New here - trying to get licensed in AZ

Hi, everyone! My name is David, and I’m a new member of InterNACHI as of June this year. (Admins, please move this thread if it’s in the wrong place)

To keep it short, I’m nearing the end of my Arizona certification courses and need to figure out how I can start logging my state-required 30 side-by-sides with a licensed inspector so I can get my state license. Someone mentioned to me that it may be tough to find an inspector who will let me “ride along” with them just so I can take business away from him/her, but I really don’t think it’s anything to worry about in the market here (especially coming from that guy, since he’s not much of a likeable person anyway, haha - maybe the inspectors he talked to didn’t want to help him out). Here are my two questions, for anyone who’s been in the same boat and feels compelled to reply:

  1. How did you go about asking to have someone take you under their wing at first? Did you offer to pay them or otherwise compensate?

  2. This is a career change for me. I’ve been in everything from sales to residential construction (framing and finish carpentry, most recently), and after getting injured this past February, then surgery 6 weeks ago, I have no idea what I can or should do. Should I wait until full recovery so I can be the inspector’s gofer, or is it more a matter of me following them around and asking questions/observing?

Thanks for reading all that and for your time & help. I hope to reciprocate one day when I can. :slight_smile:

@lkage falling down on his job… :stuck_out_tongue:

Welcome David! Just a poke at one of very valued members here. Larry will be along soon enough to assist you with this…

Haha thank you :slight_smile: I only saw the line about Larry a few minutes ago and thought “Well, I’m gonna let that one stew for a while before I ask what the heck it means”… hahaha

David, Just be frank with them when you communicate. Ask if they want payment and how much and compare with others that you communicate with.

Like this:
David, 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. and .

P.S. Welcome to our forum. Enjoy!

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Hi Larry,

Thank you for the guidance. I’ll be sure to check out the links you posted as well as my education team (forgot they were available, haha). After reading a number of posts on here and responses from people, I greatly respect the years of work a lot of you have put in & your willingness to help out newbies like me.

Thanks again - take care!


You can go to and click on Parallel Inspection Program for a list of supervising inspectors.

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