Home Inspector Training in Ontario

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With a population of over 12.8 million people, the province of Ontario consists of more than 4.5 million households.* Recent data collected by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) suggests that home sales will range between 183,700 and 207,100 in the next two years. The stability and gravity of this market translates to great opportunity for those interested in entering the Home Inspection industry. To learn more about the housing market outlook in Ontario, click here to visit the CMHC website.

Home Inspection within Ontario is changing. While several provinces require Home Inspectors to be licensed, including Alberta and British Columbia, Ontario’s regulations are less visibly stringent. In early 2012, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and National Home Inspector Certification Council (NHICC) have decided to collaborate on Ontario’s Home Inspection protocol. Presently no official news has been released; however the provincial population’s interest is piqued when it comes to Home Inspectors and how to find a reputable inspector.

As a leader in Home Inspection education and training in Canada, Carson Dunlop is supportive of raising the bar for the profession in both Ontario and Canada. The Carson Dunlop Home Inspection training program is already accredited by the National Home Inspector Certification Council (NHICC) and considered the standard for Home Inspection both provincially and nationally. The Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) endorses the courses and programs that are offered by Carson Dunlop. Click here for more information on OAHI. Taught in both distance education and classroom formats over the last decade, the Carson Dunlop Home Inspector training program has been field tested and proved with thousands of students in both Canada and the United States.

Carson Dunlop offers the program directly in a distance education format. We also offer the program through Colleges in Ontario. Please click on the city nearest to you for more information:

  • Barrie
  • Hamilton
  • Kingston
  • Kitchener
  • London & Sarnia
  • Ottawa
  • Peterborough
  • St. Catharines
  • Sudbury
  • Thunder Bay
  • Toronto and the GTA
  • Windsor

At Carson Dunlop we are very proud of our many graduates who are flourishing in this great profession. We know that every rewarding career starts with a great education, which is why we have created the most comprehensive training program available. Please see below for some of our graduate testimonials:

“I want to thank you for making the 12 binder course on Home Inspection so user friendly. This helped make units quite easy to learn as the language used, the diagrams, appropriate segmentation, the field exercises, Q and A, and video brought a multi-faceted approach to learning. At every turn your pedagogical senses were so evident that I thought your background had to be from a graduate school of teaching rather than a Home Inspection per se.” – K. Weinberger

“Many thanks to the comprehensive and informative, yet user friendly education systems that you have produced. I can’t imagine going into Home Inspection without it.” – T. Walker

“I just completed my last exam. I cannot imagine how anyone could possibly be ‘professional’ without this course!!” – P. McFarland

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*SOURCE: Statistics Canada, 2011 Census

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