How to Select a Home Inspection School
Students interested in home inspection can talk with employers as a way to find out the type of training needed before selecting a school. Home inspection is usually offered as a certificate program, although graduates often fare better with a 2-year degree. Some general course topics include construction methods, construction materials, building codes, electrical systems, mechanical systems, drafting and mathematics.
Home inspectors specialize in many areas, including radon testing, plumbing, electrical systems, asbestos removal and mold remediation, and prospective students will want to find a program that emphasizes their specialty area. Many home inspectors are self-employed, so students may want to seek out programs that include business courses. Business course topics can include sales, marketing and communication.
Students may also want to consider enrolling in a school located near a nonprofit housing organization, such as Habitat for Humanity. Organizations such as this one offer volunteer opportunities to build homes, revitalize neighborhoods and develop construction skills.
Summary of important considerations:
- Home inspectors will often specialize in areas such as radon testing, plumbing, electrical systems, asbestos removal or mold remediation and prospective students may want to find a school that offers training in a preferred specialty.
- Home inspection can be offered as a certificate program or as a much broader 2-year degree program.
Job Training Information
Home inspectors need many years of experience in the construction industry before beginning a career in home inspection. Home inspectors receive the majority of their training on the job. They learn about ordinances, building codes, techniques, regulations and other related subjects from more experienced inspectors. They also may perform inspections under the supervision of experienced home inspectors. Continuing education courses may also be a part of their training.
Many states require home inspectors to be licensed or certified. Requirements vary by state but often consist of completing a minimum education level, having a minimum amount of work experience and passing an examination.
10 Schools with Home Inspection Programs
|College of Southern Nevada||4-year, Public|
|Mesa Community College||2-year, Public|
|Edmonds Community College||2-year, Public|
|Macomb Community College||2-year, Public|
|Portland Community College||2-year, Public|
|Cabrillo College||2-year, Public|
|St. Louis Community College||2-year, Public|
|Broward College||4-year, Public|
|Manchester Community College||2-year, Public|
|Central Piedmont Community College||2-year, Public|