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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.

  • 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.

This program, once completed, will provide you with all pre-licensing education requirements and prepare you to take the National Home Inspection Examination.

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:

  1. Code Check Complete, 2nd edition, Taunton Press, ISBN 978-1600854934, available at online book vendors or at the American Home Inspectors Training (AHIT)
  2. A Practical Guide to Home Inspection, 4th Edition, available at AHIT website.

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.

Contact

New and/or interested students are encouraged to contact:
Sandy Zappala, Program Manager
Email: szappala@necc.mass.edu

Home Inspection Courses

Home Inspection Overview

This course is the required first course in the program.  It 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.

Instructor: Mark “Marcus” Hutnick, experienced home inspector and pre-licensing educator, FHA 203K consultant and owner of SNH Inspections & Testing Services in Derry, NH

Course Information

September 3 to October 1, Tuesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 5 weeks
Dates/Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 5 weeks,9/3/2019 to 10/1/2019
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $285
CRN: 441 Course Number: HMIN1016 Section: OWC

Attics, Roofs, Interiors, Exterior, Lots & Grounds (ARIELG)

Often referred to as the ARIELG, in this course you’ll learn home inspection for attics, roofs, interiors, 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 reference, inspector-instructor experience field pictures, and actual inspection results. A quiz is given at the end of this course. Instructor: Mark “Marcus” Hutnick (see above for bio) 

Course Information

October 8 to November 12, Tuesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 5 weeks
Dates/Time: Tuesday, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 5 weeks, 10/8/2019 to 11/12/2019
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $339
CRN: 441 Course Number: HMIN1020 Section: OWC

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.

This course is Six 3-hour sessions.

Instructor: Bruce Hale, plumbing, gas, and sewer inspector for the Town of Andover, Ma; for 29 years.

Course Information

Offered Winter/Spring 2020
Dates/Time:
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $339
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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. A several hour field/site visit may be included.

This course is Six 3-hour sessions.

Instructor: Mark “Marcus” Hutnick (see above for bio) .

Course Information

November 6 to December 18, Wednesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 6 weeks
Dates/Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, 6 weeks, 11/6/2019 to 12/18/2019 (no class 11/27)
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $339
CRN: 442 Course Number: HMIN1017 Section: OWC

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.

This course is 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

Offered Winter/Spring 2020
Dates/Time:
Location: Haverhill
Cost:
CRNCourse Number: Section: 

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.

This course is 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

Offered Winter/Spring 2020
Dates/Time:
Location: Haverhill
Cost: 9
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Report Writing/Environmental Testing

The first 3 hours is mandatory for the Massachusetts and New Hampshire requirements and addresses the importance of the home inspection report and includes how to generate a report, available software to generate your reports, and how to write both a beneficial and defensible report with properly worked recommendations.

The second part addresses ancillary home inspector tasks like; how to take a water test, a radon test, etc., how to get certified, and where to set up lab accounts often requested by customers and can expand the inspector’s channels of revenue.

This course is 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

May 25, Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Dates/Time: Saturday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, One day only, 5/25
Location: Haverhill
Cost: $125
CRN: 119 Course Number: HMIN1021 Section: OWA

More Information

For more details, please contact:

Sandy Zappala

Phone: 978-556-3064
Email: szappala@necc.mass.edu
Email is the preferred method of contact so that additional information can be sent to interested students.

 

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