Residential Home Inspection
Residential Home Inspection Certificate
If you’d like a fast-track option to setting up your own professional home inspection business—or a career with a home inspection company—then you should consider this course.
As of September 1, 2009, Washington State requires all home inspectors in the state to be licensed. BTC’s Fundamentals of Home Inspection Course was the first to receive approval from the Department of Licensing. This intensive, full-time course combines classroom instruction with hands-on lab and inspection work, including training on the topic of identifying wood destroying organisms.
Home inspectors examine and report on a home’s systems and structure—from the roof to the substructure crawl space, basement or slab foundation. Typically, inspectors set up their own inspection business and work for real-estate purchasers or are hired by home inspection companies or firms specializing in architectural, engineering, and related services.
If you enjoy the challenge of working with homes of all ages, sizes, and conditions, this is the program for you!
This four-week course is offered several times during the year.
Wage potential $74,422
Average annual wage $65,851
Jobs & Employment
As the population grows and the volume of real estate transactions increases, greater emphasis on home inspections should result in strong demand for home inspectors. Most graduates of the RHI program go into business on their own but there should be job opportunities for inspectors in existing home inspection firms as well.
The average annual wage in this field is $65,851, with an earning potential of about $74,422 per year.*
*For details regarding BTC career wages and placement, visit btc.ctc.edu/careerservices.
Home inspectors examine and report on a home’s systems and structure—from the roof to the basement. Typically, inspectors work for real-estate purchasers and related service companies.
The majority of home inspectors are self employed and work on behalf of potential real estate purchasers.
- Quarter 1
RHI 111 Fundamentals of Home Inspection 12 credits
This course will teach students the fundamentals of residential home inspection. Students will receive classroom instruction in Washington State laws and rules; business practices; legal issues; communication; structural components; exteriors; roofing; plumbing; electrical systems; heating and cooling systems; interiors; insulation and ventilation; fireplaces, chimneys and solid fuel burning appliances; site and grading; attached garages and carports; wood destroying organisms, conducive conditions and pests; alternate construction methods; environmental conditions or hazardous materials; building codes; and product quality and safety issues. Students will gain the technical knowledge required to pursue a career in the field of home inspection. Fundamentals of Home Inspection will fulfill the education pre-licensing requirements of the state and will prepare students for a career in home inspection.
Openings: 12 Openings: 12 RHI 112 Home Inspection Field Training 3 credits
This course will build on the information covered in the Fundamentals of Home Inspection course by providing an additional forty (40) hours of supervised field training. This field training will include supervised hands-on inspections at a minimum of five residences along with five completed student reports which are required to successfully meet Washington State standards. The report writing is in addition to the 40 hours of field training and will completed off-site and out of class time by students.
- RHI 111.
Openings: 12 Openings: 12
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS15 credits
Program Entry Information
Upcoming classes-- RHI 111 starts February 2, 2015 and RHI 112 starts February 21, 2015. This Program is offered on the BTC campus. For questions, contact lead Instructor Steve Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-752-8796.
Pre-Program Course Requirements
- A personal laptop with wifi capability is required for participants.
- It is recommended that students have good basic academic skills.
- Students may enroll in this part-time program’s classes without program application or admission. Keyboard, typing and computer skills are necessary to complete program requirements.
- Anyone interested in becoming a home inspector should be aware that it is a very “physical” job that requires some amount of dexterity and strength, as well as a willingness/ability to get in tight spaces such as crawl spaces and attics, within industry standards. Traversing roofs is expected of home inspectors when it is safe to do so and this sometimes requires moving cumbersome ladders around the home. Home inspectors must be able and willing to work in all kinds of weather conditions and be prepared to do so.
- RHI 111: Students will be able to describe the systems and components found in homes and be prepared to carry out non invasive home inspections per WA State laws at residential properties while employing special training and education.
- RHI 112: Students will complete five thorough home inspection reports that meets state standards.