There are several professional societies that home inspectors can join. Membership fees are as high as about 400 dollars per year. Most of these dollars go towards promoting the membership. Education was once their primary aspect but competition from other societies has changed that. Education now is just the guise. Once possessed of a meaningful mission, they now amount to little more than a ‘chest thumping’ bunch of societies.
One particular society automatically grants certification once you join with no additional testing required. They have a logo for inspector members to attach to a badge, brochure, website or even embroidered to their shirts. Nearly any home inspector can join any society as long as he pays the fees. Some may require a review of a number of inspection reports before granting full membership.