Regulating Body

Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services

Phone: (608) 266-2112

Fax: (608) 251-3036

Email: dsps@wisconsin.gov

Address: P.O. Box 8935 Madison, WI 53703

Quick Wisconsin Facts

  • Home inspection is regulated
  • License renewal cycle: 12/14 of even numbered years
  • Distance education is not allowed
  • CE distance education is allowed
  • License type(s): home inspector


  • CE
    • 20 hrs per year/40 per renewal period

Not Required

  • Field and Training Experience
  • Pre-Licensing

Statute/Code: Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations ch. 440. § 973

Rule/Regulation: SPS 131.21

Exam: National Home Inspector Examination and an exam on the Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Rules that relate to home inspectors

Application and Licensing: Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services

Wisconsin Home Inspection Training

Wisconsin Certification (Chapter 440.97) enacted in 1998. Under Wisconsin’s law, home inspectors must register with the State and pass an examination approved by the Department of Regulation and Licensing. The law instructs the Department to consider the use of an examination modeled after the National Home Inspector Examination . The law also requires that a home inspector perform a “reasonably competent and diligent” inspection; however, the inspection is not required to be technically exhaustive. Home inspectors are prohibited from limiting their liability from damages resulting in a failure to conduct a “reasonably competent and diligent” inspection. Also, inspectors are prohibited from performing repairs, maintenance, or improvements to a structure that they have inspected within the last two years.


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