A sound and strong foundation is essential to a home’s structural integrity and durability. When the foundation of a home is constructed incorrectly or poorly, the resulting financial loss due to foundation failure can be enormous. Evidence of foundation failure may scare many homebuyers away from a sale, or force the seller to accept less than what the property should be worth. As an inspector, you cannot see much of the foundation on a completed home. However, understanding construction techniques are useful for conducting construction phase inspections. This course will review and reinforce basic foundation training and knowledge and will provide additional insight that an inspector will require while investigating site preparation and construction during Phase Inspections. 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 sections. The overall course level is beginner to intermediate, and encompasses subjects appropriate for both residential and commercial home inspectors.
1. Applied Forces and Site Preparation
2. Materials, Waterproofing, Damp proofing, and Drainage
3. Types of Foundation
4. Foundation Identification, Construction Methods, and Interpretation of Anomalies
5. Final Exam
Course ratings and reviews
McKissock is rated out of 5 by 917.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Warren J from This is a good course to inform new inspectors, or remind experienced inspectors, what to look for when inspecting foundations.
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by Todd V from This course should be given more than two and a half credit hours. Most of the courses I have taken, generally require the amount of time to comlpete as the credit hours given. This course took over six hours to complete.
Date published: 2019-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nathan B from I enjoyed the course and found the layout, pace, and subject matter to be excellent.
Date published: 2019-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kenneth A from Very informative and easy to complete in your own time.
Date published: 2019-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by Travis S from This course on Foundations was extremely in depth and provided a lot of knowledge and insights into this topic area.
Date published: 2018-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alan E from This course is very informative and easy to understand.
Date published: 2018-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jack B from This is a good course to give you an in depth experience in the subject matter of the course.
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jess H from Liked the variety of the course package, very well rounded and informative.
Date published: 2018-10-08