Originally Posted By: bmerrell
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Acording to the NYS, Dept. of State, Division of Licensing Services, Application are still being created. This includes applications for Home Inspectors wishing to be grandfathered, New Inspectors, Schools that wish to teach Home Inspection and Teachers of Licensing Inspection Courses.
The law does does interfere with pre-existing Continuing Education courses for Real Estate Continuing Education and Appraisal Education as well as C/E Approved on Line courses in Home Inspection and Construction Topics. To dates none of these courses have been considered in the new law. The Draft time frame has expired, and it is expected to be implemented sometime within the next 90 days.
There is one item of benefit, which started last week. Those who desire an application can be placed on a list with the Department of State by calling 518-474-4429 (NYS, Dept of State Customer Assistance Line) To verify if a school is or is not approved to teach Licensing for Home Inspectors (which to date as of 10-6-05 None have been approved by the NEW Licensing Law for Home Inspectors) the state will also provide a listing of approved schools with the application, once approved by NY State, Dept. of State, and then printed and distributed.
There is a bill still in committee which will allow for an extension of the law, which many individuals believe is a prudent move. The bill would allow for a 9 month extension. It is still in Judiciary and has no state senate sponsor, so passage of the bill is a long shot.
The Governor or the Secretary of State is the only one now capable of extending the law if the legislature does not act.
Good luck to the NY State Inspectors who have been patient. The state promised an application by June, then September, now October. It will effect each and every inspector. Especially those who are unsure of their ability to be grandfathered of those attempting to take courses in Inspecting when the state has clearly stated that Licensing Courses are still being formulated, and therefore no approvals have been granted.
Hopefully courses which meet the 140 hour guidelines, with sufficient time in each area and comprehensive exams (which normally NYS must pre-approve) may receive equivalency credit. rare but it may occur. This is a similar situation which occurred with other vocations in NY State.
Vocational Schools approved by the NYS Department of Education are a separate entity than schools approved to conduct Licensing and Continuing Education Programs within the guidelines of NYS, Dept. of State. This can be verified, again by calling 518-474-4429.
The education # at 518-486-3803 is to be used only to verify an education course, program or to receive information on offering courses. It is not the general number which was published on a previous post.
The Long Island Chapter, headed by Len Ungar will offer a seminar once the applications are made available. To date we have asked that a representative of the NYS, Dept. of State be available to help with the application for those who wish to apply under the "grandfathered" clause. There are 2- 1 will require passage of a State exam which has not yet been scheduled and the 2nd will not require a state exam.
More to follow once the license is available.
Questions can be directed to Len Ungar at:
email@example.com and on the chapter web site at