SPS 131.32(9)(c)4. 4. Observe the interior of flues, fireplace insert flue connectors, humidifiers, electronic air filters, or the uniformity or adequacy of heat supply to the various rooms.
SPS 131.32(9)(c)5. 5. Observe a heat exchanger unless it is readily observable and normally accessible to an occupant of a dwelling unit.
SPS 131.32(10) (10)Central air conditioning.
SPS 131.32(10)(a)(a) A home inspector shall observe and describe the condition of all of the following:
SPS 131.32(10)(a)1. 1. Cooling and air handling equipment, including type and energy source.
SPS 131.32(10)(a)2. 2. Normal operating controls.
SPS 131.32(10)(a)3. 3. The presence of an installed cooling source in each room.
SPS 131.32(10)(b) (b) A home inspector shall operate the systems, using normal operating controls, and open readily accessible access panels provided by the manufacturer or installer for routine homeowner maintenance.
SPS 131.32(10)(c) (c) A home inspector is not required to do any of the following:
SPS 131.32(10)(c)1. 1. Operate cooling systems when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause equipment damage.
SPS 131.32(10)(c)2. 2. Observe non-central air conditioners.
SPS 131.32(10)(c)3. 3. Observe the uniformity or adequacy of cool-air supply to the various rooms.
SPS 131.32(10)(c)4. 4. Operate electronic air filters.
SPS 131.32(10)(c)5. 5. Observe the pressure of the system coolant or determine the presence of leakage.
SPS 131.32(10)(c)6. 6. Test the electrical current drawn by the unit.
SPS 131.32(11) (11)Insulation and ventilation.
SPS 131.32(11)(a)(a) A home inspector shall observe and describe the condition of all of the following:
SPS 131.32(11)(a)1. 1. The presence or absence of insulation in unfinished spaces.
SPS 131.32(11)(a)2. 2. Ventilation of attics and foundation areas.
SPS 131.32(11)(a)3. 3. Kitchen, bathroom, and laundry venting systems.
SPS 131.32(11)(b) (b) A home inspector is not required to observe any of the following:
SPS 131.32(11)(b)1. 1. Concealed insulation.
SPS 131.32(11)(b)2. 2. Venting equipment which is integrated with household appliances.
SPS 131.32 History History: Cr. Register, July, 1999, No. 523, eff. 8-1-99; CR 14-010: renum. 131.32 from SPS 134.03 Register August 2014 No. 704, eff. 9-1-14.
SPS 131.33 SPS 131.33Contents of a home inspection report.
SPS 131.33(1)(1) After completing a home inspection, a home inspector shall submit a written report to a client that does all of the following:
SPS 131.33(1)(a) (a) Lists the items described in s. SPS 131.32 that a home inspector is required to inspect.
SPS 131.33(1)(b) (b) Lists the items described in s. SPS 131.32 that a home inspector has inspected.
SPS 131.33(1)(c) (c) Describes the condition of any item identified in s. SPS 131.32.
SPS 131.33(1)(d) (d) Describes the condition of any item identified in s. SPS 131.32 that, if not repaired, will have significant adverse effect on the life expectancy of the identified item.
SPS 131.33(1)(e) (e) Lists any material adverse facts that a home inspector has knowledge of or has observed.
SPS 131.33(2) (2) A home inspector is not required to report on any of the following aspects of items identified in s. SPS 131.32:
SPS 131.33(2)(a) (a) Their life expectancy.
SPS 131.33(2)(b) (b) The reason for the necessity of a major repair.
SPS 131.33(2)(c) (c) The method of making any repair or correction, the materials needed for any repair or correction, or the cost of any repair or correction.
SPS 131.33(2)(d) (d) The suitability for any specialized use of an improvement to residential real property.
SPS 131.33(2)(e) (e) Whether they comply with applicable regulatory requirements.
SPS 131.33(3) (3) A home inspector may not report in writing or verbally on any of the following:
SPS 131.33(3)(a) (a) The market value or marketability of a property.
SPS 131.33(3)(b) (b) Whether a property should be purchased.
SPS 131.33(4) (4) A home inspector is not required to retain inspectors or investigators to perform follow-up inspections or investigations of any material adverse facts that a home inspector has knowledge of or has observed under sub. (1) (d).
SPS 131.33 History History: Cr. Register, July, 1999, No. 523, eff. 8-1-99; correction in (1) (a), (b), (c), (d), (2) (intro.) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671; CR 14-010: renum. 131.33 from SPS 134.04 and am. (1) (a), (b) Register August 2014 No. 704, eff. 9-1-14; corrections in (1) (c), (d), (2) (intro.) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register August 2014 No. 704.
subch. V of ch. SPS 131 Subchapter V — Continuing Education Requirements
SPS 131.41 SPS 131.41Continuing education requirements for registration renewal.
SPS 131.41(1) (1) Except as provided in sub. (2), every registered home inspector shall complete a minimum of 40 continuing education credit hours during each biennial registration period.
SPS 131.41(2) (2) A registrant is not required to complete continuing education credit hours between initial registration and the first registration renewal period.
SPS 131.41(3)(a)(a) If a registrant fails to satisfy the continuing education requirements provided in sub. (1) within a biennial registration period, continuing education credit hours acquired on or after December 15 of any even-numbered year will be first applied to the preceding biennium until the requirement is fulfilled. Continuing education credit hours may not apply to more than one biennium.
SPS 131.41(3)(b) (b) A registrant who fails to meet the continuing education requirements provided in sub. (1) by December 14 of any even-numbered year may not engage in the practice of home inspection until the registration is renewed, except as provided in s. SPS 131.45.
SPS 131.41(4) (4) Continuing education credit hours shall be obtained through any of the following means:
SPS 131.41(4)(a) (a) Attending seminars, corporate in-house courses, workshops, or professional or technical presentations made at meetings, conventions, or conferences meeting the requirements of s. SPS 131.42. Attendance may be in person or via remote classroom where a provider is available to participate to comment and answer questions.
SPS 131.41(4)(b) (b) Teaching a continuing education training program. Fifty minutes of actual instruction is equivalent to one continuing education credit hour. No additional continuing education credit hours will be granted for subsequent presentations of identical material.
SPS 131.41(4)(c) (c) Participating in a continuing education training program that does not meet in person including the completion of interactive short courses or tutorials, delivery of educational programs and courses on CD-ROM or the Internet, webinars, or correspondence courses.
SPS 131.41(5) (5) A registrant may only receive credit for the initial attendance of a continuing education training program during a biennium. A registrant may not receive additional continuing education credit hours for repeated attendance at a continuing education training program during a biennium.
SPS 131.41(6) (6) A registrant may not receive continuing education credit hours for work completed as part of the registrant's regular duties as a home inspector.
SPS 131.41 History History: CR 14-010: cr. Register August 2014 No. 704, eff. 9-1-14.
SPS 131.42 SPS 131.42Standards for continuing education training programs. An acceptable continuing education training program shall meet all of the following criteria:
SPS 131.42(1) (1) Include instruction in an organized method of learning contributing directly to the professional competency of the registrant and pertaining to subject matters that significantly relate to the practice of home inspection. The instruction shall include amplification, evaluation, examples, and explanation of the course subject matter to the licensee.
SPS 131.42(2) (2) Be conducted by individuals or entities which have specialized education, training, or experience in the subject matter of the program.
SPS 131.42(3) (3) Provide attendance or completion verification records in the form of certificates of completion evidencing attendance at, or completion of, the continuing education training program. A certificate of completion shall include all of the following:
SPS 131.42(3)(a) (a) The name of the course.
SPS 131.42(3)(b) (b) The provider's name.
SPS 131.42(3)(c) (c) The registrant's name.
SPS 131.42(3)(d) (d) The date of completion.
SPS 131.42(3)(e) (e) The location of the course.
SPS 131.42(3)(f) (f) The number of hours.
SPS 131.42(3)(g) (g) A signature from the instructor or provider.
SPS 131.42 History History: CR 14-010: cr. Register August 2014 No. 704, eff. 9-1-14; correction in numbering in (3) (a) to (g) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register August 2014 No. 704, eff. 9-1-14.
SPS 131.43 SPS 131.43Certificate of completion, proof of attendance.
SPS 131.43(1)(1) Each registrant shall certify on the registration renewal application that he or she has fully complied with the continuing education requirements of this subchapter.
SPS 131.43(2) (2) The department may conduct a random audit of its registrants on a biennial basis for assessing compliance with the continuing education requirements in this subchapter. It is the responsibility of each registrant to retain or otherwise produce evidence of compliance.
SPS 131.43(3) (3) If evidence of compliance is required by the department or its designee, the registrant shall submit the requested information within 30 business days of receiving written notice. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
SPS 131.43 History History: CR 14-010: cr. Register August 2014 No. 704, eff. 9-1-14.
SPS 131.44 SPS 131.44Recordkeeping. A registrant shall obtain a certificate of completion from the program provider for each continuing education training program completed. The registrant shall retain the certificate of completion and any other required, related documentation for a minimum of 5 years.
SPS 131.44 History History: CR 14-010: cr. Register August 2014 No. 704, eff. 9-1-14.
SPS 131.45 SPS 131.45Waiver of continuing education requirements.
SPS 131.45(1)(1) A renewal applicant who is actively practicing in the profession and is unable to fully comply with the continuing education requirements due to temporary, extreme hardship, as determined by the department, may submit a written request for a waiver or a written request for an extension of time to complete the continuing education requirements. The department will review the request, and in its sole discretion may grant a full or partial waiver, or an extension of time to comply with the requirements.
SPS 131.45(2) (2) A renewal applicant who prior to the expiration date of the registration submits a request for a waiver and provides a written statement setting forth the basis for the request, shall be deemed to be in good standing until the final decision on the request is made by the department. If the waiver is denied and the registration has expired, the applicant shall immediately discontinue engaging in the practice of home inspection until the applicant meets the requirements of s. SPS 131.41 and submits evidence of compliance to the department.
SPS 131.45(3) (3) A renewal applicant may not receive a waiver under this section for 2 consecutive biennia.
SPS 131.45 History History: CR 14-010: cr. Register August 2014 No. 704, eff. 9-1-14.
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