How to become a health inspector

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Today's health inspectors are responsible for a wide variety of issues, from ensuring restaurants maintain standards to keeping hospitals and malls up to code on health issues. Becoming a health inspector can be a rewarding and secure job. Follow a few steps to become a health inspector.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Search online for training programs for health inspection in your area or through the web. Check the program for accreditation services and how long the program takes to advance.

  2. 2

    Decide if you want to receive a certification in health inspection or if you'd like to receive a degree in health inspection and administration. A bachelor's degree in areas like environmental health, public health and safety, and health administration are becoming common requirements for inspection jobs.

  3. 3

    Enroll in a program that fits your time and financial needs best. Be prepared to dedicate anywhere from one to six years, depending on the level of education you want to achieve.

  4. 4

    Graduate from your desired program, preferably with high honors. Apply to intern at your local public health department for resume experience and practical knowledge of the field.

  5. 5

    Check and thoroughly review accreditation organizations, such as the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), among others. Make an appointment to take the accreditation test to receive your certificate.

  6. 6

    Become accredited by as many organizations as you can afford to increase your marketability in the job market. Send resumes to local Health Departments or apply to work on an accreditation council to gain clout and occupational prestige.

Tips and warnings

  • To be truly marketable in the field, you need at least a bachelor's degree. For maximum earning potential, a Master's Degree is advisable.
  • Check the prices for accreditation programs as they can sometimes be quite expensive. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) are good resources to receive adequate certification as a Certified Safety Professional.

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