How to Inspect Appliances According to TREC Standards

Welcome to InterNACHI's free, online How to Inspect Appliances According to TREC Standards Course. 
 
Goal:
The goal of this course is to teach the Texas inspector how to perform inspections according to the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) Standards of Practice, as delineated in §535.232: Minimum Inspection Requirements for Appliances (adopted February 1, 2009), in order to meet TREC's inspector pre-licensing requirements.
 
 
And, in keeping with InterNACHI's commitment to Continuing Education, this online training course is open and free to all Texas 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:
The course includes:
  • 8 Continuing Education credit hours;
  • 5 sections and 33 chapters/slides;
  • two 20-question quizzes;
  • a 50-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 and chapters:
Introduction
  • Student Verification & Interactivity
  • TREC Requirements
  • Course Objectives
TREC Standards of Practice
  • Definitions
  • Scope & Enforcement
  • §535.232. Minimum Inspection Requirements for Appliances
  • §535.233. Minimum Inspection Requirements for Optional Systems
  • Appliance Inspection Checklist Template
  • §535.233. Standard Inspection Report Form
Inspected Appliances 
  • Dishwasher Inspection
  • Food-Waste Disposer Inspection
  • Range Exhaust Vent Inspection
  • Electric/Gas Range, Cooktop & Oven Inspection
  • Microwave Oven Inspection
  • Trash Compactor Inspection
  • Mechanical Exhaust & Bathroom Heater Inspection
  • Garage Door Operator Inspection
  • Doorbell & Chimes Inspection
  • Dryer Vent Inspection
  • Specific Limitations for Appliance Inspection

Optional Systems

  • Lawn & Garden Sprinkler System Inspection            
  • Pool, Spa & Hot Tub Inspection 
  • Outbuilding Inspection     
  • Outdoor Cooking Equipment Inspection
  • Gas Supply System Inspection   
  • Private Water Well Inspection     
  • Private Septic System Inspection    
  • Whole-House/Central Vacuum System Inspection           
  • Inspection of Other Built-In Appliances           
  • Non-Permanent Appliance Inspection 

Conclusion

 

Upon completion of this course and passing of the 50-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool), the student can download and print his/her own Certificate of Completion, which is auto-generated in the inspector's own name. 

The student-member's 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 eight InterNACHI Continuing Education hours (8 CEU) and, with approval by the State of Texas Real Estate Commission, will count toward Continuing Education credits sanctioned by the State of Texas REC for 8 CEU.
 
Non-members may view only the first page of the course.
 
Members will need their username and password.  If you have forgotten your password, CLICK HERE (instant response) or email fastreply@internachi.org and request it (don't forget your name). 
 
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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 with dial-up.
  • 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:
    1. The course, quizzes and final exam incorporate built-in intelligence which identifies and strengthens each student's unique subject weaknesses.
    2. 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.
      1. 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.
      2. 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.
      3. 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 incorrectly.
  • 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 Education log.
 
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