Course Description

The course is 66 learning hours. It is recommended that students spend an average of 5-6 hours per week on the course.

This course focuses on the structural components of a residential dwelling including footings and foundations, floors, walls, and roof/ceiling structures. You will learn to recognize safety concerns and compliance issues that affect system performance.

Course Outline

Each week has required readings from the textbook. There are a total of five assignments and two examinations in this course.

Weeks 1 - 4:
Footings and Foundation

Weeks 5 - 6:

Week 7:
Mid-term Examination

Weeks 7 - 9:
Exterior Structures

Weeks 8 - 9:
Wall Systems

Weeks 10 - 11:
Roof Framing

Week 12:
Final Examination

What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • inspect the types, materials, conditions, safety concerns, and other issues regarding foundations, floor structures, walls and other vertical support structures, and roof and ceiling structures.
  • identify the common problems that apply to each structural component named, as well as the causes and implications of each problem.
  • describe the inspection procedures involved with each component.
  • define and use proper terminology related to residential structures.


By enrolling in this course, you will be automatically enrolled in the Certificate in Home Inspection.

Recommended For

  • Established home inspectors with a need to stay current in their chosen industry.
  • Those wanting to enter an exciting and growing profession.
  • Those wanting a better understanding of how structure components within a residential structure work.
  • Property risk managers who want to be more informed to perform their role.
  • Home renovators wanting to hone their skills and expand their competencies.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Structure Inspection
Online - Synchronous
Sep 06, 2021 to Nov 28, 2021
Total Learning Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $375.00
Reading List / Textbook
Home Inspection Training Program: Structure Inspection
Publisher: Carson Dunlop
Link to Purchase: https://store.carsondunlop.com/schools/dalhousie-university/
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