Home Inspection Requirements for Wisconsin

Home Inspection Regulated

License Type
Home Inspector

License Renewal Cycle
12/14 of even numbered years

Is Distance Education Allowed

Is Field Training And Experience Required

Experience Required

Is CE Required

CE Hours Required
20 hrs per year/40 per renewal period

Is CE Distance Education Allowed

Is Pre-Licensing Required

Pre-licensing Hours Required

Regulating Body
Department of Regulation and Licensing

Rules And Regulations
Chapter 440.97 subtitle X

Two exams required*

Applicants for a home inspector license must take and pass the 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.
For more information, contact the Department of Regulation and Licensing at –

Phone: (608) 266-2112
Fax: (608) 267-0644 fax