Getting started in South Western PA, looking to shadow or apprentice?

PA requires that I must perform or participate in 100 inspections before I can inspect within PA on my own. I live on the WV/PA line. After testing/certification I will be able to inspect in WV with no problem. It will take a long time to get to 100 inspections so that I can work in PA so I am hoping to “shadow” or perform along side of another inspector until I get my wings. I know this is a competitive field making this a laughable question in the first place, but I had to ask.
For the past twenty years I have had extensive experience in building and construction. Also, flipping houses is one of my more successful areas. I’ve always enjoyed anything to do with these subjects and have been asked frequently over the years to perform “unofficial” inspections for friends, family, and realtors in my peer group. It’s time for me to step up and become a licensed inspector so I’d like to expedite the process of being able to inspect here in PA by more quickly approaching the 100 inspection mark.
I should be fully certified and ready to roll by January 1st. Again, asking this probably sounds daft, but who knows? I can be a big help to an overburdened inspector in my area. My zip is 15370. Thanks.
Also-if anyone can tell me why my messages wind up in these ridiculous scroll-type boxes, please let me know. I’m on a laptop like anyone else, and when I submit the post it winds up in that box.

Kevin, contact some CMIs or CPIs within 40 to 50 miles, or closer, to your area and communicate with them. Maybe one, or more, will help you. Some inspectors feel as though they are training their competition by ride-alongs or mentoring or hiring.

Here is the link for CMIs:

And the link for CPIs:

And Mentors:

Also, you may want to take advantage of your Education Team at for specific questions e.g.

Good luck!


I will definitely do that. I know it was a long shot. I don’t tell anyone where the best trout streams or big bucks are either. Thanks!