Home Inspector Classroom Education

$1,695.00

This course is Virginia and Maryland State approved for 72 contact hours required home inspection pre-licensing classroom education.

The following is a summary of the topics that will be covered during the home inspection classroom training: Read more

Home Inspection Classroom Education

This course is Virginia and Maryland State approved for 72 contact hours required home inspection pre-licensing classroom education.

The following is a summary of the topics that will be covered during the home inspection classroom education:

Home Inspection Overview:

Here we provide an introduction to the home inspection industry, topics covered are:

  • ASHI and InterNACHI: Home Inspectors organizations
  • Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice (SOP): ASHI and InterNACHI code of Ethics & SOP as adopted by the States of Virginia and Maryland as fulfillment for the educational requirement
  • Business Entities and Legal Aspects: What type of business entity is suitable for you to run  a home inspection business
  • Home Inspection Opportunities: running your own business or affiliating with a company? Pros & Cons
  • Business Procurement and Marketing: who are your clients and where to find them. Techniques and strategies to grow your business
  • Home Inspection agreement – what the client/inspector  agreement should and legally protect
  • Home Inspectors Insurance: Liability plus Errors & Omissions (E&O) Insurance requirements, cost, and limits
  • Inspection Process:  What to inspect and what not to inspect; requirements and limitations

Building Science:

Building Science will cover the terms, materials, and functionality of the different component of the building system; topics covered are:

  • Site and Property: Drainage, grading, landscaping, etc. – requirement and implication on the building integrity
  • Roofing and Gutter System: types, components, material, functionality, and defects
  • Foundation and Exterior: types and defects of foundation and building exterior. Cracks and causes
  • Structure: beams, joists, studs, trusses, sheathing, and flooring system  their purpose, types, and defects
  • Decks, patios, and Porches: types, requirements, and defects
  • Basements and Crawl Spaces: types, requirements, and defects
  • Attics: types, requirements, and defects. Access, insulation, and ventilation
  • House Interior:
    • Ceilings, Floors, and Walls,  – types, requirements, and defects
    • Windows and Doors – types, requirements, and defects
    • Kitchens – Appliances, plumbing, electrical wiring, countertops, cabinets, flooring, ventilation, etc.
    • Bathrooms – sinks, toilets, bathtubs, electrical, plumbing, flooring, ventilation, etc.

Systems & Appliances:

  • Electrical Systems:
    • Service Drop – types, requirements, and defects
    • Wiring and Electricity Distribution – types, requirements, and defects
    • Electrical Panels – types, requirements, and defects
    • Circuit Breakers – types, requirements, and defects
    • Switches, Outlets, Fixtures, GFCI – types, requirements, and defects
    • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors – types, requirements, and defects
  • Plumbing Systems:
    • Supply lines, water pressure, faucets, showers, baths, etc.
    • Drainage and sewer pipes, sinks, toilets, etc.
    • Fittings and connections -Ts, Ys, Traps, what is allowed by the standard? What material? proper installation and usage
    • vents, drainage, fixtures and faucets, water heaters, sump pumps, and ejector pumps
    • fuel supply ( Gas & Oil)  and fuel lines – types, requirements, and defects
  • Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems:
    • Fuel type – electric, gas, wood, oil, solar, geothermal –  functionality and the physical science of each kind
    • Water heaters and boilers
    • Fireplaces and chimneys – Structure, components, efficiency, and defects
    • Heat Distribution – Ductwork and Radiators
    • Combustion and Ventilation  Requirements  – venting types and defects

Pool and Spa: 

  • Identify and inspect pool and spa systems using applicable standards for material selection and installation procedures to assess immediate and long-term safety and maintenance issues

Irrigation System:

  • Identify and inspect lawn irrigation systems using applicable standards for material selection and installation procedures to assess immediate and long-term safety and maintenance issues that may affect the performance of the system and building.

Commercial Building Inspection:

Uunderstanding ADA and OSHA requirements in addition to the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM)’s international standards

Technology and Home Inspections:

Demonstration of using advanced tools for a home inspection, such as drones, infrared cameras, moisture meters, air quality meters, etc.

Report Writing:

Types of reports, what to include in the report, report writing tools and software

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