Home Inspector Training with ASHI and Carson Dunlop

Preparing you for technical and business success as a home inspector

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Want to Earn $100,000 a Year As an Independent Home Inspection Consultant?

Industry statistics show that the average home inspector earns $70,000 per year – and almost 20% of home inspectors earn over $100,000 a year.  You can earn this too, if you are prepared for success.

Home inspection is a professional consulting practice.  You need a professional education program to learn what you need to become a leader in our industry.

When It Comes to Your Education – Quality Matters

Carson Dunlop has designed a comprehensive program to meet your specific training needs. (Available in the US only)

ASHI 60 Hours


Perfect for anyone looking to fast track their training by using their extensive technical knowledge from the trades.

HRB and Study Guide

60 hours of study time

Narrated presentations

Case studies and interactive exercises

FREE Horizon report writing system

Includes 1 FREE year of ASHI membership
(new members only)



Perfect for anyone looking to build a successful home inspection business with complete mastery of the field.

Home Study System

420 hours of study time

Narrated presentations

Case studies and interactive exercises

FREE Horizon report writing system

Digital apprenticeship

FREE website design and hosting for 6 months

Personalized coaching

Includes 1 FREE year of ASHI membership
(new members only)

Not sure which program is right for you? Call us at 800-268-7070.

Get the Edge on Your Competitors

ASHI-logoIf you’re looking for high quality training in the lucrative home inspection consulting field, the ASHI@HOME Training System is for you. The program is designed for both people with no technical background and for those transitioning from building related fields. Knowledge and skills are transferrable and ASHI@HOME graduates have both the technical skills and the business tools for success upon program completion.

The ASHI@HOME Training System consists of 10 technical courses and one optional business and marketing course. All courses were developed by seasoned industry experts working with education design specialists so your training is specific and relevant. For free and instant access to a sample chapter of your choice along with the course catalog, complete the form above.

How It Works

ASHI@HOME is the most comprehensive home inspection training program in America.
Developed in partnership with Carson Dunlop, the program incorporates the full ASHI Standards of Practice. With all courses offered in a convenient home study format, you enjoy the highest quality home inspection education available.

You get all of the technical knowledge, as well as the necessary business and communication skills to succeed. Upon program completion you will have mastered all the elements to being a successful home inspector, with the tools to build your business and communicate your knowledge with confidence.

All courses combine a richly illustrated textbook with online instruction so you can learn at home at your own pace at times that work for you. The ASHI@HOME Training System arms you with in-depth technical training plus business, marketing and sales skills up-front. We offer ongoing training to help you successfully grow your business for years to come!

You can sign up for the full program or enroll in one course at a time. You set your learning pace; each course takes roughly one week to complete if you approach it as a full-time student.

All courses incorporate industry recognized ASHI Standards of Practice and ASHI members receive Continuing Education (CE) credits upon completion of each of the courses.

Here’s What You Get in this 10-Course Home Study Program

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

  • Richly illustrated textbooks that explain in detail the full course content.
  • Specialized videos so you see 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 so you can track your progress.
  • Field exercises to apply your knowledge hands-on.
  • 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 in whatever sequence you prefer, or take multiple courses at a time. You can start whenever you want and move as quickly or slowly as you choose.

If you’re looking for a thorough and complete education in all areas of home inspection, this is the program for you. After completing the program, your skills will be in demand and you will have the confidence to know you can be among the best!

Below you can view the full program and download free chapters. ASHI members can see how many CE (continuing education) credits they receive.

Let’s take a look at the 10 Home Inspector Training courses:

Course 1 - Roofing

Course 1 - Roofing

Number of CE Credits: 58
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

Number of CE Credits: 60
You’ll master all the structural elements of the building as this course encompasses in detail, all the elements of construction from foundations to roof. Elements of good construction are illustrated along with common failure modes and how to identify them.

Course 3 - Electrical

Course 3 - Electrical

Number of CE Credits: 36
This course covers the entire electrical system in a home with simple explanations and great illustrations along with common failure modes and how to identify them. This course takes the mystery out of electricity.

Course 4 - Heating I

Course 4 - Heating I

Number of CE Credits: 20
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

Number of CE Credits: 20
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

Number of CE Credits: 19
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

Number of CE Credits: 36
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

Number of CE Credits: 26
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

Number of CE Credits: 31
The course focuses on the inspection of thermal insulation, vapor barriers and ventilation systems along with the inspection of all interior elements of residential dwellings 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

Number of CE Credits: 17
The successful professional Home Inspector is required to describe the Inspection Process and communicate Inspection Findings to the client both verbally and in writing. It is important that the home inspector be able to communicate clearly and effectively to ensure clients understand the inspection scope and the inspection report. This course focuses on helping students develop verbal and report writing skills for communicating effectively with their clients and representatives. The course also addresses professional and ethical behavior.

Get the Most Complete Home Inspection Training For Less!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get all the technical knowledge and business tools to achieve success in the growing field of home inspection. Click below to enroll in our 10 course Home Inspection Training Program. Take advantage of huge savings offered exclusively for ASHI customers! As an ASHI customer, you pay only $2495; that’s a $1500 savings from the regular cost of $3,995. If you prefer to buy selected courses only, ASHI customers pay only $350 – a savings of $100 per course off the regular cost of $450!

Or call us at 800-268-7070 Ext 251 to get started now!

What Our Clients Say

  • The information layout of the manuals combined with the videos is a tool that can only be described as value-added. The details such as description, what to look for, reasons why and what to do for each module are very well formatted and have greatly expanded my knowledge. In conclusion I have to take a word from the MasterCard commercial, the Carson Dunlop Home Inspector Courses are PRICELESS.


  • Your training was clearly the best course available and I opted to purchase it even though full VA reimbursement was available for some other home based training courses. I have been extremely pleased with the quality of the training provided by your program.

    M.H. Captain

  • It was very thorough! I do not come from a construction related career and was looking for a complete training program to feel comfortable with my new career. This program was great. I am finding that I know things that other seasoned inspectors don’t. This is exactly what I needed.

    Ben P.

  • I am grateful for the opportunity to have participated in your fine program. I have always tried to create the very best career opportunities that I could for myself. My education years ago as an IBEW trained Apprentice and subsequent graduation to Journeyman Wireman has proven invaluable to me in my career as an electrician. Now as a Carson Dunlop trained inspector, I feel comfortable knowing I have again received the very best training and education available.


  • A Buyer’s Choice believes in quality education. Carson Dunlop’s Home Inspection Training Program is the best in the industry, bar none. It’s why we partner with them to educate our franchises. We’ve looked at them all, and they stand alone.

    Bill Redfern, CEO of Global Franchise Opportunities

  • The course material and testing were both very good, well explained and I do believe that it covered every possible aspect of Home Inspections. I am looking forward to starting my new business and this course has put me on the fast track to becoming a successful Home Inspector. I also want to thank all your staff at Carson Dunlop for being there for me through this process and for your friendly down to earth service. I am looking forward to continuing a future relationship with Carson Dunlop and Horizon.

    Earl Mercier

  • I’ve worked with Carson Dunlop Associates since the 1980’s, as a home inspector, building failures researcher, writer, publisher, educator, so this very positive review of the company is hardly neutral. The company provides home inspection services in Canada and the U.S., home inspection eduction, and home inspection reporting services. The company and the people at Carson Dunlop with whom I’ve dealt over decades has been without equal in professionalism, competence, honesty, and generosity. As a result Carson Dunlop has become both a “Go-to” resource for building inspection and building science, and the home of people whom I count as trusted friends.

    Daniel Friedman, Editor, InspectApedia.com