Schools for Aspiring Construction Inspectors: How to Choose

Dec 09, 2019

Programs for aspiring construction inspectors will teach individuals how to examine large-scale projects such as buildings, highways and sewer systems to ensure that zoning regulations, ordinances and codes are met. Certificate, associate and bachelor's programs in construction inspection, technology or management are available for those interested in this field.

Construction inspection or construction technology certificate and degree programs are typically offered by community colleges and technical schools. Some government agencies or labor groups may offer inspection training opportunities as well.

Schools with Construction Inspection Programs

These schools offer undergraduate programs that will prepare students to become construction inspectors.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2018-2019*
Cabrillo College Aptos, CA 2-year, Public Certificate $1,270 in-state, $7,462 out-of-state
Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,070 in-state, $7,854 out-of-state
Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA 2-year, Public Associate's $6,683 in-district, $7,935 in-state, $9,435 out-of-state
Palomar College San Marcos, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,338 in-state, $8,702 out-of-state
St. Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO 2-year, Public Associate's $3,315 in-district, $4,725 in-state, $6,465 out-of-state
Utah Valley University Orem, UT 4-year, Public Associate's, Bachelor's $5,726 in-state, $16,296 out-of-state
Vincennes University Vincennes, IN 4-year, Primarily associate's, Public Associate's $5,902 in-state, $13,959 out-of-state
Lawson State Community College Birmingham, AL 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,740 in-state, $8,610 out-of-state
Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 4-year, Public Certificate, Master's $12,424 in-state, $33,020 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students seeking training programs to become construction inspectors may want to keep the following points in mind:

  • While certificate programs take less time to complete, a bachelor's degree may be preferred by many employers and lead to higher pay rates.
  • Programs for traditional construction will give broad field knowledge, including laws, inspection, and surveying techniques, and additional courses in electrical, plumbing and building codes are recommended.
  • Programs with up-to-date facilities and technology will offer hands-on experience, and experienced staff will provide real-world knowledge.
  • Certification through organizations, such as the International Code Council, may be preferred by employers or required in some states and jurisdictions; students will want to find a program that prepares them for certification or licensure.

Certificate in Construction Inspection

Certificate programs in construction inspection can be taken independently or as a continuing education experience for working individuals that require specialization. Coursework often includes building, plumbing, electrical and mechanical codes.

Associate Degree in Construction Inspection

Associate degree programs can include an Associate of Science in Building Construction Technology Inspection or an Associate of Applied Science in Building Inspection Technology. These 2-year programs incorporate general education requirements, as well as construction specific coursework.

Bachelor's Degree in Construction Science

Bachelor's degree programs in construction science or technology can prepare students for leadership and management in a construction setting, as well as inspection. Classroom lectures and practical experience trains students in structural applications, construction inspection, management and laws.

Aspiring construction inspectors should look for programs that will prepare them for certification or licensure. Students may consider programs offered degreed levels, as well as whether it offers up-to-date facilities, technology and hands-on experience.

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