"The Fundamentals of Inspecting the Exterior" online video course
Welcome to InterNACHI's free, online The Fundamentals of Inspecting the Exterior video course.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will understand the fundamentals of how to perform an inspection of the exterior of a residential property. This course covers the components and materials
of the exterior that may be present during a typical residential inspection
including siding types, site drainage, moisture intrusion issues,
windows and doors, flashing, exterior structures, garage, and other
exterior systems and components.
And, in keeping with
InterNACHI's commitment to Continuing Education, this course is open and
free to all members, and can be taken again and again,
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.
The Fundamentals of Inspecting the Exterior
online video course includes:
two training videos;
120 minutes of training video;
over 100 digital pictures;
one 8-question quiz;
500-word student book (downloadable PDF);
25-question final exam (drawn from a much larger pool);
4 Continuing Education credit hours;
a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and
accreditations and state approvals.
The Fundamentals of Inspecting the Exterior online video course covers the following topics:
What's a Home Inspection?
Phone Call. Now What?
Prior to the Inspection
The Practical Route
Driveways, Sidewalks, and Garage
Proper Site Drainage
Decks and Porches
Fixtures and Sprinklers
Tell the Home’s Story
Mike Nelson of Nelson Inspection Services is the guest instructor.
Upon completion of this course and passing of
the 50-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool), the student can
download and print their own 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
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
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 pictures of actual roofs.
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
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