Register January 2023 No. 805
Chapter SPS 131
Subchapter I — General Provisions
Subchapter II — Applications
Application for home inspector registration on or after January 1, 2001.
Reinstatement of license.
Denial of registration.
Subchapter III — Examinations
Subchapter IV — Standards of Practice
Mechanical and structural components included in a home inspection.
Contents of a home inspection report.
Subchapter V — Continuing Education Requirements
Continuing education requirements for registration renewal.
Standards for continuing education training programs.
Certificate of completion, proof of attendance.
Waiver of continuing education requirements.
Ch. SPS 131 Note
Chapter RL 131 was created as an emergency rule effective 11-1-98. Chapter RL 131 was renumbered chapter SPS 131 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671
SPS 131.01 History
Cr. Register, July, 1999, No. 523
, eff. 8-1-99; correction made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671
“Automatic safety controls" means devices designed and installed to protect systems and components from excessively high or low pressure and temperatures, excessive electrical current, loss of water, loss of ignition, fuel leaks, fire, freezing, or other similar unsafe conditions.
“Central air conditioning" means a system which uses ducts to distribute cooling or dehumidified air to more than one room or uses pipes to distribute chilled water to heat exchangers in more than one room, and which is not plugged into an electrical convenience outlet.
“Client" means a person who contracts with a home inspector for the purpose of a home inspection.
“Component" means a readily accessible and observable element of a system, such as a floor or wall.
“Continuing education" means the planned, professional development activities designed to contribute to the advancement, extension, and enhancement of the professional skills or knowledge of a registered home inspector.
“Continuing education credit hour" means a unit of credit for a continuing education training program, where one continuing education credit hour equals 50 minutes of actual instruction in a continuing education training program.
“Continuing education training program" means any course, program or activity meeting the requirements of s. SPS 131.42
and having a clear purpose and objective of maintaining, improving, or expanding the skills and knowledge relevant to the registrant's professional practice.
“Cosmetic" means not required for the proper operation of the essential systems and components of a home.
“Cross connection" means any physical connection or arrangement between potable water and any source of contamination.
“Department" means the department of safety and professional services.
“Describe" means to identify in writing a system or component by type or characteristics.
“Dismantle" means to take apart or remove any component, device, or piece of equipment that is bolted, screwed, or otherwise fastened and which would not be taken apart or removed in the ordinary course of household maintenance.
“Dwelling unit" means a structure or that part of a structure that is used or intended to be used as a home, residence or sleeping place by one person or by 2 or more persons who are maintaining a common household, to the exclusion of all others.
“Functional drainage" means the emptying of a drain in a reasonable amount of time with no sign of overflow when another fixture is drained simultaneously.
“Home inspection" means the process by which a home inspector examines the observable systems and components of improvements to residential real property that are readily accessible.
“Home inspection report" means a written opinion of a home inspector concerning all of the following:
The condition of the improvements to residential real property that contains not more than 4 dwelling units.
The condition of mechanical and structural components of the improvements specified in par. (a)
“Home inspector" means an individual who, for compensation, conducts a home inspection.
“Household appliances" means washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, stoves, ovens, room air conditioners and other similar equipment.
“Inspect" means to examine observable systems and components.
“Material adverse fact" means a condition or occurrence that is generally recognized by a competent home inspector as doing any of the following:
Significantly reducing the functionality or structural integrity of components or systems of the improvements to the property being inspected.
Posing a significant health or safety risk to occupants of the improvements.