Originally Posted By: dlabrake
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I will try to clear up the issue here.
Oklahoma put HI licensing in place July 1, 2003 and had the expected execptions:
Any tradesman licensed in their trade (Elec, HVAC, Plumbing) can inspect those areas, but cannot inspect any other area they are not licensed in.
Also the law exempted Registered Professional Engineers and Licensed Architects.
So the issue is now that the Oklahoma Association of Realtors has introduced a bill to amend our licensing law. Our licensing indicates that anyone inspecting "for a fee" must be licensed, so any vocation that is not licensed cannot perform inspections for a fee (i.e roofers, masons, etc)
The bill being pushed through now has the following statement:
"Any single item inspection requested by a client, whether or not the item to be inspected is specifically included or excluded in the definition of home inspection as defined in Section 858-622 of this title, shall be performed by a professional craftsman whose expertise in the specific area or by persons qualified by education or training to conduct that specific inspection. If a signle-item that has been requested for inspection is an area of expertise that is licensed by the state, then that person conducting the inspection shall be licensed in respect to that particular area."
Basically, anyone can inspect anything as long as they say they are qualified to do so. This eliminates any consumer protection from non-licensed individuals who have no mandated standards to follow. Anyone can do any inspections as long as they are not for a fee. We have a four page position paper that was written in response and we are trying to stop the bill from destroying the credibility of our licenses.
If anyone wants to read the complete information is is posted on www.orcia.org
, under the IMPORTANT INFO tab.