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InterNACHI releases new, free, online Deck Inspections course.

August 9th, 2009
Today InterNACHI released a free, online Deck Inspections course.  The new course teaches the inspector to perform residential and commercial wood deck inspections.  It includes a review of all common deck defects.  And, in keeping with InterNACHI’s commitment to continuing education, this deck course is open and free to all members and can be taken again and again, without limit.
The Deck Inspections course includes:
  • 35 sections;
  • 80 photos, diagrams and custom graphics;
  • 5 quizzes;
  • a 25-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • instant grading;
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and
  • accreditations and state approvals.

The course covers the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Course Objectives
  • Decks and Similar Structures
  • Decks Defined
  • Porches
  • Verandahs
  • Balconies
  • Patios
  • From the Ground Up
  • Deck Load
  • Footings and Posts
  • Wood Decay
  • Moisture and Wood Decay
  • The Pick Test
  • Support and Connections
  • Girders and Beams
  • Ledger Connections
  • Overhangs
  • Framing Around
  • Cantilevered Decks
  • Bracing
  • Connections and Fasteners
  • Posts and Rails
  • Guardrails and Supports
  • Decking
  • Board placement and Support
  • Stairs
  • Stringers, Risers and Treads
  • Lighting
  • Handrails
  • Electrical Receptacles
  • Receptacle Requirements
  • Weatherproof Receptacles
  • Other Considerations
  • Location and Egress

Upon completion of the Deck Inspections course and passing of the 25-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool), the student can download and print their own Deck Inspections course Certificate of Completion which is auto-generated in their own name.

The student’s (InterNACHI member’s) information is recorded on InterNACHI’s servers for membership compliance verification, and automatically logs completion into InterNACHI’s online Continuing Education log.  It counts as three (3) InterNACHI Continuing Education hours.
This blog entry was posted by Nick Gromicko.

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