Online Home Inspection Courses and Degree Programs

A career as a home inspector involves making sure homes are safe and working with home buyers. You can begin this path by enrolling in an online home inspection program. Keep reading for more information on this profession and how to get started in training. Schools offering Home Inspection degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Online or partially online programs and courses in home inspection are available. From these programs, you'll probably earn a certificate, a diploma or continuing education units, rather than earning a full degree. Interactive classes teach you how to conduct thorough home inspections and compile the results of the inspections into reports. You'll also learn about inspection guidelines, industry standards, liability and personal safety issues. Course topics might include roofs, garages, walls, sidewalks and plumbing systems.

Courses Look for courses approved by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or the National Society of Home Inspectors (NSHI)
Online Up-to-date software is necessary; course materials included in program fees; physical materials will be sent to you; exams and other materials can be found online
Training Live events with industry pros; inspections with experienced trainers; technical training sessions

What Things Should I Consider When Selecting a School?

Before enrolling in an online home inspection program, you should first check with your state's home inspection regulatory board to make sure the program meets eligibility requirements. For example, in order to work as a home inspector, some states require at least some in-person, classroom training. In those states, completely online programs aren't enough to qualify you to work as a home inspector. Depending on the state you live in, the classroom requirement may be waived, especially if you have extensive experience in home inspection or related experience and licenses.

The following schools offer online home inspection courses and programs:

  • U.S. Career Institute
  • University of North Dakota
  • Black Hawk College
  • NC State University
  • Penn Foster Career School

What Type of Programs Are Available?

Rather than two- and -four-year degrees, you'll probably find online home inspection courses through diploma and certificate programs. You may also find courses through the continuing education department of a four-year university. When searching for a program that's right for you, you might want to consider a certificate program to get started in your studies.

Will I Be Able to Participate in Any Hands-On Training?

Depending on the program, you may be able to attend live events with industry professionals, conduct inspections with experienced trainers or attend technical training sessions that can last for several days each. Field trips may be available, too. Additionally, some programs will give you a starter kit containing inspection tools for home practice.

What Materials Will I Need for an Online Home Inspection Program?

You'll want to consult the school offering the program if the program features will work on your computer. Some programs involve software that is compatible only with certain operating systems or hardware. Additionally, you'll also need an up-to-date Web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.

As for your course materials, many programs include all the tools, books and equipment you need in the cost of the program. This could include textbooks, CDs and DVDs containing reference materials, printed copies of lessons and home inspection tools. Physical materials will be shipped to you, while exams, notes and other materials can be accessed online.

What About Accreditation?

Also, if you're a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or the National Society of Home Inspectors (NSHI), you might want to look for programs that are approved by these organizations. Courses from schools approved by these organizations may count toward the continuing education requirements established for membership renewal.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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Popular Schools

  • Southwestern College

    Campus Locations:

    • California: Chula Vista
  • University of Alaska

    Campus Locations:

    • Alaska: Juneau
  • York Technical College

    Campus Locations:

    • South Carolina: Rock Hill
  • Victor Valley College

    Campus Locations:

    • California: Victorville
  • Ventura College

    Campus Locations:

    • California: Ventura
  • Utah Valley University

    Campus Locations:

    • Utah: Orem
  • University of Alaska Southeast

    Campus Locations:

    • Alaska: Juneau
  • South Suburban College

    Campus Locations:

    • Illinois: South Holland
  • Scottsdale Community College

    Campus Locations:

    • Arizona: Scottsdale
  • Santa Rosa Junior College

    Campus Locations:

    • California: Santa Rosa