All blue collar trades today suffer from a lack of new people entering the work force, even as a roofing contractor in Brooklyn! All labors follow the same typical guidelines. If you attended a Building Officials Conference you would see that the major percentage of the group are retired trades people. Police, Firemen, Carpenters, Laborers, Electricians and so on. Many have 30 or 40 years in the trades and have seen just about everything in construction. These are all excellent candidates to become good building inspectors. Most if not all states at this point in time require a certain amount of hours of training before an inspector is allowed to work for a municipality. Basic codes classes may range from days to weeks and 12 full weeks seems to be the average. In addition to the basic codes classes, each year inspectors are required to attend in my state, a minimum of 24 hours of additional continuing education credit classes. Classes range from code updates, to new Green building codes to refreshers on older code sections.
Many of the classes are redundant but are important for the newcomers and a good refresher for the old timers. It is not mandatory that someone be a ex construction worker or Firemen to be an inspector. Many are accountants, housewives, architects and in general people who are interested in the building profession. This mixture of backgrounds provides a well rounded variety of building inspectors.There are various types of inspectors positions available today. Building Inspectors, Fire Inspectors, Code Enforcement Officials and private Home Inspectors to name just a few. Building Inspectors generally head up a building department and can conduct all types of inspections. Positions are available both Full and Part time. Salaries can range from $15 an hour part time to $125,000 a year for a large municipality.