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707 Skokie Blvd.
Suite 600
Northbrook, IL  60062
877-316-0600

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88 Hour Class Syllabus

This program is taught in Eleven,8 hour, days. The training curriculum of the American Society of Home Inspectors is used for this program. We understand that defect recognition is needed to make a home inspector competent in this profession. Our goal, however, is to help you succeed. After we cover the main components of the defect recognition, we focus heavily on customer relations and communication. We know that anyone can learn the facts of the defects. Communicating those findings to your clients is crucial to becoming successful in this profession. The classroom schedule is broken down as follows.

Day 1 Introduction to Home Inspection

  1. How the profession started.
  2. Tools for the profession.
  3. Report writing.
  4. Standards of practice for the profession.
  5. Code of ethics for the profession.
  6. Legal items pertaining to home inspectors.
    1. (Homework) Read Chapter 1 in classbook.
    2. (Homework) Complete Chapter 1 study guide.

Day 2 Roofing Materials

  1. Safety issues
  2. Asphalt and Fiberglass
  3. Wood Shakes and Shingles
  4. Slates
  5. Clay, Concrete, and Cement
  6. Rolled Roofing
  7. EPDM
  8. PVC
  9. Modified Bitumen
  10. Valley Flashings
  11. Hip and Ridge Flashings
  12. Parapet wall Flashings
  13. Chimney Flashings
  14. Plumbing Stack Flashings
  15. Skylight Flashing
  16. Gutters and Downspouts
    1. (Homework) Read Chapter 2 in classbook.
    2. (Homework) Complete Chapter 2 study guide.
    3. Complete roofing section in MyReportWriter.com.

Day 3 Exteriors and Interiors

  1. Overhangs
  2. Lot Topography
  3. Exterior Siding
  4. Exterior Trim
  5. Decks
  6. Staircases
  7. Windows
  8. Means of Egress
    1. (Homework) Read Chapter 3 and 4 in classbook.
    2. (Homework) Complete Chapter 3 and 4 study guide.
    3. Complete Exterior and Interior sections in MyReportWriter.com.

Day 4 Structures

  1. Different Types of Soils
  2. Footings
  3. Foundations
  4. Reading Cracks
  5. Sill Plates
  6. Beams, Girders and Posts
  7. Floor Joists
  8. Floor Sheathing
  9. Wall Framing
    1. (Homework) Read Chapter 3 and 4 in classbook.
    2. (Homework) Complete Chapter 3 and 4 study guide.
    3. Complete Exterior and Interior sections in MyReportWriter.com.

Day 5 Structures (Continued) and Understanding Electric

  1. Roof Rafter Framing
  2. Roof Trusses
  3. Floor Trusses
  4. I-Joist Trusses
  5. How Electricity is Created
  6. How Electricity is moved
  7. Conductor History
  8. Insulator History
  9. Types of Wiring
  10. Determine Voltage
  11. Determine Amperage
  12. Grounding
  13. Bonding
    1. (Homework) Read Chapter 4 in classbook.
    2. (Homework) Complete Chapter 4 study guide.

Day 6 Electric

  1. Service Drops and Laterals
  2. Service Entrance Cables
  3. Meters and Connections
  4. Service Panels
  5. Breakers and Fuses
  6. Branch Circuits
  7. Outlets, Lights, and Switches
    1. (Homework) Read Chapter 5 in classbook.
    2. (Homework) Complete Chapter 5 study guide.
    3. Complete Electric section in MyReportWriter.com.

Day 7 Heating 1

  1. Creating Heat
  2. Moving Heat
  3. Gas Distribution Systems
  4. Propane Distribution Systems
  5. Oil Distribution System
  6. Venting Appliances
  7. Chimneys
  8. Fireplaces
  9. Insulation
  10. Ventilation
    1. (Homework) Read Chapter 5 in classbook.
    2. (Homework) Complete Chapter 5 study guide.

Day 8 Heating 2

  1. Gravity Heat
  2. Forced Air Furnaces
  3. Hot Water Open Systems
  4. Hot Water Closed Systems
  5. Steam Heat
  6. Electric Heat
  7. (Homework) Read Chapters 6 and 7 in classbook.
  8. (Homework) Complete Chapters 6 and 7 study guide.
  9. Complete Heating section in MyReportWriter.com.

Day 9 A/C and Plumbing

  1. How A/C Systems Work
  2. Evaporator Inspections
  3. Refrigerant Inspections
  4. Condensing Cabinet Inspections
  5. Heat Pumps
  6. Evaporative Coolers
  7. Heat Pumps
  8. Cooling Towers
    1. (Homework) Complete study guide.
    2. Complete all empty sections of your report in MyReportWriter.com.

Day 10 Final Exam and Marketing

Day 11 Field Inspections and Report Writing

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