Individuals who want to become building inspectors can earn an associate's degree or certificate. Programs are most commonly available at two-year community colleges and technical schools.
Schools with Building Inspector Programs
These schools offer certificates or associate's degree program in building inspection.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Utah Valley University||Orem, UT||4-year, Public|| Certificate
| $5,386 for in-state
$15,202 for out-of-state
|St. Louis Community College||St. Louis, MO||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $4,470 for in-state
$6,150 for out-of-state
|Portland Community College||Portland, OR||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $3,766 for in-state
$8,374 for out-of-state
|Chemeketa Community College||Salem, OR||2-year, Public||Associate's|| $4,230 for in-state
$11,520 for out-of-state
|Cosumnes River College||Sacramento, CA||2-year, Public|| Certificate
| $1,104 for in-state
$7,440 for out-of-state
|North Hennepin Community College||Brooklyn Park, MN||2-year, Public||Certificate||$4,383|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when deciding on a building inspection program:
- In states where licensure is required for building inspectors, students should make sure that the curriculum meets the minimum educational requirements for certification.
- Even in states where certification is not required, it can be helpful to find out what the pass rates are for graduates on professional certification exams such as those offered by the American Society of Home Inspectors and the National Association of Home Inspectors.
- Students may want to find out about the internship and cooperative education offerings that the school provides, in order to ensure that they will gain professional training in the setting in which they hope to pursue a career.
- Students who want to gain expertise in a particular aspect of building inspection may want to look for programs that allow students to specialize their studies or prepare for a certain professional certification exam.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate's degree programs provide the educational background necessary for a building inspector career, and they prepare students for licensure exams in the 36 states where it is required. Through a combination of classroom coursework and hands-on training, students gain familiarity with building codes, systems and structures. They also learn to read blueprints. Additionally, students must fulfill general education requirements, which help provide the well-rounded education needed for career success by providing coursework in topics such as business and communications.
Some certificate programs for building inspectors contain the same technical coursework as associate's degree programs, but without the general education requirements. Others provide coursework on a particular subfield of building inspection, such as residential planning. These programs usually take one year or less to complete.
In many states, a degree or certificate in building inspection is required for licensure, but individuals in other states can also benefit from the career-focused training that these programs provide. Prospective students should consider exam pass rates and hands-on training opportunities when considering different programs.