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Home inspection education, curriculums & defects lists: this article series, beginning here, provides lists of common building defects and basic defect knowledge that also outline recommended curriculum content for home inspector education.

The building defects and inspection points listed in these articles also guide homeowners and home buyers to building areas that merit careful attention and often point areas of safety concern or important maintenance and repair tasks.

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Home Inspection Education Curriculum

GOAL - To develop core competencies required to complete a typical home inspection in compliance with   Nationally recognized Standards of Practice. Refs 1, 2

Watch out: these inspection lists do not list all possible defects for the systems discussed, and not all home or building inspectors will examine all of the items listed here.

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Readers should see HOME & BUILDING INSPECTORS & INSPECTION METHODS for our complete list of articles on building & building mechanical sysetms inspection, troubleshoting & repairs.

Also see HOME & BUILDING INSPECTORS & INSPECTION METHODS. Use the Search Box at the top or bottom of these pages to find in-depth information about building, energy savings, and indoor environment inspection, diagnosis and repair at this website.

Basic Curriculae & Building Defects Lists

Photograph of building damage near Los Angeles 2000 © Daniel FriedmanThese home inspection training curriculums and building defect lists are based on smilar curriculum documents first prepared by Joe Scaduto, an ASHI member who prepared course material for Northeastern University's Building Inspection Certificate program in 1988, subsequently by D Friedman, InspectApedia's editor, for New York University ca 1988 and later, with others, recommended to ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors.

Other early contributors to home inspection education in the U.S. and Canada include Dr. Jess Aronstein, Alan Carson, Mike Casey, Mark Cramer, John Cox, Dwight Barnett, Douglas Hansen, Rick Heyl, Larry Hoytt, Bill Merrill, Kevin O'Malley, Dennis Robitalille, Keith Peddie, Pat Porzio, Roger Robinson.

These curriculum and lists of defects are informed by the home inspection DACUM (Developing A Curriculum) procedure, an additional analysis of the process of home inspection that was developed for building inspection education beginning Calgary, AB for Canadian and U.S. home inspector education and certification examinations in 1997.

ASHI did not adopt this material though currently that association as well as other home & building inspection associations, universities, and private education firms offer extensive home inspection education courses in the classroom, online, and by distant education and home study courses. For examples see the offerings by Carson Dunlop Associates at the left of this page.

For each building inspection topic, home inspector performance criteria will be described in two areas:

1.    Knowledge Base

2.    Inspection Skills

General outline for inspection methodology, observations, and reporting, useful also for suggestions for presentations at Home Inspection Conferences & Seminars

1. Define the problem

  • What are we looking at, for, about?
  • What are the expert sources, principal concerns, etc. Who's the authority?
  • What are the implications, effects, concerns, risks, problems, in maintenance, safety, marketing, comfort, economy?

2. Define the procedure

  • Inspection methodology, where and how to look, procedures to assure completeness and technical accuracy.
  • Telltale clues, warning signs, confirming signs, interrelationships with other systems.
  • ASHI or other Home Inspection or Building Standards Standards for observation, operation, and description - the minimum set of requirements.

3. Make the observations

4. Record the results (documentation)

5. Report the results (communication) See HOME INSPECTOR SKILLS

6. Followup to assure effective communication

- Reference: Teaching.txt ASHI Education Chairman, DJF 1993

Building Inspection & Home Inspection Curriculums & Defects Lists

Advanced Home & Building Inspection Methods Courses & Papers

Also see the home inspection topics listed at page top or at the "More Reading" links at the bottom of this article .

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