I recently did a 10 day Silent Retreat based on Vipasanna Meditation by S. N. Goenka.
There are no prerequisites for the course and it is given in many centers around the US, Canada and other parts of the world. I recommend it highly.
I did read a recommended book, Art of Living by William Hart (The Art Of Living as Taught by S.N. Goenka from Amazon). I also practiced meditating on my own for two months before I did the course – there is usually a pretty long wait list for the course at least here in Texas.
You will be minimally qualified to do Vipassana meditation when you leave the course and follow up practice on your own or through a Vipassana Sangha is recommended.