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Home Inspection Certificate

The Home Inspection Online Training course covers the major elements of a house and the principal issues and components of a home inspection. All lessons start with detailed information on residential construction, including basic building design and construction materials and practices. The focus is on home inspection, including standards of practice, defects recognition, inspection guidelines, and reporting methodologies. Each module also includes appendices containing extensive glossaries, reference articles, inspection procedure lists, and common defect lists. Each learning unit is independently formatted, so you can take the course in any order desired, or switch between modules. In addition to passing assessments, you must complete all core sections of the course to receive full credit. 

You can take this course no matter what state you live in, but please note that some states have home inspector licensing or registration laws that require a classroom, field inspection and/or association membership component.

Please click here to view the state requirements. This online course may not meet the educational requirements in these states; however, in some cases, states waive classroom requirements for applicants with certain home inspection expertise or other related experiences or licenses. Be sure to consult your particular state home inspection regulatory board for specific information.

12 Months / 200 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

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Central Michigan University

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Learning Method


Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Home Inspection Certificate

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES704

What You Will Learn
  • Understand the purpose and scope of home inspection standards
  • Recognize and describe basic residential construction materials and techniques
  • Know basic procedures for inspecting a home
  • Know basic home inspection equipment and personal protective gear
  • Recognize common defects found in residential construction
  • Know the appropriate reporting methodologies
  • Be able to sit for home inspection exams with reasonable expectation of success
  • Earn continuing education credits, where applicable
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 200 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Prepare yourself for a successful career as a construction manager, construction foreman, estimator, facilities manager, or environmental services supervisor. This also supports a career in residential appraisals, residential construction, or related businesses
  • Learn how to effectively communicate with potential customers and employers
  • Receive a home inspection certificate upon course completion
  • Be able to complete a home inspection either independently or as part of a team


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Understand the fundamental skills and physical abilities required of a home inspector. Discuss best communication techniques to work with clients and potential employers.

Exterior and Structural Elements

Learn about how to inspect roof systems, exterior elements, and the structure of a property.

Interior Elements

Cover how to inspect insulation, ventilation, and various other interior elements of a given property.

Electric Systems

Master how to inspect an electric system. Learn how to hunt for faulty wiring and write recommendations for repairs.

Plumbing Systems

Understand how to inspect plumbing systems and how to provide counsel if something is broken.

Heating, Cooling, and Hot Water Systems

Learn how to properly inspect heating and cooling systems. Additionally, you’ll cover hot-water supply system best practices for inspection.

  1. Introduction
  2. Roof Systems
  3. Exterior Elements
  4. Structural Systems
  5. Insulation and Ventilation
  6. Interior Elements
  7. Electric Systems Lesson
  8. Plumbing Systems
  9. Heating Systems
  10. Cooling Systems
  11. Hot-water Supply Systems
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Instructors & Support

Keith Scherzinger

Keith Scherzinger is a licensed Professional Engineer in three States and is a licensed Construction Official in New Jersey. He is owner and chief inspector at South Jersey Home Inspection, LLC and Southeastern Home Inspection, LLC. Additionally, he is the owner and managing member of Prodigy Homes, LLC, a real estate rehabilitation and construction business. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Engineering from the University of Hartford’s College of Engineering. He also received his Master of Science from the University of Pittsburgh.


Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course, but knowledge of residential construction is recommended. Any recognized text on residential construction of home inspections will provide reasonable background for the Home Inspection course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac. A PC is recommended because some features of the course may not work properly on a Mac.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. This also includes external references which students are encouraged to study.

About Certification


The Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI) wishes to promote the home inspection career as a high-stakes and serious profession. The organization establishes professional standards and develops, maintains, and administers the National Home Inspector Examination (NHIE), which many states rely upon to ensure home inspectors are competent. When you complete a course certified by EBPHI, you’re getting an excellent education independent of industry interests. 


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When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more:

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE CHAT or by calling us at (855) 520-6806. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the Contact Us form.

Is the course approved for pre-licensing education?

Some 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

Is the course approved for continuing education?

Individual course topics are periodically submitted to the various home inspection organizations and state/provincial agencies for approval for continuing education credits. Individual course 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, NJ, NV, SD, and WI. Specific credits (subject to change) are listed in the description for each segment of the Course.

Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?

A transcript can be printed when a course has been satisfactorily completed. A formal validated transcript will be provided. 

Does the course contain video or audio?

The course has multimedia options. All courses do have direct links to the websites of numerous manufacturer and industry associations. These provide extensive supplementary material and multimedia options. 

How do I contact the course 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.

What constitutes a passing grade for a course?

In order to successfully complete the Home Inspection course, a student must review 100% of the Lesson material and successfully complete all the graded Assessments. There are Assessments throughout the Course. The student has to complete at least 90% of all quizzes/tests in a module whereby EVERY completed quiz/test must have a passing grade of at least 90%. Review Questions found throughout the courses are not graded. Glossaries, Reference Files and other Appendix material that is provided to supplement the Lessons are not included in graded Assessments.

Will I be able to perform home inspections when I complete the Online Home Inspection course?

While containing extensive information, this course alone will not qualify a student to perform home inspections. Our course prepares students for the most widely accepted national home inspector exam as offered by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI, at 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

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