Home Inspector

Become a Home Inspector with at-home training from Penn Foster Workforce Development.

Penn Foster program prepares students to sit for ASHI Exam. Graduates in Illinois, Indiana, and Connecticut can sit for licensure exam after completing a specialized Penn Foster program for those states.

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HI100 — The Inspection Process
Introduction to the inspection process; the concept of disclosure; identifying clients and sources of referrals; inspector qualifications; employment opportunities and related occupations; pre-inspection agreements; data collection and types of reporting formats; building codes and code enforcement officials; professional standards and practices; tools of the trade.

HI101 — Structural Design
Introduction to structural systems and types of framing; detailed study of architectural building styles; multifamily housing; using house plans in home inspections; the structure inspection; basements and crawl spaces; doors and windows; interior walls and ceilings; floors; stairways; attics; house ventilation.

HI102 — Exterior Inspections
Inspecting the site; foundation and footings; types of roofing and flashings; chimneys; walkways; entrances and stairways; decks and porches; driveways and patios; carports and garages; exterior walls, windows, and doors.

HI103 — Electrical Inspections
Electrical theory and terms; wire types and sizes; service entrances and main panel boxes; circuits and receptacles; standards of electrical inspections; inspecting services, panel boxes, and circuits; inspecting receptacles; safety concerns and electrical hazards.

HI104 — Mechanical Inspections
Introduction to heating systems; forced air and hydronic heating systems; heat pumps; fireplaces; other heating alternatives, such as electric, radiant, and solar heating systems; introduction to plumbing systems; water supply and piping systems; drainage and waste disposal; fixtures; water heaters; inspecting plumbing systems.

HI105 — Interior Inspections
Interior inspection standards; kitchens and their appliances; laundries; bathrooms and their fixtures; insulation and vapor barriers; safety and security devices; smoke detectors; indoor air quality issues, such as mold, radon, and asbestos.

HI106 — Professional Practices
Starting a home inspection business; financial considerations; insurances; licensing; keeping business records; marketing and advertising; maintaining a professional image; professional associations; preparing for certification examinations. (Required textbook provided with course.)


We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.

Some states require certification or licensing for Home Inspectors. Please check with your state and local agencies regarding qualification requirements.

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