Home Inspector
Penn Foster

Program Details

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.


This program requires a minimum of 8th grade education.

School Accreditation Statement

Penn Foster Accreditation and Licenses

  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. And, nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
  • Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postseconday Education.

Restricted States

Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia