Healthy Homes, Part 3: Housing Regulations Course

Welcome to InterNACHI's free, online Healthy Homes, Part 3: Housing Regulations Course.  This is part 3 of a 14-part Certified Healthy Homes Inspector certification program provided by InterNACHI to members for free. 
The goal of this course is to teach students to understand housing regulations including zoning codes, housing codes, and building codes.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • describe the history of codes
  • list the basic objectives of housing code
  • list critical requirements to effective housing
  • describe features of housing codes
  • explain what a code inspection is
  • explain what a inspection report contains
  • perform an inspection related to code issues
  • generate observations related to healthy housing
  • produce written reports related to observations conducted at a house

Course Includes:
  • 21 InterNACHI CE credits hours;
  • 2.1 CEU; 
  • 10,280 words; 
  • 20 quiz questions in 3 quizzes; 
  • Inspection and writing assignment; 
  • Research and writing assignment;
  • 20-question final exam; and 
  • Certificate of Completion.  
You will learn the following topics: 
  • History of Housing Regulations in the United States
  • First Known Housing Laws
  • East Coast Growth
  • Tenement Housing Act
  • Government Involvement & Legislation
  • The Housing Act
  • Beginning of Zoning
  • Zoning and Zoning Ordinances
  • Zoning Objectives
  • Content of the Zoning Ordinance
  • Bulk and Height Requirements
  • Yard Requirements 
  • Exceptions to Zoning Codes
  • Off-Street Parking
  • Exceptions to the Zoning Codes
  • Nonconforming Uses
  • Variances
  • Exceptions
  • Administration
  • History of Housing Codes
  • Objectives of Housing Codes
  • Critical Requirements of an Effective Housing
  • Content of Housing Code
  • 5 Features of Housing Codes
  • Administrative Provisions of a Housing Code
  • Owner of Record
  • Due Process Requirements
  • Hearings and Condemnation
  • Procedures for Coping with Common Problems.
  • Forms and Form Letters
  • Substantive Provisions of a Housing Code
  • Building Codes

Healthy Homes, Part 3:  Housing Regulations Course

Course # 4804



Estimated hours for the average student

Academic Engagement

Reading online course instructional material at 140 words per minute


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 0.5




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 1.2
Reading, research, and studying related to completing the research and writing assignment 1.0
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. 10.0



Sub Total


Overall Total

21 hours

2.1 CEU

And, in keeping with InterNACHI's commitment to Continuing Education, this online course is open and free to all 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.