In order to become a building inspector, a high school diploma and knowledge of the building and construction industries are required. An associate's degree or bachelor's degree is advantageous for those seeking to enter the profession. Many places require building inspectors to have a license or certification.
A lot of the knowledge needed for inspecting structures is obtained through on the job training. The learning that occurs while working is vital for inspectors to pass their licensing exams. Some states also require candidates to have a certain amount of training or work experience to qualify for a certificate or license. Classes in architecture, construction technology, drafting, blueprint reading and engineering help aid an inspector's learning.