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Home Inspection Certificate

Discover the growing field of Home Inspection. These 7 courses will help you prepare for the National Home Inspector Examination that is required for Home Inspector licensing in NH, MA, and other states throughout the country. Core courses must be successfully completed in order to earn the Home Inspector Preparation Program Certificate of Completion required in New Hampshire & Mass. This program was designed & developed in 2002 to satisfy the need for formal home inspection education and to prepare students taking the National Home Inspection Examination (NHIE).  This program has been updated every year to comply with both State of New Hampshire and Massachusetts home inspection Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. This comprehensive program is taught by experienced home inspectors and code officers and is based on New Hampshire, Massachusetts, InterNachi, and ASHI standards of practice and code of ethics. This program, once completed, will provide you with all pre-licensing education requirements and prepare you to take the National Home Inspection Examination.

Students receive a total of 111 hours of instruction. Students are assessed using both attendance records which are logged at each class session as well as quizzes and exams in each course. Students must complete all seven (7) courses in order to receive a certificate.

Textbook Information: While there may be additional textbooks that students must purchase for program courses, students must purchase the following texts for use or reference in all program courses:

Code Check Complete, 2nd edition, Taunton Press, ISBN 978-1600854934, available at online book vendors or at the American Home Inspectors Training (AHIT) website at http://www.ahit.com/products/books/bp_codechecks.htm

A Practical Guide to Home Inspection, 4th Edition, available at AHIT at https://www.ahit.com/products/books/Practical-Guide-Home-Inspection-4ed.htm

Important Program Note: It is required that students interested in this program take the Overview course as their first course. This course is offered each fall semester and, on occasion, may be offered at other times during the academic year. Offering this required first course is dependent on several variables including whether or not the max student enrollment for the program has been met in the fall semester, instructor availability, and so on. New and/or interested students are encouraged to contact Christine DeRosa, Program Manager, at cderosa@necc.mass.edu for more information regarding when another Overview class will be offered.


Home Inspection Overview

The NECC non-credit Home Inspection Program stands out from other home inspection programs since it gives the “would be” inspector the opportunity to really understand what is required to be a home inspector in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the educational requirements, the states’ standards of practice and code of ethics, the pros and cons of home inspection, and many more interactive FAQs and Q & As. Northern Essex is offering this course not only to satisfy state pre-licensing requirements but also to give the student an in-depth knowledge of home inspection. Five 3-hour sessions. Instructor: Mark “Marcus” Hutnick, experienced home inspector and pre-licensing educator, FHA 203K consultant and owner of SNH Inspection & Testing Services in Derry, NH

Important Program Note: It is required that students interested in this program take the Overview course as their first course. This course is offered each fall semester and, on occasion, may be offered at other times during the academic year. Offering this required first course is dependent on several variables including whether or not the max student enrollment for the program has been met in the fall semester, instructor availability, and so on. New and/or interested students are encouraged to contact Christine DeRosa, Program Manager, at cderosa@necc.mass.edu for more information regarding when another Overview class will be offered.

Required Texts: See the “Textbook Information” section under the Home Inspection Certificate description.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesday, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., 5 weeks, 10/4-11/1

Location: Haverhill

Cost: $285

CRN: 574 Course Number: HMIN1016 Section: OWA


Structures

Learn the basics of structures (foundations, framing, etc.), what is required by the State to identify, inspect, report, and make recommendations relative to the house structural systems of a house. Course content is taken from several sources including States standards of practice, widely used home inspection books and manuals, code-check references, inspector-instructor experience, field pictures, and actual inspection results. A quiz is given at the end of this course. Six 3-hour sessions. Instructor: Mark “Marcus” Hutnick, experienced home inspector and pre-licensing educator, FHA 203K consultant and owner of SNH Inspection & Testing Services in Derry, NH.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., 6 weeks, 9/5-10/10 (Note: This course will be offered again in spring 2018 to accommodate students who began the program in fall 2017.)

Location: Haverhill

Cost: $339

CRN: 571 Course Number: HMIN1018 Section: OWA


Electrical Systems

Learn the basics of electricity, what is required by the state to identify, inspect, report, and make recommendations relative to the electrical systems of a house. Course content is taken from several sources including States standards of practice, widely used home inspection books and manuals, code-check references, inspector-instructor experience, field pictures, and actual inspection results. A quiz is given at the end of this course. Six 3-hour sessions. Instructor: Mark “Marcus” Hutnick, experienced home inspector and pre-licensing educator, FHA 203K consultant and owner of SNH Inspection & Testing Services in Derry, NH

Please purchase and bring your textbook to the first class: Wiring a House, 5th edition by Rex Cauldwell (ISBN-10: 162710674X).

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, 6 weeks, 10/24-11/28 (Note: This course will be offered again in spring 2018 to accommodate students who began the program in fall 2017.)

Location: Haverhill

Cost: $339

CRN: 572 Course Number: HMIN1023 Section: RWA


Plumbing

Learn the basics of plumbing, including what is required by the state to identify, inspect, report, and make recommendations relative to the plumbing systems of a house. Course content is taken from several sources including states’ standards of practice, widely used home inspection books and manuals, code-check references, inspector-instructor experience, field pictures, and actual inspection results. Depending upon the instructor’s window of opportunity, a several hour field/site visit may occur. Six 3-hour sessions. Instructor: Bruce Hale

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, 6 weeks, 10/12-11/16 (Note: This course will be offered again in spring 2018 to accommodate students who began the program in fall 2017.)

Location: Haverhill

Cost: $339

CRN: 573 Course Number: HMIN1017 Section: OWA


Attics, Roof, Interiors, Exteriors, Lots, and Grounds (ARIELG)

Often referred to as the ARIELG course, students will learn home inspection for attics, roofs, interiors, exteriors, lots, and grounds, what is required by the State to identify, report, and make recommendations relative to these areas of a house. Course content is taken from several sources, including states standards of practice, widely used home inspection books and manuals, code-check references, inspector-instructor experience, field pictures, and actual inspection results. A quiz is given at the end of this course. Six 3-hour sessions. Instructor: Mark “Marcus” Hutnick, experienced home inspector and pre-licensing educator, FHA 203K consultant and owner of SNH Inspection & Testing Services in Derry, NH

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, 6 weeks, 11/8-12/20 (no class 11/22)

Location: Haverhill

Cost: $339

CRN: 575 Course Number: HMIN1020 Section: OWA


Heating & Cooling *

In this course, the student will learn the basics of heating systems and cooling systems, what is required by the state to identify, inspect, report, and make recommendations relative to the heating and cooling of a house. Course content is taken from several sources including states’ standards of practice, widely used home inspection books and manuals, code-check reference, inspector-instructor experience, field pictures, and actual inspection results. A quiz is given at the end of this course. Six 3-hour sessions. Instructor: Bruce Hale

* Offered in the spring 2018 semester


Report Writing/Environmental Testing *

This is a unique, required course. It is highly recommended that this dual course be taken at the end of the program.  Typically a 6-hour Saturday class, the first 3 hours, which are mandatory for the Massachusetts and New Hampshire requirements, address the importance of the home inspection report. It also includes how a report is generated, how it should be addressed and issued, how long to archive reports, what software is available to generate your reports, and how to write both a beneficial and defensible report with properly worked recommendations.

The second part of this class will address ancillary home inspection tasks like how to take a water, radon, and other tests, how to get certified, and where to set up lab accounts. It is not a state requirement, but these ancillary tasks are often requested by customers, and they can both satisfy those requests and expand the inspector’s channels of revenue.  One 6-hour Saturday session.  Instructor: Mark “Marcus” Hutnick, experienced home inspector and pre-licensing educator, FHA 203K consultant and owner of SNH Inspection & Testing Services in Derry, NH

* Offered in the spring 2018 semester


For more information, please contact:

  • Christine DeRosa at 978-556-3064 or cderosa@necc.mass.edu (Email is the preferred method of contact so that additional information can be sent to interested students.)
  • Diane Zold-Gross at 978-556-3068 or dzoldgross@necc.mass.edu