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 2015-2016*|
|Cabrillo College||Aptos, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,358 in-state, $5,698 out-of-state|
|Mesa Community College||Mesa, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,046 in-state, $7,830 out-of-state|
|Harrisburg Area Community College||Harrisburg, PA||2-year, Public||Associate's||$6,015 in-district, $7,500 in-state, $8,940 out-of-state|
|Palomar College||San Marcos, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,338 in-state, $7,078 out-of-state|
|St. Louis Community College||Saint Louis, MO||2-year, Public||Associate's||$3,090 in-district, $4,470 in-state, $6,150 out-of-state|
|Utah Valley University||Orem, UT||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||$5,386 in-state, $15,202 out-of-state|
|Vincennes University||Vincennes, IN||4-year, Primarily associate's, Public||Associate's||$5,375 in-state, $12,709 out-of-state|
|Lawson State Community College||Birmingham, AL||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$4,320 in-state, $7,770 out-of-state|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Atlanta, GA||4-year, Public||Certificate, Master's||$12,204 in-state, $32,396 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 a programs offered degreed levels, as well as whether it offers up-to-date facilities, technology and hands-on experience.