Originally Posted By: Chuck Oey
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First, I must say that I am impressed with the knowledge, professionalism, and helpfulness I’ve seen displayed here on the message boards. Truly encouraging for a newbie like me.
Quick background and then I'll get to my questions. I'm in my mid-30's and I'm changing careers. I live in the S.F. Bay Area. No professional experience in the trades nor in real estate. Fair amount of DIY home improvement experience. I read a lot about construction, architecture, etc., just because it interests me. I believe I'd be an excellent HI, though I don't have the empirical evidence to prove that, yet. Scored a 97 on my first try on the NACHI online exam, FWIW.
First question: The local community college has a "Building Inspection Technology" program with course titles such as "Intro. to the Building Code," "Electrical Inspection I," "Plumbing Inspection," "Structural Provisions of the UBC," etc. Would a program like this be a suitable education for an aspiring HI? (I know I've only provided limited info, but what's your gut feeling?)
Second: It looks like NACHI is made up mostly of independent HIs. While that sounds desirable to me, and while it'd certainly be a goal, I would prefer initially to work for a company as an employee. My current situation won't allow me to assume the risks of starting my own business. So, is working for an established HI company a viable option for a newbie like me? Anyone with specific information about the Bay Area market?
Finally, any NACHI members in my area who'd let me ride along?
Thanks a lot, in advance