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Online Home Inspector Certification Course Outline

I. Introduction to Home Inspection

A. An Overview

  1. Defining the Home Inspection
  2. The Role of Home Inspection
  3. A Little History
  4. The Customer
  5. The Opportunity

B. Home Inspection Content

  1. The General Inspection
  2. Inspector Knowledge

C. The Home Inspection Process

  1. Before the Inspection
  2. Arrival at the Site
  3. During the Inspection
  4. Communicating the Findings
  5. Reporting

D. The Inspection Report

  1. A Sample Report
  2. About the Report

E. The Real Estate Transaction

  1. The Home Inspector’s Role

F. Standards of Practice

  1. General Exclusions
  2. A Code of Ethics

G. About the Course

II. Inspecting Structures

A. The Structural Inspection

  1. Inspection Guidelines

B. The Dynamics of Structure

  1. Weight
  2. Movement
  3. Wind and Water
  4. Internal Stresses
  5. Thinking about Structure

C. Foundation Construction

  1. Footings
  2. Footing Drains
  3. Foundation Walls
  4. The Block Foundation
  5. Poured Concrete
  6. Stone Masonry
  7. Brick Foundations
  8. Wood Foundations
  9. Piles, Piers, and Grade Beams

D. Slab Construction

E. Inspecting Foundations

  1. Cracks
  2. Using Your Judgment
  3. Inspecting from the Outside
  4. Let’s Review
  5. Reporting Your Findings
  6. Filling in the Report

F. Inspecting Basements

  1. Inspecting for Water Penetration
  2. Basement Drainage
  3. Stairways, Floors, and Penetrations
  4. Supporting Structures
  5. Reporting Your Findings

G. Inspecting Crawl Spaces

  1. Access
  2. Inspecting the Floor
  3. Ventilation
  4. Insulation
  5. Structural Concerns
  6. Reporting Your Findings

H. Inspecting Slabs

  1. Reporting Your Findings

I. Above-Grade Construction

  1. Wood Framing
  2. Post and Beam
  3. Log Homes
  4. Brick Veneer over Wood Framing
  5. Solid Masonry Walls

J. Interior Framing

  1. Floors
  2. Trusses
  3. Cantilevers
  4. Other Framing Concerns

K. Inspecting Roof Structure

  1. Framing Members
  2. Roof Trusses
  3. Roof Sheathing
  4. Water Penetration
  5. Attic Moisture
  6. Reporting Your Findings

L. Inspecting Structures Final Exam

III. Inspecting Exteriors

A. The Exterior Inspection

B. Inspecting the Siding

  1. Under the Siding
  2. Wood Plank / Plywood Siding
  3. Composition Board
  4. Wood, Metal and Vinyl Siding
  5. Asphalt Composition
  6. Asbestos Cement
  7. Stucco
  8. Solid Masonry Walls
  9. Brick Veneer
  10. Other Sidings
  11. Paint
  12. Reporting Your Findings

C. Trim, Windows, Doors

  1. Inspecting the Trim
  2. Window Construction
  3. Inspecting Windows
  4. Inspecting Doors
  5. Reporting Your Findings

D. Around the House

  1. Steps and Stoops
  2. Porches and Decks
  3. Balconies and Patios
  4. Walks and Driveways
  5. Landscaping and Grading
  6. Retaining Walls
  7. Reporting Your Findings

E. Inspecting the Garage

  1. Siding and Trim
  2. Windows and Doors
  3. Inspecting the Structure
  4. Safety Concerns
  5. The Floor
  6. Vehicle Door
  7. Reporting Your Findings

F. Inspecting Exteriors Final Exam

IV. Inspecting Roofs

A. The Roof Inspection

  1. Inspection Guidelines
  2. Inspection Equipment
  3. Inspection Concerns

B. General Information

  1. Terms
  2. Types of Roofs
  3. Natural Enemies

C. Structure from the Exterior

D. Inspecting the Roof Covering

  1. Asphalt Shingles
  2. Roll Roofing
  3. Built-Up Roofing
  4. Wood Shingles and Shakes
  5. Tile Roofs
  6. Slate and Asbestos Cement Shingles
  7. Metal Roofing
  8. Single Ply Membranes
  9. Reporting Your Findings
  10. Filling in the Report

E. Flashings

  1. Ridge and Hip Flashings
  2. Valley Flashing
  3. Roof-To-Wall Flashing
  4. Roof-To-Flat-Roof Flashing
  5. Edge Flashing
  6. Chimney Flashing
  7. Penetration Flashing
  8. Roof Structures
  9. Reporting Your Findings

F. Inspecting the Chimney

  1. Chimney Construction
  2. Clearances
  3. Inspecting the Chase
  4. Inspecting the Flue
  5. The Cricket
  6. Reporting Your Findings

G. Other Roof Items

H. Inspecting Roof Damage

  1. Inspecting Gutters
  2. Inspecting Downspouts
  3. The Flat Roof
  4. Reporting Your Findings

I. Study Unit Three Examination

V. Inspecting Electrical

A.The Electrical Inspection

  1. Inspection Guidelines
  2. Inspection Equipment
  3. Inspection Concerns

B. Basic Electricity

  1. Volts, Ohms, Amps, and Watts
  2. Circuits

C. Inspecting the Service Entrance

  1. The Service Drop
  2. Conduit or Cable
  3. The Meter
  4. Service Entrance Conductors
  5. The Main Disconnect
  6. Determining Amperage Rating
  7. Grounding System
  8. Reporting Your Findings
  9. Filling in the Report

D. Inspecting the Main Panel

  1. Safety Precautions
  2. Panel Locations
  3. Main Panel Layouts
  4. Subpanels
  5. Inspecting the Panels
  6. Inspecting the Fuses or Breakers
  7. Inspecting the Wiring
  8. Reporting Your Findings

E. Inspecting Branch Circuit Wiring

  1. Types of Branch Wiring
  2. Wiring Practices
  3. Inspecting Knob-and-Tube Wiring
  4. Inspecting Modern Wiring
  5. Aluminum Wiring
  6. Reporting Your Findings

F. Inspecting Fixtures, Switches, and Outlets

  1. Lighting Fixtures, Switches, and Outlets
  2. Electrical Outlets
  3. Outlet Requirements
  4. Inspecting the outlets
  5. Testing the Outlets
  6. Putting It All Together
  7. Reporting Your Findings

G. Study Unit Four Exam

VI. Inspecting Plumbing

A. The Plumbing Inspection

  1. Inspection Guidelines

B. Water Supply Entrance

  1. Public Water Supply
  2. Private Water Supply
  3. Inspecting Private Water Supply
  4. Reporting Your Findings
  5. Filling in the Report

C. Water Supply Piping

  1. Corrosion
  2. Types of Supply Piping
  3. Inspecting Supply Piping
  4. Functional Flow
  5. Cross Connections
  6. Reporting Your Findings

D. Drain, Waste, and Vent System

  1. Waste Disposal
  2. The Venting System
  3. DWV Piping Materials
  4. Inspecting DWV Piping
  5. Inspecting Drainage
  6. Reporting Your Findings

G. Hot Water System

  1. Water Heaters
  2. Gas Water Heaters
  3. Electric Water Heaters
  4. Reporting Your Findings

H. Fixtures and Faucets

  1. Inspecting Faucets
  2. Inspecting Sinks, Tubs, and Showers
  3. Inspecting Toilets
  4. Putting It All Together
  5. Reporting Your Findings

I. Gas Piping

J. Study Unit Five Examination

VII. Inspecting Heating and Cooling

A. The Heating Inspection

  1. Inspection Guidelines
  2. Inspection Equipment
  3. Inspection Concerns

B. General Information

  1. Thermostats
  2. Zoning
  3. Master Shut-Off
  4. Clearances and Codes
  5. Heat Transfer
  6. Types of Heating Systems

C. Gas-Fired Systems

  1. A Word about Efficiencies
  2. Gas Supply
  3. Gas Controls
  4. Gas Burners
  5. Inspecting Gas Components

D. Oil-Fired Systems

  1. Oil Supply
  2. Oil Controls
  3. Oil Burners
  4. Inspecting Oil Component

E. Gravity Warm Air Furnaces

  1. Operation and Distribution
  2. Inspecting Gravity Warm Air Furnaces

F. Forced Warm Air Furnaces

  1. Types of Forced Warm Air Furnaces
  2. Furnace Components
  3. Inspecting Forced Warm Air Furnaces
  4. Reporting Your Findings
  5. Filling in the Report

G. Hot Water Boilers

  1. Types of Hot Water Systems
  2. Types of Hydronic Boilers
  3. Boiler Components
  4. Inspecting Hot Water Boilers
  5. Reporting Your Findings
  6. H. Steam Boilers

H. Steam Systems

  1. Steam Boiler Controls and Gauges
  2. Inspecting Steam Boilers
  3. Reporting Your Findings

I. Other Heating Systems

  1. Electric Heating
  2. Other Heating System

J. The Cooling Inspection

  1. Inspection Guidelines
  2. The Refrigerant Cycle
  3. Inspection Concerns
  4. A Word about Cooling Capacity

K. Air Cooled Air Conditioning

  1. The Furnace-Related Cooling System
  2. The Standalone Air Cooled Unit
  3. Inspecting Air Cooled Systems
  4. Reporting Your Findings

L. Other Cooling Systems

  1. Water Cooled Air Conditioning
  2. The Gas Chiller
  3. The Evaporator Cooler

M. The Heat Pump

  1. Air-to-Air Heat Pumps
  2. Inspecting Air-to-Air Heat Pumps
  3. Reporting Your Findings

N. Study Unit Six Examination

VIII. Inspecting Interiors

A. The Interior Inspection

  1. Inspection Guidelines
  2. Inspection Tools
B. Walls and Ceilings
  1. Plaster Facing
  2. Drywall
  3. Other Facings
  4. A Word about Structure
  5. Wall and Ceiling Coverings
  6. Trim

C. Floors

  1. Construction
  2. Wood Finish Flooring
  3. Flooring Tiles
  4. Floor Coverings
  5. Inspecting Floors

D. Windows and Doors

  1. Window Components
  2. Types of Windows
  3. Inspecting Windows
  4. Interior Doors
  5. Inspecting Doors

E. Stairs and Balconies

  1. Inspecting Stairways
  2. Inspecting Balconies

F. Fireplaces and Wood Stoves

    1. The Masonry Fireplaces
    2. Other Types of Fireplaces
    3. Inspecting Fireplaces
    4. Wood Stoves
    5. Reporting Your Findings
    6. Filling in the Report

G. Room-By-Room Inspection

  1. Electrical, Plumbing, and Heating Review
  2. Inspecting the Kitchen
  3. Inspecting the Bathroom
  4. Inspecting Other Rooms
  5. Reporting Your Findings

H. Study Unit Seven Examination

IX. Inspecting Insulation and Ventilation

A. The Insulation and Ventilation Inspection

  1. Inspection Guidelines

B. Insulation

  1. Types of Insulation
  2. Asbestos in Insulation
  3. Insulating the Home
  4. Inspecting the Insulation
  5. Reporting Your Findings
  6. Filling in the Report

C. Ventilation

  1. Crawl Space Ventilation
  2. A Word about Radon
  3. Attic Ventilation
  4. Cathedral and Flat Roofs
  5. Inspecting the Ventilation
  6. Reporting Your Findings

D. Inspecting the Attic

  1. The Entryway
  2. Structure Review
  3. Water Penetration
  4. Insulation
  5. Ventilation
  6. The Chimney
  7. Electrical Safety
  8. Equipment in the Attic
  9. Reporting Your Findings

E. Study Unit Eight Examination