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Home Inspection Certificate   

This course will help you prepare for a career as a home inspector. You will learn best practices for inspecting residential construction, including inspection guidelines, identifying common defects, reporting methodologies, and risk management.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac. A PC is recommended because some features of the course may not work properly on a Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. This also includes external references which you are encouraged to study.

The Home Inspection Certificate Course covers the principal components, procedures, and processes of home inspection. This course covers the principal components, procedures, and processes of home inspection. This course has also been approved by several home inspector regulatory boards for initial education requirements for home inspector licensure or continuing education credits. It is also one component of the steps required to obtain a NIBI Certified Inspector credential.

Through 11 in-depth modules, you will gain insight on the methodologies required to perform a home inspection. You will learn how to inspect and report on heating and cooling systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roof and siding, the foundation, and other major components of a home.

  1. Introduction
  2. Roof Systems
  3. Exterior Elements
  4. Structural Systems
  5. Insulation and Ventilation
  6. Interior Elements
  7. Electric Systems Lesson
  8. Plumbing Systems
  9. Heating Systems
  10. Cooling Systems
  11. Hot-water Supply Systems

What you will learn

  • The purpose, scope, procedures, and standards of practice of a home inspection
  • The methodologies involved in creating a home inspection report
  • Residential construction materials and methods
  • Basic residential construction materials and techniques
  • Types of home inspection and personal protective equipment used by home inspectors
  • To recognize common defects found in residential construction
  • Appropriate reporting methodologies for creating a home inspection report

How you will benefit

  • Build the knowledge base needed to complete home inspection exams
  • Earn membership renewal credits or other continuing education credits
  • Take the next step in the NIBI Certified Inspector credential process
  • Receive a home inspection course certificate
  • Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

Joseph Cummins

Joseph Cummins has worked in the home inspection industry since 1977. As Vice President of Technical Services for HouseMaster, a leading home inspection franchisor, he has been responsible for inspector training, risk management, reporting program development and technical support. He is the principle author of the NIBI Online Learning Program and numerous technical publications and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of technical training programs. Cummins is a graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Joe Tangradi

Joe Tangradi started his career as a home inspector for HouseMaster's Central New Jersey franchise in 1993. From 2000 to 2007, he filled a position at HouseMaster providing training and support for HouseMaster franchisees and their inspectors. From 2007 to 2015, Joe held various roles for companies providing both commercial and residential construction and project management.

  • Home Inspection Certificate
  • Fee: $2,495.00
    Dates: 7/1/2024 - 9/30/2024

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