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Home Inspection

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 MA, NH, 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 Mass. This program was developed ten years ago and has been updated every year. This strong program is taught by experienced home inspectors and code officers and is based on Massachusetts, New Hampshire, InterNachi, and ASHI standards of practice and code of ethics. This program, once completed, will provide you with all pre-licensing education requirements.


Home Inspection Overview*

This course is strongly suggested to be your first course in the program. It stands out from other home inspection programs since it gives the “would be” student 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

Course Information

Dates/Time: Wednesday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, 5 weeks, 9/24-10/29 (no class on 10/15)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $285

CRN: 780 Course Number: HMIN1016 Section: RWB


Roof, Attics, Interiors, Exteriors, Lots, and Grounds*

Often referred to as the ARIELG Course, in this course you’ll 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: Wednesday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, 6 weeks, 11/5-12/17 (no class on 11/26)

Location: Riverwalk

Cost: $339

CRN: 781 Course Number: HMIN1020 Section: RWB


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


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


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

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


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

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.


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.

*Dates to be advised.

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