Appliance Inspection for Home Inspectors Course

Welcome to InterNACHI's free, online Appliance Inspection for Home Inspectors course. 
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The goal of this course is to teach home inspectors how to perform appliance inspections as a supplement to the guidelines provided in InterNACHI's Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to inspect the following:
  • dishwasher;
  • food-waste disposer;
  • range exhaust vent;
  • electric/gas range, cooktop & oven;
  • microwave oven;
  • trash compactor;
  • refrigerator;
  • mechanical exhaust & bathroom heater;
  • garage door operator;
  • doorbell & chimes; and
  • dryer vent.
Note: For Texas inspectors, we have a TREC-approved "TREC Standards of Practice for Inspecting Appliances" online course for 8 IC credits.
The course includes:
  • 50,900 words;
  • online writing essay assignment;
  • inspection report writing assignment;
  • required additional reading;
  • 43 quiz questions in 2 quizzes;
  • 50-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • instant grading;
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and 
  • accreditations and state approvals.

Appliance Inspection for Home Inspectors Course

Course # 3704



Estimated hours for the average student

Academic Engagement

Reading and studying online course instructional material at 140 words per minute


Taking quizzes


Taking exam


Performing a self-guided assigned research exercise


Submitting an academic written essay assignment and applicable digital image and contributing to an academic online discussion





Studying & reviewing instructional material in preparation for taking quizzes and exam


Homework of reading, studying, and note-taking from the downloaded student study guidebook at 140 words per minute

Homework of preparing to perform an the assigned inspection activity, taking inspection images, developing observations and opinions, and writing assigned essays




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While appliance inspection exceeds InterNACHI's SOP, inspectors may find that their general knowledge, as well as their home inspection services, can be enhanced by becoming familiar with the different standard built-in appliances that they're likely to encounter on the job.  Understanding how the various appliances operate, along with the problems they can develop, can help home inspectors add value to their inspection services and provide useful information to their clients.
And, in keeping with InterNACHI's commitment to Continuing Education, this online training course is open and free to all InterNACHI 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 course covers the following categories and chapters:
  • Student Verification & Interactivity
  • Course Objectives
InterNACHI Standards of Practice
  • InterNACHI's Residential SOP
  • Going Beyond the SOP
Suggested Minimum Requirements for Inspecting Appliances
  • Standard Built-In Appliances
  • Optional Built-In Appliances & Systems
  • Other Built-In Appliances
  • Portable & Non-Permanent Appliances
Appliance Inspection Checklist
  • InterNACHI's Estimated Life Expectancy Chart
  • Appliance Inspection Checklist Templates
Inspected Appliances 
  • Dishwasher Inspection
  • Food-Waste Disposer Inspection
  • Range Exhaust Vent Inspection
  • Electric/Gas Range, Cooktop & Oven Inspection
  • Microwave Oven Inspection
  • Trash Compactor Inspection
  • Mechanical Exhaust & Bathroom Heater Inspection
  • Garage Door Operator Inspection
  • Doorbell & Chimes Inspection
  • Dryer Vent Inspection
  • Suggested Specific Limitations

Optional Systems

  • Lawn & Garden Sprinkler System Inspection            
  • Pool, Spa & Hot Tub Inspection 
  • Outbuilding Inspection     
  • Outdoor Cooking Equipment Inspection
  • Gas Supply System Inspection   
  • Private Water Well Inspection     
  • Private Septic System Inspection    
  • Whole-House/Central Vacuum System Inspection
  • Refrigerator Appliance Inspection           



Upon completion of this course and passing the 50-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 name. 

The student-member's information is recorded on InterNACHI's servers for membership compliance verification, and automatically logs completion into InterNACHI's online Continuing Education log. 
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 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 the student-inspector's name.
The student-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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