Please note: This program is not currently offered. There is a pending curriculum review and update of the certificate. No date has been set to offer this program again.
This 355-hour certificate program combines classroom instruction with field training and will enable students to develop the skills and knowledge required to perform comprehensive visual inspections of a house and its systems and prepare professional reports of the findings.
Successful students will learn how to review a house as a system and how one component of a house might affect the operability or lifespan of another. Students will learn to determine the components of a house that are not performing properly or where repairs may be needed as well as components that are beyond their useful life or are unsafe.
Graduates will learn to inspect key inspection points in residential plumbing systems, evaluate possible electrical problems, inspect gas, oil, and electric heating and cooling systems, and inspect physical conditions of the structure. A hands-on approach emphasizing practical working techniques, appropriate communication skills and report writing, professional practice, and safety will be emphasized and applied to exercises and assignments.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be prepared to write membership exams for the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors (CAHPI) (BC) (an accreditation process leading toward the Registered Home Inspector (RHI) designation); and the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI). Experience in the residential housing industry will be an asset to students entering the program.
B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older and out of full-time school for at least one year prior to the start of the program.
English 12 with minimum 50% or alternatives.
A minimum of 60% in any of:
Or a minimum of 65% on the ABLE Mathematics test. Test scores are only good for two (2) years.
Computer Fundamentals or equivalent. Students will be required to take an assessment test and pass with 60% or better if they have not taken Computer Fundamentals previously.
Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 10/18/2017