2018-19 Calendar

Home Inspection Certificate

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.

Admission Requirements

  • 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.

  • Math requirement:

A minimum of 60% in any of:

    • Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-calculus Grade 10
    • Applications of Mathematics 10
    • Principles of Mathematics 10
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 071 and MATH 072

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.

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass each course with a minimum grade of 60% to receive a certificate.


HINS 101 Building Science
HINS 102 Safety
HINS 103 Defect Recognition
HINS 104 Home Inspection - The Interior
HINS 105 Home Inspection - The Exterior
HINS 106 Professional Practice - Ethics and Law
HINS 107 Communications and Reporting
HINS 108 BC Building Code: Building Envelope, Health & Safety, Green Buildings
HINS 109 Practical Inspections

This program is not currently offered

Program Area:

Continuing Studies





2017-18: $5,260.40


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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 09/26/2018