What Our 10-Course Home Inspector Training Program Covers

If you are ready for a career in home inspection, you have made a great choice. It makes great sense to learn from the leaders. Why settle for less? The program is designed for those who have no technical background, as well as those transitioning from building related fields.

A career in home inspection allows you to set your own hours and is rewarding, both financially and personally.

All of the courses combine a richly illustrated textbook with clear online instruction, so you can learn easily at home at your own pace, at times that work for you.

The Carson Dunlop Home Inspector Training Program arms you with in-depth technical training plus marketing and sales skills up-front. We are with you for the long term. Our ongoing support helps you successfully grow your business for years to come!

Home-inspection-training-programEach of the 10 courses includes:

  • Richly illustrated textbooks
  • A series of videos that show how things look in the field
  • Online case studies and interactive exercises designed to bring the subject matter to life and get you involved
  • Quick quizzes that help you track your progress
  • Field exercises that allow you to apply your knowledge
  • Inspection procedures that serve as your roadmap going forward
  • Checklists to ensure you get it right
  • Instructors are available by phone or email for help when you need it

You can take courses one at a time and start whenever you want.

This is not an introductory or overview program. It is a thorough and complete education in home inspection. Our focus is to give you what you need to succeed. When you graduate, you will have the knowledge you need and the confidence that comes with knowing you can be among the best! You also earn a certificate from Carson Dunlop, and the right to use the CARSON DUNLOP GRADUATE logo.

Let’s take a look at the 10 home inspector training courses.

Course 1 - Roofing

Course 1 - Roofing


This course covers both sloped and flat roof construction. Extensive descriptions and illustrations explain flashing details and the intersections that can often be problematic. You’ll learn the problems, causes and implications for all of the common roofing materials. Included are sections on how to inspect various style roofs.


Course 2 - Structure

Course 2 - Structure


You’ll master all the structural elements of the building as this course explains construction from the foundation to the roof. Elements of good construction are illustrated along with common problems and how to identify them.


Course 3 - Electrical

Course 3 - Electrical


This course covers the entire electrical system with simple explanations and great illustrations, along with common problems and how to recognize them. This course takes the mystery out of electricity.


Course 4 - Heating I

Course 4 - Heating I


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.


Course 5 - Heating II

Course 5 - Heating II


The 2nd heating course continues with a focus on chimneys, wood heating, fireplaces, steam heating, electric heating systems and space heaters. Each topic begins with a description of how the system works. This course concentrates on inspection strategies, test procedures and problem identification.


Course 6 - Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps

Course 6 - Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps


We break down these complex mechanical systems into simple components. The course begins with the basic principles of operation and builds your understanding. Instruction is provided on how systems fail and how to identify system nonperformance. Upon completion, the learner is able to test and inspect air conditioning and heat pump systems as a professional Home Inspector.


Course 7 - Plumbing

Course 7 - Plumbing


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 and common sense way. Thorough instruction on how systems work and common failure modes is provided. The illustrations add significantly to the learning experience.


Course 8 - Exterior

Course 8 - Exterior


The course 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 and exterior doors and windows. You will learn to describe all the exterior wall coverings and inspect every aspect of the exterior elements listed above.


Course 9 - Insulation and Interior

Course 9 - Insulation and Interior


The course focuses on the inspection of thermal insulation, vapor barriers and ventilation systems along with the inspection of all interior elements of homes such as walls, ceilings, floors, basements, doors, windows, interior stairs/railings, counter tops and cabinets, and garage doors/door operators.


Course 10 - Communication and Professional Practice

Course 10 - Communication and Professional Practice


Professional home inspectors communicate their findings to clients, both verbally and in writing. It is important that the home inspector be able to communicate clearly and effectively so clients understand both the inspection scope and the results. This course focuses on helping students develop the verbal and report writing skills for communicating effectively with clients and their representatives. This course also addresses professional and ethical behavior.

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