Simple Home Construction

Simple Home Construction Online Training & Certification

Hours: 8 | Type: Distance

Our Simple Home Construction course provides an easy-to-follow overview of the methods typical single family dwellings have been constructed with during the last century. During the lessons, you will be taken through the basic order of home construction - from the pouring of the foundation (if applicable) to the framing, elements of the interior rough-in, as well as identifying important components, how they work and how they are assembled. The course focuses on the major elements that are most important to residential home inspectors.

It can be very difficult to learn about every system and component involved with home construction. It can take many hours and be an overwhelming undertaking. Since many elements of construction build on each other and components work together, this course focuses on the major ones. This allows you to keep each system fresh in your mind as you learn about related systems, and understand the reasoning behind the methods of construction. This course is designed to quickly help new inspectors understand the basics of how a home is constructed and the name and location of each component. It can also be used by professional inspectors to complete continuing education requirements or as a good refresher course for professionals who want to brush up on home construction.

The material covered in the course - which is available either online or on CD-ROM for your convenience - quickly and accurately defines, illustrates, and explains the most important components of home construction in a simple, easy-to-grasp format. As you move through the course and complete each lesson, you will use interactive flash cards, take practice quizzes at the end of each lesson, and make use of other methods that will help you retain the information. Instant quiz results verify what you've already learned. Our secure server records your results as you go so you can easily track your own progress, and continue where you left off if you have to take a break. When you finish the course you will be armed with correct information about home construction and you will be more confident and informed.

Learning Objectives You Will Master:

Common Foundations

  • Define and identify the different types of foundations
  • Learn how foundations are built
  • Why different foundations are used for different applications
  • Describe the different types of footings and why they are used
  • How below grade walls are constructed
  • Understand foundations for unstable soils
  • Learn the importance of compacted soil
  • Evaluate the components of a floating slab
Building the Frame

  • Define common house framing methods
  • Common terms used in framing
  • The components of a floor system
  • The construction sequence for floors
  • The importance of midfloor supports
  • When floor frames are not used
  • The components of a wall frame
  • Construction sequence of wall frames
  • Evaluate the importance of shear walls
  • The components of a roof system
  • Construction sequence of roof systems
  • Roof water management components
  • Different types of exterior wall finishes

Inside the House

  • Interior component terminology
  • The purpose of the interior rough-in
  • Use and efficiency of insulation types
  • Interior wall construction sequence
  • Properties of different types of windows
  • The importance of a home's millwork
  • Geneneral types of HVAC systems
  • The purpose of branch electric circuits
  • Plumbing components and materials
  • The interdependence of home systems

Package Includes:
  • Online Course Access
  • Tracking via the Internet
  • Computerized Flashcards & Testing 
  • Audio/Video Demonstration Clips 
  • Certificate 
  • Toll Free Support 
  • Free Membership in NSHI, the National Society of Home Inspectors.

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Simple Home Construction $199.00