What You'll Learn
Our Home Inspection training online course consists of 16 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: Roofs
Lesson 2: Roof-Mounted Structures
Pitched roofs; problems with different types of shingles; asbestos, slate, wood, and asphalt shingles; flat roofs; built-up roofs; roll roofing; metal roofs.
Lesson 3: Paved Areas, Lots and Landscaping
Chimneys; vent stacks; roof vents; hatches; skylights; TV antennas; types of gutters and downspouts; weather-tightness; drainage.
Lesson 4: Walls, Windows and Doors
Sidewalks; steps from the street and driveway; front and side paths; patios; driveways; drainage; soil erosion; ground water problems; water table; drainage structures; hydrostatic pressure; retaining walls; landscaping; grading; lawns; trees; shrubs; decks; fences.
Supplement: How To Build A Home Inspection Business
Lesson 5: Garages
Exterior walls; wood siding; shingles; shakes; aluminum; plywood; vinyl; asbestos shingles; asphalt siding; veneer walls; masonry walls; trim; window types; exterior door types; storm doors and windows; screens; caulking.
Lesson 6: Wood-Destroying Insects and Rot
Attached garages; fire and health hazards; plumbing; drainage and flood potential; garage doors; detached garages; exterior and interior features; garage door openers; heat and electricity.
Lesson 7: Attics and Interior Rooms
Termites; preventing infestation; termite types and typical problems; carpenter ants; powder-post beetles; wood rot.
Lesson 8: Basements and Crawl Spaces
Attic types; insulation; violations; leakage; fire hazards; ventilation; vapor barriers; construction; walls; ceilings; floors; allowing for heating; windows; placement and types of electrical outlets; fireplaces; bedrooms; bathrooms; water pressure; kitchens; hallways; staircases.
Lesson 9: The Electrical System
Foundations; settling; cracking; structural support; dampness; water seepage; groundwater level; walls, floors, and hydrostatic pressure; furnace rooms; crawl spaces; ventilation.
Lesson 10: Plumbing Systems
Inlet electrical service; understanding a home's electrical capacity; how to open and inspect panel boxes; fuses and circuit breakers; aluminum wiring and its dangers; principles of electrical grounding; improper ground connections; electrical outlets and their locations; knob-and-tube wiring; low-voltage switching systems; code violations.
Lesson 11: Heating Systems: Part I
Water supply and distribution; fixtures; drainage systems; waste disposal; air vents and stacks; cesspools; septic systems; lawn sprinklers; water pressure and flow; pipes; water supply; distribution pipes; drainage; wells; piston, jet, and submersible pumps; storage tanks; pressure switches and gauges.
Lesson 12: Heating Systems: Part II
Central heating; heat registers; radiators; thermostats; shutoff controls; warm air systems; forced warm air; furnace types; distribution design; heat pumps; gravity and forced hot water systems; radiators; panel heating; zone control; domestic hot water; steam heating; piping; hybrid systems.
Lesson 13: Domestic Water Heaters
Oil-fired heating systems; gas-fired heating systems; electrical heating systems; area heaters; understanding electrical heating units; inspection procedures for all kinds of heating systems.
Lesson 14: Air Conditioners
Tank-type heaters; important safety considerations for relief valves; understanding noises in water heaters; exhaust stacks; testing operation; replacing water heaters; capacity and recovery; tankless coil heaters; indirect-fired storage heaters.
Lesson 15: Energy Considerations
Air conditioning capacity; integral air conditioning systems; split systems; compressors; evaporators; ducts; heat pumps; evaporative coolers.
Lesson 16: Environmental Concerns
Conducting a complete energy audit; types of insulation; the R factor; vapor barriers; attic ventilation; storm windows; caulking; weather stripping; fireplaces; wood stoves; heating and air conditioning systems; degree-days.
Radon seepage in basements; asbestos and its dangers; problems with drinking water and contamination; lead; formaldehyde; leaky oil tanks; electromagnetic fields.
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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 lesson book 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.