[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
](http://www.myflorida.com/dbpr/os/newsletters/subscribe.html)[/FONT]468.8324 Grandfather clause.-694 (1) A person who performs home inspection services as 695defined in this part may qualify for licensure to be licensed by 696the department as a home inspector if the person submits his or 697her application to the department by March 1, 2011, whether 698postmarked or delivered by that date, and if the person: meets 699the licensure requirements of this part by July 1, 2010.700 (a) Is certified as a home inspector by a state or 701national association that requires, for such certification, 702successful completion of a proctored examination on home 703inspection services and completes at least 14 hours of 704verifiable education on such services; or705 (b) At the time of application, has at least 3 years of 706experience as a home inspector and completes at least 14 hours 707of verifiable education on home inspection services. To 708establish the 3 years of experience, an applicant must submit at 709least 120 home inspection reports prepared by the applicant.710 (2) The department may investigate the validity of a home 711inspection report submitted under paragraph (1)(b) and, if the 712applicant submits a false report, may take disciplinary action 713against the applicant under s. 468.832(1)(e) or (g).714 (3) An applicant may not qualify for licensure under this 715section if he or she has had a home inspector license or a 716license in any related field revoked at any time or suspended 717within the previous 5 years or has been assessed a fine that 718exceeds $500 within the previous 5 years. For purposes of this 719subsection, a license in a related field includes, but is not 720limited to, licensure in real estate, construction, mold-related 721services, or building code administration or inspection.722 (4) An applicant for licensure under this section must 723comply with the criminal history, good moral character, and 724insurance requirements of this part.
What all the hub-bub BUB we have pleanty of time all our questions will be ansewered July 1 2010 apps will be on line.