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Home Inspection

Available at: Online part-time

Overview

This program provides an opportunity to enter an exciting and growing profession. Home inspection is a consulting service that helps homebuyers make informed decisions about their prospective new home.

St. Lawrence College in partnership with Carson Dunlop and Associates and in cooperation with the Ontario Association of Home Inspections (OAHI), is offering a ten subject Home Inspection program that incorporates the Standards of Practice of ASHI/CAHPI (American Society of Home Inspectors/Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors). The program is based on curriculum developed by ASHI in conjunction with Columbia Assessment Services Inc., as a result of their Role Delineation Study of the home inspection profession.

Standards of Practice define a minimum and uniform standard for private, fee-paid home inspectors. Home inspections performed to these standards are intended to provide the client with information regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home as inspected.

The Carson Dunlop and Associates program has been adopted by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Carson Dunlop program complies with ASHI Curriculum and Standards of Practice. The program also meets the Professional Home/Property Inspector Occupational Standards developed by the Canadian Home Inspectors and Building Officials Steering Committee for National Standards (CHIBO).

The systems and components of a house include roofing, structure, electrical, heating, air conditioning/heat pumps, plumbing, exterior, insulation and the interior. The ten subjects in this certificate have been organized to address each of these, as well as to provide students the communication skills and knowledge of professional practice required to be successful in this growing industry. Emphasis in this certificate is on very practical knowledge of the performance of the systems and components of a house, not on theory.

Curriculum has been thoughtfully organized into subjects that describe the materials used in the construction of each house system and how they are assembled. Content covers what may go wrong as well as the causes and the implications of problems that result. The program gives students clear direction concerning what to look for during an inspection: signs of non-performance due to old age, deferred maintenance, weather damage, and poor workmanship. It is this aspect of the program that distinguishes it from the knowledge of contractors or other building professionals.

Successful completion of this program fulfills a portion of the academic entrance requirements of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) except for the Defect Recognition and Reporting Subject; Ontario Building Code Subjects: (1) Part Nine – Building Envelope and (2) Part Nine – Health and Safety. For further information on these courses contact the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors.

To successfully complete this program, participants must complete ten (10) compulsory courses.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • The demand for part-time courses has increased to the point that we recommend you register early to ensure your acceptance into the course.
  • Online courses are easily identified by CS at the beginning of the course code (i.e. CSSE 65 Accounting Basics 1)
  • Textbooks and additional materials may be required for these courses. YOU are responsible for purchasing your textbooks and any additional materials for all courses. Please make a note of your course code (CS##) and see the bottom of this page for book order procedure.

Visit the Online and Continuing Education catalogue for course details and to register.

Highlights

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates from the program may find employment opportunities as a Consultant, Sole Proprietor and Home inspection business.

Program Name

Home Inspection

Program Code

B0762

Credential

Certificate

Start Dates

Continuous

Program Duration

Part-time

Location (Campus)

Online part-time

Canadian Fees

International Fees

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline

Required courses
CSSE 23 Roofing Inspection
CSSE 24 Structural Inspection
CSSE 25 Electrical Inspection
CSSE 26 Heating Inspection 1
CSSE 27 Heating Inspection 2
CSSE 28 Air Conditioning & Heat Pumps Inspection
CSSE 29 Plumbing Inspection
CSSE 30 Interior/Insulation Inspection
CSSE 31 Exterior Inspection
CSSE 32 Communication/Professional Practices

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit www.ontransfer.ca to search for options relevant to your program area of study.



    Admission Requirements

    Prerequisites

    Health Requirements

    Testimonials

    Ellen Foster, SLC Graphic Design grad, 2013
    Front end developer and designer, JIC Design, Kingston

    Developing a close relationship with teachers has always been important for Ellen, so she chose St. Lawrence because of its atmosphere. “It felt a lot more welcoming and supportive than other colleges. The professors wanted to learn about my interests, passions, strengths and weaknesses even before I stepped foot into the classroom. I've always appreciated a strong student-teacher relationship, and I knew I would get that at SLC,” she said.

    Now into her career, Ellen feels like her learning experience at SLC really prepared her for her chosen career path by taking fundamental skills learned and applying them directly to her work. “I currently work as a front-end developer and designer here in Kingston. I learned the fundamentals of front-end development, as well as web design, which is a combination most front-end developers don't have.”  

    Ellen has a word of advice for incoming students to Graphic Design: “To take chances, don't be afraid to fail, and get in over your head. College is the perfect place to realize you're terrible at something and not get fired for it. We may not all be illustrators or web wizards, but you're not going to find out what you are until you take a chance on everything else.”

     



    Ellen Foster

    Program Contact

    Sara Barrie, Administrative Support (OntarioLearn)
    ontariolearn@sl.on.ca

    Admissions Information

    Connect with a College Career Advisor:
    dreamit@sl.on.ca

    International Students Contact:
    international@sl.on.ca


    Additional Information

    Book order procedure

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