John, contact some CMIs 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.
Fill out your location in your profile… someone reading this may contact you if they know where you are. The farther away the inspectors you contact the higher the chance they’ll be willing to take you along. Join local inspector chapter if you have one in your area and make friends Offer to compensate if you can… that sometimes gets the gears going if you know what I mean.
HI John ,
I can attest to the advice given above. When I was looking to go on ride alongs I had a lot of trouble finding inspectors in my area, even offering compensation, who were willing to take me along. I reached out to a CMI about a 2 hour drive away, and luckily he was very helpful in showing me the ropes. (Thank you Marcel Gratton!) I did also find (as was suggested by my local chapter) a local CMI who took me on 2 ride alongs, which gave me a varied perspective on how different inspectors work.( Thank you Émil Botezatu!).
Don’t give up. The end result is rewarding. You may want to look at these tips to make sure that you are helping rather than hindering your host inspector: 20 tips for new inspectors wanting to go out on ride.doc (26.5 KB)