This course describes both sloped and flat roof construction. Detailed descriptions
and illustrations help to explain flashing details
and the intersections that are often problems on
roofs. Roof problems, causes and implications are
identified for all of the common roofing materials.
Included are sections on how to inspect roofs and
what to watch for with various roofing materials.
All the structural elements of a building from the footings and foundations
to the floor, wall and roof assemblies are addressed
in detail. Elements of good construction are explained
and illustrated, along with common failure modes
and how to identify them.
This program starts with a description of house electricity and develops an
understanding of the basics. The course moves on
to address getting electricity into the house, and
distributing it safely to its end-use points including
switches, lights and receptacles. The course is designed
to provide people who do not have an electrical background
with the skills necessary to perform the electrical
part of a professional home inspection.
This course provides an introduction to residential heating systems, starting
with a description of fuels and then focusing on
furnaces and boilers. Detailed instructions on operational
tests, common failure modes and life expectancies
of various systems are included.
The heating discussion is continued with a focus on chimneys, wood heating,
fireplaces, steam heating, electric heating systems
and space heaters. Each topic starts with a description
of how the system works. Again, this course concentrates
on inspection strategies, test procedures and problem
Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps
These complex mechanical systems are broken down into simple components. The
course starts with basic principles of operation
and builds an understanding. Considerable detail
is provided on how these systems fail. Upon completion,
the learner is able to test and inspect air conditioning
and heat pump systems as a professional home inspector.
The plumbing course is broken into four segments - supply piping, water heaters,
waste piping, and plumbing fixtures. The physics
of water is covered at the beginning in a simple,
common sense way. Instruction on how systems
work and common failure modes is provided.
Again, the illustrations add significantly
to the learning experience.
This subject covers retaining walls, grounds, window wells, lot grading, driveways,
patios, walkways, decks, balconies, stoops and steps,
porches, railings, wall cladding, flashing trim,
eaves, soffits, fascia, as well as exterior doors
and windows. Students learn to describe the exterior
wall covering and inspect all aspects of the exterior
Insulation and Interiors
Focus is on the inspection of thermal insulation, vapor retarders and ventilation
systems, as well as the inspection of interior elements
of residential dwellings such as walls, ceilings,
floors, basements, doors, windows, interior stairs/railings,
installed countertops and cabinets, and garage doors/door
Communication and Professional Practices
The professional home inspector is required, both verbally and in writing, to
describe the inspection process and communicate inspection
findings to the client. It is important that the
home inspector be able to communicate clearly and
effectively to ensure that clients understand the
inspection results and the report. Students develop
their oral and written communication skills, and
learn the reporting requirements and proper conduct
for a professional home inspector.