What You'll Learn
Our Home Inspection training online course consists of 17 specialized lessons. Each lesson guides you from fundamental concepts to hands-on techniques. Challenging practice exercises reinforce key approaches to inspecting houses inside and out from chimney tops to foundations. You’ll explore topics such as…
- Inspecting walls, windows and doors
- Locating wood-destroying insects and rot
- Inspecting basements and crawl spaces
- Energy considerations
- Environmental concerns
Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth
Lesson 2: Introduction to Construction Technology
The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.
Lesson 3: The Inspection Process
An overview of potential career paths and professional development available for students who formally develop skills and knowledge related to building construction. This lesson includes a summary of math and science concepts important to building professionals as well as applications of modern technologies to the construction workplace. The lesson concludes with an overview of general workplace safety practices and applications of personal protection equipment.
Lesson 4: Insects and Ants
Home inspection basics; Client rapport; Purpose, goals, and importance of home inspections; Basic tools.
Lesson 5: Siding, Doors, Windows
Termites, ants, and beetles; Types of wood damage; Insect damage vs. wood decay; Fungi and deterioration; Attic inspection points
Lesson 6: Roofs
Types of exterior siding; Siding products and trim elements; Window classifications; Inspecting and evaluating exterior doors.
Lesson 7: Foundations, Decks, Lots, and Landscaping
Basic construction elements; Inspecting pitched and flat roofs; Common types of roof shingles; Types of flat roofs; Roof-mounted structures and projections.
Lesson 8: Garages and Paved Areas
Inspecting lot topography elements (drainage), retaining walls, landscaping, foundation materials, and decks; Critical inspection points for foundations and decks; Effect of movement and deterioration on foundations and decks.
Lesson 9: Basements and Crawl Spaces
Inspecting paved areas; Inspecting attached and detached garages; Hazards of heating, plumbing, and electrical systems in garages; Manual and automatic garage door hazards; Potential fire and carbon monoxide (CO) hazards in garages.
Lesson 10: Electrical Service
Types of basement walls; Effects of moisture penetration on walls, floors, and equipment; Moisture control in crawl spaces and basements; Potential furnace and water heater hazards; Electrical and plumbing conditions.
Lesson 11: Utility Room Appliances
Flow of electricity; Electrical system components; Common electrical system failures; Electrical system violations.
Lesson 12: Introduction to HVAC Systems
Types of water heaters; Water heating system safety features; Potential problems with water heater relief valves, vents, and gas and electrical connections; Clothes washers and dryers.
Lesson 13: Inspecting Heating Systems
Inspecting warm-air central heating systems; Basic components of a warm-air central heating systems; Inspecting hot-water heating systems; Components of hot-water heating systems; Evaluating steam heating and hybrid systems.
Lesson 14: Air Conditioning Systems
Evaluating a heating system’s condition and operation; Safety features by systems; Inspecting different types of heating systems; Problem indicators.
Lesson 15: Kitchens, Bathrooms, and Other Rooms
How air conditioning systems work; Types of air conditioning systems; Basic components of air conditioning systems; Potential problems with air conditioning systems.
Lesson 16: Plumbing
Inspecting the interior components of a house; Identifying interior health and safety hazards; Common problems indicated by the condition of walls, ceilings, doors, windows, plumbing, and electrical fixtures; Electrical and plumbing connections.
Lesson 17: Energy and Environmental Issues
Components of the plumbing system; Types of pipes in plumbing systems; Types of water well pumps; Cross-connections.
Energy conservation in the home; Insulation and ventilation systems; Environmental impacts of building materials; Health concerns; Environmental testing.
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What You Get
Begin our Home Inspection training online on your terms. Study at your own pace and get assistance when you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast!
Carefully selected materials promise a balance of theoretical knowledge and useful application. Your tuition covers:
- Detailed home inspection textbook and study guides
- Starter set of inspection tools
- Inspection checklist
- Online open-book exams
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
After graduating from our online Home Inspection training, you’ll receive a diploma suitable for framing and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. It’s the ideal start to a successful, well-paying career.
We’ve cleared the way. Start your home inspector training online today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.