10 Courses Required
This certificate requires the successful completion of 10 core courses within 5 years of enrollment.

The Certificate in Home Inspection consists of ten courses that focus on what to look for in an inspection, how to report visual defects, and how best to communicate with clients and stakeholders. The program meets the Occupational Standards developed by the Canadian Home Inspectors and Building Officials Steering Committee for National Standards and prepares you for the National Home Inspectors examination administered by The Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors.

All courses have been developed by Carson Dunlop - Canada's pioneering leader in home inspection for over 40 years.

What Will You Learn?

  • How to inspect the various components related to home inspection
  • Understand the terminology used in home inspection
  • Identify common problems that apply to different components within a home
  • Describe the inspection procedure

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Established home inspectors with a need to stay current in their chosen industry
  • Those wanting to enter an exciting and growing profession
  • Property risk managers who want to be more informed to perform their role
  • Home renovators wanting to hone their skills and expand their competencies

How Will You Benefit?

The Certificate in Home Inspection can help you:

  • recognize defects and conditions through a visual inspection and implications for system performance.
  • identify safety concerns for the occupant, the inspector, and the buyer.
  • ensure the appropriate use of terminology is used while conducting an inspection.
  • be able to describe the type of home and the materials used in a home.
  • perform home inspections that are consistent with the standards of the home inspection profession.

Fees & Schedule

The fee for each course is $400. Please contact the Faculty of Open Learning & Career Development via email at openlearning@dal.ca for more information.

This online certificate consists of ten courses. There are no online live sessions with the instructor. Each course consists of assigned readings, several assignments, and two examinations. The instructor will be accessible for questions via email. 

Note: Your registration is not guaranteed until your seat is confirmed and you have been contacted by our Registration Office. As well, fees are based on the current academic year and are subject to change. No deferral of the non-refundable deposit or program fees is allowed. Text and materials related to courses may constitute an additional cost.

Certificate Requirements

The requirements for the certificate include the submission of individual assignments, field exercises, and the successful writing of exams in each of the ten courses. The passing grade in each course is 70%. Those who do not wish to complete a full certificate are welcome to register for individual courses. As each course requires 16 learning hours (not including study hours) to complete, we do not recommend enrolling for more than 3 per semester.

For assistance or more information, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Recognition of Prior Learning

It may be possible to receive advanced standing in this certificate based on your prior learning from work or life experience. We provide two types of recognition of prior learning:


Prior Certified Learning: Assessment of prior coursework or training through a professional training provider, for the purpose of advanced standing. Examples of certified learning may include university or college coursework, military training, accredited certificates, workplace training programs, etc.

Prior Experiential Learning: Assessment of previous work and life learning that may be equivalent to learning outcomes of university courses/programs, for the purpose of advanced standing. Relevant prior learning may come from work or volunteer experience, participation on committees or boards, independent study, etc.

Additional Details


Minimum Required

10 Course(s)

Certificate requires completion of all 10 courses
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