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Home Inspector Continuining Education

From Sunday through Wednesday this past week I attended a continuing education class in Indianapolis, Indiana with 13 other home inspectors, and 39 other students.  A bunch of us from a website I frequent and post on, Your Leaking House, all decided to attend together.  We have known each other for many years, but had never met.  It was a great time, one of interaction and learning.

Depending on which association(s) home inspectors belong to, there are annual continuing education requirements.  I typically earn between 35 and 40 hours a year, but that varies.  This particular class earned us all 20 hours.  It was an extensive class.  We all gained a lot. 

You should meet the group:

Each day started early.  We packed our lunches and started out, cooler in tow.  Excitedly unable to wait for the transportation provided, the students all formed a slug line, which could be seen coming…



And going... 

Would you stop and pick this crew up?

You might notice that we ate the cooler at lunch.

Arriving at the class, we got right to work.




1  Blessed are all those who do hunger and thirst after learning, for they shall be filled.  And filled.  And filled.  Come Valhalla!






2  Lean to the left!  Lean to the right!  Stand up, sit down, fight, fight...  Aw, never mind guys.  Just stay sitting down.  Good job!




3  Focusing one’s laser mind on the subject at hand is stimulating, exhilarating, and will lead one to new heights of accomplishment. This student is more prone to learning than most.







4  New building products beg new building techniques. Here one student takes new materials and contemplates very hard on creating a special roof support and decking on which to test his new learning about thermoplastic olefin coverings.




5  Leaving work at home, every student determined to pay rapt attention to the topics at hand. It was ALL about the learning… nothing, absolutely NOTHING, was going to get between the student and the learning to be had.






6  A most important characteristic of learning is stick-to-it-ive-ness. Competitive students and perseverance can accomplish almost anything. But, as with all learning, some things stick … and some don’t.





The basics of pedagogy demand stretching one’s mind to new shapes and abilities. A mind truly stretched by a new idea can never again return to its former dimension. Not much beats the yawning gape of a cranium ready to be filled.





8  Going beyond the traditional square peg in a round hole, this student is contemplating the Triple Dog Dare You multiple round pegs in a single round hole. Steady … steady ...  Let’s all wish him luck!







9  A convenient pen holder was provided. We merely took a pen whenever we wanted one and, fantastically, a new one was automatically dispensed. We called this patriotic pen dispenser “Pez.”






10  A student’s rapt attention to the teacher, the hanging on every word, and feasting on the written word, will never fail to inspire the mind, enrich the spirit and hone the body. Nothing is better for that than education. This student will climb to new heights, no doubt.




11 Teacher to student eye contact is essential in an inspiring class. Communication one to the other only improves as the class progresses on. Each is edified by the being to whom he stares. Attention is sharpened to a razor’s edge. Nothing makes dreams come true like education – teach and learn!




12  With the lunch room tables all full, convenient, flat and level plate holders were provided throughout the class room. Hungry students loaded their plates and made their way back for a wonderful lunch. It wasn’t long before all the available holders were taken too! This convenient plate holder had not yet returned from his near Zen transcendental experience during the previous class.














13  So, which were separated at birth?  These two?                      14  Or these two?  Think carefully!

Many thanks to the home inspectors who put up with me and my silliness.  They were all good sports, posing in ways unnatural and unbecoming!  They are:  Carl Brown, Kansas City KS  2   Left to right - Marcel Cyr, Winslow ME, Charley Bottger, Oklahoma City OK and Jim McKee, Amherst OH  3  Art Schlangen, Indianapolis, IN  David Anderson, Clarksville TN  5  Barry Adair, Dallas, TX  6  Dale Duffy, Scottsdale, AZ  Scott Gilligan, Philadelphia PA  Chris Duphily, Dingmans Ferry PA  9  Dan Bowers, Kansas City KS  10  Jeff Moore, Mesa AZ  11  Jay Markanich, Bristow VA  12  Bill Warner, Dayton OH  13  Bill Warner and Barry Adair  14  Jay Markanich and Barry Adair

Actually, the classes were offered by the Firestone Corporation, and their Building Products University.

They have a fabulous program.  This class discussed roofing and roofing materials.  It was very well done. 

The instructors were all experts in their fields.  Their classes went off without a hitch.  We learned.

Firestone was very gracious.  They provided chauffeured transportation from and to the airport and hotel.  They put us up in the local Marriott for three nights, fed us three very nice meals a day (entertaining us also with special dinners), and were extremely professional the entire visit.

We had a tour of their testing  laboratories.  They only do this twice a year in Indianapolis and for only 40 students at a time.  They are a well-organized and oiled operation!

I am very happy to be able to say that I participated in this continuing education class.  And I am grateful for the information that I was able to learn.  And their excellent, 200+ page, class materials manual is a resource that I will be able to use for years to come.

Thank you, Firestone, for putting up with the crew from Your Leaking House!  We had a wonderful time!




Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 17 commentsJay Markanich • September 17 2010 07:55PM



This is too funny. My continuing ed classes are so much less tense. OK. Your sense of humor is much better than mine. Love it.

Posted by Linda Powers, On the Outer Banks (Resort Realty - Duck) over 8 years ago

And this is what sets you apart:  your thirst for knowledge, your professional approach, your straight-forward statements and your sense of humor!!!

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 8 years ago

Jay, this is great! You guys are a fun crew! Pez is my favorite. Did Croakster attend?

Posted by Kate Kate over 8 years ago

Linda - they were wondering a little at all the pictures we were taking!  We did have a good time.  They said this was a livlier group than normal...  Gee, you think?

Tish - it is a long journey.  Do you think I will ever arrive?

Nananahna, nananahna, hey, hey - Croakster had to hold down the fort pond, which he did with his usual aplomb.  I had a very nice time.  Haven't heard from Pez - you seen him?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

I just heard from Croakster who says Pez is in the pond.

Posted by Kate Kate over 8 years ago

Now THAT would be some trick!

How are all those students going to get their pens on the next visit?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Was wondering where you had disappeared to.  Sounds like good learning & fun all that sme tme.  Now, I suppose it's back to work.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 8 years ago

Jay - Now I understand why you are such a wealth of knowledge.  Your professionalism (or something) must be the driving force--but I want to know more about the "entertainment" Firestone provided.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 8 years ago

Debbie - I really did learn a lot.  And people lined up for the end of the week because I was away at the beginning.  But I only have three today, and a radon...

I don't go away very often.  Most of the time I do my continuing education on line at home.

John - they took us out to local steak houses for very special dinners.  They wined and dined everyone there.  Well, except me, since I don't drink alcohol, so they virgin Bloody Mary-ed me.  The entertainment was the sociality of the whole affair.  They were not cheap at all - everything was top notch.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Looks like both an entertaining and educational event !  The opportunity of information exhange/networking..wow !  While you weren't exactly a heartbeat away...you are warming up to our midwestern neighborhood...maybe next time we'll be the host and we can toast !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 8 years ago

Well, Sally, are there any corporations there that offer continuing education opportunities for home inspectors?  And do they cover the tab like Firestone did?  Lemmino!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay, if anyone at an ASHI meeting out here got that fun they might ostracize them :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

They wouldn't want me there then Charlie!  A bit stiff and haughty, huh?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Great blog Jay!

I really enjoyed meeting you finally!  As to your points 13 & 14... well I say we're all brothers of sorts!  ;)

and my transcendental experience was quite enlightening!

Posted by Bill Warner, Infrared Thermal Inspector (BC Warner Inspections) over 8 years ago

It was fun Bill.  I had much more enjoyment with the group than with the classes, but the classes were pretty fun too.  I really did learn alot.  Hey, how many people know what EPDM and TPO mean?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Hey Jay, I think I recognize some of those guys.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 8 years ago

It's a flock of total strangers to me Jack.  Except maybe the one taking the pictures.

OK, maybe I know one or two.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

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