Below is a list of the continuing education courses that we currently have available. If you are interested in scheduling a course with RC Fields Home Inspection Services , please click on the Schedule Course button below the course that you are interested in and we will contact you to finalize a date and time. If you have any questions about our continuing education program, please contact us at: .
Going Green: For Real Estate Agents (1 Credit)
Course Description:

A home’s energy efficiency has a direct impact on the owner’s wallet. Real estate agents are often asked by clients questions regarding a home’s energy efficiency, including questions about the home’s heating and cooling system, construction, and appliances. In addition, many people are becoming more aware of how their lifestyle decisions directly affect the environment. This course is designed for real estate agents who want to better advocate for clients that are concerned with a home’s energy efficiency and environmental impact. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between ‘green’ and ‘green-washed’ products and services
  • Describe the characteristics and benefits of green appliances
  • Describe the benefits of green systems that can be installed within a home
  • Identify characteristics of green construction
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education (Minnesota) 
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Lead Safety: For Real Estate Agents (1 Credit)
Course Description:

Any structure built before 1978 is at risk for containing lead paint. The prevalence of lead paint may impact a buyer’s decision on whether or not to purchase a property. Sellers may have more realistic expectations regarding the sale of their property if they are aware of the implications of lead-based paint that may be present on their property. Real estate agents can help to communicate the implications of lead-based paint to their clients if they are better educated on the subject. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

•       Define lead abatement and explain why lead based paint is prevalent in buildings prior to 1978.

•       Identify and explain the health implications of lead based paint poisoning.

•       Describe risks of performing renovations on areas afflicted with lead based paint.

•       Explain government regulations that address lead based paint.

•       Describe tests available to determine if lead based paint is prevalent in a building.

•       Communicate implications of lead based paint to clients. 

Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education (Minnesota) 
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Managing the Home Inspection (1 Credit)
Course Description:

The home inspection is one of the most crucial parts of the home buying process. Offers are finalized or revoked as a result of a home inspector’s report. A home inspection can be a source of anxiety for buyers, sellers, and real estate agents. However, real estate agents can ease some of their clients’ anxieties by helping them to be better educated and prepared for the home inspection process. A good home inspection should be thorough so that all parties have confidence when completing the home buying process.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Direct their clients to the best inspectors
  • Better equip the buyer for the home inspection
  • Advise and prepare the seller
  • Anticipate frequently asked home inspector questions
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education (Minnesota) 
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Mold: What you Need to Know About Mold and How to Read Air Sampling Reports (1 Credit)
Course Description:

The presence of mold can derail the home buying process. Participants of this course will learn common causes of mold and how they can be addressed in order to diminish the impact of mold when buying and selling a property. 

Learning Objectives:

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

•       Define mold and explain its common causes

•       Describe health effects of mold

•       Provide answers to buyers’ commonly asked questions regarding mold

•       Describe the impact of mold on the real estate transaction

Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education (Minnesota) 
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Radon and the Real Estate Transaction (1 Credit)
Course Description:

Any home, regardless of when it was built, its location, or the materials used to build the home, can expose its residents to radon. Many states require that a home’s radon history be disclosed to potential buyers. As a result, radon testing may play an important role in the real estate transaction process. Real estate agents that are better informed on the potential hazards associated with radon as well as mitigation techniques will be able to better guide their clients through the real estate transaction process. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

•       Identify risks associated with long-term radon exposure.

•       Describe ways that radon can infiltrate a house.

•       Explain testing measures that can be used to identify the presence of radon in a home.

•       Describe the benefits of radon mitigation systems.

•       Guide their clients through the real estate transaction process with particular sensitivity to radon. 

Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education (Minnesota) 
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The Basics of Heating Systems: For Real Estate Agents (1 Credit)
Course Description:

One of the house’s most integral operating systems is the heating system. As a result, potential buyers may have questions or concerns about the condition of a home’s heating system. Real estate agents will be able to serve as advocates for their clients during the home buying process as a result of participating in this course. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

•       Describe the steps a home inspector takes when inspecting a heating system as well as the appropriate recommendations an inspector is qualified to make regarding a heating system.

•       Identify and describe the fundamental components and characteristics of heating systems.

•       Describe characteristics and risks associated with gas furnaces.

•       Locate furnace maintenance recommendations. 

Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education (Minnesota) 
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Top 10 Most Common Home Defects: for Real Estate Agents (1 Credit)
Course Description:

 

 

The home inspection is one of the most crucial parts of the home buying process. Many issues identified during the home inspection, if left untreated, can lead to significant costly repairs later, or even unsafe and hazardous living conditions. Offers are finalized or revoked as a result of a home inspector’s report. A home inspection can be a source of anxiety for buyers, sellers, and real estate agents. However, real estate agents can ease some of their clients’ anxieties by helping them to be better educated and prepared for the home inspection process. This course will identify the most common problematic areas in a home inspection and provide real estate agents with tools and strategies they can use to allay their clients’ concerns.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

 

  • Better equip the buyer for the home inspection
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  • Advise and prepare the seller
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  • Assist their clients in understanding issues of concern raised by the home inspector
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  • Anticipate frequently asked questions regarding the home inspection process
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education (Minnesota) 
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Understanding Newer Homes (1 Credit)
Course Description:

Showing a newer home can be a challenge for a real estate agent. The home buyer and seller both have high expectations. A knowledgeable real estate agent can help make this transaction process easier by understanding the characteristics of a newer home. Helping the prospective home buyer temper their expectations for a newer home is important. A real estate agent’s ability to identify the typical problems found in a newer home and put them into perspective for a buyer is necessary. A knowledgeable real estate agent can help their client know what to expect from their newer home to help ease anxiety.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

•       Estimate the life cycles of numerous components of a newer home.

•       Predict what to expect from a newer home

•       Advise and prepare the buyer

•       Assess the conditions of typical parts of a newer home that wear out.

Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education (Minnesota) 
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