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If you are interested in becoming a private home inspector or looking for a positive career change and joining an exciting and growing profession, this flexible delivery certificate program provides students with thorough and practical knowledge of the practice of home inspection. Students learn business communication skills and technical skills required to assess and report on the condition of a house and all of its systems including roofing, structure, electrical, heating, air conditioning/heat pumps, plumbing, exterior, insulation and interior inspections of home residences.
The program is delivered in collaboration with Carson Dunlop and Associates and in cooperation with the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) that incorporates the Standards of Practice of ASHI/CAHPI (American Society of Home Inspectors/Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors). The Standards of Practice define the professional performance of home inspectors expected in the industry. The program is recognized by OAHI as a key part of the educational requirements leading to the Registered Home Inspector (RHI) Ontario designation.
To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.
This program is well-suited for students who:
- Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Are self-directed.
- Possess an applied technical and computer aptitude.
- Want to work in a variety of challenging work settings and are physically mobile.
- Have an interest in engineering, construction and related building trades.
Employment opportunities may include practising as a private home inspector providing consulting services to buyers or vendors of existing and new residential homes and advising on the condition of buildings and building components for valuation, maintenance or insurance purposes.
Fees & Expenses
Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.
Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; OR
- Mature Student status (19 years of age or older without an OSSD).
No application process is required for the part-time delivery of this program. Students may register on a course by course basis.
Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) "Registered Home Inspector" (RHI) designation:
- For students interested in pursuing the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) "Registered Home Inspector" (RHI) designation, successful completion of this program fulfills the OAHI academic entrance requirements provided that a 70% average is maintained in each of the subjects being submitted to OAHI for consideration.
- To qualify for the RHI designation with OAHI, students must complete the following Building Code courses:
- Ontario Building Code Part 9 - The House - Health and Safety BSC5557
- Ontario Building Code Part 9 - The Building Envelope BSC5558
- To qualify for the RHI with OAHI, students will also require a Defect Recognition course which is not available through Algonquin College but can be done directly with OAHI.
- Textbooks must be purchased directly from the supplier, Carson Dunlop, as outlined in the attached bulletin.
- For more information about the RHI designation, please refer to oahi.com.
For more information, please contact Coordinator Fiona Murray at 613-727-4723, ext. 6367 or email@example.com.
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HRA0004 Roofing Inspection
The emphasis in this subject is on typical defects of the various types of roof coverings, drainage systems, flashings, skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations. Students apply their knowledge of roofing to inspections that focus on system performance, safety concerns, and compliance with existing codes and standards.
HRA0005 Structure Inspection
This subject focuses on the following structural components of a residential dwelling: foundations and footings, floors, walls and roof/ceiling structures. Students learn to apply knowledge of structures to inspections that focus on system performance, safety concerns and compliance with good construction practices.
HRA0006 Electrical Inspection
This subject prepares students to inspect the performance of the following components of electrical systems within residential buildings: service drops, grounding systems, service panels, wiring systems, devices and fixtures.
HRA0007 Heating Inspection I
This subject covers installed heating systems (gas and oil furnaces and hot water boilers). Emphasis is on the inspector's ability to identify the energy source, type, material, condition and safety concerns, as well as inspecting the heating equipment.
HRA0008 Heating Inspection II
This subject covers vent systems, flues and chimneys, as well as fireplaces, other wood heating appliances, steam and electric heating systems. Students apply knowledge of these systems to the role of home inspector.
HRA0009 Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Inspection
Emphasis in this subject is on cooling systems and heat pumps. Students learn to identify typical defects and apply correct inspection techniques.
HRA0010 Plumbing Inspection
This subject prepares students to inspect, in a residential dwelling, the interior water supply and distribution systems (including fixtures and faucets), as well as water heating equipment, and drain/vent/waste systems and their related fixtures.
HRA0011 Exterior Inspection
This subject covers retaining walls, grounds, window wells, lot grading, driveways, patios, walkways, decks, balconies, stoops and steps, porches, railings, wall cladding, flashing, trim, eaves, soffits and facia, as well as exterior doors and windows. Students learn to describe the exterior wall coverings and inspect all aspects of the exterior named above.
HRA0012 Interior/Insulation Inspection
Focus is on the inspection of thermal insulation, vapor retarders and ventilation systems, as well as the inspection of interior elements of residential dwellings, such as walls, ceilings, floors, basements, doors, windows, interior stairs/railings, installed countertops, and cabinets and garage doors/door operators.
COM0007 Communication - Professional Practices
The professional home inspector is required, both verbally and in writing, to describe the inspection process and communicate inspection findings to the client. It is imperative that the home inspector be able to communicate clearly and effectively to ensure understanding of an inspection, once conducted. Students in this subject develop their oral and written communication skills, and learn the reporting requirements and proper conduct required of a professional in this industry.