Conestoga College, in partnership with Carson Dunlop, is pleased to offer the Home Inspection Certificate Program. Emphasis is on practical knowledge of the performance of the systems and components of a house. This exciting program incorporates the Standards of Practice of the OAHI (Ontario Association of Home Inspectors) as well as the ASHI (American Society of Home inspectors). The Standards of Practice define a minimum and uniform standard for private, fee-paid Home Inspectors.
Home Inspections involve a visual inspection to assist home buyers/sellers by providing information related to the condition of a home prior to sale. Home Inspectors must be knowledgeable with all aspects of residential building systems and their operation. They must be able to recognize and report on conditions and/or the potential for failure. The systems and components of a house include roofing, structure, electrical, heating, air conditioning/heat pumps, plumbing, exterior, insulation and the interior. The ten subjects in this certificate course have been organized to address each of these, as well as to provide students the communications skill and knowledge of professional practice required to be successful in this growing industry. Successful completion of this program fulfills the OAHI Baseline Academic Requirements including:
Students wishing to use these Program Courses towards their Registered Home Inspection designation (RHI) must achieve a minimum grade of 70% or better.
Read more about admission procedures and requirements for the program.
In March 2006 I received a job offer from the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) as the Regional Manager of Projects, Public Works and Services in Inuvik, NT. This was a fantastic opportunity for both growth and experience. I eagerly accepted the position and was on my way north in May 2006.
The only drawback was that I had begun my Home Inspection Program in May 2005 at Conestoga College in Kitchener. The Home Inspection Program consists of 10 modules and I had only completed 5 to that point.
I was happy to find that numerous courses and programs were offered by Conestoga College through OntarioLearn.com.
Over the internet I was able to register for the outstanding Home Inspection Courses, obtain course materials, communicate with the instructor and fellow students, complete assignments and midterms. A proctor was required and found for the Final Exams and the time arranged for them to be written in Inuvik.
I would strongly recommend anyone interested in pursuing any programs or courses through Distance Learning to register. You set the pace at which you want to learn and the time available. You can take one course or several courses a semester. The resources and instructors are very helpful, as are fellow students and the coordinators who ensure that you have the required information and resources of the College.
Terry Sharpe, P.Eng.