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. You will 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 to 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 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 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 of it.

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. The Home Inspection program has a total of 15 credit hours.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
HIC 110 Introduction to Home Inspection 3 Credit Hours
This course is an introduction to the business of home inspection. Different types of buildings and building materials will be presented and evaluated. Additionally, the student will be introduced to the reading and interpretation of construction plans and drawings. Building foundations will be reviewed in order to develop an appropriate methodology for initial inspection.
HIC 120 Framing, Roofing, Interior and Exterior 3 Credit Hours
In this course, the construction of walls, floors, ceilings and the roof of the house are explained. Expectations for the home inspector are identified regarding the methodologies for the inspection of these finishes. Additionally, building requirements for chimneys and flues will be reviewed. You will also learn about walkways and driveways near a home.
HIC 130 Mechanical Systems 3 Credit Hours
In this course, you’ll learn how mechanical systems work within a home and identify the electrical, plumbing, heating, and air conditioning systems of a house. You’ll learn how to identify different types of pipe, how heating and cooling systems operate, and how to identify faulty wiring.
HIC 200 The Home Inspection Process 3 Credit Hours
In this course, techniques for the inspection of homes will be explained. An overview of other inspection considerations such as radon termites will be identified. In addition, the inspection of swimming pools and spas will also be covered.
HIC 210 The Home Inspection Business 3 Credit Hours
This course organizes 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 examined are bookkeeping practices and suggested software that may be used as a business management tool.

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 was $57,340 in May 2015. 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 $2,575

Total Tuition $2,475
Enrollment Fee $100
Total Sales Price $2,575
  • Full Payment Plan: Pay in full  for a total program price of  $2,575.
  • Automatic Payment Plan: Pay only $199 down and 11 interest-free monthly payments of $199 and a final payment of $187, for a total program price of  $2575. Payments will automatically be charged monthly to your credit card.
  • Alternative Financing Options: Call us at 1-800-354-1254 for alternative payment plan options.

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

Tuition & Fees

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


All materials, equipment and textbooks are not provided for students in the Home Inspection program unless otherwise agreed upon. Courses are taken one at a time, and some textbooks may be delivered as new courses are released to the student.