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This course will provide an in-depth look into plumbing cross connections, plumbing systems and why cross connections should be inspected or determined.
This course is designed to fulfill credit requirements for the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) mandatory annual continuing education. The course objective is to help students understand the general principles and characteristics of attic ventilation.
Aside from the usual walls, windows, roof and foundation condition, there is still much to examine on the outside of any house. This course will focus on those items. Information includes what items to look for and why they are important to the long term health of the home. The outside inspection can also give the inspector a very good idea what secrets may be hiding inside. Examples of some appropriate report language will be provided.
This course will focus
on safety precautions for home inspectors. Through discussion of safety
clothing and equipment, as well as proper procedure, you will learn the
necessary preventative measures to take in your daily operations. In addition,
safety concerns in the home will be presented. This will include issues with
the main systems of the home and requirements of various structures in the
home. This is a good introductory course
for both commercial and residential home inspectors where the overall course
level is basic.
In this course the instructor will explain correct installation and inspection of
electrical systems which are integral to a safe, secure, and functional home. The following chapters will also familiarize the inspector
with accepted construction practices and required safety features of electrical
work. Given the high degree of danger from incorrectly managed electrical systems, inspections to ensure compliance with relevant NFPA and NEC codes are of special concern. Upon completion the professional inspector will have a deeper understanding of
electrical requirements and the codes most pertinent to any given dwelling. This course is
designed to fulfill three hours of home inspection continuing education credits
and the overall course level is, and encompasses subjects appropriate for residential home inspectors.
The correct identification, notification and remediation of mold growth in a home is of utmost importance, as it has enormous health and safety implications for homeowners and their families. With many severe, long-term health hazards, the inspector must be vigilant about both the problem and his or her own protection during the inspection. In this course, we will cover basic information about mold, as well as many of the mold strains an inspector might expect to find in a residence. We will also talk about various places to search out mold growth and methods of measurement and remediation.
This course is designed to fulfill three hours of home-inspection continuing-education credits. The curriculum is outlined to reinforce mold inspection training and knowledge. This is an overall advanced course for both residential and commercial buildings.
This course will provide some basic information on radon for residential properties. This is a great course for home inspectors to expand their knowledge. The overall course level is intermediate, and encompasses subjects appropriate for residential home inspectors. We will define radon gas and explain where it comes from, while discussing how it relates to the general home inspector. We will review common mitigation methods and how radon enters a structure. You will also learn commonly used words and their definitions.
This course is designed to fulfill 4 hours of continuing education for Home Inspectors. This course will cover many aspects of practical reporting techniques as well as problems that many inspectors will face during the reporting process. The student will also learn about professionalism within the home inspector field.
This seminar is a little more graphic than most. We will employ lots of drawings and photographs to illustrate our points. Illustrations by Roland Dahlquist are used with permission of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. from DO-IT-YOURSELF HOUSEBUILDING: THE COMPLETE HANDBOOK, ©1995, by George Nash. These are the black-and-white line drawings that appear throughout the course.
This course primarily covers residential home inspection and construction and is at the overall basic course level. It covers the entire process literally from the ground up. Main topics include site preparation, footings and foundations, framing systems, insulation and ventilation, HVAC, and mechanical systems. It's filled with illustrations and photographs. Special sections include new building materials and current environmental hazards such as lead paint and mold. The final section investigates recent market demographics and building trends, plus a top ten inspector's list of housing problems.
The overall course level is beginner to intermediate, and encompasses subjects appropriate for both residential and commercial home inspectors. It has been designed primarily as a review to reinforce basic foundation training and knowledge. It also provides additional insight that an inspector will require while investigating site preparation and construction during Phase Inspections. The following chapters are designed to familiarize the inspector with the accepted construction practices of foundations from the soil on up.
This course includes material using the International Code Council's 2012 International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings (2012 IRC) Chapter 4 and other selected. While code is discussed, it is not the intention for this to be a "code" heavy course rather an expansion on areas of basic understanding that the inspector may not review very often.
This course will provide an in-depth look into energy usage, design, and building for residential structures. Though home inspections are not intended to be an energy audit, understanding energy efficiency and energy efficient construction can be very important for home inspectors. We will look at multiple components of residential construction and discuss ways to make homes more energy efficient.
This course is designed to fulfill eight hours of home inspection continuing education credit. The objective of this course is to provide students with an overview of interior and exterior inspection processes, through in-depth analyses of the attic, basement and crawlspace, kitchen and bedroom floors, garage, exterior walls and roofs, windows and doors, electrical elements, foundation walls, brick, concrete, yards and grading. The course is designed as a pictorial guide for students' comprehensive understanding of home inspection elements. This course is geared for the residential inspector and the overall course level is basic.
This course will provide a look into air conditioning systems for residential properties. It will explain what a refrigerant is and how it works - and it will explain what current standards and practices are for transitioning to new, more environmentally-friendly refrigerants. Heat pump heating and cooling systems and associated components will also be examined. The course will also discuss criteria for both A/C and heat pumps as they relate to the general home inspector. The overall course level is advanced.
The curriculum is outlined to reinforce basic pool-and-spa training and knowledge. It also provides additional insight required when investigating site-preparation and construction during Phase Inspections. The following chapters will familiarize the inspector with accepted construction practices and required safety features of all pools and spas. This course includes material using the standards of the International Codes and Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) and the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act. Additional codes governing the construction of the various types of pools can be found in the International Code Council's 2012 International Residential Code for One and Two Family Dwellings (2012 IRC). Although this course primarily covers applicable codes, its primary goal is to review the knowledge in critical areas that impact safety. Additional information, such as construction dimensions should be known to an inspector for the cases where they may encounter a pool or spa that was installed by do-it-yourself home owner that may not understand or comply with all construction code requirements.
This course discusses important aspects of home inspection associated with identification and remediation methods for reactive drywall manufactured in China and imported into the United States between 2001 and 2009. Commonly referred to as corrosive, reactive, or defective Chinese drywall, its chemical composition has been shown to have negative effects on human health as well as metal components in the home. Not all drywall originating in China is defective, however. This course will provide recently revised guidelines for addressing the problem of defective drywall, as well as links to websites that will keep you current on this rapidly evolving issue.
This course will provide the professional inspector with a deeper understanding of private residential sewage and septic waste disposal, including the codes most pertinent to any given dwelling. Designed to fulfill four hours of home-inspection continuing-education credits, the curriculum is outlined to reinforce basic sewage disposal systems training and knowledge. The following chapters will familiarize the inspector with accepted construction practices and required health and safety features.
This course is designed to help
students achieve core competencies related to the understanding of thermal
imaging and its use in the home inspection field. Students will gain
familiarity with thermal imaging terminology and equipment, as well as how
thermal imaging should be used to identify potential conditions in a home.
Students will also learn about energy-efficiency in a home and how thermal
imaging applies specifically to this situation.
overall course level is advanced,
and encompasses subjects appropriate for both residential and commercial home
This course is
designed to help students understand key information pertaining to the
background of a roof inspection and how to complete a home inspection. Students
will gain familiarity with roof inspection terminology and equipment, as well
as how to successfully complete a roof inspection in a variety of weather-related
elements and on a variety of roofs. Students will also learn about specific
roofing materials, how those materials respond to different weather elements,
and how to safely inspect different roof types while not hurting the roof or
themselves during the inspection.