When were home inspectors first required to be licensed in Florida?
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Although Florida passed the home inspector bill SB-2234 in 2007, it did not take effect until July 1st, 2010. The national home inspection associations howled in disapproval, citing dubious reasons why it would not benefit the citizens of the state. After it was law, the ASHI Reporter magazine grumbled in the August, 2010, issue that "Florida ASHI members and their leaders have been beating back bad bills for years, but this year they were up against overwhelming forces. The good guys don’t always win.” Ultimately, though, the national associations accepted their loss of clout as the only certifiers of home inspector competence.
The licensing requirements include:
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- Be of good moral characer.
- Complete a course that meets the standards, and approved by, Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
- Passing a state license test.
- Maintaining a general liability policy for not less than $300,000.
A “grandfather” clause was included to allow an initial brief window for existing home inspectors to qualify for licensing without the required course work and testing. Also, all inspectors must take continuing education courses approved by DBPR at each two-year license renewal cycle.
Also, see our blog posts Are there any minimum inspection standards that a Florida licensed home inspector must meet? and Can a Florida licensed contractor do home inspections without having a home inspector license?
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