This reporter sure did not do his home work .
He should also tell the readers that 90% of those who do Home Inspection courses spend about $10,000;00 and never last three years .
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Home inspection career appeals to aging workers tired of construction
November 26, 2007
At 52, Carl Heffernan realized it was time for a career change after years of working in construction installing ventilation systems.
He’s now putting the finishing touches on a new career as a home inspector, after taking a series of nine courses at Humber College.
The program is popular with people in the trades who don’t want to wield a hammer or do other physical labour anymore, says co-ordinator Guy Battaglini.
“I’m looking down the road at that situation,” Heffernan says. “Basically that’s the reason why I’m switching over.”
But Battaglini warns students that being a home inspector isn’t easy.
“You still have to get into crawl spaces, climb ladders and get on the roof,” he says. “There’s physically demanding stuff. I tell everyone that.”
Heffernan says most of his classmates were in their mid-40s, although there were two engineering students in their 20s who wanted more in-depth knowledge of building systems.
The program prepares students to inspect various home systems, including plumbing, electrical, gas, heating and cooling. They also learn how to identify possible construction problems.
Students must also prepare reports on the physical conditions of the building, roof, exterior, plumbing, heating, cooling, insulation and interiors.
“Our course doesn’t teach you to just go into a house and say, `that’s wrong,’” Battaglini says. "That’s not what a home inspector is.
“For example, our courses offer the theory behind electricity; how do you know if the wiring is right for the home and the amperage and all that. Once you understand that, then you can understand the defects created from it, such as if the homeowner had decided to add a few outlets and got the wiring all wrong.”
Successful completion of the program fulfils the academic requirements of the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors, which registers home inspectors.
Heffernan finished the classroom component a couple of months ago and is now working on building a full-time business by preparing a website, registering a name for his company and contacting real estate agents in the Orangeville and Brampton area, where he lives.
“This course makes me feel comfortable because the inspector gives us tips on how to do it correctly,” Heffernan says.
The program involves nine courses. The next 10-week introductory course begins Jan. 23 in class, and Jan. 30 online.
Tuition is $315.20, plus books or materials.
On the side bar they gave visit the web site at PACHI.CA or call 416.256.0960