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:

XHIP-101: Exterior, Roofing & Structure Inspection (NYSDOS Module 1)
XHIP-102: Interior & Electrical Inspection (Module 2)
XHIP-103: Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Inspection (Module 3)
XHIP-104: Overview of Professional NYS License Law (Module 4)
XHIP-105: Inspection Field Training (Module 5)
HIPX 402 001: Environmental Issues Confronting Home Inspectors
HIPX 403 001: Mold: Detecting, Sampling, and Reporting
HIPX 404 001: Home Inspector Safety
HIPX 400 001: Alternative Energy Sources: What the Home Inspector Should Know
HIPX 401 001: Infrared Photography for the Home Inspector


Module 1 – Exterior, Roofing and Structure Inspection

Paul Barroca, PE

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 learn about the different exterior components of a house and the 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. Required text: Principles of Home Inspection Systems & Standards. 2nd Edition.

Course Number: HIPX-101-001
Tuition: $500 2.5 CEUs
Tuesday and Thursday
September 22 – October 20
7:30-9:00 p.m. (10 sessions)


Module 2 – Interior and Electrical Inspection
James Schelkle, RA
This course covers the essentials for inspecting interior components, insulation and ventilation, and the electrical 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. The interior inspection of the house consists of a room-by-room examination of the building elements found in each room or area including walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, stairs, steps, railings, balconies, cabinets and appliances. The course will also cover inspecting the electrical system and concentrate on important characteristics including safety, capacity and convenience.

Course Number: HIPX-102-001
Tuition: $500 2.5 CEUs
Mondays and Wednesday
October 26 – November 18
7:30-9:00 p.m. (10 sessions)


Module 3 – Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Inspection
Paul Barroca, PE

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: $500 2.5 CEUs
Tuesdays and Thursdays,
Sept. 17 – October 15
7:30-9:00 p.m. (10 sessions)


Module 4 – Overview of Professional NYS License Law
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction and overview of the profession, and information about the home inspection practice, 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.

Course Number: HIPX-104-001
Tuition: $500 2.5 CEUs
Mondays and Wednesday
October 21 – November 18
7:30-9:00 p.m. (10 sessions)


Module 5 – Inspection Field Training
Richard Barbieri & Pau Barroca, PE
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: $1,050, 4.0 CEUs
Hours to Be Arranged


Environmental Issues Confronting Home Inspectors
Pau Barroca, PE
This course will seek to alert the experienced home inspector to indoor air quality concerns, as well as review environmental hazards and safety issues related to the home inspection industry. Individuals who work in the field daily may profit significantly from this class in that they will be brought up to speed on the most current information concerning environmental issues, and thereby pass that information on to the clients by whom they are employed.
After attending this course, individuals will be familiar with the major sources of toxic hazards/pollutants affecting homes. They will also be knowledgeable about how to detect these environmental threats during the course of a home inspection.

Course Number: HIPX 402 001
Tuition: $75, 6 CEUs
(To be offered in a future semester)
6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. (2 sessions)


Mold: Detecting, Sampling, and Reporting
Pau Barroca, PE
This course is designed for those individuals who are experienced home inspectors desiring updated knowledge for application in their daily tasks. The course should be useful for inspectors who need increased knowledge and also desire continuing education units in order to renew their Home Inspection credentials on a bi-annual basis.

Course Number: HIPX 403 001
Tuition: $40, 3 CEUs
(To be offered in a future semester)
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (1 session)


Home Inspector Safety
Pau Barroca, PE
This course is designed to alert the home inspector to hazards associated with the job. Because of roofs, crawl spaces, attics, electrical panels, pull down attic stairs, ladders, and windows all hold potential for harm, the home inspector should be aware of such dangers in order to avoid injury.

Course Number: HIPX 404 001
Tuition: $40, 3 CEUs
(To be offered in a future semester)
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (1 session)


Alternative Energy Sources: What the Home Inspector Should Know
This course is designed to address alternative energy sources including solar, wind, and geothermal energy, which are increasingly encountered in the field of home inspection. Individuals whooyster bay coveare already experienced inspectors, as well as those who are just starting out, can profit from this course if they are interested in becoming more informed about alternative energy.
After attending this class, individuals will be familiar with general theory and operating principles of the three energy sources discussed.

Course Number: HIPX 400 001
Tuition: $75, 6 CEUs
(To be offered in a future semester)
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (2 sessions)


Infrared Photography for the Home Inspector
This course is designed to introduce the experienced home inspector to the concept of infrared photography for use in home inspections. Individuals who wish to learn about utilizing the infrared camera for diagnosis of problems with heat loss, electrical systems, leaks and/or other non-visible defects will be served enrolling for study of this subject. In addition, they will become knowledgeable about the range of cameras available so that they may make informed decisions about purchasing equipment if desired.

Course Number: HIPX 401 001
Tuition: $75, 6 CEUs
(To be offered in a future semester)
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (2 sessions)