Getting Started
Enhanced Home Inspection
(11 Day)
Fast Track
(6 Day)
Online Courses:
Virtual Classroom
Correspondence Course
Basic CE Home Study Courses
Advanced CE Classroom Courses
New York Courses
Texas Courses
Field Training
On-line Testing

Commercial Inspection
Disaster Housing Inspector
Exam Prep
Fireplace Inspection
HUD/FHA Inspection
Manufactured Home Inspection
Enhanced IR/Accoustic
Getting Started in IR/Accoustic
Mold Sampling/Survey
New Construction Inspection
Pool & Spa Inspection
Radon Measurement (Classroom)
Radon Measurement (Home Study)
Report Writing
Safety First! (Nevada)
Structural Pest Inspector Exam Prep (Washington)
East Coast Seminar
Annual 2 Day Inspection Seminar
Inspection Expo
Annual 3 Day Inspection Conference

Home Inspector & the Fireplace Course Outline
1 Day - 8 hours*
Only $249
Course Home Page     Register Now

Course Description:
This 8-hour course is designed to assist the home inspector in recognizing key concerns on use, condition, installation and malfunction of both gas and solid fuel burning appliances, including their venting systems. A fireplace, chimney or vent system requires a general working knowledge of the fundamentals as well as an understanding of the drafting, and malfunctioning characteristics. This course will address these concerns in detail and deliver accurate information to the students.

Course Goal:
Upon completion of this class students will have a sound introduction to the components, materials and mechanics of fireplaces, chimneys and vent systems that they will encounter and evaluate as home inspectors. Students will have a solid understanding of the inspection process and strategies involved to work within recognized standards and provide useful information to their clients.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of:

  1. Nomenclature of fireplace, chimney and vent systems specific to residential dwellings, with special emphasis on the components accessible during a resale home inspection. The proper installation practices of residential fireplaces, chimneys and vents including a history of these systems and their industry.
  2. Inspection methods and strategies for fireplaces, chimney and vent systems ranging from obsolete to modern systems.
  3. Typical conditions found and proper reporting of these conditions.

Books & Handouts:

Home Inspector & the Fireplace textbook
Published by Fireplace Investigation, Research & Education Service

Course Module:

  • The Industry Standards
    A basic understanding of the recognized guidelines provided by the Home Inspection Industry.

  • Understanding Fire Technology
    The understanding of heat exposure, transfer and the resulting action.

  • Understanding the Operation of the Fireplace
    The drafting characteristics of fireplaces, chimneys and other heating appliances.

  • Metal Factory-Built Fireplaces
    The detailed understanding of metal fireplaces and chimney systems.

  • Pre-Cast Fireplaces
    The detailed understanding of pre-cast concrete fireplaces and chimneys.

  • Cast In-Place Fireplace
    The detailed understanding of the poured in place concrete fireplace and chimney.

  • Masonry Materials
    The detailed understanding of masonry fireplaces and chimneys.

  • Rumford Fireplace
    The detailed understanding of masonry Rumford fireplaces and chimneys.

  • Masonry Fireplace with Listed Metal Chimneys
    The detailed understanding of masonry fireplaces and listed metal chimneys.

  • Prefabricated Fireplace Forms
    The detailed understanding of masonry and steel-form fireplaces and chimneys.

  • Inserts
    The detailed understanding of steel inserts into masonry and factory-built fireplaces.

  • Free Standing Fireplaces
    The detailed understanding of the listed and unlisted freestanding fireplaces.

  • Wood Stoves
    The detailed understanding of listed and unlisted wood stoves and chimney systems.

  • Other Systems
    An open-minded approach to new and unproven products.

  • Gas Burning Appliances & Decorative Gas Logs
    The detailed understanding of gas-burning appliances, vented gas logs and vent-free gas-burning heaters.

  • Lining Systems
    The detailed understanding of chimney liner options and their installation.

  • Finish Materials
    The detailed understanding of the proper installation and fail points of veneer application.

  • Code & Manufacturers Requirements
    A detailed review of the code requirements based on the applicable codes within your area.

  • Staying out of Court
    Recommended procedures to prevent litigation and fulfill your obligation as an inspector.

  • Report Writing & Disclaimers
    Recommended and tested disclaimers and report statements.

  • When to Refer the Specialist
    The general understanding of when, and under what conditions we should recommend a specialist.

  • The Investigation Begins
    This is a detailed understanding of the inspection process and a review as to what should be described when inspecting these systems.

25 question quiz (not part of grade) to check retention of the information.

Classroom Participation. A certificate of completion is provided for 8 hours at the end of the class


In Partnership with:

Course Schedule
May 20

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
8 CE Credit Hours

Click here for details

A Kaplan Professional Company.   © 2004, DF Institute, Inc. All rights reserved. Call Toll-Free: 1-888-323-9235