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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 are course-specific textbooks that students must purchase for program courses, students must also purchase the following reference book for all program courses: Code Check Complete, 2nd edition, Taunton Press (ISBN 978-1600854934).

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.

Textbook Information: Students will need to purchase the following textbook for the Overview course. The Complete Book of Home Inspection by Norman Becker, 4th edition, ISBN # 978-0-07-170277-5. Students can purchase the 3rd edition of this textbook if needed for use in this course.

Textbook Reminder: While there are course-specific textbooks that students must purchase for program courses, students must also purchase the following reference book for all program courses: Code Check Complete, 2nd edition, Taunton Press (ISBN 978-1600854934).

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., 5 weeks, 2/28-3/28

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $285

CRN: 229 Course Number: HMIN1016 Section: RWA


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: Wednesday, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., 6 weeks, 1/11-2/15 (Note: This course will be offered again in fall 2017 to accommodate students who began the program in spring 2017.)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $339

CRN: 227 Course Number: HMIN1018 Section: RWA


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 textbooks to the first class: Code Check Complete (ISBN-10: 156158911X) and Wiring a House, 5th edition by Rex Cauldwell (ISBN-10: 162710674X).

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, 6 weeks, 3/1-4/5 (Note: This course will be offered again in fall 2017 to accommodate students who began the program in spring 2017.)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $339

CRN: 228 Course Number: HMIN1023 Section: RWA


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

Please purchase and bring your textbook to the first class: A Practical Guide to Heating and Cooling: PGIHC. Please visit the American Home Inspections Training Institute (AHIT) at www.ahit.com to purchase textbook.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Thursday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, 6 weeks, 4/6-5/11

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $339

CRN: 230 Course Number: HMIN1019 Section: RWA


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

Textbook Information: The Practical Guide to Inspecting Interiors, Insulation and Ventilation by Roy Newcomer; The Practical Guide to Inspecting Exteriors by Roy Newcomer; and The Practical Guide to inspecting Roofs by Roy Newcomer. Please visit the American Home Inspections Training Institute (AHIT) at www.ahit.com to purchase textbook.

Course Information

Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, 6 weeks, 5/16-6/20

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $339

CRN: 231 Course Number: HMIN1020 Section: RWA


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

Course Information

Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 1 day, 5/20

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $125

CRN: 232 Course Number: HMIN1021 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

Please purchase and bring your textbook to the first class: A Practical Guide to Plumbing. Please visit the American Home Inspections Training Institute (AHIT) at www.ahit.com to purchase textbook.

Cost: $339

*Course offered Fall 2017


For more information, please contact:

  • Christine DeRosa at 978-659-1225 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 978-659-1221 or dzoldgross@necc.mass.edu