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Home Inspection Certificate Declaration  

To declare, you must be currently working on or have completed the course requirements for this certificate.

To successfully complete this certificate, participants must complete ten (10) compulsory courses.

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.

St. Lawrence College in partnership with Carson Dunlop and Associates and in cooperation with the Ontario Association of Home Inspections (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, Alberta, 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 communication 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) provided that a 70% average is maintained in each of the courses being submitted to OAHI for consideration.

Successful completion of this program fulfills a portion of the academic entrance requirements of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI) except for the Defect Recognition and Reporting Subject; Ontario Building Code Subjects: (1) Part Nine – Building Envelope and (2) Part Nine – Health and Safety.

For further information on these courses contact the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors.

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Please note the program code below as it is required information when you apply to graduate.

 

Home Inspection Certificate Declaration

Program Code: 0762

There is no fee for declaring your intent to complete the online part-time certificate.

Declaring your intent to complete a certificate does not automatically enroll you in any courses. You must register and pay for your courses each term.

*You are not obligated to complete the certificate, please contact us by email at ontariolearn@sl.on.ca to cancel your certificate declaration.*

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