Substitute Senate Bill No. 1075

Public Act No. 01-116

AN ACT CONCERNING THE LICENSING OF HOME INSPECTORS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 20-492b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) To be eligible for a home inspector license, an applicant shall:

(1) Have successfully completed high school or its equivalent;

(2) Have [either: (A) Been engaged as a home inspector intern for not less than one year and performed not less than two hundred home inspections for compensation; or (B) taken and successfully completed a board-approved training program that meets the requirements of regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to section 20-491,] earned a home inspector intern permit and performed not less than one hundred home inspections under the direct supervision and in the presence of a licensed home inspector;

(3) Have passed an oral, written or electronic competency examination administered by the department; and

(4) Paid a fee of two hundred dollars.

(b) During the first three hundred sixty-five days following July 1, [2000] 2001, the board shall issue to an individual, upon application, a home inspector license, provided the applicant meets the requirements of subdivisions (1), (3) and (4) of subsection (a) of this section and provided further, the individual:

(1) [Has been] Became engaged in the practice of home inspections for compensation [for not less than two years] prior to July 1, 2000; and

(2) Has performed not less than [one hundred sixty] eighty home inspections for compensation prior to July 1, 2001.

Sec. 2. Subsection (a) of section 20-492 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) No person shall engage in home inspection without a license issued under section 20-492a or subsection (b) of section 20-492b, except that (1) nothing in sections 20-490 to 20-495a, inclusive, [or 21a-6] shall be construed to apply to an architect licensed pursuant to the provisions of chapter 390 or a professional engineer licensed pursuant to the provisions of chapter 391, and (2) nothing in sections 20-490 to 20-495a, inclusive, [or 21a-6] shall be construed to prevent any of the following persons from acting within the scope of their profession:

(A) Any person employed by this state, any department or agency of this state or any political subdivision of this state, when acting within the scope of such employment;

(B) Any person employed by the United States or any of its departments or agencies;

(C) Any school, public or private, offering as part of a vocational education program courses and training in any aspect of home inspection;

(D) Any person holding a current professional or occupational license or registration issued pursuant to the general statutes, provided such person engages only in that work for which such person is licensed, including, but not limited to, an electrical contractor or plumber licensed pursuant to the provisions of chapter 393, a real estate appraiser certified or licensed pursuant to the provisions of chapter 400g or an insurance adjuster;

(E) Any person holding a current home inspector intern permit who conducts home inspections under the direct supervision and in the presence of a licensed home inspector for the purpose of qualifying for licensure as a home inspector; and

(F) Any person who has taken and successfully completed a board-approved training program, earned a home inspector intern permit and performs home inspections under the direct supervision and in the presence of a licensed home inspector.

Sec. 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2001.

Approved June 20, 2001