Overview

Inspect the construction of buildings and their overall existing condition. Provide impartial information so homebuyers can make informed decisions when making one of life’s largest purchases.

Approved across Canada, this program provides you with the technical expertise and skills to conduct visual exams of residential building areas. Learn to prepare written reports on the physical and operational condition of residential units. At your own pace, take ten courses that cover topics such as the systems and components of a house, communication skills and knowledge of professional practice, creating reports, and marketing your business to real estate agents.

This program is entirely online and self-paced, giving you a flexible learning schedule that fits your needs. A personalized training portal guides you through course modules. Videos, case studies and exercises, including illustrative readings, live webinars are all woven in to provide a comprehensive and interactive experience. Tutors provide support and hands-on activities, such as field exercises, give you hands-on experience and guidance. 

Become a professional consultant. Learn how to perform home inspections in compliance with industry standards. Gain the skills needed to identify common issues that arise during inspections, determine ways to address these issues, and learn how to report findings to clients. A construction background/experience is not necessary, but can be an asset. Each of our courses are designed for students with no pre-existing knowledge. The focus is on developing understanding first and then applying the knowledge to the home inspection process.

With the housing market continually growing, demand for housing inspectors has increased significantly. Graduates have a variety of options, including running an independent business, owning a franchise or being part of a larger inspection company. Licensing is currently not required in Manitoba, but is required in other provinces. This program is recognized across Canada. 

Admissions

There are no admission requirements for this program.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.

NEXT STEPs

Apply online by visiting the Apply to a Program page. Choose “On-Campus and Distance Education programs for domestic students”. Create an account and select Home Inspection and preferred start date in your program choice.

 

Careers & Connections

In partnership with Carson Dunlop & Associates, Ltd.

Courses & Costs

To receive a Home Inspection certificate of achievement, students must successfully complete 24.5 credits.

Tuition, fees and Student Association fees total approximately $4,950. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

Course Number Title Credits
WRKP-0075 Roofing 3
WRKP-0076 Structure 3
WRKP-0069 Electrical 2
WRKP-0071 Heating I 3
WRKP-0072 Heating II 2.5
WRKP-0068 Air Conditioning & Heat Pumps 1
WRKP-0074 Plumbing 3
WRKP-0070 Exterior 2.5
WRKP-0073 Insulation & Interiors 3
COMM-0406 Communication/Professionalism 1.5

 

Fast Facts

Length
~330 hours
Program Start
Monthly
Credential
Certificate of Achievement
Credits
24.5
Course Load
Part-time
Program Details
Continuing Studies
Continuing Studies
204.725.8725
800.862.6307 ext 6002 (toll free)
Locations
Program Information Sheet

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to apply to the Home Inspection program?

Yes. Although there are no admission requirements, an application is required.

When do courses start for Home Inspection?

Courses begin on the 1st of every month. Courses must be registered for by the 20th of the prior month.

Are all courses for Home Inspection available for registration each month?

Yes, registration can be completed by calling the Registrar’s Office at 204-725-8701. Courses must be registered for by the 20th of the prior month.

Are there prerequisites for any of the courses in Home Inspection?

Only one course requires a prerequisite (Heating l is required for Heating l).

What exactly is a home inspection?

A home inspection is a professional consulting service that determines the present condition of the home’s major systems, based on a visual inspection of accessible features. It focuses on the performance of the home, rather than cosmetic, code or design issues. Inspections are often performed during a real estate transaction but may be done anytime.

Do I need a construction background to go into home inspection?

No. A construction background can be an asset but is not necessary. Home inspectors need to have a broad understanding of homes. Specific knowledge of a single home system such as plumbing or electrical is helpful in that area, but there is much more to a professional home inspection. Experience with new work and modern building materials and systems may not expose people to older materials and systems commonly found during home inspections.

An understanding of building science and how houses act as a system is critical to being an accomplished home inspection professional. A home inspection is an analytical process and requires deductive reasoning based on incomplete information. It is different from building things.

Each of these courses are designed from first principles, assuming no pre-existing knowledge. The focus is on developing understanding first and applying the knowledge to the home inspection process.

Who hires home inspectors?

Buyers, sellers, homeowners, real estate salespeople. Sometimes lawyers, appraisers, lenders, insurers, etc.

Do home inspectors ever work outside of a real estate transaction?

Yes. A few examples are problem-solving inspections, annual maintenance inspections, pre-renovation inspections/consultations, and construction dispute inspections (expert witness).

What percent of resale homes get inspected?

Typically, 65 to 90% depending on the region, market and market conditions.

What is a typical home inspection fee?

Between $350-$700. It varies by region and market. Fees are higher for older, larger homes. Many home inspectors offer ancillary services which result in significantly higher fees. These include mold, thermographic imaging inspections, indoor air quality, swimming pools, radon, lead, well and septic systems, asbestos, etc.

How long does a home inspection take?

Typically, two and a half hours, plus or minus 30 minutes. Older and larger homes take longer. Newer inspectors take longer than experienced inspectors.

The report writing process is often about the same length of time as the inspection. Reports are routinely sent to clients the same day as the inspection. Home inspectors are unique in their ability to produce high-quality, technical yet readable reports in a very short time frame. Sophisticated report writing software facilitates this process.

What hours do home inspectors work?

You can choose your hours; however, we do not recommend inspecting homes without daylight. You need to be able to see the exterior.

Do home inspectors report on code issues?

No. There are many codes and they change every couple of years. Resale homes do not generally comply with the most modern version of every code. A home inspection is a performance-based evaluation, not a code compliance inspection.

Should I join a professional association?

Absolutely. Here are four reasons why you should:

  • Credibility — credentials help
  • Education — stay up to date
  • Networking with peers
  • Preferred pricing on several goods and services
What kind of insurance do I need?

We recommend errors and omissions and general liability insurance, in addition to coverage for auto, office contents, health, and dental, etc.