[FONT=Arial]To: All Interested Parties,[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Home Inspectors’/Mold Related Services Licensing Programs has received your comments/suggestions from the May 5, 2010 rules workshop. We greatly appreciate your assistance as we develop the guidelines and policies for licensing and regulation of these new professions. [/FONT][FONT=Arial] [/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]On May 26, 2010, the Governor signed House Bill 713 into law making revisions that will affect the definition of the term “home inspection”, exam requirements, criminal history checks, fees, unlicensed activity, [/FONT][FONT=Arial]and [/FONT][FONT=Arial]Grandfathering in addition to other changes. The licensing staff has [/FONT][FONT=Arial]analyzed[/FONT][FONT=Arial] hundreds of emails in response to the workshop and incorporated relevant changes to the rules. We are now ready to move forward with the approval process. After the department has finalized its approval, the language will be made public as part of the rulemaking process. [/FONT][FONT=Arial] [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]The department staff continues to be impressed with the amount of concern for the public and offers of assistance in dealing with these new areas of licensure. Your participation has greatly helped shape the rules for the professions and will assist in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public. [/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman] [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Again, thank you very much for your participation and support.[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]Rick Morrison, Executive Director
[/FONT][FONT=Arial]Department of Business and Professional Regulation
[/FONT][FONT=Arial]1940 N. Monroe Street
[/FONT][FONT=Arial]Tallahassee[/FONT][FONT=Arial], Florida 32399
[FONT=Times New Roman] 468.8324 Grandfather clause.-
(1) A person who performs home inspection services as
defined in this part may qualify for licensure to be licensed by
**the department as a home inspector if the person submits his or **
her application to the department by March 1, 2011, whether ******
postmarked or delivered by that date, and if the person: meets **
the licensure requirements of this part by July 1, 2010.
(a) Is certified as a home inspector by a state or
national association that requires, for such certification,
successful completion of a proctored examination on home
inspection services and completes at least 14 hours of
verifiable education on such services; or
(b) At the time of application, has at least 3 years of
experience as a home inspector and completes at least 14 hours
of verifiable education on home inspection services. To
establish the 3 years of experience, an applicant must submit at
least 120 home inspection reports prepared by the applicant.
(2) The department may investigate the validity of a home
inspection report submitted under paragraph (1)(b) and, if the
applicant submits a false report, may take disciplinary action
against the applicant under s. 468.832(1)(e) or (g).
(3) An applicant may not qualify for licensure under this
section if he or she has had a home inspector license or a
license in any related field revoked at any time or suspended
within the previous 5 years or has been assessed a fine that
exceeds $500 within the previous 5 years. For purposes of this
subsection, a license in a related field includes, but is not
limited to, licensure in real estate, construction, mold-related
services, or building code administration or inspection.
(4) An applicant for licensure under this section must
comply with the criminal history, good moral character, and
insurance requirements of this part.
You have a year to apply.