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This fully online program, offered through OntarioLearn, provides an opportunity to enter an exciting and growing profession. Home inspection is a consulting service that helps homebuyers make informed decisions about their prospective new home. The systems and components of a house include roofing, structure, electrical, heating, air conditioning/heat pumps, plumbing, exterior, insulation and the interior. The courses within this program have been thoughtfully organized to address each of these, in addition will provide students with the communications skills required to be successful in the industry. This program gives students clear direction concerning what to look for during an inspection: signs of non-performance due to old age, deferred maintenance, weather damage, and poor workmanship.
In partnership with Seneca College and Carson Dunlop and Associates, and in co-operation with the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI), this program incorporates the Standards of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors/Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (ASHI/CAHPI). Standards of Practice define a minimum and uniform standard for private, fee-paid home inspectors. The Carson Dunlop and Associates program has been adopted by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and is also recognized and recommended by the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) in all provinces. The Carson Dunlop program complies with ASHI Curriculum and Standards of Practice. The program also meets the Professional Home/Property Inspector Occupational Standards developed by the Canadian Home Inspectors and Building Officials Steering Committee for National Standards (CHIBO).
Successful completion of this program fulfills the academic entrance requirements of the OAHI provided that a 70% average is maintained in each of the courses being submitted to OAHI for consideration. Students must still complete the Defect Recognition and Reporting Course, which must be taken through the OAHI directly, as well as the following Ontario Building Code Courses:
Part Nine - Building Envelope
Part Nine - Health and Safety
|Air Conditioning & Heat Pump InspectionCIVL-1050||3||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Emphasis in this subject is on cooling systems and heat pumps. Students learn to identify typical defects and apply correct inspection techniques.|
|Communication & Professional PracticesCOMM-1093||3||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|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.|
|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.|
|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 1CIVL-1048||3||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|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 2CIVL-1049||3||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|