the most well-known effects of occupational licensing and regulation is reduced competition...boards are supposed to represent the interests of consumers in various professional fields, but the regulations enforced are more likely to serve the interests of those regulated--by increasing their income, by reducing their potential competition..."
This is exactly what has happened in the home inspection industry. For example, in Massachusetts (a state requiring apprenticeship) there are approximately 44,000 people per home inspector, while in Illinois (which has more appropriate regulations) there are 8000 people per home inspector.
If you live in an unregulated state such as California, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, etc., and have ever considered becoming a home inspector, we recommend that you get into the profession before it is closed to you. Just remember, Delaware was unregulated until about a year ago and now potential inspectors must apprentice with a licensed inspection (who was grandfathered in) if they ever want to get a license.