Home Inspection Education

Written by Sierra Rein
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Although certification is not necessary required to become a home inspector in Canada, and many states of America, most home inspection businesses demand high standards in home inspection education. In order to launch a competent practice in the field of home inspection, a student must be taught detailed knowledge on home construction techniques. He must also be kept in touch with new information on deterioration rates and how to analyze interior system components such as electrical, heating, plumbing, roofing, foundation, and drainage structures.

Indeed, those home inspectors who are in demand are constantly educating themselves on the newest building codes, techniques, materials, technologies and testing tools. They choose to travel to seminars, take specialized correspondence courses, and read up on the latest information in their field. Any inspector lacking exposure to new trends are in danger of becoming out of date and behind in the home inspection business market.

Proper home inspection education is also a must-have for members of the CAHI (Canadian Association of Home Inspectors). The CAHI Standards of Practice requires inspectors to go through a rigorous series of qualifying classes, including education, experience, and field work. Without this certification, a home inspector cannot practice under the CAHI logo or be considered a high quality member in his or her line of work.

Preparing for Home Inspection Education

The best candidates for starting home inspection education are those who already have College-level education in fields relating to engineering, construction, management, or architecture. Students should have strong communication and organizational skills, and be able to accurately portray their visual observations on paper. If these basics are not covered before taking an official home inspection education course, the student may have difficulty adjusting to his or her new career.


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