Home Inspection

About the program

Conestoga College, in partnership with Carson Dunlop, is pleased to offer the Home Inspection Certificate Program. Emphasis is on practical knowledge of the performance of the systems and components of a house. This exciting program incorporates the Standards of Practice of the OAHI (Ontario Association of Home Inspectors) as well as the ASHI (American Society of Home inspectors). The Standards of Practice define a minimum and uniform standard for private, fee-paid Home Inspectors.

Home Inspections involve a visual inspection to assist home buyers/sellers by providing information related to the condition of a home prior to sale. Home Inspectors must be knowledgeable with all aspects of residential building systems and their operation. They must be able to recognize and report on conditions and/or the potential for failure. The systems and components of a house include roofing, structure, electrical, heating, air conditioning/heat pumps, plumbing, exterior, insulation and the interior. The ten subjects in this certificate course have been organized to address each of these, as well as to provide students the communications skill and knowledge of professional practice required to be successful in this growing industry. Successful completion of this program fulfills the OAHI Baseline Academic Requirements including

  • Residential HVAC Inspection
  • Residential Electrical Inspection
  • Introduction to Home Inspection - Practical

    Students wishing to use these Program Courses towards their Registered Home Inspection designation (RHI) must achieve a minimum grade of 70% or better.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Admission requirements notes

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.

Graduate opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

How to apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at https://www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/registrar-office/student-forms

Send completed applications to: Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to register for courses

Go to how to register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program outcomes

  • Describe the types and the materials involved.
  • Recognize the typical defects and their implications for system performance, including safety concerns for the occupant and the inspector.
  • Describe the features of adequate installation and repair technique as applicable.
  • Use proper terminology.
  • Perform inspections in a manner that is consistent with the North American Standards of Practice of the home inspection profession.

Program related resources

Program contact

Conestoga Online
Upcoming Registrations

Mark your calendar for our upcoming registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Spring 2023 registration opens February 27, 2023.
Fall 2023 registration opens July 24, 2023.
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