Home Inspection Program
Our Home Inspection program curriculum consists of comprehensive lessons covering the concepts of home inspection, followed by hands-on skills you’ll actually use in the real world. For training that’s both convenient and practical, our program can’t be beat.
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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.
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.
Home inspection basics; Client rapport; Purpose, goals, and importance of home inspections; Basic tools.
Termites, ants, and beetles; Types of wood damage; Insect damage vs. wood decay; Fungi and deterioration; Attic inspection points
Types of exterior siding; Siding products and trim elements; Window classifications; Inspecting and evaluating exterior doors.
Basic construction elements; Inspecting pitched and flat roofs; Common types of roof shingles; Types of flat roofs; Roof-mounted structures and projections.
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.
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.
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.
Flow of electricity; Electrical system components; Common electrical system failures; Electrical system violations.
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.
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.
Evaluating a heating system’s condition and operation; Safety features by systems; Inspecting different types of heating systems; Problem indicators.
How air conditioning systems work; Types of air conditioning systems; Basic components of air conditioning systems; Potential problems with air conditioning systems.
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.
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.
The Home Inspection program provides instruction on the tools and procedures required for inspecting the standard building elements evaluated during a pre-purchase home inspection. Students will learn inspection processes based on ASHI guidelines, for exterior and interior inspections, as well as system inspections for electrical, HVAC, and plumbing. The program also covers professional practices and report writing.
After completing the Home Inspection program, students will be able to:
- Describe the overall home inspection process as well as the legal and ethical responsibilities of the home inspector.
- List the specific building systems and components of a typical residential structure and describe how they are grouped and evaluated as part of the inspection process.
- Identify and describe the standard inspection forms used to document the formal inspection process and explain the importance of thoroughly, accurately, and legibly completing these forms for both clients and homeowners.
- List and describe other types of inspections that may be performed by home inspectors, beyond the standard structural and systems inspection.