home-inspection-mgBrighton College’s Home Inspection Certificate will prepare you for employment in home inspection and home inspection services. You will develop skills that will support you in construction services, real estate and/or real estate development sectors and enable you to analyze and assess homes and construction sites. You will also develop reports regarding the safety and value of that property and the potential repairs required for the purchase, sale, or valuation of the property.

Note: Some states have home inspection license laws that require live home inspections. Please be sure to check with your state to see if there are any additional requirements for obtaining your license in addition to training. 

Program Overview

The Home Inspection Certificate Program Overview

The Home Inspection Certificate program is 100% online and a delivers curriculum with a flexible schedule. The program is divided into 5 courses, 250 clock hours, that allow you, the student to understand the material and apply the knowledge gained before moving to the next course.

What Will I Study in the Online Home Inspection Program?

The following are just a few of the concepts you will learn in the Home Inspection program:

  • House Framing
  • Interior & Exterior Finishes
  • Chimneys and Flues
  • Roofing
  • Walkways, Garages, and Landscaping
  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
  • Electrical Systems
  • Security and Fire Alarm Systems
  • Pools and Spas
  • Thermal Imaging
  • Promoting a Business & Franchising
  • Business Records and Bookkeeping

Course Outline

A Career in Home Inspection!

Our Home Inspection program was designed with you in mind. The Home Inspection program is self-paced, allowing you to complete it according to your own schedule. You can review lessons as many times as you want, reinforcing the material until you have a solid understanding.

Once you enroll, you can get started right way! The Home Inspection courses are released one-by-one to ensure you properly retain the information.

What courses are in the Home Inspection program?

The following courses are included in the Home Inspection Certificate program. Courses are released one at a time to maximize learning.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
IHI2462 Introduction to Home Inspection N/A
This course is an introduction to the business of home inspection. In order to develop an appropriate methodology for initial inspection, the student is introduced to a variety of building structures, materials and foundations. Additionally, the student will be introduced to the reading and interpretation of construction plans and drawings. Further, the student will be able to correlate the building’s relationship with its environment and its effect in building energy efficient homes.
FRI2468 Framing, Roofing, Interior and Exterior N/A
This course introduces the student to the details in the construction of walls, floors, ceilings and roofs. Expectations of the home inspector are identified regarding the methodologies for the inspection of these finishes, and how the climate, water and moisture can affect a thorough inspection. Additionally, building requirements for chimneys and flues will be reviewed, culminating with the introduction of outdoor spaces, which include walkways, garages and landscaping.
MCS2601 Mechanical Systems N/A
This course introduces the student to how mechanical systems work within a home, and helps the student identify the electrical, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems. The student will learn how to recognize diverse types of pipes, faulty wiring and how heating and cooling systems operate, and the correlation of how each one of these mechanical systems affects the overall function of a home’s energy efficiency.  The understanding of these systems will emphasize the importance of reporting with accuracy and in detail thorough findings from observing these systems and detail them from a home inspector’s professional opinion.
HIP2677 The Home Inspection Process N/A
In this course, the student will be able to identify the techniques and methodologies used for the inspection of homes, and how to develop a system that will allow the home inspector to write an accurate report. Further, the student will be able to learn the value of energy efficient homes, and how to apply this knowledge in the growth of his/her business. Finally, there will be other inspection considerations, which will allow the student to focus on how other hazardous materials or insects can truly affect the structure and environment of the home.
HIB2704 The Home Inspection Business N/A
This course provides the required strategies to establish, manage, and expand the home inspection business. Included in the lessons are approaches to advertisement, marketing, and business development. Also explored are bookkeeping principles and practices, which will help in the management of a new business. Finally, the course culminates with the guidelines to write an effective business plan.


Career Outlook

Career Outlook

Employment of construction and building inspectors is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Public interest in safety and the desire to improve the quality of construction are factors that may continue to create demand for inspectors. Employment growth for inspectors is expected to be strongest in government and in firms specializing in architectural, engineering, and related services.

Career Opportunities

Certified construction and building inspectors who can perform a variety of inspections should have the best job opportunities. Inspectors with construction-related work experience or training in engineering, architecture, construction technology, or related fields are also likely to have better job prospects.


The median annual wage for construction and building inspectors in May 2015 was $57,340. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $34,800, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $91,600.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–17 Edition, Construction and Building Inspectors, on the internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/construction-and-building-inspectors.htm.

Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans

The total price for the Brighton College Home Inspection Certificate program is $1,050.00

Total Tuition $850
Enrollment Fee $100
Resource Fee $100
Total Sales Price $1,050
  • Full Payment Plan: Pay in full  for a total program price of  $950.

Financial Assistance

Brighton College works with many employers’ Tuition Reimbursement programs as well as various Workforce Development and Vocational Rehabilitation programs. To find out if you qualify for these programs, call our office at 1.800.354.1254 for more information.


Change of Program $50
Additional Transcript $10
Late Payment $25
Returned Check / Declined Credit Card $25
Academic Extension* $500
Re-Admission Fee $200


Brighton College recommends the following materials for a career in Home Inspection:

  • 6-in-1 screwdriver
  • 25′ tape measure
  • Flashlight
  • GFCI outlet tester
  • Inspection mirror
  • Protective safety glasses
  • Pocket thermometer
  • Digital camera
  • Ladder

Brighton College does not provide these materials.

State Requirements

Some states have home inspection license laws that require live home inspections. Please be sure to check with your state to see if there are any additional requirements for obtaining your license in addition to training. Check your state’s requirements by clicking on the button below:

State Requirements


E-books are provided for students in the Home Inspection program.