Home Inspection Certificate

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Home Inspection Certificate

Department: Continuing Education

Home Inspection

A home inspection is a documented, professional opinion of a home, based on a visual evaluation and operational testing of the home's systems and components to determine their current condition.

What does a Home Inspector do?

A typical home inspector spends his or her day inspecting homes for buyers, writing reports, speaking with prospective clients and marketing to consumers and real estate agents. A typical home inspection begins when a client or real estate agent calls and books an inspection. An inspection may last from two to four hours or longer. The inspector looks at the building interior and exterior and includes any basement or crawlspace, the living spaces, and any accessible attic or roof spaces. He or she explains the findings to the client, describing the building's condition and any improvements recommended. Inspectors frequently offer tips for operating and maintaining the home as they go, (e.g. explaining how to turn off water and power in an emergency, how and when to change furnace filters, etc.).

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for all building and construction inspectors, which includes home inspectors, is expected to grow 12 percent between 2012 and 2022.

About the program

This 10-course online certificate program provides students with the technical skills and expertise needed to succeed in the home inspection field. Students learn how to conduct visual examinations and deliver written reports on the physical and operational condition of homes or housing units.


The 10 modules will be delivered though a blended approach of printed material and online sessions. Each of the ten modules requires a minimum of 42 hours of study and you can work from the comfort of your home or office. Exercises and practical quizzes allow you to check your level of understanding with feedback. With the mixed mode format you can stay connected with your instructor and other learners and share ideas with participants in your online community. Support will also be available by telephone or email and instructional videos. CD-ROMS are included and self-testing quizzes will help you measure your knowledge. Modules can be taken in any order. Link here for more information about each of the modules listed below.

Roofing, Structure, Electrical, Heating I, Heating II, Air Conditioning & Heat Pumps, Plumbing, Exterior, Insulation & Interior, Communication & Professional Practice.

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