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Home Inspection Schools – Courses and Training Options

Houses, new and old are required to adhere to certain regulation standards; the stipulations are in place to determine the safety and condition of a house. Students can work through training programs to become home inspectors. The different courses and training options available are usually offered through vocational home inspection schools.

Students can complete courses to learn the different procedures needed to inspect the components and structures of a home. The reporting process establishes the safety of a house’s systems and tells potential homebuyers if everything is in compliance with codes. If anything is in violation it has to be fixed prior to anyone selling or moving into a house. The systems and features that are inspected and learned through courses and training options include:

  • Structural Quality
  • Roofing
  • Foundation
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical Wiring

Professional work conducted is based on all of these factors. In order to be ready to take on the work needed many students work through a certificate program.

Vocational schools also offer associate degree programs. The same basic information is covered in both programs but students will have more job opportunities after completing an associate degree. Some associate degrees provide information that certificate program students learn later while on-the-job. Swimming pools and landscaping are topics that are often included in an associate degree program. Students can gain a better understanding of what education entails by researching the different courses and training options that schools offer.

The basic courses that cover the nuts and bolts of the industry prepare future home inspectors by familiarizing them with the career essentials. Inside a certificate program students will find courses that can include studies in plumbing, electrical systems and structure and roofing. The structures and roofs of houses are explored by first understanding the industry’s guidelines. Weight and movement are the two main factors that students observe when comparing houses to regulation standards. Foundation guidelines, roofing materials, and weather damages are topics covered inside this type of course.

Training in electrical inspection includes the elements involved in electrical equipment. The terminology needed to understand how to inspect the electrical aspects of a home is also covered. The second half of a course like this has students examining the wiring and electrical outlets used. This information gives students the ability to know if any electrical equipment poses as a hazard or goes against code. Home insulation and ventilation guidelines are explored by teaching students to inspect crawl spaces. Radon gas and water deterioration are areas of concern that are reviewed inside the classroom.

After completing courses like this students are able to enter the field and recognize any areas of a house that need attention. Accredited programs give students the skill to determine what aspects of a home need to be fixed immediately. Students can start their education and become a home inspector by picking a program that covers all career related skills and is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education ( http://www.acce-hq.org/ ).

DISCLAIMER: Above is a GENERIC OUTLINE and may or may not depict precise methods, courses and/or focuses related to ANY ONE specific school(s) that may or may not be advertised at PETAP.org.

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Education and Communications Pathways and Pitfalls

“Communications help to keep people feeling included in and connected to the organization…give people information, and do it again and again.” — William Bridges, Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change

o You need to establish the few core messages you want to communicate throughout your organization. Use any and every communication channel you can to review, remind, and reinforce them. These include:

o Newsletters

o Videos

o Voice and e-mail updates and dialogues

o Recognition and celebration events

o Annual shareholder reports

o Annual improvement reports

o Visits to, from, and among customers and partners

o Special improvement days and fairs that allow teams to display their activities and results

o Orientation and training sessions

o Teleconferences

o Intranet sites

o Toll-free hot lines and telephone information centers

o Get out and talk to people. Multiple communication channels can and should be widely used to reinforce and support your core messages. But the best way to communicate is in person. The most effective communication approaches are like political campaigns. Leaders are out actively “pressing the flesh” and standing up to present their change and improvement themes and core messages. During times of major change or refocus, we’ve seen senior managers at some large organizations spend well over one hundred days per year delivering these vital communication messages. That’s leadership.

o Develop your “stump speech” or “talking points” among your management team before any of you heads out to give your version to the rest of the organization. This generally includes messages around your Change Drivers, Focus and Context (vision, values, and purpose), key goals and priorities, change/improvement plans, and such.

o Get people together. Get teams together weekly, monthly, and certainly no less than quarterly. That’s especially important for management, operational, or improvement teams that aren’t in the same building. At my previous consulting company, The Achieve Group, we found frequent face-to-face communications were the most important when we could least afford the time or the money to hold them. We continually find that getting the key players together can turn around most misunderstandings, mistrust, and misdirection. BUT, and here’s the “big if” – only if the meetings are well run.

o Develop highly visible scoreboards, bulletin boards, or voice mail, electronic or printed announcements of progress toward team and organization goals and priorities.

o Share all core strategic measurements (including “confidential” financial, and operating data) with everyone in your organization. Treat people like full-fledged business partners and they’ll act that way. But don’t snow them under with a blizzard of meaningless reports and numbers. Train everyone how to read these data. Show them how to relate the measurements to their daily operations and improvement activities.

o Team education, learning, and communication can be kept simple. In my early management years I got a lot of mileage from having my team sit around a conference table reading, discussing, and debating selected book passages or articles. This dialogue established a common values and knowledge base that enhanced mutual understanding, teamwork, communications, and context for further training and work together.

o Establish an internal “best practices and good tries” communication system, clearinghouse, or network. A free flow of information and active communications is the lifeblood of a learning organization. Use videos, visits, fairs, Intranet sites, voice and e-mail, meetings, reports, hot lines, teleconferences, information technologies, and the like.

o Get feedback from your customers and partners on the characteristics of your education and communication strategies, systems, and practices. How many communication channels are you using? Are they clogged or working well? What others could you be using?

o When you’re sick of repeating the same core messages over and over again is about the time that people in your organization are just starting to hear you. First they didn’t understand. Then they didn’t believe. If you stop repeating yourself now, they’ll conclude that you weren’t serious after all.

o Just as a marketing professional would never rely on just one marketing channel, don’t rely too heavily on the management hierarchy to deliver your core messages. It’s full of filters and personal agendas that twist and distort your messages. Yet you can’t go around your managers. They need to be central in communicating, reinforcing, and repeating your core themes. So start with them and give them that responsibility. But don’t assume it will be delivered as you wanted. That’s why personal meetings and multiple communication channels are so important.

o Keep moving your best people to the teams, positions, and parts of the organization that will spread their experience and leadership as broadly as possible. It’s also a great way to continue their development.

o Reward and thank people who bring you bad news before it’s festered into a catastrophe.

Trust and communication levels go together. Find out how high your organization or team trust levels are. If they’re low find out what’s causing the problem. This may be painful. The source of misunderstandings and mistrust is often in the leaders’ behavior.

Elearning – Revolutionizing Education and Generating IT Jobs

The online learning industry has been making waves after studies that most students that are taking online courses performed better than those studying in the traditional schools spread like wild fire. Elearning, a new teaching method utilizing the power the Internet also known as a TEL or Technology Enhanced Learning, has raised the interest of education industry because of its innovative teaching system. This technology-integrated educational system offers various education courses offered by most colleges and universities. Corporate companies also use this innovation in education to improve the performance of their existing working staff, or to train the company’s incoming employees.

Online learning systems vary depending on its purpose. In corporate companies, they use this in conducting training seminars for the work staff. These training seminars are conducted in a shorter time span, usually completed in a single instructor-led online session. In colleges and universities, it provides an assortment of simulated courses for students, these courses often last for several weeks.

This system has revolutionized the education industry. Schools and training institutions are beginning to embrace this modern way of education. As early as 2006, there were already roughly 3.5 million students participating in online educational institutions of higher education in the U.S. According to the report by the Ambient Insight Research, it is estimated that by 2014, 81 percent of the post secondary students in the USA will be taking some or all of their courses online.

Aside from providing a new platform for learning, this system has greatly helped the global economy through providing job opportunities for IT related students and professionals. For an online teaching platform to work, professional IT individuals, such as Elearning authors or those who provide content for this TEL. The largest learning management system on the Internet is already being used by around 30 million users from over 44,000 sites globally. Consequently, there has been a huge demand for management specialists and trainers. Programming has also prospered because many cutting-edge hi-tech businesses are now into developing instruction management solutions and software and other applications. It has also generated a heaping number of career opportunities for graphic designers, writers, materials developer, and researchers. Knowledge Process Outsourcing or KPO has benefited from the professional and service demands of this innovative Internet-based instruction.

The high demand for higher education, gave way to the birth of many business solution companies, online learning, and other business incorporated solutions companies. In Asia, the online content providing industry bloomed, as many US and western countries require outsourcing service for web developing and content provision. This gave way for the huge number of IT students and graduates in the region to have job opportunities where they can learn more about business solutions and earn income in the same way. As the industry grow and more corporate companies and Universities integrate this into their teaching delivery methods to cater more to the needs of students and trainees, it gives more jobs to those working in the IT sectors of the business arena. Elearning transformed the education system by opening a new teaching method set in cyberspace and at the same time provide work opportunities for many tech savvy individuals.