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Defect Recognition and Reporting (Virtual)

Event runs from November 7, 2020 - December 6, 2020.

Note: This is a pre-registration list only to determine if there is sufficient interest to run this course via Zoom. Payment will be required when the number of participants permits running the course and firm dates have been set.  Pre-registrants will be canvassed to determine whether the dates are acceptable and whether or not a weekend off in the middle is required. As per OAHI Policy participants must be present for at least 75% of the course delivery.  It is our intent to record the course sessions so that any participant missing a session can review the missed material at their convenience.  Participants must be willing to give permission to have the class recorded in order to do so.


This Defect Recognition and Reporting Course is unique in North America and is a mandatory course for those wishing to become a Registered Home Inspector.  The course has recently been overhauled with an increased focus on professional practices and report writing rather than defect recognition and may soon be renamed to reflect that.

The defect recognition content of the old course has been separated out will be offered separately as a one or two day course in the near future.

The DRRC is intended to educate prospective home inspectors on the Standards of Practice, legal ramifications, and basic procedures for both conducting and documenting a home inspection. It simultaneously seeks to protect the public by establishing a minimum standard of performance, and protect the prospective home inspector by demonstrating the minimum requirements and appropriate communication methods.

Delivery relies on multiple instructors to provide different perspectives of the industry, which in turn gives prospective Inspectors the broadest understanding of the industry. Case studies, photographs, shared experiences and the instructors’ knowledge are all used to illustrate technical issues in a procedural and legal context.

There are 13 modules covering: the regulatory and legal environment, effective report writing, communication and risk management, health and safety issues along with high liability deficiencies are covered during this four day course.  The course concludes with a final exam /case study which participants must pass with a minimum 70% grade. The "exam" will be emailed to the participants at the end of the course. Acceptable methods of returning the exams and timelines have yet to be determined.  


  • To understand the role and responsibilities of the Home Inspector and the legal environment under which home inspections are performed.
  • To understand the methodology and limitations of an OAHI Standard inspection and the expectations of the home inspector.
  • To develop effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • To understand the relative importance and prioritization of defects.
  • To understand the importance of referring specialized evaluation when conditions are beyond the scope of the home inspector.

Prerequisits:  None

Date: TBC Nov 7 thru December 6     (weekend half days)

Start time: 9:00 am and end time ~1:00 pm

Location: Virtual via Zoom

What is provided:  Course work book will be courriered to participants, Certificate (upon successfully passing final exam).

Non-Member fee-$695.00 plus HST

Member fee-$495.00 plus HST  (Payable when class is running) 

Meals and Lodging: N/A