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Courses and Training Opportunities for Home Inspection Schools

All houses have to comply with certain rules or regulations in order to be considered legit. Rules have to exist in order to ensure that the house is protected by different damaging situations. Normally, the students have to take training courses if they want to become home inspectors. If you are interested in taking courses of this type, the vocational home inspection schools are more than happy to offer them.


Those that are interested in home inspections can learn all the necessary procedures that are required in order to safely inspect the structure or components of a house. During a process of this kind, it is established whether the systems of a house are secure and potential house buyers are assured that everything is alright for a future purchase. In case things do not go according to the plan, problems have to be resolved before selling or moving into a particular house.

What do you learn during a course and training program?

Plenty of things! Here are some of them:

- Roofing
- Quality of the structure
- Foundation
- Cooling and heating
- Electrical wiring
- Plumbing

Every professional has to know the factors described above. If they want to work in the domain, lots of students have to work through a certificate program.

Vocational schools

The vocational schools include in their programs associate degrees. Both programs cover similar information, but the associate degree offers more opportunities in the working field. There are associate degrees that provide information which the students can learn later, while actually doing the job. Topics like landscaping or swimming pools are also included into the program of the associate degree. But a recommended way to understand the information offered is to do some research on the various training choices and courses supplied by a school.

Basic courses

The normal courses are constructed in such a way that they can prepare the future house inspectors with real situations. Certificate program students can take advantage of courses that include roofing, structures, plumbing, electrical systems etc. Elements like roofs and structures are understood thorough the guidelines of the industry. For instance, movement and weight are the first 2 elements observed by students when comparing houses to normal standards. Next to this, one will also find information on roofing materials, foundation tips or the damages caused by weather.

Electrical inspections

The electrical inspections also require electrical tools and terminology. During the second part of the course, the students have to examine wiring or electrical outlets. Using the information studied, students will know whether the electrical equipment is suited for the job or not. Students also learn about ventilation, home insulation or other similar things (water deterioration, radon gas etc.).

Once the courses are finished, the students will be able to work in the field and put into practice the theoretical elements they studied. The accreditation programs will teach students how to prioritize the problems appeared in a house.

The American Council for Construction Education is the authority that gives a green light to all the home inspectors that want to have a solid career in this domain.

Why Education and Training in the Business World Just Does Not Get It

It happened again. Today I received information on two separate learning events promising me significant cognitive growth. Upon closer, inspection these two announcements reinforced the reason why business education just doesn’t get it. Please let me explain.

You probably know without thinking what 10 x 10 equals. However, if I asked you what 25 x 24 equals your response would not be nearly as quick. The simple reason is that you practice 10 x10 numerous times through the strategy of rote memorization. Today we call rote memorization spaced repetition.

However, you may have only answered 25 x 24 once to two times during your entire lifetime. You did not have numerous opportunities to commit the answer of this multiplication problem to memory.

Yet, there are companies that cater to the professional training and development industry as well as the K-12 education industry that promise to change behaviors. The only problem is that this change is very short lived.

Remember back during your school days and cramming for a final examination. You poured over the books the night before hoping to retain all that critical information. By the time of the test, you remembered only 50% especially if this was your first exposure to the material. You had a 50% chance of getting a true or false question right. Actually, the cramming was far better for multiple choice and fill in the blank responses.

Research tells us that 16 days after a one time exposure to a learning event you remember only 2%. Unless you, the learner have multiple exposures to the information and multiple opportunities to practice what you have learned, you will simply not retain it. Yet, businesses and organizations continue to purchase and deliver learning curriculum that cannot, let me repeat, cannot deliver sustainable performance improvement.

To truly change the behaviors of individuals require far more than read it, learn, test it and forget it. We must restructure learning from a perspective of performance that being the application of knowledge instead of the current perspective of learning that being the acquisition of knowledge.

The American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) through its ongoing research continues to reveal that most training does not deliver a positive return on investment. Yet, companies continue to send their people to one to three day business education seminars in hopes to change behaviors.

Let me ask you a question. How long did it take you to become the person that you are? Usually, years is the answer. So how can you change years of behavior over the course of 1 to 3 days? Simply speaking, you cannot!

Possibly, this is why corporate coaching and executive coaching has taken off because many of the coaches utilize a developmental process where the learning is staggered over weeks and months not hour and days.

Several years ago, my coach and now friend, David Herdlinger introduced the concept of the K.A.S.H. Box. I then expanded it into the K.A.S.H. Box for Sustainable Change. The core message is that when resources are directed solely to the knowledge and skills while ignoring the attitudes and habits there is no sustainable change that being return on investment. Monies are drained away from the K.A.S.H. Box. As my husband has said: It is not a question of do I know it, but rather do I want to do it.

Until the beliefs are changed that learning something will change behaviors, we will still experience less than positive performance improvement from employees. This belief that learning will change behaviors is the greatest obstacle to economic growth barring none.

So save your dollars and invest those dollars in extended learning engagements that will deliver a positive return on your training and education dollars. Finally, remember, that the brain will absorb only what the butt will endure.

Yoga Teacher Distance Education and Contact Hours

Becoming a certified Yoga teacher has never been easy. Due to the quality of online courses, and the evolution of distance education technology, the common hurdles of distance, travel, time, and expense have been removed from the process. Below is the dialogue of a recent interview about Yoga distance education and contact hours.

Q: Do you think that the teacher’s abilities and training have an effect on outcome?

A: Over the long term, the process of becoming a great Yoga teacher is a life-long journey. The teacher with the desire to keep learning will become the best he or she can be. This factor cannot be measured in the initial 200-hour training, whether it is by correspondence or at an on-site training.

Q: Do you believe there are some topics that cannot be taught using distance education technology?

A: No, each topic, although some are complicated, can be taught using distance education technology. Probably, the most complex subject to learn, in a Hatha Yoga training, is when and how to assist.

Yet, there are two very strong texts which cover the principles of assisting, and can be found in any book store. One of them has a DVD enclosed within the text. At the same time, new DVDs and books are being created on a daily basis.

If a student still had difficulty understanding the principles of assisting, adjusting, modifications, and alignment, he or she, should seek out a teacher as a mentor. Just because we have the internet is not a reason to abandon the traditional teacher / student relationship.

Q: How do students, taking correspondence courses, only, compare in testing results to residential students?

A: There seems to be very little difference. We have guest teachers, who graduated from our correspondence course, and their teaching performances are equal to our graduates who attended our on-site Yoga teacher training courses.

Q: Do you use internet, teleconference, or computer technology for any of your courses?

A: Yes, but most of our conferencing is private, one-to-one, question and answer sessions. When an intern is having difficulty grasping a concept, we communicate over the phone or by Email.

Q: Under what conditions can distance education be considered contact?

A: At this time, it is up to the world’s Yoga registries to sort this out. When Yoga interns are being monitored by video technology, the teacher trainer can easily see strengths and weaknesses. The video feedback process is very important. Video Technology is definitely a form of contact. Just like anything else, mistakes we learn from teach us lessons we will never forget.

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