Penn Foster Career School’s training program equips students with a Home Inspector Diploma. Students complete a series of detailed courses teaching skills and techniques vital for a home inspector career.
Beginning by learning about the Inspection Process, students identify clients and employment opportunities, sources of referrals, types of reporting formats, building codes, and pre-inspection agreements. Continuing on to Structural Design, students practice using house plans in home inspections, learning a detailed study of architectural building styles and receiving instruction on building codes and standards. The students should also become versed in exterior inspections, understanding site foundations and footings, entrances, stairways, decks, patios, and garages, and types of roofing.
Students acquire information in electrical inspections through determining wire sizes and types, electrical standards, inspecting panel boxes and services, and safety concerns. Students are introduced to heating systems, learning about heat pumps, fireplaces, and heating alternatives. In Mechanical Inspections, the students gain skills in plumbing, learning about water supply, piping systems, water heaters, and electric, radiant, and solar heating systems. As part of the home inspector courses, students take Interior Inspections and Professional Practices where they learn about the importance of indoor air quality and smoke detectors, and how to start a home inspection business. Students study financial considerations to new businesses, licensing, and maintaining a professional image and effective marketing and advertising.
Prospective students can find an online application for the Home Inspector Diploma on the Penn Foster Career School website. The first course is accessible to the student after enrollment has been accepted.
Delivery Format:100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster Career School, Penn Foster High School, and Penn Foster College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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