How to Perform Deck Inspections Video Course

This online video course teaches the inspector to perform residential and commercial wood deck inspections.  It includes a review of all common deck defects. 


This course teaches the inspector to perform residential and commercial wood deck inspections. It includes a review of all common deck defects. 


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • list and describe the major components of a deck;
  • distinguish between proper and improper installation techniques; 
  • identify and describe common major structural and safety problems; and
  • communicate to a client indications of defects.

Course includes:

  • 2,631 words;
  • 41 minutes of video;
  • student book;
  • inspection and writing assignment;
  • research and writing assignment;
  • 19 quiz questions in 5 quizzes; 
  • 25-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • instant grading; and
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion.


How to Perform Deck Inspections Video Course

Course # 3614



Estimated hours for the average student

Academic Engagement

Reading online course instructional material at 140 words per minute


 Watching and listening to instructional video

Taking quizzes


Taking the exam


Conducting a directed and independent inspection study performed according to the Standards of Practice, including the development of an inspection report 


Submitting an inspection and writing assignment


Submitting a research and writing assignment


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


Reading the downloaded student course book including taking the quizzes with the book

Reading, research, and studying related to completing the research and writing assignment


 Studying and preparing for inspection processes according to a Standards of Practice, including capturing and storing digital images with a camera or device, making observations, evaluating conditions, deducing, formulating opinions, communicating observations in written form, attaining competency in performing inspections and using an inspection checklist or software and other inspection tools in producing a report. 



Sub Total


Overall Total

23.0 hours / 0.5 SCH


This course has been approved by:

The course covers the following categories:

  • Introduction 
  • Decks and Similar Structures
  • Decks Defined
  • Porches
  • Verandahs
  • Balconies
  • Patios
  • From the Ground Up
  • Deck Load
  • Footings and Posts
  • Wood Decay
  • Moisture and Wood Decay
  • The Pick Test
  • Support and Connections
  • Girders and Beams
  • Ledger Connections
  • Overhangs
  • Framing Around
  • Cantilevered Decks
  • Bracing
  • Connections and Fasteners
  • Posts and Rails
  • Guardrails and Supports
  • Decking
  • Board placement and Support
  • Stairs
  • Stringers, Risers and Treads
  • Lighting
  • Handrails
  • Electrical Receptacles
  • Receptacle Requirements
  • Weatherproof Receptacles
  • Other Considerations
  • Location and Egress
Upon completion of this course, the 5 quizzes, and passing of the 25-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. 

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Special thanks to Simpson Strong-Tie for some of the illustrations and content