"Defect Recognition and Report Writing" online course

 
Welcome to InterNACHI's free, online Defect Recognition and Report Writing course. 
 
Goal:
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The goal of this course is to teach the home inspector to write a comprehensive home inspection report according to the standards and the inspector's observations.
 
Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student shall be able to:
  • describe the difference between a checklist and a narrative report;
  • list the three functions of a report narrative;
  • accept the level of assumption;
  • identify the common defects found during a typical home inspection; 
  • develop customized report narratives for the inspection report;
  • use "no visible evidence" language;
  • asses the risks of exceeding the standards of practice; 
  • communicate what happens when an inspector misses something; and
  • list five ways inspectors can avoid lawsuits by writing great inspection reports. 
 
And, in keeping with InterNACHI's commitment to Continuing Education, this online training course is open and free to all members, and can be taken again and again, without limit.
 
Reminder to members:  InterNACHI's Code of Ethics 1.10 requires that you comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where you conduct business.  InterNACHI's courses and Standards generally exceed the Standards of Practice that you are required to abide by locally. 
 
This course has been approved by:
The "Defect Recognition and Report Writing" course includes:
  • 8 Continuing Education credit hours;
  • 18 sections and 237 chapters/slides;
  • over 200 pictures;
  • 1 quiz;
  • 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:

Student Verification and Interactivity

Introduction

Acknowledgments

Home Inspection Reports: What to Expect

  • Introduction
  • Development of Standards
  • Checklist and Narrative Reports
  • Development of Reporting Software
  • Narrative Content
  • Report Content
  • Sample Reports

Home Inspection Reports: Engage Your Senses

  • Engage Your Senses

3 Functions of a Report Narrative

  • Accurate Condition Identification
  • Assessment of a Condition's Severity
  • Transfer of Liability

Simple vs. Comprehensive Report Narratives

  • Introduction
  • Level of Assumption
  • Quoting Code
  • Should Inspectors Write Their Own Narratives?

Roof: Defect Recognition and Description

Exterior: Defect Recognition and Description

Foundation & Structure: Defect Recognition and Description

Heating: Defect Recognition and Description

Cooling: Defect Recognition and Description

Plumbing: Defect Recognition and Description

Electrical: Defect Recognition and Description

Fireplace: Defect Recognition and Description

Attic & Insulation: Defect Recognition and Description

Doors, Windows & Interior: Defect Recognition and Description

"No Visible Evidence" Language

  • May Be Evidence Against You

If a Home Inspector Misses Something

  • Introduction
  • Was it Really a Miss?
  • Was the "Miss" Handled Well?

Tips To Help Home Inspectors Avoid Lawsuits

  • Introduction
  • InterNACHI's Pre-Inspection Agreement
  • InterNACHI's Library of Narratives
  • InterNACHI's "Estimated Life Expectancy Chart
  • InterNACHI's Home Maintenance Book

To Exceed or Not to Exceed the Standards of Practice

  • That is the Question

 
Upon completion of this course and passing of the 25-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool), the student can download and print his/her own Certificate of Completion, which is auto-generated in the inspector's 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 eight InterNACHI Continuing Education hours (8 CEU).
 
Non-members may view only the first page of the course.
 
Members will need their username and password.  If you have forgotten your password, CLICK HERE (instant response) or email fastreply@nachi.org and request it (don't forget your name). 
 
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Some features which make InterNACHI's courses superior to existing continuing education options:
  • The course is free for all InterNACHI members.
  • The course is written in pure XHTML code for quick loading.  The course loads fine on old computers and loads fast, even with dial-up.
  • The course is designed using a hierarchal menu coupled with a sequential page navigation.  This provides the student with the option to easily repeat areas of weakness.
  • The course permits the student to start, stop and restart any part of the course as often as desired.
  • There are a variety of images within the course, including diagrams, illustrations and photos. 
  • The illustrations can be enlarged for clearer viewing by clicking on them.
  • The text is integrated into InterNACHI's Inspector Glossary.  Rolling over blue-colored terms provides their definition.
  • The final exam uses multiple-choice questions that reference the images. 
  • The course's quizzes and final exam have numerous advantages over traditional exam systems:
    1. The course, quizzes and final exam incorporate built-in intelligence which identifies and strengthens each student's unique subject weaknesses.
    2. Not only is each question weighted with regard to score, but each answer is weighted, as well as the correctness of each answer being weighted.
      1. Answers to easy questions are weighted such that the student is penalized, in terms of score, for answering incorrectly, but rewarded modestly for answering correctly.
      2. Answers to difficult questions are weighted such that the student is rewarded, in terms of score, for answering correctly, but not penalized for answering incorrectly.
      3. Answers to questions regarding basic safety, or questions every inspector should know the answer to, are weighted such that the student is severely penalized, in terms of score, for answering incorrectly.
  • Upon passing the final exam, the student can print out a 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.
 
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