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Overview

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 course Home Inspection program that incorporates the Standards of Practice of ASHI/CAHPI (American Society of Home Inspectors/Canadian Association of Home & 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), and is also recognized and recommended by the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (CAHPI) in all provinces. 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 courses 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 organized into courses 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.

Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

Professional Home Inspectors report in an objective manner on the operation, condition, necessary repairs and safety of existing dwellings. Many home-buyers engage the services of a Home Inspector prior to purchasing or renovating a property. Inspectors are required to perform pre-renovation consultations or identify problems related to the structure and conditions of the property. Some Home and Property Inspectors perform other activities such as the inspection of commercial buildings, or phased and pre-delivery quality control inspections on new construction. The Home Inspection sector includes sole-operators, multi-inspector companies, consulting firms and franchised businesses. Recent Ontario government data indicates the demand for home inspectors is increasing, as 50-70% of resale homes now have home inspections as part of the real estate transaction.

Entry Requirement

Applicants should have a secondary school diploma or equivalent or apply with mature student status. A physical science background is desirable.


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Curriculum

Core Courses (10)

CHI701
Roofing Inspection
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The emphasis in this course 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.




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CHI702
Structure Inspection
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This course 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.




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CHI703
Electrical Inspection
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This course 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.




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CHI704
Heating Inspection I
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This course 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.




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CHI705
Heating Inspection II
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Prerequisite(s):

No prerequisite. However, CHI704 is recommended

This course covers vent systems, flues and chimneys, as well as fireplaces, other wood heating appliances, steam and electric heating systems. Students apply knowledge of these systems to the role of home inspector.




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CHI706
Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Inspection
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Emphasis in this course is on cooling systems and heat pumps. Students learn to identify typical defects and apply correct inspection techniques.




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CHI707
Plumbing Inspection
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This course 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.




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CHI708
Exterior Inspection
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This course 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.




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CHI709
Interior Insulation Inspection
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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.




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CHI710
Communication - Professional Practices
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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 course develop their oral and written communication skills, and learn the reporting requirements and proper conduct required of a professional in this industry.




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Professional Courses

CHI753
Home Inspection Practical
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Prerequisite(s):

At least four courses in the Home Inspection Certificate Program.

This CAHPI approved course is perfect for current students and graduates of the Home Inspection Certificate Program. Hands-on experience working with an experienced inspector/instructor in three different homes is provided in a low stress, non-threatening, coaching environment. Students inspect the homes and write reports as well as learn best inspection practices, tricks of the trade, and mistakes to avoid.




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OBC906
House Health and Safety
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A 36-hour course based on the 2012 Ontario Building Code which deals with plan examination and inspection of the health and safety-related aspects of the house. This course includes: an introduction to the Ontario Building Code; the house - general; fire safety and protection; chimneys; fireplaces; inserts and solid-fuel-burning appliances; stairs; guards; insulation; health and comfort requirements; party walls; final interior inspections; and final exterior inspections.




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OBC907
Buildings Structural Requirements
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Prerequisite(s):

Any Part 9 - Building Code Course.

A 30-hour course based on the 2012 Ontario Building Code that deals with the more complicated aspects of the structural requirements and limitations of part 9 buildings in general. This course does not deal specifically with the design of structural elements. The course addresses: getting started; the law; excavation inspection; footing and foundation inspections I; footing and foundation inspections II; structural framing inspections I; and structural framing inspections II.




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OBC955
Part 9: The House-Building Code Building Envelope
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A 36-hour course based on the 2012 Ontario Building Code which deals with basic part 9 house structural requirements and inspections, including the study of the building envelope. It includes: an introduction to the Ontario Building Code: difficulties confronting building inspectors; reading plans; the building permit application; the house - general; site plans; footings; foundation walls; concrete slabs on ground; roof and ceiling construction; floor construction; wall construction; and brick veneer and structural components.




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OBC988
Part 9 - Buildings - Fire Protection
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Prerequisite(s):

Any Part 9 Building Code Course

This 30-hour course based on the 2012 Ontario Building Code deals with the more advanced requirements for the design and verification of fire-resistance ratings commonly found in more complex part 9 buildings. This course includes: required fire-separations due to building classification; separation of major occupancies; separation of service spaces and exits; penetrations of fire separations; means of egress; exit facilities; fire protection; and suppression methods.




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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to, for each of the following components of a residential dwelling (structure, roofing, heating, electrical, exterior, cooling, plumbing, insulation, interior):

  • Describe the types and the materials involved
  • Recognize, through primarily visual inspection, conditions and defects and their effect on or implications for system performance, including safety concerns for the occupant and the inspector
  • Visually inspect properties and report on observations as related to program topics
  • Describe the features of adequate installation and recognize modifications to original installations
  • Use proper terminology
  • Perform home inspections in a manner that is consistent with the North American Standards of Practice of the home inspection profession

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit (Advanced Standing)

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Degree and Credit Transfer Office.

Graduation

If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registration Office by completing a Graduate Application form and paying the fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.

Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Request to Graduate forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).

Minimum Performance for Graduation

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study. Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.

Residency Requirements

A Faculty of Seneca College may recommended a student for a certificate, diploma or degree only after the student has earned a minimum of twenty-five percent of the credit for that program at Seneca.

Methods of Delivery

Courses are all offered online
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in hybrid* format; in which students attend seven, three-hour classroom sessions held every other week, combined with directed self-study in alternate weeks.

Online students are required to identify and inspect homes in completion of the program learning outcomes

Affiliations

Ontario Association of Home Inspectors

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. Students must still complete the Defect Recognition and Reporting Course, which must be taken through the OAHI directly, as well as the following Ontario Building Code Courses:

  • Part Nine - Building Envelope (Available through Seneca College - OBC955)
  • Part Nine Health and Safety (Available through Seneca College - OBC906)

Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors

Standards or Practice and a Code of Ethics fro the Home Inspection Profession can be found through the CAHPI.

Carson Dunlop

The Carson Dunlop and Associates program has been adopted by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and is also recognized and recommended by the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors (CAHPI) in all provinces. 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).

Program Contacts

Debbie Hoover
Program Assistant
Debbie.Hoover@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22921


Sharon Estok
Academic Program Manager
Sharon.Estok@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22515


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.