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Exterior Course Description

The Exterior Course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to perform a professional building exterior inspection
Lowered footings around basement walkouts illustration
Lowered footings around basement walkouts — This illustration shows how foundation and footing systems can be built lower to account for greater frost depth. It is from our Exterior Course, Basement Walkouts Chapter. All of our 10 Courses are richly illustrated.

Course Overview

The Online Exterior Course covers retaining walls, grounds, window wells, lot grading, driveways, patios, walkways, decks, balconies, stoops and steps, porches, railings, wall cladding, flashing trim, eaves, soffits, fascia, as well as exterior doors and windows.

You will learn to describe the exterior wall covering and inspect all aspects of the exterior named above.

Within each section are several Study Sessions to guide you through the material. The Quick Quizzes will help you check your progress.

Course Outline

Architectural Styles

  • Building shapes and details, architectural categories, specific house styles

Exterior Cladding

  • Basics, brick, stone, concrete, stucco, wood, wood-based materials, metal, vinyl, fiber cement, clay, slate, asphalt
  • Soffits and fascia, windows and doors, trim, flashings and caulking

Exterior Structures

  • Porches, decks, balconies, garages, carports, basement walkouts

Surface Water Control

  • Lot grading, gutters and downspouts, window wells, walkways, driveways and grounds, retaining walls

Course Duration

  • 32 hours

Learning Assessments

  • One midterm and one final exam — online
  • 70% passing grade overall (ON & BC slightly different)


  • $4,495* for the full Program (all 10 Home Inspection Courses) or $495 for any single Course** Includes all learning materials, tests, exams, tutor support and ongoing postgraduate support

    * For students in Ontario, the full Home Inspection Training Program is approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 and successful completion leads to a certificate. ** Not available in Ontario.

  • Financing options available. Speak to one of our Education consultants to learn more

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Choose a sample chapter from our 10 Home Inspection courses

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