Course Descriptions

Students must complete a 140-hour program, including four, 25-hour classroom courses and a 40-hour supervised field inspection course. These courses require a high school diploma or equivalent. To become a certified home inspector, the following courses must be completed:

HIPX-101: Exterior, Roofing & Structure Inspection (Module 1)
HIPX-102: Interior & Electrical Inspection (Module 2)
HIPX-103: Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Inspection (Module 3)
HIPX-104: Introduction and Professional Practice (Module 4)
HIPX-105: Inspection Field Training (Module 5)

Module 1 – Exterior, Roofing and Structure Inspection
(Taught by Dr. Bill Merrell of Merrell Institute)

This course covers the essentials for inspecting the exterior, roofing and structural elements of a home. Students will learn about the various components, procedures for inspecting the different components, and the typical issues encountered, as well as how to identify those issues. Students will also learn about the different exteriors and procedures for inspecting elements such as site work, wall coverings, doors, windows, porches, balconies, decks and walls. In addition, students will learn about the different components of a roof, and inspecting elements such as roof surfaces, trim, flashing and drainage. The course will also cover a detailed discussion of inspecting various structural components including foundations, basements, crawl spaces, walls and framing.

Course Number:  HIPX-101-001
Tuition: $450, 2.5 CEUs
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 4 – March 25, 2014
6:00-9:30 p.m. (7 sessions)


 

Module 2 – Interior and Electrical Inspection
This course covers the essentials for inspecting the exterior, roofing and structural elements of a home. Students will learn about the various components, procedures for inspecting the different components, and the typical issues encountered as well as how to identify those issues. Students will also learn about the different exteriors and procedures for inspecting elements such as site work, wall coverings, doors, windows, porches, balconies, decks and walls. Students will also learn about the different components of a roof, and inspecting elements such as roof surfaces, trim, flashing and drainage. The course will also cover a detailed discussion of inspecting various structural components including foundations, basements, crawl spaces, walls and framing.

Course Number: HIPX-102-001
Tuition: $450, 2.5 CEUs
7-9:30 p.m. (10 sessions)


 

Module 3 – Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Inspection

This course covers the essentials for inspecting the heating, cooling and plumbing systems of a home. Students will learn about the various components, procedures for inspecting the different components and the typical issues encountered as well as how to identify those issues. This course covers the different types of heating and air conditioning systems, and how to inspect them. It will also help students to identify and make an accurate assessment of the various equipment they may encounter. The course will also cover inspection of the plumbing system including water supply, distribution piping, fixtures and waste lines, as well as a general discussion of on-site and municipal waste disposal.

Course Number: HIPX-103-001
Tuition: $450, 2.5 CEUs
7-9:30 p.m. (10 sessions)


 

Module 4 – Introduction & Professional Practice
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction and overview of the profession, while giving them preliminary knowledge about identifying and inspecting all the key areas of a home including grounds, drainage, exteriors, roofing, foundations, structure, interiors, electrical, heating, cooling and plumbing. Students will also learn the legal and liability issues and their implications for the residential inspector, as well as regulations, insurance, contracts and report writing. Several typical home inspections are reviewed with students so that they may better understand the materials covered in the classroom and the home inspection process (textbook is included).

Course Number: HIPX-104-001
Tuition: $450, 2.5 CEUs
7-9:30 p.m. (10 sessions)


 

Module 5 – Inspection Field Training
This course covers the required 40 hours of field-based training, taught by an experienced New York State Licensed Home Inspector. Students will get practical hands-on training and experience, and apply theory learned in class to their field assignments performing inspections. The students’ fieldwork will be related to the various topics covered in the classroom courses, and students will be required to prepare and submit home inspection reports to be reviewed by the instructor.

Course Number: HIPX-105-001
Tuition: $900, 4.0 CEUs
Hours Arranged