Home inspection is a consulting service that helps homebuyers make informed decisions about their prospective new home. Standards of Practice define a minimum and uniform standard for private, fee-paid home inspectors. Home inspections performed to these standards are intended to provide the client with information regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home as inspected. The systems and components of a house include roofing, structure, electrical, heating, air conditioning/heat pumps, plumbing, exterior, insulation and the interior. Perfect for individuals working in the field or those interested in exploring a new venture, these courses prepare students for Certification by the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI).
Seneca College is the host of the Home Inspection Certificate program, delivered online at Fanshawe through the OntarioLearn network. To earn the certificate from Seneca College, students must meet Seneca's residency requirements by registering and paying for three of the ten courses directly through Seneca College. Please contact Michelle Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org to plan your course selections with Fanshawe and Seneca.
To determine your course requirements: call OAHI at 416 256-0960 or toll free 1-888-744-6244.
The following OAHI courses are available online:
|Course & Course Code||Offerings||Course Description|
|Air Conditioning & Heat Pump Inspection
|F, W, S||This course emphasizes cooling systems and heat pumps. Students learn to identify typical defects and apply correct inspection techniques. 70% pass grade required by OAHI for accreditation.|
|Communication & Professional Practices
|F, W, S||The professional home inspector is required, both verbally and in writing, to describe the inspection process and communicate inspection findings to the client. It is imperative that the home inspector be able to communicate clearly and effectively to ensure understanding of an inspection, once conducted. Students in this subject develop their oral and written communication skills, and learn the reporting requirements and proper conduct required of a professional in this industry.|
|F, W, S||
This subject prepares students to inspect the performance of the following components of electrical systems within residential buildings: service drops, grounding systems, service panels, wiring systems, devices and fixtures.
|F, W, S||This subject covers retaining walls, grounds, window wells, lot grading, driveways, patios, walkways, decks, balconies, stoops and steps, porches, railings, wall cladding, flashing trim, eaves, soffits, fascia, as well as exterior doors and windows. Students learn to describe the exterior wall coverings and inspect all aspects of the exterior named above.|
|Heating Inspection I
|F, W, S||This subject covers installed heating systems (gas and oil furnaces and hot water boilers). Emphasis is on the inspector's ability to identify the energy source, type, material, condition, and safety concerns, as well as inspecting the heating equipment.|
|Heating Inspection II
|F, W, S||This subject covers vent systems, flues and chimneys, as well as fireplaces, other wood heating appliances, steam and electric heating systems. Students apply knowledge of these systems to the role of home inspector.|
|F, W, S||Focus is on the inspection of thermal insulation, vapor retarders and ventilation systems, as well as the inspection of interior elements of residential dwellings such as walls, ceilings, floors, basements, doors, windows, interior stairs/railings, installed countertops and cabinets, and garage doors/door operators.|
|F, W, S||This subject prepares students to inspect, in a residential dwelling, the interior water supply and distribution systems (including fixtures and faucets), as well as water heating equipment and drain/vent/waste systems and their related fixtures.|
|F, W, S||The emphasis in this subject is on typical defects of the various types of roof coverings, drainage systems, flashings, skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations. Students apply their knowledge of roofing to inspections that focus on system performance, safety concerns and compliance with existing codes and standards.|
|F, W, S||This subject focuses on the following structural components of a residential dwelling: foundations and footings, floors, walls and roof/ceiling structures. Students learn to apply knowledge of structures to inspections that focus on system performance, safety concerns and compliance with good construction practices.|
|The Building Envelope
|This course deals with construction of houses as single detached dwellings under Division B - Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code.|