Home Inspectors Licensing Program
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is responsible for licensing and regulating home inspectors. The Department’s Bureau of Central Intake and Licensure processes applications for licensure and refers complex applications to the home inspectors licensing office for final review. The Division of Regulation is responsible for complaint analysis and investigations, and the Office of the General Counsel provides prosecutorial services for disciplinary cases. The Department engages in rulemaking to implement the provisions set forth in its statutes and conducts other general business, as necessary.
Important Information (Hot Topics)
There will be a FEE HOLIDAY for home inspectors who are renewing their license (active or inactive) in the 2014 renewal cycle. This means that home inspectors will only need to pay a $5.00 unlicensed activity fee in order to renew their license for the next two years. The fee must be paid before July 31, 2014 when the renewal period ends to avoid other fees. Licensees must complete the required continuing education. All licensees will be sent a renewal application which can be returned to the department with the $5.00 unlicensed activity fee or renew online through their individual account.
Please contact the department at 850.487.1395 if you have any questions, problems renewing or logging into your account.
Continuing Education Update
It is not necessary for Home Inspectors to take any continuing education credits (CE) to renew their licenses for the initial renewal cycle.
The Initial wind mitigation courses approved by the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) are listed on the Department website at www.myfloridalicense.com/
dbpr/servop/testing/documents/hur_mit_ce_prov.pdf. This initial course can also be counted as general continuing education credits for home inspectors for the 2012 – 2014 renewal cycle if it is taken after August 1, 2012. The course may meet the home inspectors wind mitigation course credit if the provider of the course is an approved home inspector provider. Two (2) hour wind mitigation courses that meet CE requirements for home inspectors can be found at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/servop/testing/
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is responsible for the oversight of home inspectors. There is no professional board.
A breakdown of application and licensure fees is provided with application packets.
The Bureau of Education and Testing is responsible for examination development, administration, review and grades. You can also visit their Examination information for Home Inspectors page.
Information for Licensees
Biennial License Renewal Fee
Home Inspector = $105
The fee above include a $5 unlicensed activity fee.
Continuing Education Requirement
14 hours board-approved continuing education is required each biennium prior to the renewal period.
Continuing Education Information
The Bureau of Education and Testing is responsible for the management of continuing education providers and courses. Below are shortcuts to their continuing education pages.
Continuing education main page
Continuing education policy
List of continuing education providers and courses, and hours required
Reporting requirement for criminal convictions
As of October 1, 2009, Section 455.227(1)(t), Florida Statutes requires all professional licensees to report to the department within 30 days of being convicted or found guilty of, or having plead nolo contendere or guilty to a crime in any jurisdiction. The statute also requires the reporting of any convictions that occurred prior to October 1, 2009. A licensee who fails to report that information may be subject to disciplinary action, including fines, suspension or license revocation. To report this information, complete the criminal self-reporting document and mail it to the department.
Federal Lead-Based Paint Abatement Program
The United States Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for administering the lead based paint abatement program. Beginning in April 2010, anyone performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. You can visit www.epa.gov/opptintr/lead/pubs/traincert.htm for information on certification requirements and training programs.
Information for Continuing Education Providers
The Division of Regulation is responsible for enforcement of professions and related businesses licensed by DBPR under the Division of Professions to ensure that the laws, rules and standards set by the legislature are followed. To file a complaint visit MyFloridaLicense.com.
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