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Continuing Education

Home Inspection Certificate

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Delivery Options

The flexible schedule options for this course including time of day and full/part-time.

  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Blended - A combination of online and in-class components.
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

Become a trusted home inspector

The home inspection profession is relatively young and has evolved from a rarely used service to one that is routinely sought after by prospective homebuyers. Currently more than 75% of resale homes are inspected; over the next decade, it is expected that nearly every resale home will be inspected.

The NAIT Home Inspection Certificate, offered in partnership with Carson Dunlop & Associates, prepares you to become provincially licensed and launch an exciting new career as a professional Home Inspector. It supplies the technical skills and knowledge necessary to conduct valuable inspection services to prospective residential homebuyers and sellers. You can complete all 10 courses through an online blended delivery format, which is a combination of text resources and online learning guided by tutor support.

You do not need a construction-related background to become a Home Inspector, but you must be technically accurate and able to provide superb customer service to your clients. 

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

The NAIT Home Inspection Certificate is designed to educate in a logical, progressive way. For each component and house system covered in the program, the approach follows this simple 10-step learning process:

  1. Introduction of the component or house system (Name and description)
  2. What does it do? (Function)
  3. What is it made of? (Materials/components)
  4. What does it look like? (Appearance/location)
  5. How does it work? (Operating sequence/details)
  6. What can go wrong? (Non-performance)
  7. What causes the problems? (Why did it break?)
  8. What are the implications of problems? (What happens if it doesn't do its job?)
  9. How do I find out if it is doing its job? (This is the home inspection expert part!)
  10. What do I tell my client? (The report) 

Learning Resources

Each Home Inspection course has its own required learning resource, which is not included in the tuition fee but is available for purchase from Carson Dunlop. When you register in the Home Inspection program, you will receive an email with information from NAIT on how to access your necessary resources.  

Course Map

You must complete Communication and Professional Practice (CSTN791) before completing the remaining courses. Once you have completed that course, you may take any of the remaining courses within each group in the order of your choice.

A comprehensive written assessment is required after the completion of the 5 courses within each group and must be completed under the supervision of an approved exam invigilator. Students must achieve a minimum grade of 80% on each group assessment.

Your classes, your schedule

The Home Inspection Certificate courses are delivered in a self-paced online format, enabling you to work through content at your home or workplace.  Courses begin on the first of the month, and you have up to 15 weeks to complete each one.  You may register in multiple courses at a time.

Enter the workforce with confidence

If you are a good communicator, enjoy working with people and have an interest in construction and how things work, Home Inspection may be right for you. 

As a Certified Home Inspector, you may choose to start your own home inspection business or work for an established home inspection company.
 
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.

After completion

Students must achieve a minimum grade of 80% in each course as well as on each of the two comprehensive written assessments to be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement from NAIT. 

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