This online course reviews the Accessibility Inspection Report found in Section 15 of the International Standards of Practice for Inspecting Commercial Properties (ComSOP) and teaches the student how to perform a standard accessibility inspection on an existing commercial building.

The Accessibility Inspection Report contains vital information pertaining to the safety and accessibility of a property. In turn, this could save a client unexpected retrofitting and/or litigation expenses, and help them better accommodate disabled customers and employees.  It can be offered in conjunction with a complete commercial inspection, or as a stand-alone service. Many of the concepts and guidelines taught in this course can also be incorporated into a standard commercial property inspection.

This online course will also review other laws and building codes related to building accessibility for existing buildings, remodeling, and new construction, such as the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the Federal Fair Housing Act (FFHA), and assess how they correlate to an accessibility inspection performed by a commercial inspector.

There is a quiz after most lessons and a final exam at the end of the course. Upon successful completion, students will be able to download a Certificate of Completion for the course.

Goal:

The goal of this course is to teach the student how to perform a standard accessibility inspection for existing commercial buildings in accordance with the Accessibility Inspection Report, and understand how other laws and building codes related to building accessibility correlate to it.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • perform a standard accessibility inspection on an existing commercial buildings;
  • identify accessibility barriers and deficiencies in existing buildings included in the Accessibility Inspection Report;
  • identify accessibility barriers and deficiencies in existing buildings excluded from the Accessibility Inspection Report;
  • create an opinion as to a building’s accessibility;
  • adapt their report to meet the needs of different types of commercial buildings and use; and
  • adapt their report to meet the needs in the inspector’s service area.