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Commercial Inspection
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Kaplan's Commercial Inspection course is taught by experienced commercial property inspectors in a three day seminar format and is open to all inspectors looking to enhance their expertise.

Multistory office buildings, strip shopping centers, apartment complexes, industrial warehouses, and many other types of commercial properties are purchased by investors who need quality inspections and information. The commercial inspection business may be the opportunity you are looking for. Using your already developed skills and our method for completing a commercial inspection, a whole new world of business becomes available. A few bold inspectors are venturing into this arena and finding it lucrative and uncrowded.


Kaplan's Commercial Inspection course provides guidelines and actual skills necessary to perform a pre-purchase inspection and prepare a written, narrative report on a commercial property. It gives you the confidence and skills you need to get started in the commercial inspection market. The course details the "Team Approach," which can be utilized, even by the smallest of companies. This course also outlines procedures and methods employed by the "Team Captain" using consultants for large and complicated commercial properties.

Kaplan has designed this course to teach the business of commercial inspecting, including general theory and practical applications of running a successful business, as well as insights into marketing and advertising.

This relatively unexploited area of the inspection industry is sure to grow in the future. Upgrade today and join a small but growing number of in-high-demand commercial inspectors. This course provides an in-depth text book which includes sample reports. The ASTM E-2018-01 Commercial Standards are provided and discussed during the course.

Study with the best...Kaplan...Your success is our business!

Commercial Inspection Course Outline

Day 1

Module A-Brief History of the Industry
In order to know where we are and were we are going, it's important to know how we got here. This course reveals important aspects about the evolution of the profession.

Module B-Entering the Commercial Inspection Business
It takes desire, knowledge, and a proven business system to be successful in this profession. This course provides the tools! Module C-Addressing Key Issues

  • Business and Personal Objectives
  • Qualifications and Resources
  • Commercial vs. Residential
  • Choosing your Market
  • A Good Business Plan

Module D-The Commercial Client
Sophisticated; businesslike; professional. The Commercial client is easier to deal with than the residential client, or are they? The Commercial client is also intelligent, cunning, a shrewd communicator and negotiator-be prepared!

  • Client Needs
  • Expectations
  • Value Perceived
  • Scope of Services
  • Proposals, Contracts
  • Written Report (value perceived for fee paid)

Module E-Selling a Commercial Inspection
The ability to sell this unique product requires special skills, which the course will cover. These skills are critical to your success in the Commercial Inspection Business

  • Policy (image, quality, and scope of services offered)
  • Source of Leads
  • Taking an Order (telephone, bid, requests, and more)
  • Pricing a Job (cost of sales + overhead and profit)
  • Proposals and Contracts

Module F-Inspection Procedures using the "Team Approach"
It took the course creator 27 years and 50,000 reports to develop this method. You will have basic knowledge necessary to use the method at completion of this course.

  • The Team-Captains, Employees, Consultants
  • Pre-Inspection Interviews, Maintenance and Management
  • The Inspection Checklist
  • Data Collection, Compilation Methods
  • Coordinating Consultants and Others

Day 2

Module G-Basic Building Components-descriptions, problem identification (an overview)
Although the course is not intended to provide the technical knowledge necessary to inspect all aspects of each major component, the course does provide the guidelines for defining components and identifying problems of each using fee paid consultants.

  • Sitework
  • Building Exterior
  • Roof
  • Structure
  • Foundation
  • Building Interior
  • HVAC
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Elevators and Other Components

Module H-Commercial Reports
The completed, narrative report, customized to a specific client, should be a work of art, effectively articulating the subject property. Repeat business is contingent upon your image. Poorly prepared reports can come back to haunt you!

  • The Basic Function (what it is, isn't)
  • Style-effective written communication
  • Semantics (as a legal document)
  • Components-Cover letter, Introduction
  • Summary, Body, Disclaimer, Appendix
  • Major Repair Cost Estimating

Module I-Course Summary-Marketing
This course will outline the marketing steps necessary to begin a commercial inspection business today.

  • Markets Defined
  • Methods of Marketing
  • Today-What's Hot and What's Not

Day 3

Module J - Commercial Electrical

  • Typical voltages encountered with single and three phase
  • Delta and Y connected systems, three and four wire
  • Services
  • Transformers
  • Working clearances, dedicated space and egress
  • Wiring methods
  • Grounding and GFPE equipment
  • Suspended ceilings
  • Examples from many commercial inspections


We recommend that the student meet at least one of the following requirements before taking this course:

  • Completion of Kaplan's home inspection course
  • Experience in performing home inspections
  • A license in engineering, architecture, or contracting

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* Not approved by IL DBRE

Course Schedule
Jun 9-11
Jun 21-23
Jun 28-30
Aug 1-3
Aug 15-17
Florida - Tampa

Courses Start at 8:30 AM (8:00 in Rochester, NY)

NOTE: Classes fill up quickly. Please call to confirm enrollment availability before registering.

Approved for
24 CE Credit Hours

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