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Principles of Home Inspection: 100 Hour Professional Development Certificate


Welcome to Principles of Home Inspection

Principles of Home Inspection is an Industry-Based Certificate of Completion program. It provides comprehensive, in-depth training for students wishing to enter the profession or enhance their existing knowledge. With clear descriptions, detailed technical illustrations, and useful summaries of products, this course is the most exhaustive distance training available. Created by Carson Dunlop & Associates, one of the most successful home inspection companies in North America, Principles of Home Inspection is based on years of practical experience in both inspecting homes and training inspectors. This course of study can be reasonably completed within 2 months to 1 year depending on your study schedule and available time. It is important to grasp the knowledge presented and successfully apply it.

Program Highlights

  • Over 400 detailed technical illustrations reinforce key concepts
  • Interactive exercises keep students focused and increase material retention
  • Thematic graphics keep the material fresh and compelling
  • Unit exams test subject mastery and identify topics requiring additional review

Carson Dunlop Professional Associations

The firm or its technical staff, are members of the following organizations:

American Society of Home Inspectors
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors
Canadian Employee Relocation Council
Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada
International Association of Electrical Inspectors
National Association of Home Inspectors
Ontario Association of Home Inspectors
Ontario Building Envelope Council
Ontario Plumbing Inspectors Association
Professional Engineers of Ontario
Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association

Note: By Industry-Based we mean that industry recognizes and draws continually upon this program source for their Corporate and Commercial Training purposes in which Certificates of Completion or other valid credentials are issued upon successful completion of the program.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Attain the necessary knowledge indicative of the home inspection industry standards.
  2. Recommend the remedial action required to rectify identified problems.
  3. Have a working knowledge of inspection equipment and use and application.
  4. Identify personal protective clothing used in home inspection.
  5. Identify and prioritize the most common defects found in residential construction.
  6. Inspect a residence pursuant to general industry standards.
  7. Report inspection findings consistent with recognized methods.
  8. Identify and locate resources and technical reference materials.
  9. Apply attained knowledge in practical settings with a high degree of confidence.
  10. Sit for state inspection exams.
  11. Expect to pass exams based on the course and Earn a valid Continuing Education Completion Certificate where and when applicable.
  12. Enjoy a successful career track.
Note: See Course Information below for more specific outcomes related to the 14 units of study.


Evaluation of student performance will be based on the following:
  1. Each study session includes learning objectives, reading assignment, a comprehension quiz, and interactive exercises that reinforce visual as well as conceptual insight.
  2. After completing these elements, students are provided with a unit exam to test their understanding and retention of key topics.
  3. A comprehensive final exam is also provided, to help students prepare for actual licensing exams that may be required by their state or professional organization.
  4. The complete course should take students roughly 100 hours to complete.
Grades & Self Reporting: Shortly after enrollment you will begin receiving regular email notifications regarding your course of study. We will be asking how you are progressing in this class. It is your responsibility to respond to our emails and work to finish this course within the time period stated. Not responding to these update notices could result in significant delays, grade reporting issues and failure in the class. Your goal is to complete the course and pass your tests and final exams.

Certificate Process: Upon successful completion of the program you will be directed electronically to apply for a valid, paper-based Certificate from the course administrator JER Online. JER Online partners with Accredited State University and Corporate partners who issue Certificates based on their recommendation. The cost of the application is $39.00 per Certificate ($48 International). You will also be given the choice for JER Online to send you a paper-based Certificate Letter that is offered at no charge.

course quick facts
course code DED1200
cost $1259.00
estimated time to
complete course
100 Hours
course materials
1 Years