Home Inspection Certificate
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This program provides an opportunity to enter an exciting and growing profession. Home inspection is a consulting service that helps homebuyers make informed decisions about their prospective new home.

Seneca College, in partnership with Carson Dunlop and Associates and in cooperation with the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI), is offering a ten subject Home Inspection program that incorporates the Standards of Practice of ASHI/CAHPI (American Society of Home Inspectors/Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors). The program is based on curriculum developed by ASHI in conjunction with Columbia Assessment Services Inc., as a result of their Role Delineation Study of the home inspection profession.

Standards of Practice define a minimum and uniform standard for private, fee-paid home inspectors. Home inspections performed to these standards are intended to provide the client with information regarding the condition of the systems and components of the home as inspected.

The Carson Dunlop and Associates program has been adopted by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) in BC, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The Carson Dunlop program complies with ASHI Curriculum and Standards of Practice. The program also meets the Professional Home/Property Inspector Occupational Standards developed by the Canadian Home Inspectors and Building Officials Steering Committee for National Standards (CHIBO).

The systems and components of a house include roofing, structure, electrical, heating, air conditioning/heat pumps, plumbing, exterior, insulation and the interior. The ten subjects in this certificate have been organized to address each of these, as well as to provide students the communications skills and knowledge of professional practice required to be successful in this growing industry. Emphasis in this certificate is on very practical knowledge of the performance of the systems and components of a house, not on theory.

Curriculum has been thoughtfully organized into subjects that describe the materials used in the construction of each house system and how they are assembled. Content covers what may go wrong as well as the causes and the implications of problems that result. The program gives students clear direction concerning what to look for during an inspection: signs of non-performance due to old age, deferred maintenance, weather damage, and poor workmanship. It is this aspect of the program that distinguishes it from the knowledge of contractors or other building professionals.

Successful completion of this program fulfills the academic entrance requirements of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) except for the Defect Recognition and Reporting Subject, which must be taken through the OAHI directly - www.oahi.com. (OAHI requires that students receive a minimum of 70% in each course in order to qualify for their certification.)

Textbooks for these courses must be ordered from Carson, Dunlop & Associates. When ordering use Promo code: ONStC984.

Courses may be taken in any order and not necessarily in the order they are listed, below.

ROOFING INSPECTION
ONT 166
The emphasis in this subject is on typical defects of the various types of roof coverings, drainage systems, flashings, skylights, chimneys, and other roof penetrations. Students apply their knowledge of roofing to inspections that focus on system performance, safety concerns, and compliance with existing codes and standards. Students must be successful in the term work and the final exam, to pass. 3 units of credit. Text extra.
FALL
Online 067 5472 Sep 12-Dec 19 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
WINTER
Online 067 1178 Jan 9-Apr 17 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
STRUCTURAL INSPECTION
ONT 167
This subject focuses on the following structural components of a residential dwelling: foundations and footings, floors, walls and roof/ceiling structures. Students learn to apply knowledge of structures to inspections that focus on system performance, safety concerns, and compliance with good construction practices. Students must be successful in the term work and the final exam, to pass. 3 units of credit. Text extra.
FALL
Online 067 5473 Sep 12-Dec 19 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
WINTER
Online 067 1179 Jan 9-Apr 17 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
AIR CONDITIONING & HEAT PUMP
ONT 170
Emphasis is on cooling systems and heat pumps. Students learn to identify typical defects and apply correct inspection techniques. Students must be successful in the term work and the final exam, to pass. 3 units of credit. Text extra.
FALL
Online 067 5474 Sep 12-Dec 19 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
WINTER
Online 067 1180 Jan 9-Apr 17 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
PLUMBING INSPECTION
ONT 171
This subject prepares students to inspect, in a residential dwelling, the interior water supply and distribution systems (including fixtures and faucets), as well as water heating equipment and drain/vent/waste systems and their related fixtures. Students must be successful in the term work and the final exam, to pass. 3 units of credit. Text extra.
FALL
Online 067 5475 Sep 12-Dec 19 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
WINTER
Online 067 1181 Jan 9-Apr 17 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
EXTERIOR INSPECTION
ONT 172
This subject covers retaining walls, grounds, window wells, lot grading, driveways, patios, walkways, decks, balconies, stoops and steps, porches, railings, wall cladding, flashing trim, eaves, soffits, fascia, as well as exterior doors and windows. Students learn to describe the exterior wall coverings and inspect all aspects of the exterior named above. Students must be successful in the term work and the final exam, to pass. 3 units of credit. Text extra.
FALL
Online 067 5476 Sep 12-Dec 19 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
WINTER
Online 067 1182 Jan 9-Apr 17 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
INTERIOR & INSULATION INSPECTION
ONT 173
Focus is on the inspection of thermal insulation, vapor retarders and ventilation systems, as well as the inspection of interior elements of residential dwellings such as walls, ceilings, floors, basements, doors, windows, interior stairs/railings, installed countertops and cabinets, and garage doors/door operators. Students must be successful in the term work and the final exam, to pass. 3 units of credit. Text extra.
FALL
Online 067 5477 Sep 12-Dec 19 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
WINTER
Online 067 1183 Jan 9-Apr 17 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
HEATING INSPECTION I
ONT 250
This subject covers installed heating systems (gas and oil furnaces and hot water boilers). Emphasis is on the inspector’s ability to identify the energy source, type, material, condition, and safety concerns, as well as inspecting the heating equipment. Students must be successful in the term work and the final exam, to pass. 3 units of credit. Text extra.
FALL
Online 067 5479 Sep 12-Dec 19 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
WINTER
Online 067 1185 Jan 9-Apr 17 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
HEATING INSPECTION II
ONT 251
This subject covers vent systems, flues and chimneys, as well as fireplaces, other wood heating appliances, steam and electric heating systems. Students must be successful in the term work and the final exam, to pass. 3 units of credit. Text extra.
FALL
Online 067 5480 Sep 12-Dec 19 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
WINTER
Online 067 1186 Jan 9-Apr 17 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
ELECTRICAL INSPECTION
ONT 252
This subject prepares students to inspect the performance of the following components of electrical systems within residential buildings: service drops, grounding systems, service panels, wiring systems, devices, and fixtures. Students must be successful in the term work and the final exam, to pass. 3 units of credit. Text extra.
FALL
Online 067 5481 Sep 12-Dec 19 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
WINTER
Online 067 1187 Jan 9-Apr 17 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
COMMUNICATION/PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
ONT 174
The professional home inspector is required, both verbally and in writing, to describe the inspection process and communicate inspection findings to the client. It is imperative that the home inspector be able to communicate clearly and effectively to ensure understanding of an inspection, once conducted. Students in this subject develop their oral and written communication skills, and learn the reporting requirements and proper conduct required of a professional in this industry. Students must be successful in the term work and the final exam, to pass. 3 units of credit. Text extra.
FALL
Online 067 5478 Sep 12-Dec 19 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
WINTER
Online 067 1184 Jan 9-Apr 17 $357.20 (includes $80 Online fee)
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