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With over 17 years of experience preparing candidates for the contractor exams for the trade and Business, Law and Management, Contractor School Online (CSO) is your primary resource to help you pass your State Contractor License Exam! We offer online practice tests, study materials, books, CD-ROMs, crash courses and more depending on the state and trade.

To become a certified contractor you must pass a Business and Law exam in many states and, depending on the classification you need, you may need to pass a trade exam as well. If you are unsure what your classification requires, please use our Information Request Form.

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S&B – Safety and Building

BCR – Building Construction Registration

Cities and Counties Construction

Most Candidates must take the Business, Law and Management Examination. Contractor School Online will assist you with study materials regarding testing for State, Cities or Counties Exams.

Reciprocal Agreements -Wisconsin State does not have reciprocity with other states at this time.  State may change this in the future.

Most Residential Builders must have a Wisconsin State Credential. Electricians, Plumbers and some Specialty Trades must have a Wisconsin State Credential.

Asbestos Abatement Certification

With a few exceptions, you need to be certified to work on asbestos abatement in Wisconsin. To apply for certification, contact:

The Asbestos Unit Bureau
Room 137, 1 West Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53701
(608) 261-6876

The Bureau issues the following types of certificates:

Worker

Project Designer

Supervisor

Roofing Worker

Inspector

Roofing Supervisor

Management Planner

To qualify for a certificate you must complete a training course and pass a closed book, multiple choice exams. Here's a summary showing each type of certificate, the length of its training course, number of questions on its examination.   

Wisconsin State, Counties and Cities may change amount of questions and fees in the future.

Summary showing each type of certificate, the length of its training course, number of questions on its exam, and the fee you pay for the certificate:

Worker  
Length of training: 32 hour course
Number of exam questions: 50 

Supervisor  
Length of training: 40 hour course 
Number of exam questions: 100  

Inspector  
Length of training: 24 hour course 
Number of exam questions: 50  

Project Designer  
Length of training: 24 hour course 
Number of exam questions: 100  

Management Planner  
Length of training: 24 hour asbestos inspector course, 16 hour asbestos management planner course 
Number of exam questions: 50  

Roofing Worker  
Length of training: 8 hour course 
Number of exam questions: 35  

Roofing Supervisor  
Length of training: 8 hour roofing worker course plus 8 hour roofing supervisor course 
Number of exam questions: 50  

If you have a valid certificate in another state and you have your certificate by completing an EPA-Accredited Training Course or a course equal to Wisconsin's, you can petition the Bureau to be certified in Wisconsin. You won't have to repeat the training or work experience the Bureau requires. However, you may have to pass a Wisconsin Exam and pay the certification fee. A certificate is good for one year.

Lead Abatement Certification

With a few exceptions, you need to be certified to work on lead abatement in Wisconsin. To apply for certification, contact:

The Lead Unit Bureau
Room 137, 1 West Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53701
(608) 261-6876

The Bureau issues the following types of certificates:

Worker

Risk Assessor

Supervisor

Project Designer

Inspector

To qualify for a certificate you must complete a training course and pass a closed book exam. You have to have taken the training within 24 months or less from when you apply for a certificate. If more than 24 months have elapsed, you'll have to take a refresher course before you can get certified. If you took your training in another state, you may possibly obtain it approved by Wisconsin.

There are also some special requirements for Supervisor, Project Designer, and Risk Assessor Certificates. If you want to obtain a Supervisor Certificate you'll have to complete one of the following:

  • one year of experience as a certified lead abatement worker
  • two years of work experience in a related field such as asbestos, environmental remediation, or construction

Project Designer Certificate  you'll have to complete one of the following:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Architecture, or a related profession and one year of experience in building construction and design or a related field.
  • Four years of work experience in building construction and design or a related field.

Risk Assessor Certificate  you'll have to complete one of the following:

  • Bachelor's Degree and one year of experience in building construction and design or a related field.
  • Associate's Degree and two years of experience in building construction and design or a related field.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent and three years of experience in building construction and design or a related field.
  • Hold a professional certification as an Industrial Hygienist, Professional Engineer, Registered Architect, Safety Professional, or Environmental Scientist. The certificate is good for one year.

If a business is not doing work under one of the following codes, it doesn't need a construction contractor credential: “Construction Business” means a trade that constructs, installs, or alters any element, component, material or device within or serving a building or structure where the element, component, material or device is regulated under one of the following codes: 
SPS 316 - Electrical
SPS 320 to 325 - Uniform Dwelling
SPS 328 - Smoke Detectors
SPS 333 - Passenger Ropeways
SPS 334 - Amusement Rides
SPS 340 - Gas Systems
SPS 341 - Boilers and Pressure Vessels
SPS 343 - Anhydrous Ammonia
SPS 345 - Mechanical Refrigeration
SPS 360 to 366 - Commercial Buildings (including interior wall coverings)
SPS 381 to 384 - Plumbing
SPS 390 - Public Swimming Pools and Water Attractions
SPS 391 - Sanitation

”Construction Business” does not include any of the following: design of a building or structure; delivery of building supplies or materials; manufacture of a building product off the building site; non-profit volunteer programs; painters (unless applying a specialized surface); landscapers (unless doing work under soil erosion code language); demolition.

Businesses which already hold one of these S&B contractor credentials do not need to obtain the BCR for any reason.

A business does not need the BCR IF the business has one of these contractor credentials: 
Dwelling Contractor - Dwelling Contractor– Restricted; 
Electrical Contractor - Electrical Contractor– Restricted; 
Elevator Contractor 
HVAC Contractor
Manufactured Home Manufacturer - Manufactured Home Dealer - Manufactured Home Installer 
Retail Gas Supplier - Retail Gas Supplier - Restricted

A business does not need the BCR IF the business (person, entity, employee) works only on real estate or property that the business owns or leases.

S&B Certifications, Registrations, and Licenses

Automatic Fire Sprinkler Contractor License

Who should have this credential? A person licensed as an Automatic Fire Sprinkler Contractor may oversee and be responsible for any work on an automatic fire sprinkler system. Other sprinkler categories may do differing activities regarding sprinkler systems, but they need to work under “Supervision” of a Fire Sprinkler Contractor or a Contractor-Maintenance.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? A Sprinkler Contractor can do physical installation, repair, testing, and maintenance work, and can oversee the work of others holding Sprinkler Credentials.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam. A person applying for the exam should show 1000 hours experience for three years as a licensed, or have a Civil or Mechanical Engineering Degree or other sprinkler-related curriculum, or show 1000 hours experience for seven years in sprinkler design or installation (can substitute three years full-time schooling for experience), or hold Level III Certification in Sprinkler Layout from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies.

How does someone apply for the exam? A person applying to take a Sprinkler Contractor License Exam shall submit an application.

What will be on the exam? Open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

What is the term of the credential? The license expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30 after obtaining the license. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

S&B programs related to the credential. Commercial Buildings, Plumbing, and One-and Two-Family Dwellings.

Automatic Fire Sprinkler Contractor-Maintenance Registration

Who should have this credential? A person who holds a registration as an Automatic Fire Sprinkler Contractor-Maintenance shall perform or oversee installations, repair, testing and maintenance of existing automatic fire sprinkler systems of no more than 15 sprinklers per project, only within the facilities or properties of the business establishment where the person is employed.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? Contractor Maintenance, has project size limitations and can work only in facilities of their employer.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam. To take the exam, a person should have completed an Automatic Fire Sprinkler System Apprenticeship.

How does someone apply for the exam? A person applying to take a Sprinkler Contractor Maintenance Registration Exam shall submit a completed application.

What will be on the exam? The open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

What is the term of the credential? The registration expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30 after obtaining the registration. The first registration fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

S&B programs related to the credential. Fire Protection Systems, Commercial Buildings, Plumbing and One-and-Two-Family Dwellings.

Automatic Fire Sprinkler Fitter - Maintenance Registration

Who should have this credential? A person who holds a registration as an Automatic Fire Sprinkler Fitter-Maintenance may perform installations, repair, testing, and maintenance of existing automatic fire sprinkler systems of no more than 15 sprinklers per project, only within the facilities or properties of the business establishment where the person is employed, under the “General Supervision” of a Fire Sprinkler Contractor or a Contractor-Maintenance.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? A Fitter-Maintenance may perform limited installations, repair, testing and maintenance of existing automatic fire sprinkler systems, within the facilities of one employer, under “Supervision” of a Fire Sprinkler Contractor or a Contractor-Maintenance.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Submit an application.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying for a Sprinkler Fitter-Maintenance Registration shall submit a completed application.

What is the term of the credential? The registration expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

S&B programs related to the credential. Fire Protection Systems, Commercial Buildings Plumbing, and One-and-Two-Family Dwellings.

Automatic Fire Sprinkler System Tester Registration

Who should have this credential? A person who is a registered Automatic Fire Sprinkler System Tester may conduct the annual activities relative to inspection and testing of an existing automatic fire sprinkler system and components as required by SPS 314, Fire Prevention.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? A tester is limited to testing and may not install, repair, or maintain sprinkler systems.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam.

How does someone apply for the exam? A person applying for a Sprinkler Tester Registration shall submit a completed application.

What is the term of the credential? Four years from date of issuance.

What will be on the exam? Open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holder approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential. Fire Protection Systems, Commercial Buildings, Plumbing, One-and-Two-Family Dwellings.

Beginning Electrician Certification

Who should have this credential? A Certified Beginning Electrician may perform electrical construction work in a municipality which allows this type of credential to perform electrical work. Wisconsin has a statewide voluntary certification of electricians in various classes. Contractor, Contractor-Restricted, Master, Journeyman, Beginning Electrician recognizing their knowledge and abilities, whether an Electrician Credential is required and what category of credential is needed is determined by individual municipalities.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? The work that can be done by people holding the various Electrical Credentials in Wisconsin - Electrical Contractor, Contractor-Restricted, Master, Journeyman, and Beginning - is defined on a local level. There are state code qualifications for obtaining the different Electrical Credentials, but other than requiring an Electrical Contractor to be or employee a Master Electrician, the duties of the different electricians are not defined.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? There are no prerequisites.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person may submit a completed application.

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30. The first certification fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holder approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential. Electrical, Commercial Buildings UDC

Blaster Classes 1-7 Licenses

Who should have this credential? A person holds one of the seven classes of Blasters Licenses may prepare explosive charges or conduct blasting operations in Wisconsin. The variations of activities are listed here according to each category.

Class 1: A person, who either holds a license as a licensed Class 1 Blaster or is under the “Direct Supervision” of a person who holds a license as a licensed Class 1 Blaster, may conduct blasting operations and activities not closer than 500 feet to an inhabited building for stumps, boulders, ice, frost, concrete, footings, foundations, pole settings, drainage ditches, beaver dams, pot holes, seismic tests, boiler tubes, fertilizer piles, silos, dimension stone, well shooting, metal forms, black powder, or coal piles.

Class2: A person, who either holds a license as a licensed Class 2 Blaster or is under the “Direct Supervision” of a person who holds a license as a licensed Class 2 Blaster, may conduct blasting operations and activities for stumps, boulders, ice, frost, concrete, footings, foundations, pole settings, drainage ditches, beaver dams, pot holes, seismic tests, boiler tubes, fertilizer piles, silos, dimension stone, well shooting, metal forms, black powder or coal piles.

Class 3: A person, who either holds a license as a licensed Class 3 Blaster or is under the “Direct Supervision” of a person who holds a license as a licensed Class 3 Blaster, may conduct blasting operations and activities for underground mining, underground construction or tunnels.

Class 4: A person, who either holds a license as a licensed Class 4 Blaster or is under the “Direct Supervision” of a person who holds a license as a licensed Class 4 Blaster, may conduct blasting operation and activities not closer than 2500 feet to an inhabited building for quarries, open pits, road cuts, trenches, site excavations, basements, underwater demolition or underground excavations.

Class 5: A person, who either holds a license as a licensed Class 5 Blaster or is under the direct supervision of a person who holds a license as a licensed Class 5 Blaster, may conduct blasting operations and activities 2500 feet and closer to an inhabited building for quarries, open pits and road cuts.

Class 6: A person, who either holds a license as a licensed Class 6 Blaster or is under the “Direct Supervision” of a person who holds a license as a licensed Class 6 Blaster, may conduct blasting operations and activities 2500 feet and closer to an inhabited building for trenches, site excavations, basements, underwater demolition, underground excavations or structures 15 feet or less in height.

Class 7: A person, who either holds a license as a licensed Class 7 Blaster or is under the “Direct Supervision” of a person who holds a license as a licensed Class 7 Blaster, may conduct blasting operations and activities for structures greater than 15 feet in height, bridges, towers or any of the objects or purposes specified under classes 1 to 6.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam. Applicants must be b 21 years old and must submit proof of 640 hours experience under the supervision of a blaster who holds the class of license the applicant wishes to take the exam for.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a Blaster License Exam shall submit an application, and S&B will do a criminal history check with the State Department of Justice. Upon successful passage of the exam, an applicant will receive a letter asking them to submit the four-year license fee.

What is the term of the credential? Four years from date of issuance.

What will be on the exams? Open book exams have true/false and multiple choice questions, about explosives and fireworks.

How will the credential be renewed? A letter will be sent to the credential holder approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential. Explosive Fireworks, Mines, Pits, and Quarries.

Boiler Repairer

The Safety and Building Division no longer administers boiler repairer registrations. Boiler repairs and alterations should be completed in accordance with ANSI/NB-23, the National Board Inspection Code. The work must be done by an organization with a valid National Board "R" Certificate of authorization.

Boiler-Pressure Vessel Inspector Certification

Who should have this credential? A person may inspect, as required under SPS 341, Boiler Code, a Boiler or Pressure Vessel, or submit an inspection report to the department, if the person holds a certification issued by the department as a: (a) Certified Boiler-Pressure Vessel Inspector; or (b) Certified in Service Field Inspector working under the “General Supervision” of a Certified Boiler-Pressure Vessel Inspector who has assumed responsibility for the inspection or the report.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? A Certified Boiler-Pressure Vessel Inspector may do the inspection defined above or may supervise a Certified In-Service Field Inspector.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? A person applying for a Boiler-Pressure Vessel Inspector Certification shall have: 1. Passed the Competency Examination, by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors; and either a Engineering Degree from an accredited college or university and at least 1,000 hours in one year of experience in the design, construction, operation, or inspection of boilers or pressure vessels; or an Associate Degree in Mechanical Technology from an accredited college or school and at least 1,000 hours per year for at least two years of experience in the design, construction, operation or inspection of boilers or pressure vessels; or 2. At least 1,000 hours per year for at least three years of experience in the design, construction, operation, or inspection of boilers or pressure vessels.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying for a Boiler-Pressure Vessel Inspector Certification shall submit a completed application.

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on December 31. The initial term shall be until the third following December 31. The first certification fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holder approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

Building Contractor Registration

Who should have this credential? No person or entity may engage in a construction business or offer to engage in a construction business that affects public buildings, places of employment, One-and-Two-Family Dwellings, public swimming pools and water attractions, unless the person or entity holds a registration issued by the State Department as a Registered Building Contractor. 

How does the credential vary from others in the field? You do not need to register as a Building Contractor, if you already have one of the following credentials: Dwelling Contractor Certification, Dwelling Contractor – Restricted Certification, Manufactured Home Manufacturer License, Manufactured Home Dealer License, Manufactured Home Installer License, Electrical Contractor Certification, Electrical Contractor–Restricted Certification, HVAC Contractor Registration, or an Elevator Contractor License. A person or entity that works only on real estate or property they own or lease also does not need to register as a Building Contractor. However, you must have a Dwelling Contractor or Dwelling Contractor Qualifier License to pull building permits.

What are the responsibilities of this credential? A person or entity that holds a Building Contractor Registration shall do all of the following: Include their registration number on all construction bids and contracts; Not contract with another person or entity to engage in construction business activities unless the person or entity holds a credential under sub.

(1) (a) or (b)1. Not commence a construction business activity until a permit is issued for the construction for any project that requires a Uniform Building Permit under SPS 320.08. Not commence a construction business activity until a permit is issued for the construction for any project that requires a Municipal Building Permit involving a public building, a place of employment or a One-or-Two-Family Dwelling. Not commence a construction business activity until plan approval has been obtained as required under SPS 361.30, 382.20, 383.22, or 390.04.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? The person applying for a Building Contractor Registration shall be the owner of the construction business, a Partner in the construction business applying on behalf of a Partnership, or the Chairman of the Board or Chief Executive Officer applying on behalf of the construction corporation.

How does someone apply for the credential?
 A person applying for a Building Contractor Registration shall submit a completed application. 


What is the term of the credential?
 Four years

Is there a continuing education requirement? No.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holder approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential. Building Contractor

Commercial Building Inspector Certification

Who should have this credential? A person who holds a Department Certification as a Certified Commercial Building Inspector may conduct inspections of public buildings and places of employment for the purpose of administering and enforcing SPS 360 to 366, Commercial Building Code, and SPS 375 to 379, buildings constructed prior to 1914. This certification is mandatory for certified municipalities' staff per SPS 361.60. Mandatory for In-Plant Inspection Manufactured Dwellings per SPS 361.41(2).

How does the credential vary from others in the field? There are a number of different inspector credentials administered by the Safety and Buildings Division. The Commercial Building Inspector's responsibilities are defined in the paragraph above.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam.

Or , the exam is not necessary if a person holds a certificate issued by the International Code Council as one of the following: Commercial Combination Inspector, Building Inspector, Combination Plans Examiner, Commercial Building Inspector and Commercial Mechanical Inspector, Building Plans Examiner and Mechanical Plans Examiner; or a person holds a registration under chapter 443 stats, as an Architect or Engineer.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a Commercial Building Inspector Certification Exam shall submit an application, Or a person may submit a completed application.   

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30. The first certification fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? The open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. The continuing education period ends three months (March 30) before the expiration of the certification. There is no continuing education requirement for the first renewal after passing the exam. There is an education requirement if the credential is obtained without examination, i.e., being waived through because of an ICC Credential or being an Architect or Engineer.

Renewals after the first renewal after passing the exam for Commercial Building Inspector Certification are contingent upon obtaining at least 24 hours of acceptable continuing education within the four-year credential term.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A non-renewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by March 30 of the year their credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Commercial Buildings and Fire Protection Systems.

Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification

Who should have this credential? A person may conduct the inspection of electrical installations in public buildings and places of employment for the purpose of administering and enforcing SPS 316, Electrical Code, if the person holds a Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? There are a number of different Inspector Credentials. The Commercial Electrical Inspector's responsibilities are defined in the paragraph above.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? A person applying to take a Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification Exam shall have: (a) 1. At least 1,000 hours per year for at least six years of experience in electrical work that relative to the experience required under subd.1, each full-time semester spent in a school of Electrical Engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program shall be considered equivalent to 500 hours of experience, with no more than 3,000 hours and three years of experience through education being credited toward the required experience; or

(b) At least 1,000 hours per year for at least three years of experience in electrical work and has an Electrical Engineering Degree from an accredited college or university; or

(c) At least 1,000 hours per year for at least three years of experience in electrical work and holds a registration or certification under ch. 443, stats., as a Registered Professional Engineer, a Registered Architect or a Certified Designer of Electrical Systems.

(d) Or, a person may apply for a Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification they provide: 1. Evidence that the person holds a Master Electrician Certification issued under SPS 305.43; 2. Evidence that the person holds a certification issued by the International Code Council as either an Electrical Inspector or a Commercial Electrical Inspector, or 3. Evidence that the person holds a certification issued under the International Association of Electrical Inspectors/National Fire Protection Association Certification program as a Certified Electrical Inspector−Master.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification Exam shall submit a completed application.

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30. The first certification fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? Open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. The continuing education period ends three months (March 30) before the expiration of the certification. There is no continuing education requirement for first renewal after passing the exam. There is an education requirement if the credential is obtained without examination, i.e. being waived through as a Master Electrician. Renewals of Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification after the initial term are contingent upon obtaining at least 24 hours of acceptable continuing education within the time period specified.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A nonrenewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by March 30 of the year the credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Electrical and Commercial Buildings.

Commercial Plumbing Inspector Certification

Who should have this credential? A city of the first, second, or third class shall appoint one or more supervisors who shall supervise the installation, alteration and repair of plumbing within its jurisdiction in accordance with one of the following approaches:

1. The city shall utilize at least one supervisor to oversee all plumbing inspections and all plumbing plan reviews who shall hold a certification as a Commercial Plumbing Inspector issued under this section and who shall hold a license as a Master Plumber or a Licensed Journeyman Plumber.

2. The city shall utilize at least one individual to conduct all plumbing inspections and all plumbing plan reviews who shall hold a certification as a Commercial Plumbing Inspector issued under this section and who shall hold a Master Plumber License or a Journeyman Plumber License. (This option does not prevent the employment of individuals to organizationally supervise the plumbing inspectors and plumbing plan reviewers. In such cases, where the individuals are providing administrative supervision, the supervisors are not required to be certified as Commercial Plumbing Inspectors or to be Licensed Plumbers.)

How does the credential vary from others in the field? There are a number of different inspector credentials. The Commercial Plumbing Inspector's responsibilities are defined in the paragraph above. A Commercial Plumbing Inspector may do plumbing inspections and plan review for all plumbing within their jurisdiction, while a Uniform Dwelling Code Inspector may only conduct plumbing inspections and plan reviews for SPS 325, Uniform Dwelling Code.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam, or without exam by holding a Master or Journeyman Plumbing License.

How does someone apply for the exam? A person applying to take a Commercial Plumbing Inspector Exam shall submit a completed application, evidence of meeting special conditions noted above (if appropriate.) 

What will be on the exam? Open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the fourth following June 30. The first certification fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is fourth years.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the first renewal after passing the exam. There is an education requirement for the initial term if the credential is obtained without exam, i.e. being waived through as a Master or Journeyman Plumber, or as a UDC Inspector. To renew after the initial term, at least 24 hours of acceptable continuing education is needed by March 30 of the year the credential expires.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A nonrenewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by March 30 of the year the credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Plumbing and POWTS.

Plumbing Work Exceptions

Except as provided under s.145.06 (4), stats, no person may install plumbing unless the person holds a license or registration issued by the State Department as a Licensed Master Plumber, Licensed Master Plumber-Restricted, Licensed Journeyman Plumber, Licensed Journeyman Plumber-Restricted, Registered Plumbing Apprentice, Registered Plumbing Learner-Restricted, Registered Utility Contractor or Registered Pipelayer.

145.06 (4) (a) Plumbing work done by a property owner in a “One-Family Building owned and occupied by him or her as his or her home or farm building,” except where such license is required by local ordinance.

(b) Plumbing from the private water supply pump to and including the initial pressure tank and connection to an existing water distribution system, when installed by persons licensed under ch. 280.

(c) Installation of sewer and water service piping from the main to the property lot line, when installed by authorized municipal utility employees or sewer and water utility installers under a contract with a municipality.

(d) Making minor repairs to faucets, valves, pipes or appliances, repair or replacement of electrical or gas energy or other automatic valves or control devices or removing of stoppages in waste or drainage pipes.

(e) Installation of sewer and water mains, when installed by sewer and water utility contractors and their employees.

(f) Installation, repair or replacement of water service piping, from the property line to the meter, including meter installation, to service any building or structure or proposed building or structure when such installation, repair or replacement is accomplished by employees of a public municipal water utility, providing such utility regularly has engaged in such installation, repair or replacement for at least 5 years prior to January 1, 1964.

Cross Connection Control Tester Registration

Who should have this credential? A person may conduct a performance test of a cross connection control device as required by SPS 382.21 (3). if the person holds a registration issued by the S&B Division as a Registered Cross Connection Tester.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? The CCCD Tester may test and repair the devices, but not do other plumbing.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? A person applying for a Cross Connection Control Device Tester Registration shall have at least 40 hours in an approved course or courses in the theory of cross connection control, the operation, testing and maintenance of cross connection control devices, and the national standards for the devices. The course or courses shall include instruction in at least: (a) Reduced pressure principle backflow preventers; (b) Reduced pressure detector backflow preventers; (c) Pressure vacuum breaker assemblies; (d) Double check detector assembly backflow preventers; (e) Double check backflow prevention assemblies; and (f) Back siphon age backflow vacuum breakers.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person may submit a completed application. 

What is the term of the credential? Four years from the date of issuance.

Is there a continuing education requirement? No.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holder approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential. Plumbing

Dwelling Contractor, Dwelling Contractor Qualifier, and Dwelling Contractor-Restricted Certifications

Who should have these credentials? A person may obtain a building permit for a One- or-Two-Family Dwelling only if (see exception) the person holds a Dwelling Contractor Certification and or a Dwelling Contractor-Restricted Certification, and a Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, except as provided under s. 101.654(1)(b), stats. There is an exception for an owner of a dwelling who resides or will reside in the dwelling and who applies for the building permit.

To obtain a One-or-Two-Family Dwelling Building Permit as of January 1, 2008, a person must have a Dwelling Contractor Certification (or Restricted) and have, or employ someone with, a Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification. People who held DCCs as of mid-April 2006 have been offered the opportunity to obtain the Qualifier Certification without having to take a prerequisite qualifier course. People who obtain a DCC after mid-April 2006 must take a course in order to obtain the Qualifier Certification or must employ someone with the Qualifier Certification.

How does the restricted credential vary? The Dwelling Contractor-Restricted category is for projects under $25,000, for contractors who provide a surety bond of less than $25,000. The figure of $5,000 mentioned in 101.654(2) (a) 1, Stats. is the minimum for providing a surety bond. That minimum only is valid for the restricted category; there should be at least a $25,000 bond for the "full" or Unrestricted Dwelling Contractor category, if a bond is provided and not the certificate of insurance described in 101.654(2) (a) 2, stats.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the dwelling contractor? A person applying for a Dwelling Contractor Certification or a Restricted Certification shall provide evidence that the person complies with worker's compensation requirements, unemployment compensation requirements, and liability or bond insurance requirements as specified under s. 101.654(2) and (2m), stats. The person applying shall be the owner of the contracting business, a Partner in the contracting business applying on behalf of a Partnership, or the Chairman of the Board or Chief Executive Officer applying on behalf of the contracting corporation.

101.654(2) An applicant for a certificate of financial responsibility shall provide to the satisfaction of the State Department proof of all of the following: That the applicant has in force one of the following:

1. A bond endorsed by a surety company authorized to do business in this state of not less than $5,000, conditioned upon the applicant complying with all applicable provisions of the One-and-Two-Family Dwelling Code and any ordinance enacted under s. 101.65(1)(a).

2. A policy of general liability insurance issued by an insurer authorized to do business in Wisconsin State, insuring the applicant in the amount of at least $250,000 per occurrence because of bodily injury to or death of others or because of damage to the property of others.

3. If the applicant is required under s. 102.28(2)(a) to have in force a policy of worker's compensation insurance or if the applicant is self-insured in accordance with s. 102.28(2) (b), that the applicant has in force a policy of worker's compensation insurance issued by an insurer authorized to do business in this state or is self-insured in accordance with s. 102.28(2)(b).

4. If the applicant is required to make state unemployment insurance contributions under ch. 108 or is required to pay federal unemployment compensation taxes under 26 USC 3301 to 3311, that the applicant is making those contributions or paying those taxes as required. (2m) if an applicant wishes to use a bond under sub. (2)(a)1. of less than $25,000 to comply with sub. (2)(a), the applicant shall agree not to perform any work on a dwelling for which the estimated cost of completion is greater than the amount of the bond. The State  Department shall indicate any restriction under this subsection on the certificate of financial responsibility issued.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the Dwelling Contractor Qualifier certification? A person wishing to obtain a Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification must attend 12 hours of approved qualifier training education and pass an exam given with that education. Proof of training attendance will need to be provided with the Qualifier Application.

How does someone apply for the credentials? For a new Dwelling Contractor (and Restricted) Certification, a person shall provide an application form. The information described above in "prerequisites." For the Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification, a person shall provide an application form.

What is the term of the credential? The Dwelling Contractor (and Restricted) Certification is for one year from date of issuance. The Dwelling Contractor Qualifier term is two years

Is there a continuing education requirement? There is not an education requirement for the Dwelling Contractor (and Restricted) Certification. Anyone wishing to renew their Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification will need to obtain 12 credit hours of continuing education over the two-year educational cycle.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holder approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential. One-and-Two-Family Dwellings.

Electrical Apprentice Registration

(This credential becomes effective April 1, 2013.)
Who should have this credential? An Electrical Apprentice may do electrical wiring under general supervision of a licensed Master Electrician. Electrical Apprentices may do electrical wiring under general supervision of a licensed Residential Master Electrician if the wiring is associated with dwellings, dwelling units and detached accessory buildings such as garages, carports, gazebos and swimming pools. 

How does the credential vary from others in the field? There are three categories of electrical apprentices. The “full” Electrical Apprentice may do specified types of electrical wiring under general supervision of people holding several different types of credentials. A Residential Electrical Apprentice may do dwelling-related wiring under the general supervision of a Master Electrician or a Master Residential Electrician, and may do other wiring under the direct supervision of a Master Electrician. An Industrial Electrical Apprentice may do wiring within an industrial setting under the general supervision of a master Electrician, and may do other wiring under the direct supervision of a Master Electrician or a Journeyman Electrician.

“Direct Supervision” means providing oversight at the site where the activity is being conducted. “General Supervision” means to assume responsibility for an activity of others without being present at the site where the activity is being conducted.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? A person applying for an Electrical Apprentice, an Industrial Electrical Apprentice, or a Residential Electrical Apprentice Registration shall be indentured in an apprenticeship program recognized under ch. 106, stats.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying for registration as a Registered Electrical Apprentice, a Registered Industrial Electrical Apprentice, or a Registered Residential Electrical Apprentice shall submit an application.  

What is the term of the credential? The term is one year.

Is there a continuing education requirement? No.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders approximately 45 days before the renewal date. Proof of indenture is required for renewal.

S&B programs related to the credential: 
Commercial Buildings, One-and-Two-Family Dwellings.

Electrical Contractor and Electrical Contractor-Restricted Certification

Who should have this credential? A Certified Electrical Contractor and Contractor- Restricted may perform electrical construction work in a municipality which allows this type of licensure to perform electrical work pursuant to s.101.87 (2) to (4), stats, and in accordance with local ordinances. Wisconsin has a statewide certification of electricians in various classes, Contractor, Contractor-Restricted, Master, Journeyman, and Beginning, recognizing their knowledge and abilities. Whether an electrician credential is required and what category of credential is needed is determined by individual municipalities.

How do the credentials vary? The work that can be done by people holding the various Electrical Credentials in Wisconsin - Electrical Contractor, Contractor-Restricted, Master, Journeyman, and Beginning - is defined on a local level. There is Wisconsin State Codes qualifications for obtaining the different State Electrical Credentials, but other than requiring an Electrical Contractor to be or employee a Master Electrician the duties of the different electricians are not defined.

The Contractor-Restricted category is limited to people who held a municipal Electrical License before the Wisconsin State Certification System went into place. If the municipality after that time chose to ask for state certification, the person could obtain a State Electrical Contractor-Restricted to satisfy the municipality's requirements. The restricted certification is valid only in the municipality in which the contractor previously held the local license.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? The person applying for an Electrical Contractor Certification shall be the owner of the contracting business, a Partner in the contracting business applying on behalf of the Partnership, or the Chairman of the Board or Chief Executive Officer applying on behalf of the contracting corporation. A person who holds an Electrical Contractor Certification shall be a Certified Master Electrician or employ one or more Certified Master Electricians.

A person applying for an Electrical Contractor-Restricted Certification shall hold or have held a license or certification to do electrical construction work issued by one or more municipalities as of the date the municipalities’ required state certification under s. 101.87(3), stats.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying for the Electrical Contractor or Electrical Contractor-Restricted shall submit a completed application.

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30. The first certification fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

Is there a continuing education requirement? No.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holder approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential. Electrical

Elevator Contractor License

Who should have this credential? No person or entity may engage in the business or offer to engage in the business of constructing, installing, altering, servicing, replacing or maintaining conveyances unless the person or entity holds a Wisconsin State License issued by the Wisconsin State Department as a Licensed Elevator Contractor.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? The person applying for an Elevator Contractor License shall be the owner of the Contracting Business, a Partner in the contracting business applying on behalf of a Partnership, or the Chairman of the Board or Chief Executive Officer applying on behalf of the contracting corporation.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? A person applying for an Elevator Contractor License shall provide all of the following: 1.A statement certifying that the person complies with the worker’s compensation requirements under ch. 102, stats. 2. Evidence of compliance with the liability insurance requirements as specified under s. 101.985 (1), stats. The person applying for an Elevator Contractor License shall be the owner of the contracting business, a Partner in the contracting business applying on behalf of a Partnership, or the Chairman of the Board or Chief Executive Officer applying on behalf of the contracting corporation.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying for the Elevator Apprentice Registration shall submit a completed application.  

What is the term of the credential? Two years from date of issuance.

Is there a continuing education requirement? No.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holder approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential. Elevators

Elevator Inspector License

Who should have this credential? A person, as an authorized representative of the department, may provide inspections required under SPS 318, Elevators, Escalators, and Lifts Codes, if the person holds an Elevator Inspection License issued by the Wisconsin State Department.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? There are a number of different Inspector Credentials administered by the S&B. The Electrical Inspector's responsibilities are defined in the paragraph above.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? A person may obtain a Elevator Inspector License by providing evidence of a current Elevator Inspector Certification, meeting the requirements of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) A17.1, Standard for the Qualification of Elevator Inspectors (QEI) - 1.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying for the Elevator Inspector License shall submit a completed application, proof of the QEI.

What is the term of the credential? The license expires on December 31. The initial term shall be until the third following December 31. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the license holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A nonrenewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by September 30 of the year their credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Elevators

HVAC Contractor Registration

Who should have this credential? No person, entity or business may engage in the following activities, unless the person, entity or business holds a registration issued by the Wisconsin State Department as a Registered HVAC Contractor, except as provided in par. (b):
1. Installing or servicing heating, ventilating or air conditioning equipment.
2. Installing or servicing refrigeration or air conditioning equipment that would release or may release ozone−depleting refrigerant.
3. Selling for reuse used ozone−depleting refrigerant from refrigeration or air conditioning equipment.
(b) 1. A person, entity or business is not required to hold a registration as a Registered HVAC Contractor to service existing heating, ventilating, air conditioning, or refrigeration equipment within facilities or properties owned by the person, entity or business provided the air conditioning or refrigeration equipment does not involve ozone−depleting refrigerants. 
2. A person, entity or business is not required to hold a registration as a Registered HVAC Contractor to install or service heating, ventilating, air conditioning, or refrigeration equipment within a dwelling owned by the person, entity or business and in which the person, entity or business resides or will reside provided the air conditioning or refrigeration equipment does not involve ozone−depleting refrigerants.
3. A person, entity or business is not required to hold a registration as a Registered HVAC Contractor for electrical or plumbing work associated with the installation or servicing of the HVAC equipment or systems.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? This HVAC Contractor Registration is valid statewide, except where there is a local requirement for a local HVAC Credential. The local requirement can be satisfied with the local credential or someone may obtain the state HVAC Qualifier Credential. (See below.)

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the HVAC Contractor registration? The person applying for an HVAC Contractor Registration shall be the owner of the contracting business, a Partner in the contracting business applying on behalf of a Partnership, or the Chairman of the Board or Chief Executive Officer applying on behalf of the contracting corporation.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying for the HVAC Contractor Registration shall submit the appropriate completed application.  

What is the term of the credential? Four years from date of issuance.

Is there a continuing education requirement? No.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holder approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential. Commercial Buildings and Refrigeration.

HVAC Qualifier Certification

Who should have this credential? A person or entity who utilizes a person who holds an HVAC Qualifier Certification shall be deemed to be a Certified HVAC Business and may not be required to obtain a local certification, license or other approval in order to engage in the business of installing or servicing heating, ventilating, or air conditioning equipment.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? The HVAC Contractor Registration (see above) is valid statewide, except where there is a local requirement for a local HVAC Credential. The local requirement can be satisfied with the local credential or someone may obtain the state HVAC Qualifier Credential.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam. A person applying for an HVAC Qualifier Certification Exam shall have one of the following: (a) At least 1000 hours per year for at least four years of experience in supervising or performing the design, installation, servicing or maintenance of HVAC systems or equipment; (b) At least four years of attendance in a school of Mechanical Engineering or in an accredited college, university, or technical, vocational or apprenticeship school in an HVAC-Related Program; or (c) Any combination of four years of experience recognized under par. (a) And education recognized under (b).

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a HVAC Qualifier Certification Exam shall submit a completed application

What is the term of the credential? Four years from date of issuance.

What will be on the exam? Open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

Is there a continuing education requirement? No.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holder approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential. Commercial Buildings and Refrigeration.

Industrial Journeyman Electrical License

(This credential becomes effective April 1, 2013)
Who should have this credential?
 An Industrial Electrical Journeyman may do wiring under general supervision of a Master Electrician within facilities or properties of the business establishment where the person is employed. Industrial Electrical Journeymen may do other electrical wiring under “Direct Supervision” of a Master Electrician or a Journeyman Electrician. 

“Direct Supervision” means providing oversight at the site where the activity is being conducted. “General Supervision” means to assume responsibility for an activity of others without being present at the site where the activity is being conducted.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? There are three categories of Journeyman Electrical Licenses. A “full” Electrical Journeyman may do specified types of electrical wiring under “General Supervision” of people holding several different types of credentials. An Industrial Electrical Journeyman may do wiring under “General Supervision” of a Master Electrician within industrial properties where the person is employed and may do other electrical wiring under “Direct Supervision” of a Master Electrician or a Journeyman Electrician. A Residential Electrical Journeyman may do Dwelling-Related wiring under “General Supervision” of a Master Electrician or a Residential Master Electrician and may do other electrical wiring under “Direct Supervision” of a Master Electrician or a Journeyman Electrician.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Complete an apprenticeship or pass an exam. 

Evidence of completing an Electrical Industrial Apprenticeship program should be submitted with the application form for the Wisconsin State Credential. That program must be recognized by the S&B and the Federal Department of Labor, except as provided in par. (b), a person applying for an Industrial Journeyman Electrician Licensure Examination shall have at least 1,000 hours per year of experience for at least five years in industrial electrical wiring work. (b) Relative to the experience required, each semester spent full-time in a school of Electrical Engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program shall be considered equivalent to 500 hours of experience, with no more than 2,000 hours and two years of experience through education being credited toward the required experience.

How does someone apply for the exam? A person applying to take an Industrial Journeyman Electrical License Exam shall submit the application


What will be on the exam? In order to pass the exam the applicant must obtain a score of at least 70 percent on an examination. Open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.


What is the term of the credential? The license expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30 after obtaining the license. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. Continuing education requirement for the initial term are waived through first obtaining the license. Subsequent renewals require at least 18 hours of approved continuing education by March 30 of the year the credential expires.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A non-renewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by March 30 of the year the credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential: Electrical, Lighting, Commercial Buildings and One-and-Two-Family Dwellings.

Journeyman Automatic Fire Sprinkler Fitter License

Who should have this credential? A person may install, maintain, or repair automatic fire sprinkler systems if they hold a license or registration issued by the Wisconsin State Department as Automatic Fire Sprinkler Contractor, Journeyman Sprinkler Fitter, Registered Automatic Fire Sprinkler System Apprentice, a Registered Automatic Fire Sprinkler Contractor-Maintenance, or a Registered Automatic Fire Sprinkler Fitter-Maintenance License.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? A Licensed Journeyman Automatic Fire Sprinkler Fitter works under the “General Supervision” of a person who holds a license as a Licensed Automatic Fire Sprinkler Contractor.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam. To apply for the exam, a person should have completed an Automatic Fire Sprinkler System Apprenticeship.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a Journeyman Fire Sprinkler Fitter License Exam shall submit an application.  

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? The open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the initial term after passing the exam. Subsequent renewal of the four-year certification require at least 24 hours of approved continuing education by March 30 of the year the credential expires.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A nonrenewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by March 30 of the year their credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Fire Protection Systems, Commercial Buildings, Plumbing, and One-and-Two-Family Dwellings.

Journeyman Electrician Certification

Who should have this credential? A Certified Journeyman Electrician may perform electrical construction work in a municipality which allows this kind of licensure to perform electrical work pursuant to s.101.87 (2) to (4), stats, and in accordance with local ordinances. Wisconsin State has a statewide voluntary Certification Electricians in various classes, Contractor, Contractor-Restricted, Master, Journeyman, Beginning Contractors, recognizing their knowledge and abilities. Whether an Electrician Credential is required and what category of credential is needed is determined by individual municipalities.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? The work that can be done by people holding the various Electrical Credentials in the State of Wisconsin - Electrical Contractor, Contractor-Restricted, Master, Journeyman, and Beginning - is defined on a local level. There are state code qualifications for obtaining the different Electrical Credentials, but other than requiring an Electrical Contractor to be or employee a Master Electrician the duties of the different electricians are not defined.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? A person may obtain a Certification as a Journeyman Electrician by either one of the following: Passing the Journeyman Electrician Exam or completing an Electrical Construction Apprenticeship.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a Journeyman Electrician Exam shall submit a completed application, proof of required experience and education, (a) Except as provided in (b), a person applying for a Journeyman Electrician Certification Exam shall have at least 1,000 hours per year of experience for at least five years in electrical construction work. (b) Relative to the experience required under (a), each semester spent full-time in a school of Electrical Engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program shall be considered equivalent to 500 hours of experience, with no more than 2,000 hours and two years of experience through education being credited toward the required experience.

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30. The first certification fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? The open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the initial term after passing the exam. There is an education requirement if the credential is obtained without examination.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential. Electrical

Journeyman Plumber License

Who should have this credential? Except as provided, no person may install plumbing unless the person holds a license or registration issued by the Wisconsin State Department as a Licensed Master Plumber, Licensed Master Plumber-Restricted, Licensed Journeyman Plumber, Licensed Journeyman Plumber-Restricted, Registered Plumbing Apprentice, Registered Plumbing Learner-Restricted, Registered Utility Contractor, or Registered Pipelayer.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? A Journeyman Plumber may install plumbing while working under the “General Supervision” of a Master Plumber, Master Plumber-Restricted, or Utility Contractor (work under the restricted or contractor is limited). A Journeyman, who is not in the restricted service (private onsite wastewater, building sewers, building water services and mains) or restricted appliance (specific water appliances) categories, is not limited as those two categories are.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam. A person applying for a Journeyman Plumber License Exam shall have completed a Plumbing Apprenticeship program recognized under ch. 106, stats.

How does someone apply for the exam? A person applying to take a Journeyman License Exam shall submit a completed application, proof of apprenticeship.

What will be on the exam? Open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

What is the term of the credential? The license expires on March 31. The initial term shall be until the third following March 31. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the initial term after passing the exam. To renew for the second time or more, the requirement is at least 24 hours of acceptable continuing education by December 31 of the year before the credential expires.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A non-renewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by December 31 of the year before the credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Plumbing POWTS

Plumbing Work Exceptions

Except as provided under s.145.06(4), stats., no person may install plumbing unless the person holds a license or registration issued by the department as a Licensed Master Plumber, Licensed Master Plumber-Restricted, Licensed Journeyman Plumber, Licensed Journeyman Plumber-Restricted, Registered Plumbing Apprentice, Registered Plumbing Learner-Restricted, Registered Utility Contractor or Registered Pipelayer.

145.06 (4)(a) Plumbing work done by a property owner in a one-family building owned and occupied by him or her as his or her home or farm building, except where such license is required by local ordinance.

(b) Plumbing from the private water supply pump to and including the initial pressure tank and connection to an existing water distribution system, when installed by persons licensed under ch. 280.

(c) Installation of sewer and water service piping from the main to the property lot line, when installed by authorized municipal utility employees or sewer and water utility installers under a contract with a municipality.

(d) Making minor repairs to faucets, valves, pipes or appliances, repair or replacement of electrical or gas energy or other automatic valves or control devices or removing of stoppages in waste or drainage pipes.

(e) Installation of sewer and water mains, when installed by sewer and water utility contractors and their employees.

(f) Installation, repair or replacement of water service piping, from the property line to the meter, including meter installation, to service any building or structure or proposed building or structure when such installation, repair or replacement is accomplished by employees of a public municipal water utility, providing such utility regularly has engaged in such installation, repair or replacement for at least 5 years prior to January 1, 1964.

Journeyman Plumber - Restricted Appliance License

Who should have this credential? Except as provided under s.145.06(4), stats no person may install plumbing unless the person holds a license or registration issued by the department as a Licensed Master Plumber, Licensed Master Plumber-Restricted, Licensed Journeyman Plumber, Licensed Journeyman Plumber-Restricted, Registered Plumbing Apprentice, Registered Plumbing Learner-Restricted, Registered Utility Contractor, or Registered Pipelayer.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? A Journeyman-Restricted Appliance Plumber may install a limited set of plumbing while working under the “General Supervision” of a Master Plumber or a Master Plumber-Restricted Appliance. The limitation is to allow the installation and modification of water softeners, water heaters or other items in connection with the water supply or water distribution systems which do not require a direct connection to the waste or drain piping systems are limited to making connection to existing installations. There shall be no drilling, tapping or direct connection made to any waste or drain pipe to serve items installed. The maximum length of water piping permitted to be installed under this section shall be the minimum required to connect the item to the system. A Journeyman, who is not in the restricted service (private onsite wastewater) or restricted appliance categories, is not limited as those two categories are.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an examination. A person applying for a Journeyman Plumber License Exam shall have completed a Plumbing Apprenticeship program recognized under ch. 106, stats.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a Journeyman Plumber Exam shall submit a completed application and show proof of apprenticeship.

What is the term of the credential? The license expires on March 31. The initial term shall be until the third following March 30. The first registration fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? The open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the initial term after passing the exam. Subsequent renewals require at least 12 hours of approved continuing education by December 31 of the year before the credential expires.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A non-renewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by December 31 of the year before their credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential  Plumbing

Journeyman Plumber - Restricted Service License

How does the credential vary from others in the field? A Journeyman-Restricted Service Plumber may install a limited set of plumbing while working under the “General Supervision” of a Master Plumber or a Master Plumber-Restricted Service. The limitation is to allow installation of private onsite wastewater treatment systems and components under Com. 83, POWTS Code; building sewers and private interceptor main sewers under SPS 382, Plumbing Code; and water services and private water mains under SPS 382. A Journeyman who is not in the restricted service (private onsite wastewater) or restricted appliance categories, is not limited as those two categories are.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam. A person applying for a Journeyman-Restricted Service Exam shall have completed a Plumbing Apprenticeship program recognized under ch. 106, stats or have completed the Plumber Learner Restricted Service Program.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a Journeyman- Restricted Service Exam shall submit a completed application.

What is the term of the credential? The license expires on March 31. The initial term shall be until the third following March. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? The open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A non-renewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by December 31 of the year before their credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. POWTS.

Manufactured Home Installer License

Except as provided in par. (b), beginning on January 1, 2007, pursuant to s. 101.96, stats. No person may install a manufactured home onto a foundation or other support system unless the person complies with one of the following conditions: 1. Person holds a license issued by the department as a Licensed Manufactured Home Installer. 2. The person is under the “General Supervision” of another person who holds a license issued by the department as a Licensed Manufactured Home Installer. 
(b) 1. The owner of a manufactured home who will reside in the home may install his or her own manufactured home without holding a license as a Licensed Manufactured Home Installer. This exemption does not apply to the owner who contracts for or otherwise arranges for the installation. 2. A person is not required to hold a license as a Licensed Manufactured Home Installer for electrical, plumbing or HVAC work associated with the installation of a manufactured home. Note: There may be other state or local licensing requirements involved in the installation of manufactured homes.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? 
A Manufactured Home Installer License is not the same as licenses for Manufactured Home Dealers, Salespersons, or Manufacturers, or Dwelling Contractors or Dwelling Contractor Qualifiers.

A person applying for a Manufactured Home Installer License shall comply with all of the following conditions: (a) Person is at least 18 years old. (b) The person has not been found responsible in any judicial or administrative forum for any violation of s. 101.96, stats., during the 2 years before the date on which the person’s license application is submitted. (c) The person has not been found responsible in any judicial or administrative forum during the 2 years before the date on which the person’s license application is submitted for any failure to perform an installation of a manufactured home as required under contract or for defrauding any person with regard to the provision of installation services.

A person may apply for a Manufactured Home Installer License by submitting an application form, and one of the following: 1. Evidence that the person holds a Manufactured Home Installer License issued by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. 2. Evidence that the person holds a Manufactured Home Installer License issued by a state administrative agency (SAA) that has an installer licensing program that is equivalent to the Wisconsin rules. 3. Evidence that the person has completed at least 12 hours in an approved course or courses in the installation of manufactured homes within one year prior to the date of application. The course or courses shall include instruction and tests on soil mechanics; site preparation; structural support, stabilization and anchorage; setting; ventilation of crawl spaces; connections, plumbing, electrical, HVAC; joining of home sections.

What is the term of the credential? 
The license expires four years from the date of issuance. 

Is there a continuing education requirement? 
There is no continuing education requirement for the initial term after passing the exam. Subsequent renewals require at least 12 hours of approved continuing education by three months before the credential expires.

A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A non-renewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by three months before their credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. 
Manufactured Homes.

Manufactured Home Manufacturer License

Who should have this credential? 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.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? This is a license for manufacturers. There is also a license for dealers, companies that sell or distribute manufactured homes. There is also a license for Dealer-Salespersons, who are sales employees of a dealer or a manufacturer.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the manufacturer credential? 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.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying for a Manufactured Home Manufacturer License shall submit a completed application. What is the term of the credential? The license expires on December 31. The initial term shall be until the third following December 31. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

Is there a continuing education requirement? No.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential

S&B programs related to the credential. Manufacture/Mobile Homes.

Master Electrician Certification

Who should have this credential? A Certified Master Electrician may perform electrical construction work in a municipality which allows this type of licensure to perform electrical work pursuant to s.101.87(2) to (4), stats., and in accordance with local ordinances. Wisconsin State has a statewide voluntary certification of electricians in various classes, Contractor, Contractor-Restricted, Master, Journeyman and Beginning, recognizing their knowledge and abilities. Whether an electrician credential is required and what category of credential is needed is determined by individual municipalities.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? The work that can be done by people holding the various Electrical Credentials in Wisconsin State - Electrical Contractor, Contractor-Restricted, Master, Journeyman, and Beginning, is defined on a local level. There are state code qualifications for obtaining the different Electrical Credentials, but other than requiring an Electrical Contractor to be or employ a Master Electrician the duties of the different electricians are not defined.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam. A person applying for a Master Electrician Exam shall have at least 1,000 hours per year of experience for at least seven years in electrical construction work. Each semester spent full-time in a school of Electrical Engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program shall be considered equivalent to 500 hours of experience, with no more than 3,000 hours and three years of experience through education being credited toward the required experience.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a Master Certification Exam shall submit a completed application, proof of required experience.

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30. The first certification fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? Open book true/false multiple choice exam.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the first renewal.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A non-renewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by March 30 of the year the credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Electrical

Master Plumber License

Who should have this credential? Except for s.145.06 (4), stats, no person may install plumbing unless the person holds a license or registration issued by the department as a Licensed Master Plumber, Licensed Master Plumber-Restricted, Licensed Journeyman Plumber, Licensed Journeyman Plumber-Restricted, Registered Plumbing Apprentice, Registered Plumbing Learner-Restricted, Registered Utility Contractor, or Registered Pipelayer.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? An Unrestricted Master Plumber may install or supervise the installation of all plumbing as defined in Com. 81, Plumbing Code, and may submit plumbing designs for review. Restricted-Service Master Plumbers are limited to private onsite wastewater treatment system, building sewers, building water mains and water services. Restricted-Appliance Master Plumbers are limited to water heaters, water softeners, water treatment devices, and other items in connection with an existing water supply system which do not require direct connection to the drain system.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam. A person applying to take the exam shall have one of the following: (a) At least 1,000 hours of plumbing-related work experience per year for at least three consecutive years as a Licensed Journeyman Plumber; or (b) Graduated from an “Accredited Engineering University or College” with a Civil Engineering Degree, Mechanical Engineering or other approved engineering curriculum related to plumbing.

How does someone apply for the exam? A person applying to take a Master Plumber Exam shall submit an application, proof of work hours or education. 

What is the term of the credential? The license expires on March 31. The initial term shall be until the third following March 31. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? Open book exam of true/false and multiple choice questions.  

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the initial term after passing the exam. Subsequent renewals require at least 24 hours of approved continuing education by December 31 of the year before their credential expires.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A non-renewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by December 31 of the year before the credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Plumbing POWTS

Master Plumber - Restricted Service License

Who should have this credential? Except, for S. 145.06 (4), stats. No person may install plumbing unless the person holds a license or registration issued by the department as a Licensed Master Plumber, Licensed Master Plumber-Restricted, Licensed Journeyman Plumber, Licensed Journeyman Plumber-Restricted, Registered Plumbing Apprentice, Registered Plumbing Learner-Restricted, Registered Utility Contractor, or Registered Pipelayer.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? An Unrestricted Master Plumber may install or “Supervise” the installation of all plumbing as defined in Com. 81, and may submit plumbing designs for review. Restricted-Service Master Plumbers are limited to installation of private onsite wastewater treatment systems and components under Com. 83, POWTS Code; building sewers and private interceptor main sewers under SPS 382, Plumbing Code; and water services and private water mains under SPS 3+82. Restricted-Appliance Master Plumbers are limited to water heaters, water softeners, water treatment devices, and other items in connection with an existing water supply system which do not require direct connection to the drain system.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? A person applying to take the exam shall have at least 1,000 hours of plumbing-related work experience per year for at least two consecutive years as a licensed Journeyman Plumber or as a Licensed Journeyman Plumber-Restricted Service.

How does someone apply for the exam? A person applying to take a Master Plumber-Restricted Service Exam shall submit a completed application and proof of work hours.

What is the term of the credential? The license expires on March 31. The initial term shall be until the third following March 31. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? Open book exam of true/false and multiple choice questions.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the initial term after passing the exam. Subsequent renewals require at least 12 hours of approved continuing education by December 31 of the year before the credential expires.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A non-renewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by December 31 of the year before the credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Plumbing

Pipelayer Registration

Who should have this credential? A person who holds a registration as a Pipelayer may install or modify water services, private water mains, sanitary building sewers, storm building sewers, or private interceptor main sewers under the “General Supervision” of a Licensed Utility Contractor, Licensed Master Plumber, or a Licensed Master Plumber- Restricted Service.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? Pipelayer is limited to exterior plumbing work and is not a learning credential.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying for the Pipelayer Registration shall submit a completed application.

What is the term of the credential? The registration expires on March 31. The initial term shall be until the second following March 31. The first registration fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

Is there a continuing education requirement? No.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential. Plumbing

POWTS Inspector Certification

Who should have this credential? A POWTS Inspector may inspect private onsite wastewater treatment systems to enforce SPS 381-387, Plumbing Code.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? There are a number of other inspector categories; POWTS Inspectors are limited to POWTS. A Commercial Plumbing Inspector also may inspect POWTS. to enforce SPS 381-387 Plumbing Code.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam. Or, qualify by holding a current Wisconsin Master Plumber, Master Restricted-Service, Journeyman Plumber, or Journeyman-Restricted Service License.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take the Powts. Inspector Exam shall submit a completed application.

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? Open book exam with multiple choice or true and false questions.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the initial term after passing the exam. Subsequent renewals require at least 12 hours of approved continuing education by March 30 of the year the credential expires.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A non-renewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by March 30 of the year the credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Plumbing POWTS

Residential Journeyman Electrical License

(This credential becomes effective April 1, 2013)
Who should have this credential?
 A Residential Electrical Journeyman, may do wiring associated with dwellings, dwelling units and detached accessory buildings and structures serving dwellings or dwelling units, such as garages, carports, gazebos and swimming pools under “General Supervision” of a Master Electrician or Residential Master Electrician. Residential Electrical Journeymen may do other electrical wiring under “Direct Supervision” of a Master Electrician or Journeyman Electrician. 

“Direct Supervision” means providing oversight at the site where the activity is being conducted. “General Supervision” means to assume responsibility for an activity of others without being present at the site where the activity is being conducted.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? There are three categories of Journeyman Electrical Licenses. A “full” Electrical Journeyman may do specified types of electrical wiring under general supervision of people holding several different types of credentials. An Industrial Electrical Journeyman may do wiring under “General Supervision” of a Master Electrician within industrial properties where the person is employed and may do other electrical wiring under direct supervision of a Master Electrician or a Journeyman Electrician. A Residential Electrical Journeyman may do dwelling-related wiring under “General Supervision” of a Master Electrician or Residential Master Electrician and may do other electrical wiring under direct supervision of a Master Electrician or Journeyman Electrician.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Complete an apprenticeship or pass an exam. 

Evidence of completing an Electrical Industrial Apprenticeship Program should be submitted with the application form for the credential. That program must be recognized by the S&B and the Federal Department of Labor.

Except as provided in par. (b), a person applying for an Industrial Journeyman Electrician Licensure Examination shall have at least 1,000 hours per year of experience for at least five years in industrial electrical wiring work. (b) Relative to the experience required, each semester spent full-time in a school of electrical engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program shall be considered equivalent to 500 hours of experience, with no more than 2,000 hours and two years of experience through education being credited toward the required experience.

How does someone apply for the exam? A person applying to take an Industrial Journeyman Electrical License Exam shall submit the application.


What will be on the exam? In order to pass the exam the applicant must obtain a score of at least 70 percent on an examination. Open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.


What is the term of the credential? The license expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30 after obtaining the license. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. Continuing education requirement for the initial term are waived through first obtaining the license. Subsequent renewals require at least 18 hours of approved continuing education by March 30 of the year the credential expires.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A nonrenewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by March 30 of the year the credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential: Electrical and Lighting, and One-and-Two-Family Dwellings.

Residential Master Electrical License

(This credential becomes effective April 1, 2013)
Who should have this credential? A Residential Master Electrician may do wiring associated with dwellings, dwelling units and detached accessory buildings and structures serving the dwellings or the dwelling units, such as garages, carports, gazebos and swimming pools. A Residential Master Electrician may do electrical wiring not associated with dwellings and dwelling units, provided the person is under “Direct Supervision” of a Licensed Master Electrician or a Licensed Journeyman Electrician.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? There are two categories of master electricians. A “full” Master Electrician may do any electrical wiring and may oversee other categories of electricians who do electrical wiring. A Residential Master Electrician may do wiring related to dwellings and may oversee Journeyman Electricians, Residential Journeyman Electricians, Electrical Apprentices, and Residential Electrical Apprentices doing dwelling-related wiring.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam. A person applying for a Residential Master Electrician Licensure Examination shall have at least 1,000 hours per year of experience for at least five years in electrical wiring work. Relative to the experience required, each semester spent full-time in a school of Electrical Engineering or other accredited college, university, technical or vocational school in an electrical-related program shall be considered equivalent to 500 hours of experience, with no more than 3,000 hours and three years of experience through education being credited toward the required experience.

How does someone apply for the exam? A person applying to take a Residential Master Electrician License Examination shall submit an application.


What will be on the exam? In order to pass the exam the applicant must obtain a score of at least 70 percent on an examination Open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.


What is the term of the credential? The license expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30 after obtaining the license. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. Continuing education requirement for the initial term are waived through first obtaining the license. Subsequent renewals require at least 18 hours of approved continuing education by March 30 of the year the credential expires.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A nonrenewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by March 30 of the year the credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential: Electrical, Lighting, Commercial Buildings and One-and-Two-Family Dwellings.

UDC-Construction Inspector Certification

Who should have this credential? A person may conduct the Inspection of One-and-Two-Family Dwellings for the purpose of administering and enforcing SPS 320 to 325, Uniform Dwelling Code, if the person holds one or more of the following certifications issued by the department: 1. Certified UDC-Construction Inspector; 2. Certified UDC-Electrical Inspector; 3. Certified UDC-HVAC Inspector; 4. Certified UDC-Plumbing Inspector; or 5. Certified Soil Erosion Inspector.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? There are a number of categories of inspections involved in enforcement of the Uniform Dwelling Code. A person can hold one or more of the inspection categories. In this case, a certified UDC-Construction Inspector may inspect One-and-Two-Family Dwellings, for the purpose of administering and enforcing SPS 320 to 322.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a UDC-Construction Inspector Exam shall submit an appropriate completed application.

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the third following June 30. The first certification fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? Open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A nonrenewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by March 30 of the year their credential expires.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the initial term after passing the exam. Subsequent renewals require at least 24 hours of acceptable continuing education by March 30 of the year their credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Uniform Dwelling Code

UDC-Electrical Inspector Certification

Who should have this credential? A person may conduct the inspection of One-and-Two- Family Dwellings for the purpose of administering and enforcing SPS 320 to 325 if the person holds one or more of the following certifications issued by the department: 1. Certified UDC-Construction Inspector; 2. Certified UDC-Electrical Inspector; 3. Certified UDC-HVAC Inspector; 4. Certified UDC-Plumbing Inspector; or 5. Certified Soil Erosion Inspector.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? There are a number of categories of inspections involved in enforcement of the Uniform Dwelling Code. A person can hold one or more of the inspection categories. In this case, a certified UDC-Electrical Inspector may inspect One-and-Two-Family Dwellings for the purpose of administering and enforcing SPS 316 and 322.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam. Or, a person holding a Journeyman Electrical Certification may apply for the UDC-Electrical Certification. (A person holding a Master Electrician License may apply to become a Commercial Electrical Inspector, having which allows them to do UDC-Electrical Inspections.) Or, a person may apply for the UDC-Electrical Certification if they hold an Electrical Inspector-Residential Certification from the International Association of Electrical Inspectors.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a UDC-Construction Inspector Exam shall submit an appropriate completed application. 

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the fourth following June 30. The first certification fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? Open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A nonrenewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by March 30 of the year their credential expires.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the initial term after passing the exam. Subsequent renewals require at least 24 hours of approved continuing education by March 30 of the year their credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Uniform Dwelling Code

UDC-HVAC Inspector Certification

Who should have this credential? A person may conduct the inspection of One-and-Two-Family Dwellings for the purpose of administering and enforcing SPS 320 to 325 if the person holds one or more of the following certifications issued by the department: 1. Certified UDC-Construction Inspector; 2. Certified UDC-Electrical Inspector; 3. Certified UDC-HVAC Inspector; 4. Certified UDC-Plumbing Inspector; or 5. Certified Soil Erosion Inspector.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? There are a number of categories of inspections involved in enforcement of the Uniform Dwelling Code. A person can hold one or more of the inspection categories. In this case, a certified UDC-HVAC Inspector may inspect One-and-Two-Family Dwellings for the purpose of administering and enforcing SPS 323.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a UDC-Construction Inspector Exam shall submit an appropriate completed application. 

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the fourth following June 30. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? Open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A nonrenewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by March 30 of the year their credential expires.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the initial term after passing the exam. Subsequent renewals require at least 24 hours of approved continuing education by March 30 of the year their credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Uniform Dwelling Code

UDC-Plumbing Inspector Certification

Who should have this credential? A person may conduct the inspection of One-and-Two-Family Dwellings for the purpose of administering and enforcing SPS 320 to 325, if the person holds one or more of the following certifications issued by the department: 1. Certified UDC-Construction Inspector; 2. Certified UDC-Electrical Inspector; 3. Certified UDC-HVAC Inspector; 4. Certified UDC-Plumbing Inspector; or 5. Certified Soil Erosion Inspector.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? There are a number of categories of inspections involved in enforcement of the Uniform Dwelling Code. A person can hold one or more of the inspection categories. In this case, a Certified UDC-Plumbing Inspector may inspect One-and-Two-Family Dwellings for the purpose of administering and enforcing SPS 25, Uniform Dwelling Code, SPS 382 and 384, Plumbing Code.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Pass an exam.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a UDC-Plumbing Inspector Exam shall submit an appropriate completed application.

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on June 30. The initial term shall be until the fourth following June 30. The first certification fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? The open book exam has true/false and multiple choice questions.   

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holders for whom S&B has record of fulfilling the continuing education requirements, approximately 45 days before the renewal date. A nonrenewal letter is sent to those people who do not have sufficient continuing education taken by March 30 of the year their credential expires.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the initial term after passing the exam. Subsequent renewals require at least 24 hours of approved continuing education by March 30 of the year their credential expires.

S&B programs related to the credential. Uniform Dwelling Code

Utility Contractor License

Who should have this credential? A person who holds a license as a Licensed Utility Contractor may install or modify water services, private water mains, sanitary building sewers, storm building sewers, or private interceptor main sewers.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? This credential is limited to installing the plumbing piping listed above.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? Must be 18 years old or older and pass an exam.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying to take a Utility Contractor Exam shall submit a completed application.

What is the term of the credential? The certification expires on March 31. The initial term shall be until the second following March 31. The first license fee is prorated. After the initial term, the term is four years.

What will be on the exam? Open book exam with true/false multiple choice questions.

Is there a continuing education requirement? Yes. There is no continuing education requirement for the initial term after passing the exam. Subsequent renewals require at least 12 hours of approved continuing education by December 31 of the year before their credential expires.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holder approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential.  Plumbing POWTS

Plumbing Work Exceptions

Except as provided under s.145.06(4), stats., no person may install plumbing unless the person holds a license or registration issued by the department as a Licensed Master Plumber, Licensed Master Plumber-Restricted, Licensed Journeyman Plumber, Licensed Journeyman Plumber-Restricted, Registered Plumbing Apprentice, Registered Plumbing Learner-Restricted, Registered Utility Contractor or Registered Pipelayer.

145.06 (4)(a) Plumbing work done by a property owner in a one-family building owned and occupied by him or her as his or her home or farm building, except where such license is required by local ordinance.

(b) Plumbing from the private water supply pump to and including the initial pressure tank and connection to an existing water distribution system, when installed by persons licensed under ch. 280.

(c) Installation of sewer and water service piping from the main to the property lot line, when installed by authorized municipal utility employees or sewer and water utility installers under a contract with a municipality.

(d) Making minor repairs to faucets, valves, pipes or appliances, repair or replacement of electrical or gas energy or other automatic valves or control devices or removing of stoppages in waste or drainage pipes.

(e) Installation of sewer and water mains, when installed by sewer and water utility contractors and their employees.

(f) Installation, repair or replacement of water service piping, from the property line to the meter, including meter installation, to service any building or structure or proposed building or structure when such installation, repair or replacement is accomplished by employees of a public municipal water utility, providing such utility regularly has engaged in such installation, repair or replacement for at least 5 years prior to January 1, 1964.

Welder Registration

Who should have this credential? A person may perform structural welding under SPS 334, Amusement Rides Code, and SPS 360 to 366, Commercial Building Code, if the person holds a registration issued by the department as a welder.

How does the credential vary from others in the field? The Welder Registration allows the person to do welding. The weld test conductors noted above administer tests of welding skills. The Conductor Certifications do not allow the structural welding that the Welder Registration allows.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining the credential? The person applying for a Welder Registration shall have taken and passed exam, not more than one year before the date the application is received by the department, one or more welding tests in accordance with the following standards: (1.) American Welding Society D 1.1, section 4, part C; (2.) American Welding Society D 1.3, section 4, part C.

How does someone apply for the credential? A person applying for a Welder Registration shall submit a completed application. 

What is the term of the credential? Four years from date of issuance.

Is there a continuing education requirement? The renewal of a Welder Registration shall be contingent upon the welder having taken and passed not more than one year before the date of the renewal application a welding test in accordance with the tests noted under perquisites, above.

How will the credential be renewed? A renewal letter will be sent to the credential holder approximately 45 days before the renewal date.

S&B programs related to the credential. Welding and Boilers

Tank Installer's Credentials

To work on tanks in Wisconsin State you must obtain a credential. To apply for a credential, contact:

Department of Commerce
Storage Tank Regulation
P. O. Box 7837
Madison, WI 53707
(608) 266-7874

The Division issues: Tank Specialty, Aboveground Tank system Installer, Underground Tank System Installer, Tank System Liners, and Tank System Removers and Cleaners Credentials.

Tank installer's credential:  To qualify for a tank specialty firm credential you must be the head of your company. To qualify for any of the other credentials you need to pass an exam.

Pump Installer's Credentials

To do pump installation business in Wisconsin you must be registered with the Department of Natural Resources. To obtain an application, contact:

Department of Natural Resources
101 South Webster Street
P. O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921
(608) 266-015

You must pass an exam the Department gives to prove you're competent to do pump installation work. The exam is on Department Rules, well location and pump installation requirements, driven point well construction, and sampling and reporting requirements. The Department will send you a study guide for the exam after they get your completed application.

Well Driller's Credentials

To do well drilling business in Wisconsin you must be registered with the Department of Natural Resources. To get an application, contact:

Department of Natural Resources
101 South Webster Street
P. O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921
(608) 266-2621

You must pass an exam  the Department requires before you can be registered. The exam is on Department rules, well construction, reconstruction, well abandonment, location requirements, and sampling and reporting requirements. To take the exam you must have two years of supervised well drilling experience within the last five years. You must also have drilled at least 30 wells or have 1,500 hours of well drilling in two years, with at least ten wells or 750 hours in a single year.

If you have a valid Well Drilling License in another state which you got by fulfilling requirements similar to Wisconsin's, you may qualify for the exam directly. You will need to submit Department Form 3300-94 and a photograph of yourself operating a drilling rig with your application. The Department will evaluate your license and notify you if you qualify or not.

The Department will send you a study guide for the exam after they get your completed application.

Department of Transportation (DOT)

To bid on any Wisconsin Department of Transportation construction project, you must be prequalified by the Department. To get the Prequalification Statement, contact:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Bureau of Highway Construction
4802 Sheboygan Ave., Room 601
P. O. Box 7916
Madison, WI 53707-7916
(608) 266-1631

The Transportation Department will ask you for these items:

  • financial statement
  • which types of work you want to be prequalified for
  • your current and past work projects
  • what equipment your firm owns
  • maximum amount of work (in dollars) you would be willing to undertake

The Department will use this information to give your company a prequalification rating. Prequalification is good for 16 months from the date of your financial statement.

Out-of-State Corporations

Out-of-State Corporations doing business in Wisconsin State must qualify with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. For information, contact:

Department of Financial Institutions
345 W. Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 7846
Madison, WI 53707-7846
(608) 261-7577

 

 

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