TCC offers variety of home, business courses

With its fall quarter set to begin later this month, Tacoma Community College is offering several important courses to those interested, including home inspection training, payroll fundamentals and mortgage lending.

More than 70 percent of home buyers use home inspection services. To help meet this demand, Tacoma Community College, in partnership with Carson Dunlop and Associates, is offering a new 10-course home inspection training program.

“Until now, there have been no in-depth courses,” said instructor Gerald Iverson. Students will study structure, exterior, roofing, plumbing, heating, electrical, air conditioning and heat pumps, insulation and interiors, and communication.

The program is open to anyone wanting to become a home inspector and teaches students to evaluate how a structure is performing. Inspection differs from construction in that construction focuses not on performance but on how something is built, said Iverson, who has 18 years of experience in inspection.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the knowledge to do a proper inspection, Iverson said. The program has been adopted by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Courses can also be used for ASHI education points, Iverson said, which can save on travel and seminar costs.

Exterior Inspection and Roofing Inspection will be offered fall quarter on the college’s main campus. Exterior Inspection will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, from Sept. 23 through Nov. 18. Roofing Inspection will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesdays from Sept. 24 through Nov. 12. Tuition for these non-credit classes is $425 each and includes textbooks.

Tacoma Community College will offer a fall Primary Payroll Skills course designed to teach payroll fundamentals to those new to the payroll field. The course can also be used by experienced payroll professionals to prepare for the Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) certification exam.

“It teaches the rules that apply to payroll,” said instructor Rhoe Ann Becker, who has worked in payroll for 30 years. “There are a lot of rules and laws that you have to know.”

The textbook for the course covers material on the CPP exam, Becker said, and course content helps payroll professionals understand the reasons behind many things they do on a daily basis.

The course will include basic terminology and concepts, pay classifications and calculations, federal income tax withholding applications and form completion, principles of accounting and customer service.

The Primary Payroll Skills course will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 25 through Nov. 13 on TCC’s main campus. Tuition for the non-credit class is $395.

This fall, Tacoma Community College will offer a course designed to teach the fundamentals of mortgage origination to those interested in entering the mortgage lending industry.

Mortgage Brokerage and Lending will cover the technical aspects of lending from the initial application to underwriting. It will also include FHA and VA lending, property and new construction, and a review of federal regulations.
This is a complete course for professionals from related industries who wish to establish a mortgage brokerage service, according to the School of Mortgage Lending, the course curriculum provider. Upon completion, students will be qualified to work as junior processors, loan officer trainees or at other entry-level positions in a mortgage brokerage office.

Mortgage Brokerage and Lending meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 26 through Nov. 11 on Tacoma Community College’s main campus. Tuition for this non-credit class is $295 and includes textbook.

For more information, call 253/566-5020. Tacoma Community College’s fall quarter begins Sept. 23. Additional information about the college’s programs can be found at: