Online Building Inspector Degree Programs

Online building inspector degree programs may not be available due to the hands-on training requirements of the profession. Learn about the program options that are available along with commonly offered classes. Schools offering Construction Management degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Can I Earn a Building Inspector Degree Online?

Building inspector programs in online formats are more commonly offered as certificate programs. You may also be able to find online building inspection courses; however, online courses generally won't meet licensing requirements. Most associate's degree programs are only available through a campus program that includes hands-on experience with a licensed inspector. However, you might also be able to find a hybrid program that offers a combination of classroom and online instruction.

What Will I Learn?

Certificate programs usually provide you with a basic overview of the home and building inspection process. Some certificate programs and courses are designed to teach you about a specific part of the building inspection process, such as HVAC systems, masonry, boilers, roofing or exterior finishing. However, a degree program is designed to provide you with advanced knowledge of inspection and codes, as well as hands-on training working in labs and field inspections. Associate degree programs may also require you to take part in a learning portfolio and internship.

A certificate or degree program can help you acquire the basic knowledge used by building inspectors or improve your skills once you've entered the workforce. Most programs train you to verify that a building's structural, wiring, plumbing, heating, fire prevention and ventilation systems meet building codes.

Can I Become Licensed?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), licensing requirements for home and building inspectors vary by state and local jurisdiction (www.bls.gov). For example, the state of Washington requires you to complete 120 hours of coursework and 40 hours of fieldwork. However, the state of Tennessee only requires the completion of a home inspection exam. In general, online certificate and courses may gain licensure for those already holding experience in the field, but those without experience may require an on-campus or hybrid associate degree program.

What's the Job Outlook?

The BLS expects demand for building and construction inspectors to rise 17% between 2008 and 2018. You can expect much of this demand due to informational modeling and other technology advancements in architecture and structural engineering. Other BLS figures indicate that the median wage of building inspectors was $52,360 in May 2010.

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