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Home Inspection (Part-time)

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
1107
School:
Engineering & Information Technology

About the Program

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

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

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Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Program Information

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Program Related Resources

Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Refer to the planned delivery schedule given below if the course is currently unavailable for registration.
Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
HOME1010 Communication and Professional Practice
Description: 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. This course will include professional practice standards and competence issues related to insurance liability.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
HOME1020 Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Inspection
Description: Recommended: HOME1010 Communication and Professional Practice.
Emphasis in this subject is on cooling systems and heat pumps. Students learn to identify typical defects and apply correct inspection techniques.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
HOME1030 Electrical Inspection
Description: Recommended: HOME1010 Communication and Professional Practice.
This course 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.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
HOME1040 Exterior Inspection
Description: Recommended: HOME1010 Communication and Professional Practice.
This course 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.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
HOME1050 Heating Inspection I
Description: Recommended: HOME1010 Communication and Professional Practice.
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.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
HOME1060 Heating Inspection II
Description: Recommended: HOME1010 Communication and Professional Practice.
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.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: HOME1050
CoRequisites:
Closed
HOME1070 Insulation and Interior Inspection
Description: Recommended: HOME1010 Communication and Professional Practice.
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 operators.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
HOME1080 Plumbing Inspection
Description: Recommended: HOME1010 Communication and Professional Practice.
This course 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.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
HOME1090 Roofing Inspection
Description: Recommended: HOME1010 Communication and Professional Practice.
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.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
HOME1100 Structure Inspection
Description: Recommended: HOME1010 Communication and Professional Practice.
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.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed

Annual Delivery Schedule

Home Inspection #1107
Code Course Title Fall Winter Spring
HOME1010 Communication and Professional Practice X X X
HOME1020 Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Inspection X
HOME1030 Electrical Inspection X  
HOME1040 Exterior Inspection X
HOME1050 Heating Inspection I X
HOME1060 Heating Inspection II X
HOME1070 Insulation & Interior Inspection X
HOME1080 Plumbing Inspection   X
HOME1090 Roofing Inspection X
HOME1100 Structure Inspection X

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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Program Contact

Davor Maletic (in-class) 519-748-5220 ext. 2391

dmaletic@conestogac.on.ca

Debbie Richardson (online) 519-748-5220 ext 2488

drichardson@conestogac.on.ca

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