Wisconsin – Home Inspection State Regulations

Regulating Body:

Department of Safety and Professional Services

Phone: (608) 266-2112

Fax: (608) 267-0644 fax

Email: dsps@wisconsin.gov

Address: 1400 East Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53703

Website:  https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Professions/HomeInspector/Default.aspx

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

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

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.

Application and Licensing: State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services