Home Inspection

College-Approved Certificate (10 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 6402X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Other Delivery Options

Part-time On Campus

Our Program

Home inspectors provide an objective, independent and comprehensive analysis of a home's major systems and components. Students in this College Certificate program learn the technical skills to assess and report on the condition of a home and its systems, as well as the business communication skills to build a successful practice in the home inspection field. Topics include roofing, insulation, structural, electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and interior/exterior structures and systems in residential dwellings.

Courses fulfill a major part of the academic requirements for the "Registered Home Inspector" (RHI) designation granted by the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI). This designation incorporates the Standards of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors and the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (ASHI/CAHPI). The program delivers the authorized curriculum as developed by Carson Dunlop and Associates.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Are self-directed.
  • Possess an applied technical and computer aptitude.
  • Want to work in a variety of challenging work settings and are physically mobile.
  • Have an interest in engineering, construction and related building trades.

Your Career

Employment opportunities may include practising as a private home inspector providing consulting services to buyers or vendors of existing and new residential homes and advising on the condition of buildings and building components for valuation, maintenance or insurance purposes.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 Years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


This program has flexible delivery options including online and on-campus courses.

To help schedule your studies, please check our proposed plan for the upcoming year.

For students interested in obtaining the Registered Home Inspector (RHI) designation with the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors (OAHI), please review the information on the website oahi.com. Note that OAHI requires that you have achieved a minimum grade of 70% or higher in each course. OAHI also requires students to complete a Defect Recognition and Reporting course, offered directly through OAHI, as well as two courses on the residential section of the Ontario Building Code:

Both of these are offered through Algonquin College.

Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Angela Peterson, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6329 or petersa2@algonquincollege.com.


Online:Online Learning   On campus: On Campus
HoursCourse NameSummer
HRA000442.0Roofing InspectionOnline Learning
HRA000542.0Structure InspectionOnline Learning
HRA000642.0Electrical InspectionOnline Learning
HRA000742.0Heating Inspection IOnline Learning
HRA000842.0Heating Inspection IIOnline Learning
HRA000942.0Air Conditioning and Heat Pump InspectionOnline Learning
HRA001042.0Plumbing InspectionOnline Learning
HRA001142.0Exterior InspectionOnline Learning
HRA001242.0Interior Insulation InspectionOnline Learning On Campus
COM000742.0Communication - Professional PracticesOnline Learning Blank Icon


HRA0004 Roofing Inspection

Emphasis 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.

HRA0005 Structure Inspection

Students focus on the following structural components of a residential dwelling: foundations and footings, floors, walls and roof/ceiling structures. Students apply knowledge of structures to inspections that focus on system performance, safety concerns and compliance with good construction practices.

HRA0006 Electrical Inspection

Students learn 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.

HRA0007 Heating Inspection I

Installed heating systems (gas and oil furnaces and hot water boilers) are covered. 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.

HRA0008 Heating Inspection II

Students learn to inspect vent systems, flues and chimneys, as well as fireplaces, other wood heating appliances, steam and electric heating systems. inspector.

HRA0009 Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Inspection

Emphasis is on cooling systems and heat pumps. Students learn to identify typical defects and apply correct inspection techniques.

HRA0010 Plumbing Inspection

Students learn 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.

HRA0011 Exterior Inspection

This subject 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.

HRA0012 Interior Insulation Inspection

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.

COM0007 Communication - Professional Practices

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 develop their oral and written communication skills, and learn the reporting requirements and proper conduct required of a professional in industry.