Home Inspection Certificate (Online)

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  • Duration:

    25 hours per course

  • Registration Fee:

    $595 per course

    (includes the course fee of $295 + the materials fee of $300)

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I thought our instructor was great. Very knowledgeable and did a great job going through the course material.

Byron Lewis-Pickering, Home Inspection, 2022

Home Inspection Certificate Overview

Ashton College’s Home Inspection Certificate is designed to provide prospective home inspectors with the technical and report-writing skills necessary to perform quality home inspections.

The Home Inspection Certificate is offered in partnership with Carson Dunlop & Associates and will prepare you to start a career as a provincially licensed professional Home Inspector. To qualify for the Home Inspection Certificate, students must complete all ten Home Inspection courses offered by the Continuing Education Division of Ashton College.

Ashton College offers 10 courses that provide comprehensive training and expertise in the major areas of home inspection.

  • Each technical course:
    • Describes the function of systems and components
    • Details the possible non-performance issues, and their causes and implications
    • Includes inspection and testing strategies to help identify problems in the field

These ten courses can be taken individually. Successful students of all ten courses will receive the Home Inspection Certificate. You have 3 years to complete the requirements of your certificate. Once you have completed all certificate requirements, you can request your Home Inspection Certificate.

A home inspection involves an assessment of the condition of residential buildings. Home inspectors are trained to examine various systems, determine their condition and deficiencies, and prepare reports on the physical conditions of the following:

  • Roofing
  • Exterior
  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Electrical
  • Insulation
  • Interior
  • Structure

Students do not need a building-related background to become a Home Inspector but must be technically accurate and able to provide professional customer service to clients.

Admission Requirements


Educational Partner

The Home Inspection Certificate is offered in partnership with Carson Dunlop & Associates, a leading provider of educational materials for Home Inspection Programs.

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Students will get access to Educational Materials such as:

  • Online textbook through Carson Dunlop portal
  • Videos, case studies and interactive exercises
  • Inspection procedures and field exercises
  • Online quizzes
  • Support from live instructors
  • Technical support

Learning Resources

Students will receive an email with course information 24 hours before the start date. Students will not need to pre-purchase the textbook; all course content will be available through the Carson Dunlop portal and Learning Management system. If you wish to purchase a hard copy of the textbook, please send an email to [email protected] for a discount code.

Career Opportunities

The need for home inspection courses was first introduced to ensure industry regulation and reflect the high standards that Canadians have come to expect from home inspectors. Home inspection is a great career choice that provides a stable industry, flexible schedules, and the ability to work for yourself.

  • If you:
    • Can identify problems in existing homes
    • Are a good communicator and can work with home buyers, real estate agents and property managers
    • Have an interest in construction and how things work

Then a career in Home Inspection could be right for you!

Home Inspector Licensing

Home inspectors are currently required to have a valid licence to practice in both Alberta and British Columbia. However, all provinces and territories require home inspectors to have the necessary education and skills training in order to seek employment or open their own businesses.

Ashton College's online home inspection courses are approved by both Consumer Protection BC and the Government of Alberta for licensing purposes.

Part Time Schedule

HI-R: Roofing(Tuesday/Thursday)Dates to be announced
HI-IN: Interior/ Insulation/ Ventilation(Tuesday/Thursday)Dates to be announced
HI-B: Business Practices/Standards of Practice(Tuesday/Thursday)Dates to be announced
HI-S: Structure(Tuesday/Thursday)Dates to be announced
HI-E: Electrical(Tuesday/Thursday)July 04, 2023 – August 01, 2023
HI-H1: Heating I(Tuesday/Thursday)August 08, 2023 – September 05, 2023
HI-H2: Heating II(Tuesday/Thursday)September 12, 2023 – October 10, 2023
HI-AC: Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps(Tuesday/Thursday)October 17, 2023 – November 14, 2023
HI-P: Plumbing(Tuesday/Thursday)November 21, 2023 – December 19, 2023
HI-B-OL: Home Inspection-Business Practices(Monday/Wednesday)September 06, 2023 – October 11, 2023
HI-S-OL: Home Inspection - Structure(Monday/Wednesday)October 16, 2023 - November 13, 2023
HI-E-OL: Home Inspection - Electrical(Monday/Wednesday)November 20, 2023 – December 18, 2023

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College offers education for all students with a unique online learning approach. A synchronous learning component provides real time interaction and immediate feedback. We use real time interactive sessions, breakout rooms, and screen-sharing. An asynchronous learning component allows students to work at their own pace. Our asynchronous learning materials include recorded real time lectures, online readings, and discussion forums. We encourage students, if possible, to use both components so as to enjoy interactivity and community of real-time learning as well as studying at their own pace. This approach ensures students have support and resources to achieve their educational goals.

For synchronous sessions, students need to have a fully functional computer system with a webcam, speakers and microphone or headset and headphones, along with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Though the classes can be accessed using smartphones and tablets, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for a better learning experience.

This program/course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. As such, PTIB did not review the program/course.

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