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HOME & BUILDING INSPECTORS & INSPECTION METHODS
AGE of a BUILDING - how to determine
AIR CONDITIONING & HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS
ALUMINUM WIRING HAZARDS & REPAIRS
ANIMAL ENTRY POINTS in buildings
ANIMAL or URINE ODOR SOURCE DETECTION
ARCHITECTURE & BUILDING COMPONENT ID
ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE IDENTIFICATION
ASBESTOS REMOVAL, Amateur, Incomplete
ASBESTOS REMOVAL CERTIFICATIONS
ASBESTOS REMOVAL GUIDE, FLOORING
ASBESTOS REMOVAL, Wetting Guidelines
ASBESTOS RISK ASSESSMENT
ASHI American Society of Home Inspectors
ASHI Certification of Home Inspectors
ATTORNEYS and EXPERT WITNESSES
ROOF ICE DAM LEAKS
BASEMENT CEILING VAPOR BARRIER
BASEMENT HEAT LOSS
BUILDING DAMAGE ASSESSMENT & REPAIR
BUILDING SAFETY HAZARDS GUIDE
CHIMNEY INSPECTION DIAGNOSIS REPAIR
CHINESE DRYWALL HAZARDS
CRAWL SPACE ACCESS
CRAWL SPACE SAFETY ADVICE
DECK & PORCH CONSTRUCTION
DECK COLLAPSE Case Study
DECK FINISHES COATINGS PRESERVATIVES
DECK FLASHING LEAKS, ROT Case Study
DEFECT CLUSTERS at HOME INSPECTIONS
DIRECTORY of BUILDING INSPECTORS
DISASTER BUILDING INSPECTION & REPAIR
EARTHQUAKE DAMAGED FOUNDATIONS
EIFS & STUCCO EXTERIORS
ELECTRICAL INSPECTION, DIAGNOSIS, REPAIR
Electrical Inspection Safety
ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS - INSPECT, TEST, REMEDY
EXTERIORS of buildings
EXTERIOR WALL SIDING TRIM & FINISHES
Fiberglass hazards in buildings
FIBERGLASS INSULATION MOLD
FIRE CLEARANCES, SINGLE-WALL METAL FLUES
FIREPLACES & HEARTHS
FLASHING MEMBRANES PEEL & STICK
FLASHING for METAL ROOFS
FLASHING ROOF WALL DETAILS
FLASHING ROOF-WALL SNAFU
FLASHING SIDING DETAILS
FLASHING WALL DETAILS
FLASHING WINDOW DETAILS
FLASHING WOOD ROOF DETAILS
FLOOD DAMAGE ASSESSMENT, SAFETY & CLEANUP
FOUNDATION CRACKS & DAMAGE GUIDE
FPE Stab-Lok HAZARDS & REPAIRS WEBSITE
GAS PIPING, VALVES, CONTROLS
GUTTERS & DOWNSPOUTS
GLUES ADHESIVES, EXTERIOR CONSTRUCTION
HOME & BUILDING INSPECTORS & INSPECTION METHODS
HOT WATER HEATERS
HOUSE PARTS, DEFINITIONS
HUD DEFICIENCIES DEFINITIONS
HUD RENOVATION & 203K HOMES
INDOOR AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GUIDE
ROOF ICE DAM LEAKS
INSECT INFESTATION / DAMAGE
INSULATION IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
INSULATION INSPECTION & IMPROVEMENT
Journal of Light Construction - Index
KIT HOMES, Aladdin, Sears, Wards, Others
LEAD POISONING HAZARDS GUIDE
LEED GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION
LEED Building Designation & IAQ
LIGHT, GUIDE to FORENSIC USE
LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEMS
LOG HOME GUIDE
MANUALS & PARTS GUIDES - HVAC
MOBILE HOME INSPECTION GUIDE
MOISTURE CONTROL in BUILDINGS
MOISTURE METER STUDY
MOLD in buildings
MOLD PREVENTION GUIDE
MOLD RELATED ILLNESS GUIDE
MOLD SAFETY WARNINGS
MOLD SPRAYS, SEALANTS, PAINTS
MOLD TESTING SERVICES
MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets
MVOCs & MOLDY MUSTY ODORS
NOISE / SOUND DIAGNOSIS & CURE
ODORS GASES SMELLS, DIAGNOSIS & CURE
OIL TANK PIPING & PIPING DEFECTS
OIL TANKS INSPECT LEAK TEST ABANDON REGS
PAINT ANALYSIS, DIAGNOSTIC USES
PAINT & STAIN GUIDE, EXTERIOR
PAINT FALURE, DIAGNOSIS, CURE, PREVENTION
PIPING IN buildings, Clogs Leaks Types
PLASTER & BEAVERBOARD & DRYWALL
PLASTER BULGES & PILLOWS
PLASTER LATH, METAL
PLASTER, LOOSE FALL HAZARDS
PLASTER TYPE IDENTIFICATION
PLUMBING SYSTEM INSPECT DIAGNOSE REPAIR
PUSHMATIC - BULLDOG PANELS
RAILINGS, DECK & PORCH
Reports: Checklists vs Narrative
RETAINING WALL DESIGNS, TYPES, DAMAGE
ROOFING INSPECTION & REPAIR
ROOF VENTILATION SPECIFICATIONS
ROT RESISTANT LUMBER
ROT, TIMBER FRAME
ROT, TIMBER ASSESSMENT
SAFE DECK CONSTRUCTION GUIDE
SAFETY HAZARDS & INSPECTIONS
Safety for Building Inspectors
SAFETY: Elderly & Veterans Home Safety
SAFETY for ELECTRICAL INSPECTORS
SAFETY HAZARDS GUIDE
SAFETY for SEPTIC INSPECTORS
Sears Catalog kit homes - how to identify
Septic System Safety Hazards
SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECT DIAGNOSE REPAIR
SIDING TYPES, INSTALLATION, DEFECTS
SIDING, ASBESTOS CEMENT
SIDING ASPHALT ROOF SHINGLES on WALLS
SIDING ASPHALT SHINGLE or SHEET
SIDING DAMAGE by SPLASHBACK
SIDING EIFS & STUCCO
SIDING, FIBER CEMENT
SIDING, WOOD PRODUCT CHOICES
SIDING, WOOD INSTALLATION
SIDING WOOD, FAILURES OVER FOAM BOARD
SIDING WOOD, FLASHING DETAILS
SIDING WOOD SHINGLE INSTALLATION
SINKHOLES, WARNING SIGNS
CONCRETE SLAB CRACK EVALUATION
SPLITS & CRACKS in STRUCTURAL WOOD BEAMS
STAIN & BIODETERIORATION AGENT CATALOG
STAINS on & in BUILDINGS, CAUSES & CURES
STAINS on CONCRETE
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING EXTERIORS
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING INTERIORS
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on ROOFS
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on STONE
STAINS on INDOOR SURFACES: PHOTO GUIDE
STANDARDS, HOME INSPECTION
STAIRS, RAILINGS, LANDINGS, RAMPS
STAIR FALL & TRIP HAZARDS
STONE CLEANING METHODS
STRESS SKIN INSULATED PANELS
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE PROBING
TANK TYPES: WATER, OIL, EXPANSION, ALL
THERMAL TRACKING Indicates Heat Loss
VAPOR BARRIERS & HOUSEWRAP
VAPOR CONDENSATION & BUILDING SHEATHING
VENTILATION in BUILDINGS
VISUAL PERCEPTION ERRORS
WALL CONSTRUCTION BARRIER vs CAVITY
WALL CONSTRUCTION BARRIER vs CAVITY
WATER ENTRY in buildings
WATER ODORS, CAUSE CURE
WATER PRESSURE & FLOW MEASUREMENT
WATER PUMPS, TANKS, TESTS, WELLS, REPAIRS
WATER PUMP REPAIR GUIDE
WATER QUANTITY IMPROVEMENT
WATER SOFTENERS & CONDITIONERS
WATER TEST CHOICES & WATER TEST FEES
WATER TESTS, CONTAMINANTS, TREATMENT
WATER TESTING ADVICE
WATER TREATMENT EQUIPMENT CHOICES
WELLS CISTERNS & SPRINGS
WELL CHLORINATION SHOCKING PROCEDURE
WIND ENERGY SYSTEMS
WIND TURBINES & LIGHTNING
WINDOWS & DOORS
WOOD-OIL-BURNING BOILERS, FURNACES, STOVES
WOOD ROOF INSPECTION GUIDE
ZINSCO / SYLVANIA HAZARDS
Home inspection education , training, classes, references: this article series explains how to inspect and diagnose all types of defects found at residential and light commercial buildings, how to perform home inspections, home how to find a qualified home inspector, home inspection standards and ethics, and detailed home inspection methodology. Advice for home buyers includes how to choose a home inspector and how to get the most from a home inspection.
Advanced home inspection methods are presented, stressing methods for increasing the detection of significant or safety defects at properties, technical expertise, and ethical conduct.
Advice is provided for people interested in becoming a home inspector as well as for home buyers or owners who need to hire a home inspector. Our page top sketch was published by US DHEW and by New York State in 1955 or earlier.  A glossary key to the numbered items is found at Home Inspection Definitions & Terms.
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How to Become a Home Inspector Yourself: certification, costs, education & Training
Reader Question on how to get into the home inspection "business" or "profession"
My interest is multi-purposed. I want to become a certified home inspector in Pennsylvania, as the first stage. I've found it difficult to get good advice about which 'on line' course to purchase. Hidden fees, and marginal disclosure are my hurdles.
Your site is the first I've seen that seems without bias. Is it possible to see a comparison of on line courses for certification in Pennsylvania? I am willing to pay for the best, but it seems impossible to compare.
The purpose of my schooling is to facilitate a dream my son and I share. My son is in college for another two years, and wants to become a real estate 'mogul'. He is actually taking the right classes. As most his age, his imagination/dreams fall short of reality. I'm a home owner. No mortgage, and willing to sell if it could provide start up cash for our goal.
Why does it require $25K to get this home inspection business off the ground, when the course costs only a thousand dollars? I've got other financial backing, but prefer to go forward on my own. I will appreciate your reply.
Your site has been what I was looking for, unless you are in the business of promoting a vested interest. There are recognized associations other than ASHI. I am eager to learn more. - D.R.
Reply: costs & how to figure out where to concentrate your home inspection education
I'm sorry to have to reply that I don't have specific enough information about home inspection courses in PA to have an opinion about which is best.
Some national education projects with which we've been connected are listed below as well as at Books & Articles. I'm not sure why you have found it costs $25,000. to enter the home inspection "business", unless you are considering buying a franchise (see Home Inspection Company Franchises).
But the cost of home inspection education is certainly going to be more than the $1000. you quote, as to succeed and to practice at a level of competence that minimizes the chance that you'll harm your clients, continuing education and professional involvement will be needed.
Some very good technical education is free if you are someone who can enjoy reading in-depth technical material, including the several thousand building inspection, diagnosis, and repair articles found for free here at InspectAPedia
Watch out: the advantage of taking some formal home inspection education courses and classes is that presumably the teacher takes an organized approach to presenting material to assure that you are not omitting critical basic skills and knowledge - a risk if you simply wander through publications on your own.
HOME INSPECTOR EDUCATION lists home inspection training, courses, home study programs, texts, and references for home inspectors and other building inspectors and building diagnosticians as well as for building, structural, and indoor environment forensic investigators
Watch out: in my experience, some self-appointed home inspection educators and course providers simply teach their "opinion" as if it were fact, and may fail even to have read basic authoritative sources on the very subject they present. Look for authoritative citations to expert sources in all of your course and reading material on home inspection methods, building practices, etc.
The three Carson Dunlop home inspector education and report writing courses here start at much lower out of pocket costs than you cite. [Disclosure: Carson Dunlop Associates have contributed illustrattions and technical content to InspectApedia.com and I have contributed content to their training material. - Ed.]
As I have experience in the home inspection education field, naturally I have opinions about that education process in general, as well as about some of the courses offered in classrooms and by distant education. Some more general advice about both choosing a home inspection course and home inspection education might include
Particularly because you are planning to work in the field, I invite you to take a look at any of our articles that you find of interest, and to comment, critique, ask for more information, or contribute information. Doing so improves the quality of our information and it gives another opportunity for a credit-link to refer readers to you for your own professional services.
We would much appreciate hearing any comments, critique, suggestions, or further questions that you may have after you've taken a look at any of our online articles (see CONTACT). We are dedicated to making our information as accurate, complete, useful, and unbiased as possible: we very much welcome critique, questions, or content suggestions for our web articles. Working together and exchanging information makes us better informed than any individual can be working alone.
Please keep me posted on how things progress, and send along photos of interesting or curious things you come across at home inspections or in classes if you can. Such added details can help us understand what's happening and often permit some useful further comment. What we both learn may help me help someone else.
More detailed advice about becoming a home inspector is found at Home Inspector, How to Become a.
Also see the home inspection topics listed at page top or at Related Topics .
Home Inspection Standards, Ethics, American Society of Home Inspectors-ASHI and Other Home Inspection Standards, Ethics, and Home Inspector Certification Procedures
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