Licensing Updates

The licensing board can approve classes that meet the State requirements after the course has been taken.  So you can feel free to take courses that have not been approved for CEU's by the board prior to the class and if the class meets the State requirements the board has the right and should approve the course after the fact.  Make sure you document the course completely to get the credit with the least amount of hassle.

 

The following links will get you the pbf files of the CT Home Inspectors regulations and applications.

 

The CT Standards & Code Of Ethics on 4 pages: (click on the icon below)

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Pre-licensing schools/courses

 

LATTEST INFO FROM THE HOME INSPECTOR LICENSING BOARD:

 

HILB Meeting Summary 9/24/08

 

Consulting Services –

 

Given the narrow definition of “home inspection” in the statute, home inspectors are somewhat limited in what services they can provide that do not rise to the level of a full home inspection (e.g. examination of two or more systems and a written evaluation . . . “) Some inspectors were concerned that doing partial inspections or consulting services for home owners could land them in trouble since the report that they provided would not be a full home inspection report.  This had been discussed over the past few meetings and the board has voted to approve a change to the statutory definition of “home inspection” to exempt “consulting services” performed by licensed home inspectors.  This gives inspectors leeway to do partial evaluations for homeowners without running afoul of the home inspection statute.  When final language of the proposed amendment is available it will be distributed.

Discussion of this issue came up because a number of inspection companies are now offering other services (e.g. termite treatment, radon mitigation, mold testing, etc.) and the meaning of the word deliberately was questioned.  The general consensus from this discussion seemed to be that if prior to the inspection, you sell additional services to the client, and bill them separately, there should be no concern.  The problem arises when during the inspection you see something that leads you to recommended and additional service to the client.  At that point, it could be perceived as a conflict of interest for the inspector to try and sell that additional service to the client.  (e.g. – client does not order a termite inspection as part of the home inspection.  During the inspection the inspector sees a tube and tells client that he ought to have a termite inspection.  If the home inspector tries to sell the client that service – it could be perceived as a conflict)  If they bought a termite inspection from you before the inspection and then termites were found, It would not be a problem to also provide a quote for treatment, if you offer that service. Since the language of this section is still unclear, we are planning to bring it back up at the next board meeting to discuss a language change to clarify this section of the code of ethics.

CEU Reporting –

 

PSI currently requires continuing education schools to upload a file within 10 days after each school or course to their data base and they charge 50 cents per name uploaded.  The upload includes the student’s name, license number, credits earned, etc. so that they can be centrally compiled by PSI.  This is a lot of uploading for each school and can add up to a tidy sum in filing fees over the course of a year.   Richard Hurlburt, who manages the State’s relationship with PSI’s occupational testing area, says he will get PSI to agree to an annual (or biennial) upload which should reduce costs and time spent significantly.  This means that each school can establish a data base and accrue credits during the year for all of the registered students and then just upload them to PSI once near the end of the license renewal cycle.  This should reduce the compliance burden (and cost) significantly.  As soon as we see anything in writing about this we will let you know.

 

 

 

 

Sec. 20-490. Definitions.
Sec. 20-490a. Home Inspection Licensing Board.
Sec. 20-491. Regulations: Home inspectors and home inspector interns.
Sec. 20-491a. Examinations.
Sec. 20-492. License required. Exemptions.
Sec. 20-492a. Issuance of license. Holder to exhibit license, when. License not transferable. Licensee's disclosure requirements. Expiration. Renewal. Register of home inspectors.
Sec. 20-492b. Qualifications for license. Exemptions.
Sec. 20-492c. Licensure of out-of-state licensees. Fee.
Sec. 20-493. Application for home inspector intern permit. Fee.
Sec. 20-493a. Issuance of intern permit. Holder to exhibit, when. Permit not transferable. Expiration. Renewal. Register of home inspector interns.
Sec. 20-493b. Home inspector interns: Qualifications for permit; training program; supervision by licensed home inspector.
Sec. 20-494. Disciplinary action. Discontinuance, suspension or rescission of disciplinary action.
Sec. 20-494a. Fines. Civil penalites.
Sec. 20-495. Hearings.
Sec. 20-495a. Appeals.
Secs. 20-496 to 20-499.


July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-490a. Home Inspection Licensing Board. (a) There shall be, within the Department of Consumer Protection, a Home Inspection Licensing Board.
(b) The board shall consist of eight members, to be appointed by the Governor not later than six months after
July 1, 2000. The Governor shall appoint a chairperson from among the members of the board. Each member shall be, at the time of appointment, a resident of the state of Connecticut. Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, five of the members shall be home inspectors licensed under section 20-492a or subsection (b) of section 20-492b, who have been engaged in home inspection in this state for at least five years immediately preceding their appointment. Three of the members shall be public members who are owners and residents of a residential building.
(c) For a period of eighteen months from July 1, 2000, the five home inspectors initially appointed as members of the board shall not be required, at the time of their first appointment, to be home inspectors licensed under section 20-492a or subsection (b) of section 20-492b, provided such home inspectors meet or exceed the requirements of subdivisions (1), (2) and (5) of subsection (a) of section 20-492b and provided further, each such home inspector has: (1) Been engaged in home inspection for not less than five years prior to July 1, 2000; and (2) performed not less than five hundred home inspections for compensation or other valuable consideration.
(d) Not later than thirty days after all members have been appointed to the board, and annually thereafter, the board shall meet for the purpose of organizing by electing such officers as the board may deem necessary and appropriate. The board shall meet at least quarterly on a date and at a time and place that it shall determine and at such other times as may be specified upon the call of the chairperson or a majority of the board members. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum.
(e) Any member who fails to attend three consecutive meetings or who fails to attend fifty per cent of all meetings during any calendar year shall be deemed to have resigned from the board. Members shall not serve for more than two consecutive full terms, except that if no successor has been appointed or approved, such member shall continue to serve until a successor is appointed or approved. The Governor shall fill vacancies by appointment for the unexpired portion of the term.
(f) Members shall not be compensated for their services but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 2, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-491. Regulations: Home inspectors and home inspector interns. (a) The commissioner, with the advice and assistance of the board, shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to: (1) Establish such qualifications for the licensing of home inspectors as the commissioner finds necessary for the public interest; (2) establish an application process for persons seeking a license as a home inspector; (3) establish continuing education requirements and standards of professional and ethical conduct for home inspectors; (4) publish a code of ethics for home inspectors; and (5) establish such reasonable rules and regulations as the commissioner may deem necessary or desirable to carry out and enforce the provisions of sections 20-490 to 20- 495a, inclusive.
(b) The commissioner, with the advice and assistance of the board, shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to: (1) Establish the requirements for obtaining a permit as a home inspector intern; (2) establish application procedures for persons seeking a permit as a home inspector intern; (3) prescribe rules and standards concerning the supervision of home inspector interns by licensed home inspectors; and (4) adopt such reasonable regulations as the commissioner may deem necessary or desirable to carry out and enforce the provisions of sections 20-490 to 20-495a, inclusive. Such regulations shall require, as a condition of receiving a permit as a home inspector intern, that the applicant enroll in and complete a board-approved training program which may include a home study course.
(c) The commissioner shall establish rules concerning hearings on any matter under the provisions of sections 20-490 to 20-495a, inclusive.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 3, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-491a. Examinations. The board, with the consent of the commissioner, shall prescribe the form and content of examinations to determine the qualifications of persons who apply for licenses to engage in home inspection. The department shall administer such examinations or may contract with a testing service to provide and conduct such examinations at least three times each year.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 4, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-492. License required. Exemptions. (a) No person shall engage in home inspection without a license issued under section 20-492a or subsection (b) of section 20-492b, except that (1) nothing in sections 20-490 to 20-495a, inclusive, or 21a-6 shall be construed to apply to an architect licensed pursuant to the provisions of chapter 390 or a professional engineer licensed pursuant to the provisions of chapter 391, and (2) nothing in sections 20-490 to 20-495a, inclusive, or 21a-6 shall be construed to prevent any of the following persons from acting within the scope of their profession:
(A) Any person employed by this state, any department or agency of this state or any political subdivision of this state, when acting within the scope of such employment;
(B) Any person employed by the United States or any of its departments or agencies;
(C) Any school, public or private, offering as part of a vocational education program courses and training in any aspect of home inspection;
(D) Any person holding a current professional or occupational license or registration issued pursuant to the general statutes, provided such person engages only in that work for which such person is licensed, including, but not limited to, an electrical contractor or plumber licensed pursuant to the provisions of chapter 393, a real estate appraiser certified or licensed pursuant to the provisions of chapter 400g or an insurance adjuster;
(E) Any person holding a current home inspector intern permit who conducts home inspections under the direct supervision and in the presence of a licensed home inspector for the purpose of qualifying for licensure as a home inspector; and
(F) Any person who has taken and successfully completed a board-approved training program, earned a home inspector intern permit and performs home inspections under the direct supervision and in the presence of a licensed home inspector.
(b) Any person seeking a license as a home inspector shall apply to the board, in writing, on forms that the department shall provide stating: (1) Such person's name, residence address and business address; (2) a brief description of such person's qualifications, including the length and nature of such person's experience; and (3) such other information as the department may require by regulations adopted in accordance with section 20-491.
(c) Each application for a home inspector license shall be accompanied by a fee of forty dollars.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 5, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-492a. Issuance of license. Holder to exhibit license, when. License not transferable. Licensee's disclosure requirements. Expiration. Renewal. Register of home inspectors. (a) The department shall issue to each applicant who achieves a passing score on the examination administered by the department pursuant to section 20-491a and who meets the requirements for licensure set forth in subsection (a) of section 20-492b and in regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to section 20-491 a home inspector license indicating that the holder is entitled to engage in home inspection, and the holder of such license shall carry it upon such holder's person while engaging in such work. The licensee shall show such license to any client on request. No license shall be transferred to or used by any person other than the person to whom the license was issued.
(b) Prior to performing a home inspection, each licensee shall inform the client, in writing, that the licensee's work is subject to regulation by the department and that inquiries and complaints concerning the licensee's work may be directed to the department.
(c) All licenses issued under the provisions of this section shall expire biennially and may be renewed upon application and payment to the department of a renewal fee in the amount of two hundred dollars.
(d) The department shall maintain a register containing the names of all persons to whom such licenses are issued which shall be open to public inspection.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 6, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-492b. Qualifications for license. Exemptions. (a) To be eligible for a home inspector license, an applicant shall:
(1) Have successfully completed high school or its equivalent;
(2) Have either: (A) Been engaged as a home inspector intern for not less than one year and performed not less than two hundred home inspections for compensation; or (B) taken and successfully completed a board-approved training program that meets the requirements of regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to section 20-491, earned a home inspector intern permit and performed not less than one hundred home inspections under the direct supervision and in the presence of a licensed home inspector;
(3) Have passed an oral, written or electronic competency examination administered by the department; and
(4) Paid a fee of two hundred dollars.
(b) During the first three hundred sixty-five days following July 1, 2000, the board shall issue to an individual, upon application, a home inspector license, provided the applicant meets the requirements of subdivisions (1) and (4) of subsection (a) of this section and provided further, the individual:
(1) Has been engaged in the practice of home inspections for compensation for not less than two years prior to July 1, 2000; and
(2) Has performed not less than one hundred sixty home inspections for compensation.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 7, 8, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-492c. Licensure of out-of-state licensees. Fee. Upon payment to the department of a fee in the amount of one hundred dollars and the submission of a written application provided by the department, the department shall issue a home inspector license to any person who holds a valid license issued by another state with standards substantially equivalent to or exceeding the standards of this state, as determined by the department.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 9, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-493. Application for home inspector intern permit. Fee. (a) Any person seeking a permit as a home inspector intern shall apply to the board, in writing, on forms that the department shall provide stating: (1) Such person's name and residence address; (2) the name of a licensed home inspector who has agreed to supervise the applicant; and (3) such other information as the department may require by regulations adopted in accordance with section 20-491.
(b) Each application for a home inspector permit shall be accompanied by a fee of twenty dollars. All such fees shall be paid to the department.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 10, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-493a. Issuance of intern permit. Holder to exhibit, when. Permit not transferable. Expiration. Renewal. Register of home inspector interns. (a) The department shall issue to each applicant who meets the eligibility requirements set forth in section 20-493b and the regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to section 20-491 a home inspector intern permit indicating that the holder is entitled to engage in home inspection under the supervision of a licensed home inspector, and the holder of such permit shall carry it upon such holder's person while engaging in such work. Such permit shall state that it must be shown to any properly interested person on request. No permit shall be transferred to or used by any person other than the person to whom the permit was issued.
(b) All permits issued under the provisions of this section shall expire biennially and may be renewed upon application and payment to the department of an application fee in the amount of one hundred dollars.
(c) The department shall keep a register containing the names of all persons to whom such permits are issued which shall be open to public inspection.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 11, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-493b. Home inspector interns: Qualifications for permit; training program; supervision by licensed home inspector. (a) To be eligible for a home inspector intern permit, an applicant shall:
(1) Have successfully completed high school or its equivalent;
(2) Have enrolled in and completed a board-approved training program that meets the requirements of regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to section 20-491;
(3) Have an identified supervisor who (A) is licensed as a home inspector under section 20-492a or subsection (b) of section 20-492b, (B) is in good standing with the state as a home inspector, and (C) has agreed to perform supervisory functions as described in subsection (c) of this section; and
(4) Have paid a fee in the amount of one hundred dollars.
(b) Upon completion of a board-approved training program that meets the requirements of the regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to section 20-491, the home inspector intern may take the home inspector licensure examination administered under section 20-491a. If such intern does not pass such licensure examination, such intern may take up to two additional examinations during the one-year period commencing on the date of the applicant's first examination application. If the applicant does not pass a third examination the applicant may not be examined again until one year after the date of such third examination.
(c) A home inspector intern shall perform functions of a home inspector only under the supervision of a licensed home inspector and in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the commissioner in accordance with the provisions of section 20-491. Such supervision shall be direct supervision for a minimum of the first ten inspections, and then may be indirect for the remaining training period. For the purpose of this section, "direct supervision" means the supervisor shall be present at the site of a home inspection where the home inspector intern is assigned one hundred per cent of the time and such supervisor shall countersign all documents prepared and completed by the home inspector intern.
(d) The licensed home inspector supervising the home inspector intern shall be responsible for all inspections done by the home inspector intern under the licensed home inspector's charge.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 12, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-494. Disciplinary action. Discontinuance, suspension or rescission of disciplinary action. (a) The board may, by majority vote of the entire board and upon a finding of any cause specified in subsection (c) of section 21a-9:
(1) Revoke, suspend or refuse to issue a home inspector license or home inspector intern permit;
(2) Issue a letter of reprimand to a home inspector and send a copy of such letter to a complainant or to a state or local official;
(3) Place a home inspector on probationary status and require the home inspector to report regularly to the board on the matter that is the basis for probation;
(4) Limit the home inspector's practice to areas prescribed by the board; or
(5) Order a home inspector to continue or renew the home inspector's education until the home inspector has attained a satisfactory level of competence in any area that is the basis for probation.
(b) The board may discontinue, suspend or rescind any action taken under subsection (a) of this section.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 13, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-494a. Fines. Civil penalites. (a) Except as otherwise provided in sections 20-490 to 20-495a, inclusive, any person who (1) conducts home inspection without having first obtained the license or permit required by said sections, (2) employs or supplies for employment a person who does not have a license or permit to conduct home inspection, (3) falsely pretends to qualify to conduct home inspection, (4) engages in or practices any of the work for which a license or permit is required by said sections after the expiration of such license or permit, or (5) violates any other provision of said sections, unless the penalty is otherwise specifically prescribed, shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars for each such violation.
(b) The board may, after notice and hearing, impose a civil penalty on any person who (1) engages in or practices the work for which a license or permit is required by sections 20-490 to 20-495a, inclusive, without having first obtained such a license or permit, (2) employs or supplies for employment a person who does not have such a license or permit, (3) falsely pretends to qualify to engage in or practice such work, (4) engages in or practices any of the work for which a license or permit is required by said sections after the expiration of such person's license or permit, or (5) violates any of the provisions of said sections or the regulations adopted pursuant to said sections. Such penalty shall not exceed five thousand dollars for each violation, except that any individual employed as a home inspector intern but improperly registered shall not be penalized for a first offense.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 14, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-495. Hearings. The board may hold hearings on any matter under the provisions of sections 20-490 to 20-495a, inclusive. Such hearings shall be conducted in accordance with the regulations adopted by the commissioner in accordance with section 20-491.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 15, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective
July 1, 2000.

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Sec. 20-495a. Appeals. Any person aggrieved by an order or decision of the board may appeal from such order or decision in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183.
(P.A. 99-254, S. 16, 18.)
History: P.A. 99-254 effective
July 1, 2000.

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Secs. 20-496 to 20-499. Reserved for future use.


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