The renewal of a certification as a dwelling contractor qualifier shall be contingent upon the individual completing at least 12 hours of approved continuing education prior to the expiration of the certification as specified in s. SPS 305.08
and Table 305.06, except as provided in sub. (5)
Continuing education shall be obtained through any of the following means:
Attending seminars, corporate in-house courses, workshops, or professional or technical presentations made at meetings, conventions, or conferences meeting the requirements of sub. (4)
. Attendance may be in person or via remote classroom where a provider is available to participate to comment and answer questions.
Teaching a continuing education program that meets the requirements of sub. (4)
. A person who teaches may only receive credit for the initial offering or presentation of a course or program during a biennium.
Participating in continuing education program that does not meet in person that meets the requirements of sub. (4)
including the completion of interactive short courses or tutorials, delivery of educational programs and courses on CD-ROM or the Internet, webinars, or correspondence courses.
Attending technical or professional society meetings that meet the requirements of sub. (4)
. A maximum of 6 hours per biennial renewal cycle may be counted toward continuing education requirements.
Each certification holder shall retain evidence of compliance with continuing education requirements in accordance with s. SPS 305.08 (2)
Standards for continuing education.
Only courses, programs, meetings, and seminars approved by the department in accordance with s. SPS 305.08
shall be used to fulfill continuing education requirements for renewal of a dwelling contractor qualifier certification. Continuing education shall meet all of the following criteria:
Include instruction in an organized method of learning contributing directly to the professional competency of the certification holder and pertaining to subject matters that integrally relate to the practice of the profession. The instruction shall include amplification, evaluation, examples, and explanation of the course subject matter to the certification holder.
Be conducted by individuals or entities which have specialized education, training, or experience in the subject matter of the program.
Include at least 10 review questions for each credit hour if the continuing education credit is obtained through distance education as specified in sub. (3) (c) 3.
The department may require submittal of the review questions for approval.
Include at least 30 questions for each credit hour if the continuing education course, program, or seminar is predominantly question-and-answer based. A minimum score of 70 percent is required to receive continuing education credit. The department may require submittal of the questions for approval.
Construction safety topics that are directly related to operating a residential construction business.
Marketing and sales topics regarding the provision of accurate and ethical information to the customer.
Carpentry, concrete, swimming pool installation, damp proofing a basement, excavation, insulation work, masonry work, painting and decorating, roofing, siding and gutters, screen or storm sash installation, tile and marble work, or house wrecking.
Energy codes and energy conservation methods applicable to residential structures.
A person who holds a certification as a dwelling contractor qualifier may apply to the department for waiver of the continuing education requirements under sub. (3) (b)
on the grounds of prolonged illness or disability or similar circumstances. Each application for waiver shall be considered individually on its merits by the department.
SPS 305.315 History
: cr. Register August 2007 No. 620
, eff. 9-1-07; CR 11-020
: r. (2) (c) (intro.), 2., renum. (2) (c) 1. to be (2) (c), correction in (2) (a), (b), (3) (a) 2., (b) 1. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., Register December 2011 No. 672
; CR 14-010
: renum. (3) (b) 1., 2. to (3) (b), (5) and am. (b), cr. (3) (c), (d), (4) Register August 2014 No. 704
, eff. 9-1-14; correction in (5) (title) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 2.
, Stats., Register August 2014 No. 704
, eff. 9-1-14; correction in (5) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., Register July 2015 No. 715
SPS 305.32 Manufactured home manufacturers. SPS 305.32(1)(a)(a)
Pursuant to s. 101.95
, Stats., no manufacturer of manufactured homes may manufacture, sell or distribute for sale manufactured homes unless the manufacturer holds a license issued by the department as a licensed manufactured home manufacturer.
A manufactured home manufacturer license shall be required for each manufacturing plant which manufactures homes to be sold or distributed for sale in the state.
Application for license.
A person applying for a manufactured home manufacturer license shall submit all of the following:
Qualifications for license.
The person applying for a manufactured home manufacturer license shall be the owner of the manufacturing business, a partner in the manufacturing business applying on behalf of the partnership, or the chairman of the board or chief executive officer applying on behalf of the manufacturing corporation.
A person who holds a manufactured home manufacturer license shall post the license at the plant which manufactures homes to be sold or distributed for sale in the state.
A person who holds a manufactured home manufacturer license shall comply with the warranty and disclosure responsibilities under s. 101.953
A person may renew his or her manufactured home manufacturer license.
SPS 305.32 History
Cr. Register, October, 1996, No. 490
, eff. 11-1-96; cr. (3m), Register, March, 1998, No. 507
, eff. 4-1-98; am. (1) (a) and (2) (b), Register, April, 2000, No. 532
, eff. 5-1-00; CR 03-075
: am. Register June 2004 No. 582
, eff. 8-1-04; correction in (1) (a) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register February 2006 No. 602
; CR 06-071
: renum. (3m) to be (3m) (a), cr. (3m) (b) Register November 2006 No. 611
, eff. 12-1-06; CR 11-020
: renum. (3m), (4) to be (4), (5), Register December 2011 No. 672
, eff. 1-1-12; correction in (2) (a), (b), (5) (b), as renumbered, made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register December 2011 No. 672
Under s. 101.951 (1)
, Stats., no person may engage in the business of selling manufactured homes to a consumer or to the retail market unless the person holds a license issued by the department as a licensed manufactured home dealer. A branch license shall also be obtained for each branch operated by the licensed manufactured home dealer to sell homes.
Application for license.
A person applying for a manufactured home dealer license shall submit all of the following:
1. `Surety bond.'
A surety bond shall be filed on form SBD-10679 and issued by a bonding company licensed by this state. The surety bond shall be payable for the benefit of any person sustaining a loss because of an act of the licensee constituting grounds for the suspension or revocation of a license under s. 101.951 (6)
2. `Financial statement.'
A financial statement shall be filed on form SBD-10678 or the equivalent in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and be dated not more than 90 days prior to the date of application. A small business, as defined in s. 227.114 (1)
, Stats., that does no interim financial reporting may submit a financial statement from the close of the business's most recent fiscal year. Financial statements anticipating some future event shall not be accepted.
Minimum net worth or bond.
The minimum level of net worth or surety bond of an applicant shall be determined in accordance with Table 305.323-1 for a non-broker or Table 305.323-2 for a broker. The department shall deny the license of any applicant who fails to meet the net worth or surety bond criteria specified in the tables.
- See PDF for table
- See PDF for table
(b) Person applying.
The person applying for a manufactured home dealer license shall be the owner of the business, a partner in the business applying on behalf of a partnership, or the chairperson of the board or chief executive officer applying on behalf of the corporation.
A person who holds a manufactured home dealer license shall post the license at the main business office and shall comply with the trade practices, facilities and records requirements specified in subs. (5)
The use of false, deceptive or misleading advertising or representations by any licensee to induce the purchase of a manufactured home is prohibited.
Any licensee, making a statement of fact to the public in an advertisement, written statement or representation concerning the manufactured home offered for sale, the services provided or any other aspects of business operation, shall, upon request of the department, furnish evidence of the validity and accuracy of the statement of fact at the time it was made.
(c) Disclosures required when advertising price.
When the price of a manufactured home is advertised by a licensee, the advertised price shall include all charges that shall be paid by the retail purchaser to acquire ownership of the advertised home with the exception of sales tax, title registration fees, government required permits, and charges from lenders or other entities.
Advertisements for manufactured home sales shall include the licensed business name.
(e) New or used.
When advertising a manufactured home, a licensee shall state the model year of the home or whether the home is a new manufactured home or a used manufactured home. If the manufactured homes in an advertisement are either all new or all used, one reference in the advertisement designating that they are new or used is sufficient.
(f) Expiration terms of sales or promotions.
Whenever a sale or promotion offering gifts, merchandise, equipment, accessories, service, discounts, price reductions or cash is advertised, the advertisement shall specifically disclose the expiration terms or date of the sale or promotion.
Whenever a licensee advertises a manufactured home on a rental lot site that may have to be moved as a condition of the sale, that fact shall be stated in the advertisement.
SPS 305.323 Note
See Department of Agricultural, Trade and Consumer Protection rules under section ATCP 125.02
regarding tie-in sales; separate or discriminatory charges.
A licensee shall furnish retail purchasers with a manufactured home purchase contract that clearly states that the retail purchaser is making an offer to purchase a manufactured home. An exact copy of the purchase contract shall be provided to the retail purchaser at the time the retail purchaser signs the offer and again after the offer is accepted by the manufactured home dealer if accepted at a different time than accepted by the retail purchaser. Any changes in the purchase contract after signing by the retail purchaser or subsequent to acceptance by the manufactured home dealer shall be initialed by all the parties on all copies.
A manufactured home purchase contract shall be executed whenever the licensee accepts a down payment, deposit, or title for a trade-in unit from a prospective retail purchaser.
(b) Contract requirements.
A manufactured home purchase contract shall be completed on form SBD-10807.
Unless otherwise specified in the contract, the offer to purchase is automatically voided if the licensee fails to accept or reject the offer by the close of the manufactured home dealer's next business day.
The licensee shall not sell the manufactured home to any other person until the offer is rejected by the licensee or the offer is voided in accordance with this subsection, or the retail purchaser cancels the contract in accordance with par. (d)
Any down payment, deposit or title shall be returned to the prospective retail purchaser within 2 working hours of the time the offer to purchase is rejected by the licensee. If the prospective retail purchaser is not present or available during the 2 hour period, those items shall be returned in person or mailed by the close of the manufactured home dealer's next business day.
The purchase contract shall clearly state that cancellation of a manufactured home contract within one business day of acceptance by a manufactured home dealer may subject the retail purchaser to a penalty of up to 1% of the cash price of the manufactured home and that cancellation after the close of the next business day may subject the retail purchaser to a penalty not to exceed the penalty amount specified in the contract. Modification of the purchase contract shall not extend the cancellation period. Documented proof of notification of cancellation is required regardless of the method of notification.
The title and any down payment or deposit which is not retained by the manufactured home dealer as a penalty in accordance with subd. 1.
shall be returned to the retail purchaser by the close of the manufactured home dealer's next business day following receipt of the retail purchaser's notice of cancellation.
Whenever a manufactured home is sold away from the licensed place of business, the manufactured home dealer shall furnish the customer with a written notice of the 3-day consumer cancellation rights in accordance with s. 423.202
(e) Price changes.
Any increase in price to a retail purchaser after the manufactured home dealer has accepted an offer is prohibited except when the price increase is due to any of the following:
The reappraisal of a trade-in unit that has suffered damage or is missing furnishings, appliances or accessories that were part of the trade-in unit at the time the purchase contract was executed. Reappraisal by the licensee shall be limited to an amount equal to the retail repair costs of the damage incurred, or to the value of furnishings, appliances or accessories removed.
The purchase contract shall include information regarding possible price increases due to any of the items in par. (e) 1.
(h) Name of prior owner.
The purchase contract shall include the name and address of the current titled owner if the manufactured home is consigned to or listed by the licensee. The name and address of the previous owner shall be kept on file at the manufactured home dealer's main business office if the manufactured home is owned and offered for sale by the licensee.