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 & Radon 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: 612-568-1234.
Air Quality Testing for Real Estate Agents
Course Description:

Comfort and health of occupants in a real estate property are the two common benefits of having good quality indoor air. It is critically important to have a good flow of air to reduce health hazards and accidents. Therefore, it is very much recommended before closing a deal with a potential buyer, to test the air quality of a real estate property. It is up to the real estate agent to orient the seller of the potential risks if air quality is left untreated and how it can diminish property value. In this course, fundamentals of indoor air quality testing are introduced. Hence, the knowledge gained in this course can help the real estate agent in conducting his or her sales. 

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Define Indoor Air Quality
  • List and define the health hazards of contaminated indoor air
  • Identify the primary causes of poor indoor air quality
  • Categorize the different types of indoor air quality pollutants
  • Enumerate the actions taken by EPA to improve the quality of indoor air through community-based action
  • Dissect the US EPA Publication for regulations regarding Indoor Air Quality Testing
  • Understand the importance of Indoor Air Quality Testing
  • Determine the right time to have an indoor air-quality testing
  • Compare and Contrast DIY Indoor Air Quality Testing versus Professional DIY Indoor Air Quality Testing
  • List and define steps for having a DIY Indoor Air Quality Testing
  • Illustrate the DIY ways in improving Indoor Air Quality
  • Determine the cost and advantages of professional indoor air quality testing
  • List and define the elements found in an IAQ report
  • Determine the common “hotspots” in a real estate property because of poor indoor air quality
  • List and define the impacts of poor indoor air quality in selling a real estate property
  • List and define key questions that should be answered for Indoor air quality versus Covid-19
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 2.00 Credits  (Minnesota) 
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Grow Houses
Course Description:

A grow house is a home that was formerly used to grow marijuana. There are both small and large grow homes ranging from a portion of the home to the entire home dedicated to the growth of marijuana. Grow homes can seemingly “fit in” with other homes but there are certain identifiers to look for. There may be physical impacts to the home that would affect the home inspection, including electrical issues, structural effects and mold.   

Learning Objectives:

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

•       Define a grow home

•       Determine how a grow home operates

•       Identify how this will affect the home

•       Recognize a grow home

•       Prepare for inspection and remediation

Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Minnesota) 
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Managing the Home Inspection
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 - 1.00 Credits  (Minnesota) 
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Mold: What you Need to Know About Mold and How to Read Air Sampling Reports
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 - 1.00 Credits  (Minnesota) 
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Radon and the Real Estate Transaction
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 - 1.00 Credits  (Minnesota) 
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Residential Structural Inspections
Course Description:

The overall structure of a home is essentially the backbone that holds everything in place. For many, the structural integrity of a home is often viewed as the most crucial part of the home-buying process. By being able to observe and report on these critical matters during the structural portion of a home inspection, real estate agents are in a unique position to offer expertise and peace of mind to all parties involved in the home-buying process.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Define terms commonly used during the structural portion of the home inspection process.
  • Understand common causes of structural damage.
  • Understand risks associated with inspecting structural components during a home inspection.
  • Define what to consider during structural portion of the home inspection, including attics, basements, crawlspaces, floors, ceilings, windows, and doors.
  • Define common concerns related to the inspection of the exterior structure and related components, including property lots, decks, porches and foundations.
  • List examples of limitations that should be noted in a report of the structural inspection.
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 2.00 Credits  (Minnesota) 
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Scoping Your Sewer System: For Real Estate Agents
Course Description:

A sewer scope is a video inspection of the lateral sewer line leading from the house at/near the foundation and connecting to the city or HOA tap or septic tank.  This inspection is often completed by a licensed home inspector during the home inspection process, whose final report can affect the settlement of a real estate transaction.  By becoming better educated on the different options available for the inspection, real estate agents can ease their clients’ anxieties by sharing knowledge of what to expect during and after the sewer scope inspection.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Define what a sewer scope/video inspection is
  • Explain why a sewer scope should be part of every real estate transaction.
  • Understand the buyer/seller expectations with regards to a sewer scope
  • Describe the limitations that may be encountered during a sewer scope
  • Be familiarized with the sewer scope report and what is included in it.
  • Describe the steps to take once a problem is found during a scope
  • Advise clients on the importance of sewer scope inspections
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 2.00 Credits  (Minnesota) 
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Septic System Basics: What Real Estate Agents Need to Know
Course Description:

The home inspection process is one of the most crucial parts of the home buying process. Offers are finalized or revoked as a result of an inspector’s report. A home, well, or septic 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 better educating and preparing all parties for the home inspection process. Many aggravations can be avoided if the real estate agent prepares the buyer and seller before the inspection takes place.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Set expectations for the buyer
  • Explain common components and purpose of a septic system
  • Explain the best use practices of a home septic system
  • Provide the buyer general guidance on maintenance of a septic system
  • Identify which jurisdiction will require a Point of Sale inspection in order to transfer the real estate
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Minnesota) 
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Stucco 101: For Real Estate Agents
Course Description:

Stucco siding is a very popular cladding system that is installed on hundreds of thousands of homes in the US. Real estate agents are often asked by clients questions regarding a home’s cladding system and its potential for failure and underlying issues. This is particularly relevant given the media coverage of the lawsuits and uncovered underlying damage on homes with stucco cladding. This course is designed for real estate agents who want to better advocate for clients that are concerned with a home’s stucco cladding system. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify Exterior Cladding systems
  • Describe how the underlying wood structure should be protected
  • Describe proper flashing details
  • Describe breaches in the system that allow moisture penetration
  • Describe the inspection process and technology utilized
  • Understand and interpret Moisture Mapping
  • Prepare clients for a Stucco inspection
  • Address clients’ questions and concerns regarding Stucco Inspections
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 2.00 Credits  (Minnesota) 
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The 10 Most Common Home Defects: for Real Estate Agents
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
  • Advise and prepare the seller
  • Assist their clients in understanding issues of concern raised by the home inspector
  • Anticipate frequently asked questions regarding the home inspection process
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Minnesota) 
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The Basics of Heating Systems: For Real Estate Agents
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 - 1.00 Credits  (Minnesota) 
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Understanding Newer Homes
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 - 1.00 Credits  (Minnesota) 
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RC Fields Home Inspection & Radon Services

Rogers, MN
Phone: 612-568-1234
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