Area of Instruction
Residential Home Inspection
Degrees & Classes
If you’d like a fast-track option to setting up your own professional home inspection business—or a career with a home inspection company—then you should consider Bellingham Technical College's Residential Home Inspection certificate.
As of September 1, 2009, Washington State requires all home inspectors in the state to be licensed. BTC’s Fundamentals of Home Inspection Course was the first to receive approval from the Department of Licensing. This intensive, full-time course combines classroom instruction with hands-on lab and inspection work, including training on the topic of identifying wood destroying organisms.
Home inspectors examine and report on a home’s systems and structure—from the roof to the substructure crawl space, basement or slab foundation. Typically, inspectors set up their own inspection business and work for real-estate purchasers or are hired by home inspection companies or firms specializing in architectural, engineering, and related services.
If you enjoy the challenge of working with homes of all ages, sizes, and conditions, BTC's Residential Home Inspection certificate is for you!
This four-week course is offered several times during the year.
As the population grows and the volume of real estate transactions increases, greater emphasis on home inspections should result in strong demand for home inspectors. Most graduates of the RHI program go into business on their own but there should be job opportunities for inspectors in existing home inspection firms as well.
The average annual wage in this field is $74,743, with an earning potential of about $88,109 per year.*
*For details regarding BTC career wages and placement, visit btc.edu/careerservices.
Home inspectors examine and report on a home’s systems and structure—from the roof to the basement. Typically, inspectors work for real-estate purchasers and related service companies.
The majority of home inspectors are self employed and work on behalf of potential real estate purchasers.
Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog
|RHI 111||Fundamentals of Home Inspection||12 credits|
This course will teach students the fundamentals of residential home inspection. Students will receive classroom instruction in Washington State laws and rules; business practices; legal issues; communication; structural components; exteriors; roofing; plumbing; electrical systems; heating and cooling systems; interiors; insulation and ventilation; fireplaces, chimneys and solid fuel burning appliances; site and grading; attached garages and carports; wood destroying organisms, conducive conditions and pests; alternate construction methods; environmental conditions or hazardous materials; building codes; and product quality and safety issues. Students will gain the technical knowledge required to pursue a career in the field of home inspection. Fundamentals of Home Inspection will fulfill the education pre-licensing requirements of the state and will prepare students for a career in home inspection.
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|RHI 112||Home Inspection Field Training||3 credits|
This course will build on the information covered in the Fundamentals of Home Inspection course by providing an additional forty (40) hours of supervised field training. This field training will include supervised hands-on inspections at a minimum of five residences along with five completed student reports which are required to successfully meet Washington State standards. The report writing is in addition to the 40 hours of field training and will completed off-site and out of class time by students.
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The Residential Home Inspection program is offered each quarter. The program consists of two core courses: RHI 111 and RHI 112. For schedule information, please visit the take-a-class section of BTC's website and search by Department Residential Home Inspection. This Program is offered on the BTC campus. For questions, contact lead Instructor Steve Smith at email@example.com or 360-752-8796.
The goal of this program is to prepare entry-level home inspectors who are able to pass the state licensing exam and successfully work in the field of residential home inspection. Adhering to the core curriculum for residential home inspection, the student will gain expertise in the theory and application of professional methods of performing building inspections.