440.962(1)(a) (a) Submits to the department evidence satisfactory to the department of any of the following:
440.962(1)(a)1. 1. That he or she is a graduate of a 5-year interior design or architecture program and has at least one year of practical experience in interior design of a character satisfactory to the department.
440.962(1)(a)2. 2. That he or she is a graduate of a 4-year interior design or architecture program and has at least 2 years of practical experience in interior design of a character satisfactory to the department.
440.962(1)(a)3. 3. That he or she has completed at least 3 years of an interior design program and has at least 3 years of practical experience in interior design of a character satisfactory to the department.
440.962(1)(a)4. 4. That he or she is a graduate of a 2-year interior design program and has at least 4 years of practical experience in interior design of a character satisfactory to the department.
440.962(1)(b) (b) Satisfies the applicable requirements under s. 440.964.
440.962(1)(c) (c) Subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.335, submits evidence satisfactory to the department that he or she does not have an arrest or conviction record.
440.962(1)(d) (d) Submits the names of at least 5 references, at least 3 of whom shall have personal knowledge of the applicant's interior designing experience.
440.962(1)(e) (e) Meets any other requirements established by the department by rule.
440.962(2) (2)The individual is registered as an architect under s. 443.03 and submits evidence satisfactory to the department of all of the following:
440.962(2)(a) (a) That he or she is a graduate of a 4-year architecture program.
440.962(2)(b) (b) That he or she has at least 6 years of demonstrated practical experience in interior design of a character satisfactory to the department.
440.962 History History: 1995 a. 322.
440.962 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 130, Wis. adm. code.
440.963 440.963 Use of title by firms, partnerships and corporations.
440.963(1)(1)A firm, partnership or corporation may use the term “Wisconsin registered interior designer" or “Wisconsin registered interior designers", or may advertise or make representations that it provides the services of a Wisconsin registered interior designer, only if at least one principal, partner or officer who is in responsible charge of the interior design services provided by the firm, partnership or corporation is a Wisconsin registered interior designer.
440.963(2) (2)No firm, partnership or corporation may be relieved of responsibility for the conduct or acts of its agents, employees or officers by reason of its compliance with this subchapter, nor may any individual practicing interior design be relieved of responsibility for interior designing services performed by reason of his or her employment or relationship with the firm, partnership or corporation.
440.963 History History: 1995 a. 322.
440.964 440.964 Examinations.
440.964(1)(1)Except as provided in s. 440.962 (2), no person may be registered as a Wisconsin registered interior designer under this subchapter unless he or she passes one of the following examinations:
440.964(1)(a) (a) An interior design examination administered by a national organization that establishes standards for the interior design profession and that is recognized by the department.
440.964(1)(b) (b) An interior design examination conducted or approved by the department under sub. (2) that is substantially equivalent to an examination specified in par. (a).
440.964(2) (2)Written or written and oral examinations under sub. (1) (b) shall be held at such time and place as the department determines. The scope of the examinations and the methods of procedure shall be prescribed by the department with special reference to the applicant's ability to design and supervise interior designing work, which shall promote the public welfare and ensure the safety of life, health and property. The examinations shall include questions which require applicants to demonstrate knowledge of the design needs of people with physical disabilities and of the relevant statutes and codes. Such questions shall be developed by the department in consultation with other appropriate state agencies.
440.964(3) (3)A candidate failing an examination given under sub. (2) may, upon application and payment of the required reexamination fee, be examined again by the department. No restrictions may be placed on the number of times an unsuccessful candidate may be reexamined, except that after failure of 3 reexaminations, the department may require a one-year waiting period before further reexamination.
440.964 History History: 1995 a. 322.
440.965 440.965 Reciprocal registration. The department may, upon application and payment of the required fee, grant a permit to use the title “Wisconsin registered interior designer" to a person who is not a resident of and has no established place of business in this state, or who has recently become a resident of this state, if the person holds an unexpired certificate of similar registration issued to the person by the proper authority in any state or territory or possession of the United States or in any country in which the requirements for the registration of interior designers are of a standard not lower than specified in this subchapter.
440.965 History History: 1995 a. 322.
440.966 440.966 Renewal; continuing education.
440.966(1)(1)The renewal date for a certificate of registration issued under this subchapter is specified in s. 440.08 (2) (a), and the renewal fee for such certificate of registration is determined by the department under s. 440.03 (9) (a).
440.966(2) (2)A Wisconsin registered interior designer shall, at the time that he or she applies for renewal of a certificate of registration under sub. (1), submit proof of completion of continuing education requirements established by rules promulgated by the department.
440.966 History History: 1995 a. 322; 2007 a. 20.
440.966 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 130, Wis. adm. code.
440.967 440.967 List of registered persons. The department shall prepare each year a list showing the names and business addresses of all persons registered as a Wisconsin registered interior designer under this subchapter. Upon request, the department shall provide a list prepared under this section to any person at cost.
440.967 History History: 1995 a. 322.
440.968 440.968 Discipline; prohibited acts; penalties.
440.968(1)(1)The department may reprimand a Wisconsin registered interior designer, or may limit, suspend or revoke the certificate of registration of a Wisconsin registered interior designer, who has done any of the following:
440.968(1)(a) (a) Committed any fraud or deceit in obtaining or renewing a certificate of registration under this subchapter.
440.968(1)(b) (b) Committed any gross negligence or misconduct, or acted in a grossly incompetent manner, in the practice of interior design as a Wisconsin registered interior designer.
440.968(1)(c) (c) Violated this subchapter or a rule promulgated under this subchapter.
440.968(1)(d) (d) Been convicted of a felony, subject to ss. 111.321, 111.322 and 111.335, or been adjudicated mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction, a certified copy of the record of conviction or adjudication of incompetency to be conclusive evidence of such conviction or incompetency.
440.968(2) (2)Any person who uses the title “Wisconsin registered interior designer" in this state and who is not registered in accordance with this subchapter, or any person presenting or attempting to use as his or her own the certificate of registration of another, or any person who falsely impersonates any other registrant of like or different name, or any person who attempts to use an expired or revoked certificate of registration, may be fined not less than $100 nor more than $500 or imprisoned for not more than 3 months or both.
440.968(3) (3)Any person may allege to the department that he or she believes a person registered under this subchapter has committed an act for which a reprimand or limitation, suspension or revocation of registration is authorized under sub. (1). Such allegations shall be in writing, and shall be sworn to by the person making them and shall be submitted to the department. The department may, on its own motion, make such charges.
440.968(4) (4)The department may reissue a certificate of registration to any person whose certificate has been revoked under sub. (1) if the person satisfies requirements for reissuance established by the department. The department may issue a new certificate of registration to replace any certificate revoked, lost, destroyed or mutilated, subject to the rules of the department and the payment of the required fee.
440.968 History History: 1995 a. 322.
440.969 440.969 Change of name. No person who is registered as a Wisconsin registered interior designer under this subchapter may practice interior design in this state under any other given name or any other surname than that under which the person was originally registered to use a title in this or any other state if the department, after a hearing, finds that using a title under the changed name operates to unfairly compete with another practitioner or to mislead the public as to identity or to otherwise result in detriment to the profession or the public. This section does not apply to a change of name resulting from marriage or divorce.
440.969 History History: 1995 a. 322.
subch. XI of ch. 440 SUBCHAPTER XI
HOME INSPECTORS
Subch. XI of ch. 440 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 131, Wis. adm. code.
440.97 440.97 Definitions. In this subchapter:
440.97(1) (1)“Client" means a person who contracts with a home inspector for a home inspection.
440.97(2) (2)“Compensation" means direct or indirect payment, including the expectation of payment whether or not actually received.
440.97(2m) (2m)“Defect” means a condition of any component of an improvement that would significantly impair the health or safety of future occupants of a property or that, if not repaired, removed, or replaced, would significantly shorten or adversely affect the expected normal life of the component of the improvement.
440.97(3) (3)“Dwelling unit" means a structure or that part of a structure that is used or intended to be used as a home, residence or sleeping place by one person or by 2 or more persons who are maintaining a common household, to the exclusion of all others.
440.97(4) (4)“Home inspection" means the process by which a home inspector examines the observable systems and components of improvements to residential real property that are readily accessible.
440.97(5) (5)“Home inspection report" means a written opinion of a home inspector concerning all of the following:
440.97(5)(a) (a) The condition of the improvements to residential real property that contains not more than 4 dwelling units.
440.97(5)(b) (b) The condition of mechanical and structural components of the improvements specified in par. (a).
440.97(6) (6)“Home inspector" means an individual who, for compensation, conducts a home inspection.
440.97(7) (7)“Technically exhaustive" means the extensive use of measurements, instruments, testing, calculations and other means to develop scientific or engineering findings, conclusions or recommendations.
440.97 History History: 1997 a. 81; 2017 a. 338.
440.971 440.971 Registry established. The department shall establish a registry of home inspectors.
440.971 History History: 1997 a. 81.
440.9712 440.9712 Registration required.
440.9712(1)(1)Except as provided in s. 440.9715, no individual may act as a home inspector, use the title “home inspector", use any title or description that implies that he or she is a home inspector or represent himself or herself to be a home inspector unless the individual is registered under this subchapter.
440.9712(1m) (1m)No business entity may provide home inspection services unless each of the home inspectors employed by the business entity is registered under this subchapter.
440.9712(2) (2)No business entity may use, in connection with the name or signature of the business entity, the title “home inspectors" to describe the business entity's services, unless each of the home inspectors employed by the business entity is registered under this subchapter.
440.9712 History History: 1997 a. 81.
440.9715 440.9715 Applicability. A registration is not required under this subchapter for any of the following:
440.9715(1) (1)An individual who conducts a home inspection while lawfully practicing within the scope of a license, permit or certificate granted to that individual by a state governmental agency.
440.9715(2) (2)An individual who constructs, repairs or maintains improvements to residential real property, if the individual conducts home inspections only as part of his or her business of constructing, repairing or maintaining improvements to real property and if the individual does not describe himself or herself as a registered home inspector or convey the impression that he or she is a registered home inspector.
440.9715(3) (3)An individual who conducts home inspections in the normal course of his or her employment as an employee of a federal, state or local governmental agency.
440.9715 History History: 1997 a. 81.
440.972 440.972 Registration of home inspectors.
440.972(1)(1)The department shall register an individual under this subchapter if the individual does all of the following:
440.972(1)(a) (a) Submits an application for registration to the department on a form provided by the department.
440.972(1)(b) (b) Pays the fee specified in s. 440.05 (1).
440.972(1)(c) (c) Submits evidence satisfactory to the department that he or she is not subject to a pending criminal charge, or has not been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or other offense, the circumstances of which substantially relate to the practice of home inspection.
440.972(1)(d) (d) Passes an examination under s. 440.973 (1).
440.972(2) (2)The renewal date for certificates granted under this section is specified under s. 440.08 (2) (a) 38g., and the renewal fee for such certificates is determined by the department under s. 440.03 (9) (a).
440.972 History History: 1997 a. 81; 2007 a. 20.
440.972 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 131, Wis. adm. code.
440.973 440.973 Examinations.
440.973(1)(1)No person may be registered under this subchapter unless he or she passes an examination approved by the department. In approving an examination under this subsection, the department shall consider the use of an examination that is similar to an examination that is required for membership in the American Society of Home Inspectors.
440.973(2) (2)The department shall conduct examinations for home inspector registration at least semiannually at times and places determined by the department.
440.973(3) (3)An individual is not eligible for examination unless the individual has satisfied the requirements for registration under s. 440.972 (1) (a) to (c) at least 30 days before the date of the examination.
440.973 History History: 1997 a. 81.
440.973 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 131, Wis. adm. code.
440.974 440.974 Rules.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 20 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on November 11, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after November 11, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 11-11-19)