Exterior Inspection

Course Info:

Course Introduction

This course covers inspection of the exterior of a residential building. The student will develop an understanding of how to inspect 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. The student is introduced to various architectural styles in North America, including building shapes and details, and specific house styles. Exterior cladding in a residential dwelling, including types of siding material, soffits and fascia, window, doors, and common problems associated with them are covered in this course. The student also learns about external structural and safety components of steps, railings, columns, beams, joists, floors, roofs, skirting, drains, and walls. Surface water control including gutters, downspouts for rainwater collection, window wells, walks, driveways, and grounds are discussed, and the student will learn how to inspect them.

Course Prerequisites


Course Notes

Course manual provided for on-going reference. There is a final exam upon completion of the course. Participants who receive 75% or higher on their exam will receive a certificate.

Course Breakdown

Section 1: Architectural Styles

Section 2: Exterior Cladding

Section 3: Exterior Structures

Section 4: Surface Water Control

  • Program: Business Programs

  • Of interest to: Individuals interested in pursuing a career as home inspectors, in a home inspection firm, starting their own home inspection business, or owning a franchise, and furthering their knowledge of exterior inspection of residential establishments.

  • Course aim: To familiarize the student with procedures involved in performing exterior inspection in residential establishments.

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