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Sept. '07 Exteriors/Siding Module

"This is my second module and I really enjoy the presentations. . . . I'm happy to know that the time will be well spent and that I will leave with a lot of valuable information, insight, and advice.  Keep up the good work."

"I find your seminars very practical and job specific and not stuffy and theoretical.. . .   Siding samples are good to see."

"Full of fun information.  Great lunch!  See you next time.  Thanks again." 

July '07 Marketing Module

". . . Good guys, friendly, good lunch, good information.  Really enjoyed the class/people."

"I found that with all the seminars available PIE is surely the most informative, along with the hands on electrical, Heat-Air classes.  These have helped me very much in starting up my new business here in Oregon."

"Lots of good ideas -  Good interaction!  Seemed to cover a wide spectrum of topics."

April '07 HVAC Module

"Very good class.  Open forum is a good way to go.  Sometimes you learn also from questions asked."

"You guys have done a great job with PIE and Thanks for the additional information.  It's helped my business grow.  Thanks again."

"I really enjoyed this module and presentation of the information (structured but free exchange of info. and ideas).  I'm looking forward to my next attendance."

 

2007 Full Training Programs

"The best money I've spent in a long time!  Great work guys."

"I was here for the Oct. 05 4-day seminar and all I could say was WOW!  Today's class on exteriors, WOW!  You guys do a great job.  Looking forward to many more.  Thanks."

"Energetic, positive, encouraging, helpful.”
- Aug. ’04 Plumbing Seminar

  “Clear, simple presentations...  Excellent visuals...  Excellent guest speaker...  The program is well organized from beginning to end.”
- Dec. ’04 HVAC Seminar

 “. . . your classes are top notch!”
- Dec. ’04 Electrical Seminar

 “Very interesting and informative . . . I appreciate the “inspectors’ perspective” of your presentations.” 
- Feb. ’05 Roofing Seminar

 “Having three professional inspectors that were enthusiastic, entertaining, and fun to talk to was a tremendous boost in my own enthusiasm for this business"  
- March ’05 Full Program 4-day Class

 “Overall, very impressed with presentation, class time, and curriculum . . . well worth the time and effort and expense  . . . ” 
- Oct. ‘05 Full Program 4-day Class

 

 


PIE - Who We Are

Professional Inspection Education (PIE) was formed in 2003 by three partners, each an owner of a separate successful home inspection business. Over the last several years we had each researched and noted the need for quality education and training in the home inspection industry, thus we came together to provide "Excellence in Training" through Professional Inspection Education courses and quality Dearborn educational materials.

Our extensive backgrounds include over 40-years combined industry experience, with nearly 15-years combined experience in home, multi-family, manufactured housing, and commercial inspections, college degrees in engineering, business and science, construction experience from general framing to home design to log home construction, and corporate building materials manufacturing from product research and development to building codes.  

Meet the Educators


Douglas Barkee,
founding partner and owner of Barkee Inspection Services has been conducting full home, commercial and exterior specific inspections since 2001 for clients in the greater Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon areas.  After college, with degrees in Engineering and Business, Doug contributed 13 years in management, marketing, sales, and new product development expertise for a major building products company, traveling throughout the Western states.  Showing strong leadership by accomplishing effective product branding projects, ad campaigns and managing the product performance department which included inspections of hundreds of exteriors throughout the West coast, Doug brings his innate knowledge about marketing, promotion and products to those just starting out in the home inspection industry.  As an expert in residential building products and as an inspector for proper installation of those products, Doug shares his ability to spot defects and offer viable issue-solving solutions.  Experienced as an Instructor and known for his logical, practical approach to education, Doug presents information in an easy to grasp manner that promotes reliance on established principles while encouraging innovative thinking.   As a Senior-Certified Member of the American Institute of Inspectors, and as an officer of NWOCHI since 2002, Doug encourages involvement and continuous education as a roadmap to a successful and fulfilling inspection career.


Peter Barten, owner of Peter Barten Home Inspections
has been performing residential and commercial property inspections since 1999.  For 10 years prior to his inspection business, he worked in residential and commercial construction.  Peter is well acquainted with the challenges that face Northwest built structures, particularly on the Oregon Coast.  Peter is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and effectively communicating the issues of homes and their systems through custom created reports and on site consultations with both buyers and real estate agents and now to students of home inspection.  His attention to detail and unflinching commitment to promoting awareness of industry standard building practices and professional conduct aligns with PIE's vision for the future of inspection education and makes him especially qualified to lead others with confidence.  As a Senior Inspector, current Ethics committee member, former Vice President of the American Institute of Inspectors, and founding member of NWOCHI, Peter believes that the trainers of Professional Inspection Education  have much to offer those entering the exciting field of home inspection.