Home Inspector Pre-License, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

Home Inspectors conduct inspections of newly built or previously owned homes, condominiums, town homes, manufactured homes, apartments and, at times, commercial buildings. They inspect a home's systems, components and structure. Although they look for and report violations of building codes, they do not have the power to enforce compliance with the codes. In addition to examining structural quality, home inspectors inspect all home systems and features, including roofing, house exterior, attached garage or carport, foundation, interior, plumbing, electrical, heating, and cooling systems.

This program fulfills the educational requirements for the Maryland Home Inspector license, which is one step in achieving a Maryland Home Inspector license. Topics include structural and internal systems, professional standards for home inspectors, Maryland minimum Standards of Practice and Maryland Code of Ethics, and inspection report writing.

Students entering this program should have basic business skills; self discipline; strong communication skills, basic math and computer skills, and be detail-oriented.

Licensed Home Inspectors conduct inspections for a company or organization,or can start their own business. Additional career information may be found at https://ccbcmd.emsicc.com/.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. meet education requirements set by the Maryland Department of Labor for licensing as a home inspector,

2. apply the knowledge and skills to function as a Licensed Home Inspector,

3. prepare to gain employment as a home inspector, and

4. prepare to sit for the state licensing exam.

CCBC Pathway

Business Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

​CCBC Credential: Students will receive a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). 

External Credential: This course is a step in obtaining a Maryland Home Inspection License. Students successfully completing this course fulfill the educational requirements for the Maryland Home Inspector License.

Licensing Organization: Maryland Real Estate Appraisers & Home Inspectors Commission www.dllr.state.md.us/license/reahi


Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Length of Training

​15 weeks

Courses start in September and January at CCBC Catonsville.

Program Requirements

​CCBC Requirement: High School Diploma or GED

This program is not eligible for Baltimore County Public School Blueprint funding

Additional Requirements – State of Maryland: This program fulfills the educational requirements for the Maryland Home Inspector license. Additional state requirements for obtaining the Home Inspector's License can be found on the State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/license/reahi/


Application Process

To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Students must attend all class sessions in order to complete the course.  

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Home Inspection Pre-License


Principles of Home Inspection: Systems & Standards by Carson Dunlop; $123; available at CCBC bookstores



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Contact Information

Coordinator: Moire Riley | mriley@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-1804 | Hunt Valley 106 

Administrative Assistant: Sarah Moore | smoore3@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-1632 | Essex BESS 116