Schools for Aspiring Electrical Inspectors: How to Choose

Electrical inspectors ensure that various electrical systems have been installed correctly and continue to operate according to industry codes. To learn more about programs that can prepare you for this field and where to find them, read on.

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Certificate, associate degree and bachelor's degree programs in construction inspection, building inspection and construction management are widely available at community colleges, vocational schools, and some 4-year colleges and universities.

10 Schools with Building Inspector Programs

Building inspector programs are offered at the institutions listed here, among others.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)
Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,046; Out-of-state $7,830
Edmonds Community College Lynnwood, WA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $3,758; Out-of-state $9,096
Coastline Community College Fountain Valley, CA 2-year, Public Certificate In-state $1,136; Out-of-state $5,576
Saint Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-district $3,090; In-state $4,470; Out-of-state $6,150
Portland Community College Portland, OR 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $3,766; Out-of-state $8,374
Ventura College Ventura, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $1,388; Out-of-state $7,050
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, Public Associate's In-state $2,753; Out-of-state $8,875
North Hennepin Community College Brooklyn Park, MN 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $4,383
Houston Community College Houston, TX 2-year, Public Associate's In-district $1,632; In-state $3,360; Out-of-state $3,756
Monroe Community College Rochester, NY 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $4,554; Out-of-state $8,354

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

School Selection Criteria

There are several things to consider when choosing a program.

  • Think about how much time you want to devote to your education; program choices for electrical inspectors include short-term certificates, 2-year associate's degrees and 4-year bachelor's degrees.
  • Programs where internships or other hands-on opportunities are available could be beneficial to students by offering real-world experience working with professionals.
  • Aspiring electrical inspectors with interest in managerial and organizational positions may want to consider programs with courses in business management and computer systems.
  • Some states require inspectors to be licensed and/or certified, so prospective students should check whether the program offers adequate preparation for those credentials.

Certificate in Construction Inspection

Certificate programs in construction inspection can typically be completed in a year or less. Students learn surveying and how to read blueprints. Areas of inspection include construction, mechanical, electrical and plumbing.

Associate Degree in Building Inspection

Internship opportunities are often available at this level. Associate degree programs in building inspection include coursework in codes, inspection techniques, fire prevention, plan review and energy conservation.

Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management

Bachelor's degree programs prepare students for work beyond electrical inspection, such as construction site management. A capstone project and internship may be required for successful completion. Coursework commonly includes codes and regulations, safety procedures and inspection, cost estimation, project development and jobsite management.

Aspiring electrical inspectors can learn their craft through a certificate or degree program, and programs in this field are often found at 2-year schools. Prospective students may want to check for hands-on opportunities in programs they're considering, as well as licensure/certification prep.

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