Free, online “How to Inspect the Exterior” course.

InterNACHI has released a new, free, online How to Inspect the Exterior course.  The purpose of this course is to provide accurate and useful information for performing an inspection of the exterior at a residential property.  The exterior is where most inspectors start their inspections.  This course covers the components and materials of the exterior that may be present during a residential inspection including siding types, site drainage, moisture intrusion, windows and doors, flashing, exterior structures, garage, and other exterior systems and components.  This course is free to all InterNACHI members and can be taken again and again, without limit.
The new course is one of InterNACHI’s largest and most comprehensive.  It includes:
  • 43 sections;
  • 54,286 words;
  • 135 photos, graphics, and diagrams;
  • 3 tables;
  • 18 quizzes;
  • a 60-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:
  • Learning Objectives
  • Table of Contents
  • Inspection Tools
  • Inspection Procedure
  • Residential Standards of Practice
  • Identification
  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Siding
  • Siding Types
  • Wood Siding
  • Solid Wood and Lumber Siding
  • Plywood Siding
  • Shingles and Shakes
  • Hardboard
  • OSB Siding
  • Particleboard Siding
  • Considerations
  • Finish Problems
  • Chalking
  • Rot
  • Aluminum or Steel Siding?
  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Grounding Metal Siding
  • Vinyl Siding
  • SIPs
  • Brick
  • Stone
  • Stucco and EIFS
  • Asbestos Cement-Based Siding
  • Clay and Slate Shingles
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Insulation Value of Siding
  • Siding Materials Chart
  • Masonry Exterior Wall Covering
  • Concrete Blocks
  • Manufactured Stone
  • Load-Bearing or Veneer?
  • Common Problems with Masonry Exterior
  • Foundation Cracks and Water
  • Inspecting the Visible Masonry and Foundation
  • Checking the Masonry
  • Masonry Foundation and Piers
  • Shrinkage Cracking
  • Sweeping or Horizontal Cracking?
  • Above-Ground Masonry Walls
  • Eaves, Soffit and Fascia
  • Wall Assembly
  • Housewrap
  • Waterproofing and Damp-proofing
  • Permanent Wood Foundations
  • Common Problems with Walls
  • Inadequate Clearance from the Roof Cover
  • Dense Vegetation
  • Wood and Soil Contact
  • Water Intrusion
  • Flashing of Wall Components and Moisture Problems
  • Understanding and Inspecting Flashing
  • Flashing
  • Flashing and Caulking
  • Sealants for Through-Wall Penetrations
  • Kickout Flashing
  • Exterior Drainage Systems
  • Site Surface Drainage
  • Foundation Drainage
  • Roof and Surface Drainage
  • Roof Overhangs and Projections
  • Roof Drainage, Gutters and Downspouts
  • Checking the Site and Foundation
  • Inspection of Drainage Slope
  • Property Drainage
  • Sump Pumps
  • Landscaping
  • Fences
  • Windows and Doors
  • Common Problems
  • Windowsills and Door Sills
  • Window Sill Height
  • Putty
  • Weather Stripping
  • Shutters
  • Awnings
  • Fogged Windows
  • Egress Doors
  • Ramps
  • Stairways
  • Risers and Treads
  • Guards
  • The Spheres
  • The Handgrip
  • Attachment
  • Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings
  • Window Wells
  • Basement Walkouts
  • Exterior Decks
  • Inspecting a Garage
  • Garage Door Opener Inspection
  • Other Systems
  • Chimneys
  • Defensible Space
  • Retaining Walls
  • Driveway, Walkways and Pavements
  • Buried Oil Tanks
  • Other Exterior Considerations
  • Additional Exterior Structures
  • Yards and Courts
  • Flood Zones
  • Exterior Water
  • GFCI-Protection for Exterior
  • Clothes Dryer Exhaust
  • Private Wells
  • Septic Systems
  • Other Exterior Factors
  • Guide for Homeowners: Water Management and Water Damage Prevention
  • and more
Upon completion of this course and passing of the 60-question final exam, yout can download and print your own Certificate of Completion which is auto-generated in your own name.
Your 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 16 InterNACHI CE hours.