NSPIRE Online Training
NSPIRE Online Training

NSPIRE Online Training

This training curriculum will provide you with a basic foundation of the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE) inspections model and how it works within the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.

Training Instructions 

  • graduation cap iconOnline, self-paced training
  • training instructor iconFoundational training intended primarily for HCV inspectors
  • document iconGuidance including NSPIRE standards, notices, job aids, and guides
  • exam iconMust be completed in sequential order

Welcome to NSPIRE

NSPIRE is a method for conducting and processing inspections of HUD-assisted housing developed by HUD's Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC).

NSPIRE aims to improve confidence in HUD’s ability to keep properties in compliance by accurately assessing the condition of a unit, implementing streamlined inspection processes, and prioritizing the health and safety of residents. In this curriculum, you will complete a series of modules that will give you a foundation of the NSPIRE model and how it works within the HCV program. This is not intended to be a complete certificate-level training for inspectors.

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Modules

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Training Order: The NSPIRE Online Training Program must be completed in sequential order: Pretest, NSPIRE Overview, HUD’s Requirements for Inspections, Deficiency Management, Quality Control, and Posttest. NOTE: Each learning module contains a Knowledge Check that must be passed to be able to move forward.

Questions? If you have any questions about this training or encounter any technical issues, please contact us.

Course 1: Pretest

 
Pretest

Pretest

Pretest

Test your pre-existing knowledge on NSPIRE.

  1. Select the “Go to Pretest” button below.
  2. Complete all questions in the pretest to be able to start the modules. The Pretest’s score will not impact your final training results.
 

Course 2: Welcome to NSPIRE

Module 2.1: NSPIRE Overview Module 2.1
Module 2.1: NSPIRE Overview

NSPIRE Overview

Module 2.1: NSPIRE Overview

  • Definition and Purpose
  • NSPIRE vs. UPCS/HQS
  • 3-3-3 System
  • NSPIRE Standards Manual

Course 3: HUD’s Requirements for Inspections

Module 3.1: Introduction to Inspection Requirements Module 3.1
Module 3.1: NSPIRE Introduction

Introduction

Module 3.1: Introduction

  • Ethics in Performing and Submitting Inspections
  • How to Use the NSPIRE Standards Manual
  • HCV Repair Time Frames
  • Inspector Tools
Module 3.2: Outside Inspection Requirements Module 3.2
Module 3.2: Outside Inspection Requirements

Outside Inspection Requirements

Module 3.2: Outside Inspection Requirements

  • Definition of Outside
  • Fail Items Located Outside
  • In-Depth Look at 10 Common Items and Their Deficiencies
  • Practice Activities
Module 3.3: Inside Inspection Requirements Module 3.3
Module 3.3: Inside Inspection Requirements

Inside Inspection Requirements

Module 3.3: Inside Inspection Requirements

  • Definition of Inside
  • Fail Items Located Inside
  • In-Depth Look at 10 Common Items and Their Deficiencies
  • Practice Activities
Module 3.4: Unit Inspection Requirements Module 3.4
Module 3.4 Unit Inspection Requirements

Unit Inspection Requirements

Module 3.4: Unit Inspection Requirements

  • Definition of Unit
  • Fail Items Located in the Unit
  • In-Depth Look at 10 Common Items and Their Deficiencies
  • Practice Activities

Course 4: Deficiency Management

Module 4.1: Part I Module 4.1
Module 4.1: Part I

Part I

Module 4.1: Part I

  • Definition of Deficiency Management
  • First 5 Steps of the Inspection Process from Scheduling Inspections to Identifying Deficiencies
  • Recommended Inspection Sequences
  • Best Practices for Deficiency Management and NSPIRE Inspections
Module 4.2: Part 2 Module 4.2
Module 4.2: Part 2

Part II

Module 4.2: Part II

  • Next 5 Steps of the Inspections Process from Determining Outcomes to Required PHA Notices
  • Possible NSPIRE Inspection Outcomes
  • Deficiency Resolution Options
  • Best Practices for Deficiency Management and NSPIRE Inspections

Course 5: Quality Control

Module 5.1: Quality Control Module 5.1
Module 5.1: Quality Control

Quality Control

Module 5.1: Quality Control

  • Definition of Quality Control
  • NSPIRE-Specific SEMAP Indicators
  • Selecting and Conducting QC Inspections
  • Reporting and Final Actions

Course 6: Posttest and Feedback

 
Posttest

Posttest and Feedback

Posttest and Feedback

Test your knowledge on NSPIRE after completing the Online Training.

  1. All modules and Knowledge Checks must be completed before taking the posttest.
  2. Complete all questions in the posttest to receive your results.
  3. Complete the feedback form.