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. This course is provided by our accredited college at


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 the housing code
  • list critical requirements for effective housing
  • describe features of housing codes
  • explain what a code inspection is
  • explain what an 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:

  • 31 InterNACHI® CE credits hours;
  • 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
InterNACHI® Course Example
Course #555, Student Catalog

Student WorkTime CalculationEstimated Clock Hour Time for the Average Student
Attendance for "Seat Time" 1# of minutes of student attendance / 502.1
Participation in Learning Activities 2# of minutes of online student participation / 501.0
Interactivity 3# of minutes of student interactivity / 500.5
Reading the Course Text 4# of words in the course / 100 words per minute / 502.1
Reading the Course Textbook 5# of words in the book / 100 words per minute / 501.1
Academic Engagement 6# of words in the course / 100 / 501.0
Direct Communication 7# of minutes of communication / 500.5
Instructional Video Learning 8# of minutes of video / 500.0
Reinforcement Q & A  9# of questions X 1.85 / 500.8
Writing Assignment of the Inspection  104.0 hours per assignment4.0
Writing Assignment of the Research  114.0 hours per assignment4.0
Academic Activities for an Inspection  128.0 hours for each inspection assignment8.0
Performing an Inspection  138.0 hours for each inspection8.0
Total clock hours
31.0 clock hours
31.0 InterNACHI CE Hours
3.1 CEU


This course has been approved by:

In keeping with InterNACHI's commitment to Continuing Education, this online course is open and free to all members and can be taken repeatedly 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.