Home Inspection Certificate

North Seattle College

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES704
Hours: 200
Fees: $2295.00 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the program offered?
The NIBI Home Inspection Program is a self-paced, non-credit course with open enrollment. You can register and take the program at any time.

2. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?
Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

3. What materials are provided with program registration?
Students will receive printed copies of core Lessons for the program. They will also receive additional texts or CD/DVD reference materials to assist with or supplement the program completion. Access to the program also provides the student with the ability to print out all program screens for future reference. Materials will be shipped via UPS ground service, or similar, upon registration.

4. Do I have to buy additional materials?
All materials required for program completion are included in the program tuition.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

5. Is the program approved for pre-licensing education?
Many states do not currently accept online or distance learning courses to meet initial educational or training requirements for licensure in lieu of classroom coursework. However, there is an increasing demand for this type of training alternative, and some states have now approved online courses for all or part of the initial education requirements as well as for use for continuing education credits. To confirm specific state requirements for licensure, visit the website of the applicable jurisdiction, or contact the appropriate home inspection licensure or regulatory board. To review basic state home inspector licensing requirements, and to obtain current agency contact information, you can also go to http://www.homeinspectionexam.org/state_regulations.php

6. Is the program approved for continuing education?
Individual program topics are periodically submitted to the various home inspection organizations and state/provincial agencies for approval for continuing education credits. Individual program topics have received various forms of continuing education credits. Currently credits are offered by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI®), California Real Estate Inspectors Association (CREIA®), National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI®), and the following states: CT, IL, MS, NC, NV, SD, and WI. Specific credits (subject to change) are listed in the description for each segment of the Course.

7. Do I get a certificate at the end of the program?
A transcript can be printed when a program has been satisfactorily completed. A formal validated transcript will be provided.

8. Are the programs available on CD?
No. An online program allows flexibility to make the necessary changes to keep current. Changes in industry issues and concerns can be quickly uploaded for instant access by all students.

9. Do the programs contain video or audio?
The program has multimedia options; however, to avoid user problems with bandwidth and memory restrictions we have not incorporated them directly in the program at this time. All courses do have direct links to the websites of numerous manufacturer and industry associations. These provide extensive supplementary material and multimedia options.

10. Who will be my instructor?
Each student is paired up with an instructor or for one-on-one interaction when needed. The facilitator will be available (via email or phone) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are experienced in the field of home inspection and home inspection education.

11. How do I contact the program instructor?
Students can e-mail the instructor for clarification or questions on any issue directly through an email function in the course menu. There is also a conference room where students registered at the same time can interact with each other as well as the instructor. This feature is only active when more than 10 students express an interest in such a forum for an exchange of ideas.

12. What are the computer requirements to take the program online?
In order to take the Home Inspection Online Career Training Program, you must have access to a computer, the Internet (a normal dial-up connection will work), and a browser, such as Navigator or Internet Explorer. You can access the course contents from any web-enabled computer. There are no other necessary plug-ins. A PC is recommended; the program screens may not open properly with a MAC.

13. Can I access the program from a remote computer?
You do not have to use the same computer to log-in to the course every time, all you need is the URL, your Student ID and password.

14. What constitutes a passing grade for a program?
In order to successfully complete the Home Inspection program, a student must review 100% of the Lesson material and successfully complete all the graded Assessments. There are Assessments throughout the Course; a minimum of 75% is required for program completion. Review Questions found throughout the programs are not graded. Glossaries, Reference Files and other Appendix material that is provided to supplement the Lessons are not included in graded Assessments.

15. Is there a Final Exam?
No, student knowledge is tested by the numerous assessments throughout the program.

16. How long should it take to go through a program?
Upon registering, you're given an initial twelve months to complete this program. Should you need more time beyond the twelve months, an extension of six months is available at no additional cost.

17. Can I access the system at any time?
Once registered, the program will be available 24/7, until the end of the 180-day registration period. However, as with any computer-based program and any service offered on the Internet, there is always a possibility of unanticipated service interruptions. Periodically the system may also have to go off line for a short time for maintenance. Planned maintenance notices will be posted.

18.  What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?
The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee will be charged for an extension.

19.  Are there program prerequisites?
There are no specific pre-requisites for the program. The more knowledge of residential construction that a student has the more proficient he/she will be at moving through the Course in a reasonable time period. Any recognized text on residential construction of home inspections will provide reasonable background for the Home Inspection Program.

20. Can I get a printed copy of the program?
The text of the full program (each screen) text can be printed, screen-by-screen. A printed version of the core lessons from the program will be provided with registration. This will assist the student in off-line review of the material; however, the program must be accessed to complete trial questions, use links, view inspection guidelines and lists, review reference materials, and complete graded assessments.

21. Will I be able to perform home inspections when I complete the NIBI Online Home Inspection Program?
While containing extensive information, this program alone will not qualify a student to perform home inspections. Our program prepares students for the two widely accepted national home inspector exams are offered by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI, at www.homeinspectionexam.org) and the National Institute of Home Inspectors (www.nahi.org) as well as several pre-licensing exams offered by several states. However, each student must investigate the industry, ensure suitable competency with all relevant topics, observe home inspections, pass any locally required home inspection pre-licensing exams and requirements, complete trial inspections and reports, meet business obligations and complete local home inspector licensing exams and requirements before they can consider performing inspections for a fee. To review licensing requirements state by state check out EBPHI website at http://www.homeinspectionexam.org/state_regulations.php.

22. Can I get financial assistance?
ed2go programs are non-credit programs, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our programs.

23. What happens when I complete the program?
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

24. Am I guaranteed a job?
ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We do not provide direct job placement services, but our instructors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Instructors will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the course. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

25. How can I get more information on the program?
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-855-520-68061-855-520-6806 FREE. We will answer your questions promptly.

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