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5- Day Home Inspection Fundamentals Course

Anyone Can Train to Be a Home Inspector

Call Today! 800-217-7979

The job of home inspectors is to perform a non-invasive visual inspection of a residential or commercial property. The inspection process will result in the education of the consumer about the property to include a written report of any findings.  Here at Building Specs,
we offer state-of-the-art home inspection training that is recognized, approved and certified by many states. We are currently offering our home inspection training courses in Maryland.

This program includes 50 hours of intensive home inspection training through classroom lecture, slide and video presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on labs. Upon completion, graduates can seek employment with home inspection companies, companies related to the real estate and construction field, or set up a home inspection business of their own.

Attention Maryland Residence:

Hurry and take your 50 Hour Course before the time requirements change.

Course requirements change October 1, 2008, Maryland Law requires that effective October 1, 2008 all students must complete a 72 Hour Inspectors Training Course. To avoide the additional classroom time and fees sign up for our 50 Hour Course in August or September.

Included In This Course:

Curriculum and Course Materials

  • Building Specs Training Manual
  • Code Check Reference Book
  • Trouble Shooter Guide
  • Building Specs Inspection training Video
  • A comprehensive power point presentation
  • Hands on learning in our equipment labs
  • Learn standards of practice and code of ethics
  • Learn our industry proven inspection skills and techniques

Scope of the Inspection

  • What is a Home Inspection
  • What a Home Inspection is not
  • The Limitations of an Inspection
  • The Home Inspection Contract
  • Home Inspection reporting systems
  • Tools of the inspection trade
  • Insurance types
  • Various parties in the inspection
  • Standards of practices and code of ethics
  • State laws and legislation

Business Operations

  • Day to day operations
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Pricing structures
  • Proven sales and marketing techniques
  • Business sources
  • Expanding your buskins
  • Ancillary business income opportunities
  • Developing a business plan and strategy

Report Writing

  • Proven report writing skills
  • Common report writing mistakes
  • Pros and cons of various reports
  • Hand on report writing in the field skills
  • Report writing exercises
  • Latest report writing technology
  • Sample printed and electronic reports
  • Learn to protect yourself and convey accurate information
  • Report writing to the standards of practice


  • Understanding soils concerns
  • Grading requirements
  • Rainwater management
  • Vegetation
  • Inspecting the grounds to the standards of practice


  • Floor, Walls, Ceiling, systems
  • Foundation and superstructure materials
  • Platform and balloon framing
  • Understanding and identifying failures
  • Understanding loads
  • Common structural flaws
  • Understanding basic code
  • Proven inspection techniques
  • Latest building practices and materials
  • Basements/Crawlspaces
  • Moisture related concerns
  • Roof and attic systems, rafters vs trusses
  • Common framing defects and failures
  • Moisture and insect related damage
  • Ventilation and the importance
  • Inspecting the structure to the standards of practice
  • Introduction to basic code


  • Why decks fail
  • Common construction defects
  • Newest Materials
  • Design structures
  • Stair construction
  • Inspecting decks to the standards of practice
  • Flashing and bolting details


  • Materials roof coverings asphalt, fiberglass, tiles, cedar, slate, metal, membrane, built up and new composite materials
  • Steep and low slope roofing
  • Roof decking
  • Where to inspect from
  • Safety practices
  • Limitations and how to report them
  • Common defect and concerns
  • Water intrusion concerns
  • Inspecting roofs to the standards of practice

Exterior / Interior Surfaces

  • Siding materials, vinyl, aluminum, wood, EIFS, stucco, composites and renewable products
  • Windows, materials, styles and common concerns
  • Entry Doors and common failures and areas to inspect
  • House wrap and common improper practices
  • Understanding the building envelope
  • Moisture and insect intrusion
  • Red flags for structurally related concerns
  • Wall, ceiling and floor coverings
  • Limitations
  • Moisture indicating signs
  • Common signs of movement in the building
  • Inspecting the exterior to the standards of practice
  • Understanding the manufactures requirements


  • Materials used
  • Common failures
  • Where to inspect
  • Limitations
  • Products with known failures
  • Understanding the distribution, waste and venting system
  • Antiquated systems
  • Inspecting the plumbing to the standards of practice
  • Introduction to basic code


  • Service and disconnect
  • Wiring materials
  • Wiring methods
  • Receptacles, switches
  • Common receptacle defect
  • Polarity
  • Over current protection
  • Inspecting the service and branch wiring
  • Inspecting and understanding the electrical panels
  • Inspecting the electrical to the standards of practice
  • Ground fault interrupters
  • Arc fault interrupters
  • Common wiring defects
  • Introduction to basic code

Heating and Cooling Systems

  • Types of heating and cooling
  • Fuels used for heating and cooling
  • Forced air system, air handlers
  • Hydronic systems, steam and hot water
  • Heat pumps and air conditioners
  • Flues, locations and materials
  • Filtration
  • Inspecting the HVAC to the standards of practice
  • Introduction to basic code

Fireplace, Flues

  • Changes in construction that can affect the inspection
  • Limitations of the inspection
  • Chimney, firebox, flue liner, crown, cap, smoke chamber
  • Masonry, metal and manufactured fireplaces
  • Inspecting chimney components to the standards of practice

Safety Concerns

  • Learn to identify common safety red flags throughout the house, windows, railing, stairs, trip hazards, fall hazards, carbon monoxide concerns, firebreaks, health related concerns, garage doors, appliances, etc.

Energy Conservation

  • Green Building
  • Renewable resources
  • Insulated windows and doors
  • Importance of caulking
  • HVAC over sizing concerns

Field Training at a Test House

  • Put all of your newly learned skills into hands on practice at an actual test house
  • Learn the true art of inspecting
  • Put your report writing into practice
  • Learn to properly and safely use tools of the industry
  • Learn to safeguard your client during the inspection
  • Learn skills to conduct and safe and comprehensive inspection
  • Understand the process
  • Learn from field demonstrations
  • Receive Exclusive 5% Building Specs student-only discount on your first tool order from!

Our classrooms are equipped with actual training systems and units, coupled with an extensive power point and slide collection and easy to use learning materials. Once you complete classroom training, our instructors will take you out into the field for hands-on training, where you can learn the REAL art of quality home inspections. Once you complete the classroom training, you receive hands-on field training where you will learn tips and techniques that you will use daily.

More Than Just Home Inspection Training…

We know there is more to becoming a Home Inspector than just learning the art of inspection. For that reason, Building Specs training includes a proven sales and marketing plan to teach you how to get the most from your marketing budget, as well as educating you on different environmental concerns and test from which you and your clients can profit.


Cost: $1336.00

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Financial Aid is Available!