You can apply directly to become an inspector if you've got the relevant qualifications, skills and experience.
- a degree in a subject like education, childcare or social work
- qualified teacher status (QTS) to inspect schools
- a track record of improving standards and services
- up-to-date knowledge of the job, including recent developments and statutory requirements
You'll also need at least 5 years' experience of leadership in a job like headteacher or senior manager in children's services to become an HMI - Her Majesty's Inspector.