Home Inspection - 171

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Overview

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Enter an exciting and growing profession! Home inspection is a consulting service that helps homebuyers make informed decisions about their prospective new home. Mohawk College,in partnership with Seneca College, Carson Dunlop and Associates and in cooperation with the Ontario Association of Home Inspections (OAHI) is offering a ten subject Home Inspection Certificate that incorporates the Standards of Practice of ASHI/CAHPI (American Society of Home Inspectors (opens new window) / Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (opens new window)).

Important Notice

Successful completion of this program fulfills the academic entrance requirements of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) provided that a 70% average is maintained in each of the subjects being submitted to OAHI for consideration. Students must still complete the Defect Recognition and Reporting Subject, which must be taken through the OAHI directly, as well as the following Ontario Building Code Subjects:

  • Part 9 - Building Envelope
  • Part 9 - Health and Safety

Please contact the OAHI regarding the need for, and availability of, Professional Liability (Errors and Omissions) Insurance. Please contact directly: 416-256-0960 or 1-888-RHI-OAHI

  • Students will have taken 10 courses within the scope of conducting a residential home inspection
  • These courses will assist the student in becoming a certified home inspector through the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors
  • All courses are completely online, except for any required in-person final exam writing
Program Contact
Continuing Education Skills
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • Experience in the construction industry is an asset

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

Industries of Employment
Many students finishing this program will be self-employed as Home Inspectors.

Occupational Categories
Home Inspectors

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2017/18 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Technology and Skills.

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course. 

A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Textbook Information

Textbooks must be purchased directly from the Carson Dunlop online store.  Visit https://store.carsondunlop.com/schools/mohawk-college.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Learn the fundamentals of inspecting thermal insulation, vapour retarders and ventilation systems. Focus on the inspection of walls, ceilings, floors, basements, doors, windows, and other residential fittings.
Credits: 3
Course description: Learn to conduct an exterior inspection, with emphasis on exterior wall coverings and retaining walls, grounds, window wells, lot grading, driveways, patios, walkways, decks, balconies, porches, railings, wall cladding, flashing trim, eaves, soffits, fascia, and exterior doors and windows.
Credits: 3
Course description: Learn to inspect foundations and footings, floors, walls and roof/ceiling structures, with emphasis on system performance, safety concerns, and compliance with good construction practices.
Credits: 3
Course description: Learn to identify typical defects in roof coverings, drainage systems, flashings, skylights, chimneys and other roof penetrations. System performance, safety concerns, and compliance with existing codes and standards receive particular attention.
Credits: 3
Course description: Develop your professional communication skills with particular emphasis on reporting requirements, communicating inspection findings to the client, and professional conduct required of industry professionals.
Credits: 3
Course description: Learn to inspect the performance of residential electrical systems, with emphasis on service drops, grounding systems, service panels, wiring systems, devices, and fixtures.
Credits: 3
Course description: Learn to inspect installed heating systems (gas and oil furnaces and hot water boilers). Emphasis on Identifying the energy source, type, material, condition, and safety concerns as well as inspecting the heating equipment.
Credits: 3
Course description: Learn to inspect vent systems, flues and chimneys, as well as fireplaces, other wood heating appliances, steam and electric heating systems.
Credits: 3
Course description: Focus on residential plumbing systems, with emphasis on interior water supply and distribution systems, water heating equipment, drain/vent/waste systems and related fixtures.
Credits: 3
Course description: Learn to identify typical defects and apply correct inspection techniques for cooling systems and heat pumps.
Credits: 3
  • Learn the fundamentals of inspecting thermal insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, basements, doors, windows, and other residential fittings
  • Learn to conduct an exterior inspection
  • Learn to inspect installed heating systems, vent systems, flues and chimneys
  • Learn to inspect plumbing
  • Learn to identify typical defects for cooling systems and heat pumps
  • Learn to inspect the performance of electrical systems
  • Learn to inspect foundations and footings
  • Learn to identify typical defects in roof coverings, drainage systems, flashing skylights, and other roof penetrations
  • Develop professional communication skills, verbally and in writing with emphasis on writing report documents and the ability to articulate findings to customers