List of Distance Education Courses

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Carson Dunlop’s 19 richly illustrated courses provide Appraisers with clear, simple information on how the major components of a home operate. These courses were approved by the Appraisal Institute of Canada for Continuing Education purposes.

Please note that as of August 31st 2015, the Real Estate Council of Ontario no longer approves third-party Continuing Education, only their in-house program. Please contact them for more information.

Residential Cooling Systems and InsulationResidential Cooling Systems and Insulation – 3 CE credits

This course outlines the basics of residential air conditioning, heat pumps, and insulation. The discussion includes how air conditioning works and the components of the systems as well as common insulation materials. It will help you determine types of systems and whether they are operating properly.

Residential Electrical Systems and AppliancesResidential Electrical Systems and Appliances – 3 CE credits

This course outlines the basics of residential electricity, panels, breakers and wiring. It looks at common problems, safety, and materials and installation. The appliances section discusses common household appliances including how they work and the most common problems encountered.

Residential HeatingResidential Heating – 3 CE credits

This course outlines the basics of home heating systems including types, common fuels, delivery, and operating problems. Life expectancy, efficiency and safety are all discussed.

Residential InteriorsResidential Interiors – 3 CE credits

This course addresses the most common finish materials used in the home, including the strengths and weaknesses of each. We look at the types of windows, doors, trim and stairs and the typical problems. Common types of fireplaces and wood stoves are reviewed, with an emphasis on safety and operation. Finally, we discuss basement leakage and how to prevent, identify and solve issues.

Residential Plumbing SystemsResidential Plumbing Systems – 3 CE credits

This course discusses water supply systems and distribution piping in the house, including common materials as well as conventional and tankless water heaters. Plumbing fixtures such as sinks, toilets, tubs and showers are addressed with a focus on health and safety.

Residential Roofing and ExteriorsResidential Roofing and Exteriors – 3 CE credits

This course includes discussions on common roofing materials, wear factors and life expectancies. Flashings, chimneys and gutters and grading are also addressed. Walls, doors, windows and trim materials, problems and interactions are examined.

Residential StructuresResidential Structures – 3 CE credits

This course discusses footings, foundations, floors, walls and roofs, looking at the materials and common problems with each.

Architectural StylesArchitectural Styles – 3 CE credits

This engaging course provides a wonderful illustrated perspective on common architectural styles and elements of homes. It will reinforce your ability to recognize and describe architectural features of homes. From Georgian to Tudor to Queen Anne to Craftsman, all of the commonly found North American home types are identified with beautifully drawn illustrations.

Surface Water Control and LandscapingSurface Water Control and Landscaping – 3 CE credits

The title is a mouthful, but the issue is simple – wet basements. The connection between roof runoff and ground water outside the home to wet basements is not apparent to many people, and this course addresses the causes of and solutions for wet basements. Retaining walls are also covered in this well-illustrated program.

Exterior StructuresExterior Structures – 4 CE credits

The things on the outside of homes – garages, carports, porches, decks, balconies, stairs and railings are exposed to the elements. They are expensive to maintain and to replace. We talk about the materials used in these systems, and where problems usually develop. We also discuss safety, especially the danger of falling.

Getting Electricity Into the HouseGetting Electricity Into the House – 4 CE credits

This course addresses one small piece of the electrical puzzle; how electricity gets from the street to the house electrical panel. We explain some basics of electricity, in simple terms meaningful to non-electricians – things like Volts, Amps and Watts. We also address service size – how much electricity does a house need? Do the illustrations help? Absolutely!

Commercial RoofingCommercial Roofing – 3 CE credits

This course describes the common types of commercial roofing, complete with illustrations and photographs. It includes an explanation of key roofing terms. You will learn how to look at these systems and identify typical problems. If you need to know IRMA from EPDM, this program is for you!

Commercial Building StructuresCommercial Building Structures – 3 CE credits

The Commercial Building Structures Course outlines the basic components of commercial buildings and discusses the role of each structural element, including footings, piles, foundations, beams, girders, curtain walls and open web steel joists. You will learn how to recognize common performance problems. Illustrations and photos make the learning easy.

Plumbing: Supply, Drain, Waste and VentPlumbing: Supply, Drain, Waste and Vent – 3 CE credits

This richly-illustrated course provides an introduction to the house plumbing system and describes how water is distributed through the home, as well as how waste is removed. You will learn about the relationship between pressure and flow. We also explain traps and venting – a poorly understood part of the plumbing system.

Wells, Pumps and Septic SystemsWells, Pumps and Septic Systems – 3 CE credits

This course provides an overview of wells, both shallow and deep. You will learn about submersible pumps and jet pumps as well as expansion tanks. Many common problems with these systems are described. We also address septic systems including tile beds and septic tanks.

Wood Burning FireplacesWood Burning Fireplaces – 3 CE credits

Footings, hearths, fireboxes, dampers, throats, flues and chimneys are all described in illustrated detail. Once the descriptions are done and components and functions are understood, we move on to the common fireplace problems, discussing how to recognize them and what they mean to homeowners.

The Home Inspection ProcessThe Home Inspection Process – 3 CE credits

This course delivers a clear, simple message about the scope of home inspections, and how professional home inspectors should behave. We also discuss how real estate professionals can work effectively with home inspectors to provide great client service.

Forced Air Gas HeatingForced Air Gas Heating – 3 CE credits

Ever wonder how a furnace works, or why it doesn’t? Confused about efficiency and life expectancy? What’s the difference between draft air and combustion air? Why are some rooms always cold? This course sheds some light, while avoiding all the complex engineering jargon. Typical of our courses, the illustrations are extremely helpful.

Marijuana Grow HousesMarijuana Grow Houses – 1 CE credit

A common question in the Real Estate world today – “How can I tell if this house has been used as a Grow House?” This course helps real estate professionals identify homes that have been used a grow op.

What Our Clients Say

  • I have found all the courses very informative. It has been a pleasure taking them. Let me commend Carson Dunlop & Associates for putting them on. Even after 25yrs in the business, I still have a lot to learn. Thank you!

    Gus T.

  • They were the absolute best courses I’ve ever taken in the continuing education program! I have learned so much about structures and construction that every time I started a course I could not put it down until I finished! It was presented in a very clear and easy to comprehend format. I will most definitely be taking the remaining courses.

    Fausto P.

  • I’m surprised how much I learned, especially considering I’ve paid attention to architecture. I liked the “historical evolution” approach. Great pics – very helpful! Thank you!

    Ellen K.

  • I think this is a great idea and very informative. I would be very interested in doing more of these courses. It’s definitely one of the best continuing education courses I have taken so far.

    John S.

  • I’m surprised how much I learned, especially considering I’ve paid attention to architecture. I liked the “historical evolution” approach. Great pics – very helpful! Thank you!

    Ellen K.