course overview

The Exterior Course covers retaining walls, grounds, window wells, lot grading, driveways, patios, walkways, decks, balconies, stoops and steps, porches, railings, wall cladding, flashing trim, eaves, soffits, fascia, as well as exterior doors and windows.

You will learn to describe the exterior wall covering and inspect all aspects of the exterior named above.

Within each section are several Study Sessions to guide you through the material. The Quick Quizzes will help you check your progress.

Illustrating showing how foundation and footing system can be built lower to account for greater frost depth
Lowered footings around basement walkouts — This illustration shows how foundation and footing systems can be built lower to account for greater frost depth. It is from our Exterior Course, Basement Walkouts Chapter. All of our 10 Courses are richly illustrated.

course outline

  • Architectural Styles
    • Building shapes and details, architectural categories, specific house styles
  • Exterior Cladding
    • Basics, brick, stone, concrete, stucco, wood, wood-based materials, metal, vinyl, fiber cement, clay, slate, asphalt
    • Soffits and fascia, windows and doors, trim, flashings and caulking
  • Exterior Structures
    • Porches, decks, balconies, garages, carports, basement walkouts
  • Surface Water Control
    • Lot grading, gutters and downspouts, window wells, walkways, driveways and grounds, retaining walls

Course Duration

  • 32 hours

Learning assessments

  • One midterm and one final exam – online
  • 70% passing grade overall


  • $2995 for the full Program (all 10 Courses)
    • Includes all learning materials, tests, exams, tutor support and ongoing postgraduate support

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