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Home Inspection School: Courses, Classes and Job Training Info

Home inspectors specialize in many areas, including termite inspection, lead testing and swimming pool, asbestos and carbon monoxide testing. Students who want to specialize can look for programs that place emphasis on their specialty area. Other factors for students to consider when selecting a home inspection school are outlined in this article.

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Home inspection is usually offered as a certificate program, although graduates often fare better with a 2-year degree in building construction or building inspection and code enforcement. Additionally, since many inspectors are self-employed, students may want to seek out programs that include business courses, such as sales, marketing and communication.

10 Schools with Home Inspection Programs

Some home inspection programs in the United States are offered at the institutions listed here.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV 4-year, primarily associates, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $2,805; Out-of-state $9,450
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
Macomb Community College Warren, MI 2-year, Public Certificate In-district $3,169; In-state $4,945; Out-of-state $6,641
Portland Community College Portland, OR 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's In-state $3,766; Out-of-state $8,374
Cabrillo College Aptos, CA 2-year, Public Associate's In-state $1,358; Out-of-state $5,698
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
Broward College Fort Lauderdale, FL 4-year, primarily associates, Public Associate's In-state $2,753; Out-of-state $8,875
Manchester Community College Manchester, NH 2-year, Public Certification preparation In-state $200 per credit; Surrounding New England States $300 per credit; Out-of-state $455 per credit
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC 2-year, Public Certification preparation $900

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); school websites

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School Selection Criteria

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.
  • Since many home inspectors are self-employed, they may want to consider a program that includes business courses.
  • Certification preparation courses are typically designed for those with broader professional experience in construction and are deciding to sub-specialize within the career.

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.

A career as a home inspector can be pursued with a certificate or associate's degree from a public college. Those interested in pursuing this career field can opt to take a course to prepare for the certification exam, or can complete a certificate or associate's degree.

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