How to Inspect Fireplaces, Stoves, and Chimneys Course
to InterNACHI's free, online How to Inspect Fireplaces, Stoves and Chimneys Course.
The goal of this course is to teach inspectors how to inspect fireplaces, stoves and chimneys.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- follow the Standards of Practice for performing an inspection of fireplaces, stoves and chimneys;
- understand how each system and component functions; and
- inspect for and report upon defects observed.
The course includes:
- 15,300 words;
- 10-minute video;
- 97 quiz questions in 12 quizzes;
- over 30 photos and illustrations;
- online writing essay assignment;
- inspection report writing assignment;
- required additional reading;
- 60-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
- instant grading;
- a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and
- accreditations and state approvals.
How to Inspect Fireplaces, Stoves, and
Course # 3900
Estimated hours for the average student
Reading and studying online course instructional material at 140 words per minute
Watching, listening, and studying instructional video
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
keeping with InterNACHI's commitment to Continuing Education, this 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.
This course has been approved by:
This course covers the following topics
- Chimney Connection
- 3-2-10 Rule for Chimneys
- Masonry Chimney Footing
- Chimney Lining
- Clay Lining
- Metal Flue Lining
- Cast-In-Place Lining
- Fuel-Gas Termination
- Type B Vents
- Type L Vents
- 2-2-10 vs. 3-2-10
- Chimney Flashing
- Chimney Cricket
- Chimney Crown
- Fireplace Hearth
- Fireplace Lintel
- Fireplace Size
- Firebox Side and Rear Walls
- Fireplace Throat
- Fireplace Damper
- Fireplace Smoke Shelf
- Fireplace Smoke Chamber
- Fireplace Ash Dump
- Ash Dump Cleanout
- Exterior Air
- Chimney Flue Size
- Glass Doors
- Factory-Built Fireplaces
- Panel Walls
- Wood-Burning Stoves
- Efficiency and Air Pollutants
- Initial Inspection
- Hearths, Hearth Extensions and Fire Chambers
- Initial Single-Wall Metal Chimney Inspection
- Interior Single-Wall Metal Chimneys
- Exterior Single-Wall Metal Chimneys
- Chimney Outlets
- Flues and Liners
- Flue Size
- Sample Reporting Language
- Water Damage
- Water-Damaged Mortar Joints
- Install a Cricket
- Indications of Moisture
- Porous Building Materials
- Capillary Action
- Destructive Pressures
- Identifying Efflorescence
- Prevention and Removal of Efflorescence
- Preventing Collapse
- Safe Practices for Fireplaces
- Fireplace Safety for Homeowners
- Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean
- Safely Burn Fuels
- Protect the Outside and Inside of Your Home
- Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Type
- Extinguisher Types
- Inspection of Extinguishers
- Extinguisher Testing and Replacement
- Fireplace Fuel
- Ventless Fireplace Inspection
- Chimney Kickout Flashing
Upon completion of this course and passing of
the 60-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.
The student's (InterNACHI member's) information is recorded on
InterNACHI's servers for membership compliance verification, and
automatically logs completion into InterNACHI's online Continuing
Non-members may view only the first page of the course.
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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
- 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:
- The course, quizzes and final exam incorporate
built-in intelligence which identifies and strengthens each student's
unique subject weaknesses.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Upon passing the final exam, the student can print out a Certificate of Completion which is auto-generated in their own name.
The student's (InterNACHI member's) information is
recorded on InterNACHI's servers for membership compliance verification,
and automatically logs completion into InterNACHI's online Continuing
Why online inspector education is better than classroom inspector education.