Program Model / Completion Requirements
The NAIT Home Inspection Certificate is designed to teach in a logical, progressive way. For each component and house system, the approach follows this simple 10 step learning process:
- What is it? (Name and description)What does it do? (Function)
- What is it made of? (Materials/components)
- What does it look like? (Appearance/location)
- How does it work? (Operating sequence/details)
- What can go wrong? (Non-performance)
- What causes the problems? (Why did it break?)
- What are the implications of problems? (What happens if it doesn't do its job?)
- How do I find out if it is doing its job? (This is the home inspection expert part!)
- What do I tell my client? (The report)
Each of the Home Inspection courses has a corresponding required learning resource, which is not included in the tuition fee. Required learning resources are available for purchase from Carson Dunlop. For a list of textbooks, please visit the Carson Dunlop Store. Students who register in Home Inspection courses will receive a coupon code for a discount of $145.00 per resource and full ordering and refund information by email.
Students are to complete the courses in the following sequence:
- CSTN791 Communication and Professional Practice
- CSTN721 Structure
- CSTN781 Insulation and Interior
- CSTN771 Exterior
- CSTN711 Roofing
- CSTN731 Electrical
- CSTN741 Heating I
- CSTN742 Heating II
- CSTN751 Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps
- CSTN761 Plumbing
A supervised, comprehensive written assessment is required after the completion of all courses within each group. The comprehensive written assessments will include topics from each of the five courses within the associated group and must be completed under the supervision of an approved exam invigilator. Students must achieve an 80% or greater on each assessment.
Students must achieve an 80% or greater in each course and on each of the two comprehensive written assessments.
Students who successfully complete all 10 courses and the two comprehensive written assessments within the Home Inspection program are eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement from NAIT. Students must apply for the certificate by completing a Request for Certification form and returning the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on Home Inspector provincial licensing requirements in Alberta, please visit the Service Alberta Home Inspector's Licence page. Licensing requirements vary among provinces.
The Home Inspection Certificate courses are delivered in a self-paced online format. Courses begin on the 1st of the month and students are provided 15 weeks to complete each course. Students may register in multiple courses per intake.
If you are a good communicator, enjoy working with people, and have an interest in construction and how things work, then Home Inspection is right for you. One of the most rewarding aspects of the profession is the fact that you are always learning and discovering.
The home inspection profession is relatively young and has evolved from a rare service to one that is routinely used by prospective homebuyers. 35 years ago, the home inspection profession did not exist and now more than 75% of resale homes are inspected. Over the next decade it is expected that number will be near 100%.
As a Certified Home Inspector you may choose to start your own Home Inspection business or work for an established home inspection company.
Students must register in or complete Home Inspection Training Program: Communication and Professional Practice (CSTN791) before completing the remaining courses.
|CSTN791||Home Inspection Training Program: Communication and Professional Practice|
|CSTN721||Home Inspection Training Program: Structure|
|CSTN781||Home Inspection Training Program: Insulation and Interior|
|CSTN771||Home Inspection Training Program: Exterior|
|CSTN711||Home Inspection Training Program: Roofing|
|CSTN731||Home Inspection Training Program: Electrical|
|CSTN741||Home Inspection Training Program: Heating I|
|CSTN742||Home Inspection Training Program: Heating II|
|CSTN751||Home Inspection Training Program: Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps|
|CSTN761||Home Inspection Training Program: Plumbing|