"Defect Recognition and Report Writing" online course
- 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.
- 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.
Student Verification and Interactivity
Home Inspection Reports: What to Expect
- 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
- 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
- Was it Really a Miss?
- Was the "Miss" Handled Well?
Tips To Help Home Inspectors Avoid Lawsuits
- 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
- 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:
- The course, quizzes and final exam incorporate built-in intelligence which identifies and strengthens each student's unique subject weaknesses.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.