Continuing Education

Home Inspection Certificate


The location where your NAIT courses will be held.


The type of certification you will earn after completing your program.

  • Certificate Achievement - An approved non-credit program that has a formal summative assessment component, has mappped program or course outcomes, and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.
  • Certificate Completion - A non-credit program that has no formal summative assessment component and is subject to a regular quality curriculum review process.
  • Continuing Education/Non-Credit - NAIT offers a wide range of non-credit programs and courses for personal and professional development in a number of interesting and exciting fields. These options are great for people who may be working but are interested in studying as well.

Delivery Options

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

  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in-person on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Day - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Become a trusted home inspector

The NAIT Home Inspection Certificate, offered in partnership with Carson Dunlop & Associates, prepares you to launch an exciting new career as a provincially licensed professional Home Inspector.

NAIT is offering a 10-course training program that provides the technical skills and expertise necessary to conduct inspection services to prospective residential homebuyers and sellers.

With this new certificate, students will have 6 weeks to complete each course. Each self-paced online course offers easy-to-follow directions. Students will:

○ Have access to a personalized online training portal from Carson Dunlop

○ Learn inspection procedures and perform practical field exercises

○ Have tutor support from NAIT and from Carson Dunlop

○ Gain access to Carson Dunlop's Apprenticeship App Insight

○ Use Carson Dunlop's Horizon Reporting Software

Students do not need a building-related background to become a Home Inspector but must be technically accurate and able to provide professional customer service to clients.

NAIT is an approved educational provider of home inspection training. This Certificate provides the requisite education to apply for a Home Inspector license through the Government of Alberta.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

○ Describe the leading systems and components of a house or housing unit, including roofing, structure, electrical, heating, air conditioning/heat pumps, plumbing, interiors, and exteriors.

○ Understand the function and operational principles of the systems and components in a residential housing unit.

○ Identify common problems, failure modes and the life expectancies of various systems.

○ Understand why problems occur, and the implications when system malfunctions or breaks down.

○ Perform requisite home inspection activities and operational tests to meet industry standards of practice.

○ Describe the home inspection process, communicate inspection findings to the client, and prepare a written report.

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A leader in home inspection

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Carson Dunlop was founded in 1978 by Alan Carson and is Canada’s oldest and largest home inspection firm. They are the only consulting engineering firm dedicated to all aspects of the building inspection profession – performing inspections, training home inspectors and providing report writing software. The Carson Dunlop Home Inspection Training Program was created based on their 40 years of experience and is recognized by leading associations and licensing bodies across Canada. Alan Carson has been President of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) and is a Past President of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI). Alan has been recognized with numerous awards over the years for his contributions to the profession.

Hand's-on, industry-relevant experience.

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 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.

Course Map

Students must achieve a minimum grade of 70% in each Group 1 course and a minimum grade of 80% on the Comprehensive Assessment I to be eligible to continue into Group 2 courses.

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.

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 an 70% or greater in each course and 80% 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

For information on Home Inspector provincial licensing requirements in Alberta, please visit the Service Alberta Home Inspector's License page. Licensing requirements vary among provinces.


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