Home Inspection

Diploma Program – 44 Weeks (25hrs/week)

Admission Requirements:

  • Grade 12 or equivalent or Mature Student Status
    (at least 19 and out of school for one year).
  • Courses are open to any applicant who possesses a
    good command of the English language and is able
    to follow instruction.
  • An admissions interview will be administered to
    determine if the applicant has the required interest,
    motivation, and entry-level skills to take this

Career Opportunities:

The home inspector takes part in multiple tasks, including the examination and the preparation of a technical report regarding the physical condition of a home. Graduates of this program will be prepared to work in either the private or public sector of the home inspection industry, as well as have an opportunity to become self-employed.

Program Objective

The Home Inspection Diploma is designed to introduce students to a vast array of practical and technical skills and tools, preparing them for a career in the home inspection industry. This program provides training that links with the professional standards of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI).

This diploma program provides students with:
• Knowledge of roof inspections focusing on system performance, safety concerns, and conformity with good construction practice
• Comprehension of the structural components of a residential dwelling
• The ability to inspect installed heating equipment as well as identify the energy source, type, material, condition, and any safety concerns related to this equipment
• Knowledge of cooling systems’ typical defects and how
to apply correct inspection techniques
• Awareness of the interior water supply and distribution systems
• The ability to inspect all aspects of a dwelling’s exterior
• The knowledge to build an independent business
• The ability to create, write, and deliver reports
• The ability to address and effectively resolve disputes
• Basic proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

Duties & Responsibilities

Individuals working in the home inspection industry perform a wide variety of duties to help home buyers. Their duties may include:

  • Ensuring public health and safety regulations are met
  • Identifying common problems related to cooling systems and heat pump systems
  • Inspecting residential dwellings, including the interior water supply and distribution systems
  • Identifying any issues, including the material, condition, and safety concerns, relating to the exterior and interior of a home
  • Complying with the applicable laws and regulations, contracts, and business practices related to home inspection

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Method of Delivery

Integrated Learning System training facilitated by Academy of Learning College facilitators.

Personal Attributes Required

  • Attention to detail
  • Ethical conduct
  • Problem solving ability
  • Customer service orientation
  • Able to work independently

Program Notes

Tuition fees include all materials and student manuals. Financial assistance may be available to qualified students.


Business Correspondence level 1

Develop the skills and style mechanics needed to produce personal and office correspondence.

Keyboard Skill Building Level 1

Students will increase key recognition and build confidence using the keyboard, while improving speed and accuracy.

Customer Service

Learn tips for managing time and stress, communicating effectively with customers, and managing customer relationships. This course highlights being prepared, and dealing professionally with customer conflicts and complaints.

Bookkeeping Level 1

Level 1 explains the principles of handling a company’s books of accounts, including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Payroll. During the course students will practice entering data into journals, posting to ledgers, balancing the ledgers, performing trial balances, and entering adjustments into the records.

Simply (Sage)

Students will work step-by-step through the procedures for setting up each module, followed by transaction by transaction processing covering the concepts and techniques needed to use the software. As the student works through the lessons, they are given ample opportunity to explore and practice these techniques throughout the course.

Grammar Essentials for Business Writing

The Grammar Essentials for Business Writing course provides students with a comprehensive review of grammar.

Roofing Inspection

The emphasis in this subject is on typical defects of the various types of roof coverings, drainage systems, flashings, skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations. Students apply their knowledge of roofing to inspections that focus on system performance, safety concerns, and compliance with good construction practice.

Structure Inspection

This subject focuses on the following structural components of a residential dwelling: foundations and footings, floors, walls, and roof/ceiling structures. Students learn to apply knowledge of structures to inspections that focus on system performance, safety concerns and compliance with good construction practices.

Electrical Inspection

This subject prepares students to inspect the performance of the following components of electrical systems within residential buildings: service drops, grounding systems, service panels, wiring systems, devices and fixtures.

Heating Inspection 1

This subject covers installed heating systems (gas and oil furnaces and hot water boilers). Emphasis is on the inspector’s ability to identify the energy source, type, material, condition, and safety concerns, as well as to inspect the heating equipment.

Heating Inspection 2

This subject covers vent systems, flues and chimneys, as well as fireplaces, other wood heating appliances, steam and electric heating systems. Students apply knowledge of these systems to the role of home inspector.

Windows Level 1

This course covers the basic concepts and most commonly used features and functions of Windows 10. The course will walk you through performing basic operations such as opening applications, using Help and shutting down the computer. Additionally, you will learn to set up user accounts, create and use custom keyboard shortcuts, personalize and organize the working space, and use the Action Centre. The course will also provide you with hands-on experience on how to connect, use and update devices, use File Explorer to manage files and folders, as well as navigate the internet using various browsers, including Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Word Level 1

In this course, students learn to create, navigate, and organize documents and use the help functions. They learn to edit and manipulate text, view and format documents, and use Word’s predefined functions. Students use the Find and Replace feature, use proofing and language tools, create, format and modify tables, work with hyperlinks and cross-references, and learn how to preview and print a document.

Microsoft Excel Level 1

In this course, students learn to create and manage worksheets and workbook files; enter data and create basic formulas to perform calculations. They learn to edit and manipulate cell content, modify worksheet structure, view and format worksheets, and use Excel’s predefined functions. Students use the Find and Replace feature, use themes to format workbooks and practise preparing, previewing, and printing worksheets.

Microsoft Access Level 1

This course teaches students the fundamentals of the Microsoft Access application. In this course, students examine database objects and learn to manage data in a database. They learn to sort and filter data, display and format data, and use simple queries to retrieve data. Students learn to create and modify databases and tables and work with simple forms and reports.

Outlook Level 1

Beginner Microsoft Outlook. Learn how to manage email, contacts, scheduling and tasks in Microsoft Outlook.

Internet Fundamentals

This course explores the various components of the Internet using Microsoft Internet Explorer. They learn how to customize the Internet Explorer browser, and examine the Web, e-mail, blogs, discussion groups, social media, chatting, multimedia and other web technologies.

Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Inspection

Emphasis in this subject is on cooling systems and heat pumps. Students learn to identify typical defects and apply correct inspection techniques

Plumbing Inspection

This subject prepares students to inspect, in a residential dwelling, the interior water supply and distribution systems (including fixtures and faucets), as well as water heating equipment and drain/vent/waste systems and their related fixtures.

Exterior Inspection

This subject covers retaining walls, grounds, window wells, lot grading, driveways, patios, walkways, decks, balconies, stoops and steps, porches, railings, wall cladding, flashing trim, eaves, soffits, fascia, as well as exterior doors and windows. Students learn to describe the exterior wall covering and inspect all aspects of the exterior named above.

Interior & Insulation Inspection

Focus is on the inspection of thermal insulation, vapor retarders and ventilation systems, as well as the inspection of interior elements of residential dwellings such as walls, ceilings, floors, basements, doors, windows, interior stairs/ railings, installed countertops and cabinets, and garage doors/door operator.

Communication & Professional Practice

The professional home inspector is required, both verbally and in writing, to describe the inspection process and communicate inspection findings to the client. It is imperative that the home inspector be able to communicate clearly] and effectively to ensure understanding of an inspection, once conducted. Students in this subject develop their oral and written communication skills, and learn the reporting requirements and proper conduct required of a professional in this industry.

Building your Home Inspection Business

If you are just getting ready to launch your company and are looking for some sound approaches to grow your business, this timesaving, revenue-growing resource is a must have for any new home inspector. Some of the topics that are discussed include modern service marketing concepts, business growth strategies, advertising through marketing materials, public relations, customer service and sales.

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