Home inspectors conduct safety inspections of roofs, electrical systems and other components of residential dwellings. Wisconsin has home-inspection laws to protect the public by requiring a license and other skills to operate as a home inspector. Applicants for a Wisconsin home inspector's license must pass a national exam for home inspectors and a state exam covering Wiscnsin statutes and rules. Applicants may then apply for a home-inspection license with the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing.
Open the "Home Inspectors--Code Book" page on the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing website (see Resources). You must take the Wisconsin Statutes and Rules exam plus the National Home Inspector Examination to register as a home inspector in Wisconsin (see Reference 1). Read through this code book to prepare for the exam on Wisconsin statutes and administrative rules. This exam has an open-book policy. You actually take it online on your own time.
Use the "Application for Home Inspector Examination" to apply for the Wisconsin home inspector's exam. As of 2010, the fee is $75. Make out a check to "DRL." After submitting the application, you will receive registration confirmation and instructions on how to log in to take the exam online. Mail in the application and fee to the following address:
Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing P.O. Box 8935 Madison, WI 53708-8935
Visit the department's online exam page. You must use the Internet Explorer browser to take this exam. Choose the "test launching" option, "gsp" as your instructor and the exam name you received in your application confirmation. Complete the exam and print out the score report.
Use the National Home Inspector Examination reference materials to prepare for this second required exam (see Resources). The Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors (EBPHI) creates this national home-inspector's exam.
Apply for and take the online National Home Inspector Examination with Pearson VUE. Pearson is the exam administrator. As of 2010, the exam fee is $225. You may pay by credit card or electronic check by calling 877-543-5222 or visiting and creating an account at the CATGlobal "National Home Inspector Examination" page (see Resources). CATGlobal works with PearsonVUE to process online exam registrations. Save your exam score report to submit with your application for a Wisconsin home-inspector license.
Access and fill out the "Application for Registration as a Home Inspector" application (see Reference 2). As of 2010, the fee is $75 to obtain credentials as a Wisconsin home inspector. Pay by check or money order, payable to "Department of Regulation and Licensing." Send the application, score report and fee to the same address used to apply for the Wisconsin Statutes and Rules exam.
You may also prepare for the national exam by taking a practice test. As of 2010, the fee is $50, payable by credit card or electronic check. Create an account and purchase the exam through the CATGlobal "National Home Inspector Examination" page (see Resources).
You do not have to meet specific educational requirements to register in Wisconsin. However, you can prepare for your career by choosing a home-inspector school from the EBPHI directory of schools (see Resources).