Wind and Hail Property Damage Inspection Course

Welcome to InterNACHI's free, online Wind and Hail Property Damage Inspection Course.
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Special thanks to Kenton Shepard, Greg Liebig, John Scapario, Tim Richey, Joe Jenkins, Thomas Hession, Ben Gromicko, Brian Peterson, Farmers Insurance, and Accurence for contributing to the course's content. 
The goal of this course is to teach home inspectors how to identify and inspect for wind and hail damage on roof coverings and other property components.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student shall be able to:
  • define hail damage;
  • identify damage on asphalt, wood, slate and tile roof covering materials;
  • describe the difference between functional and cosmetic damage;
  • communicate in general terms the important aspects of hail; 
  • differentiate between intentional mechanical damage and unintentional mechanical damage; and
  • measure test area for estimating the cost of damage and repair. 

The course includes:

  • 170 minutes of training video;
  • 740 word image document; 
  • 126-page student course book;
  • hundreds of images for study;
  • online writing essay assignment;
  • inspection report writing assignment;
  • required additional reading;
  • 21 quiz questions in 3 quizzes;
  • a 45-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool);
  • instant grading;
  • a downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion; and 
  • accreditations and state approvals.

Wind and Hail Property Damage Inspection Course

Course # 3612



Estimated hours for the average student

Academic Engagement

Reading and studying online course instructional material at 140 words per minute


Watching, listening, and studying instructional video


Taking quizzes


Taking exam


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




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And, in 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:

The course covers the following categories:

  • Definition of hail damage
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wood shingles and shakes
  • Slate and tile roofing
  • Functional and cosmetic damage 
  • Important aspects of hail
  • Directionality
  • Hail impact damage
  • Wind-caused damage
  • Shingle quality issues
  • Blisters
  • Cracking
  • Thermal expansion
  • Diagonal cracks
  • Splitting
  • Horizontal cracking
  • Intentional mechanical damage
  • Unintentional mechanical damage
  • Splits, punctures and breaks
  • Foot traffic
  • Test areas
  • Estimating cost of damage
  • Repairing 

Upon completion of this course and passing of the 45-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 Education log.

Members will need their username and password.  If you have forgotten your password, CLICK HERE (instant response) or email fastreply@internachi.organd request it (don't forget your name). 

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Some features that 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 hierarchical 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 pictures of actual roofs.
  • 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.

Why online inspector education is better than classroom inspector education.