Act 143 - New Electrician Licensure Standards
2013 Wisconsin Act 143 established new licensure standards for electricians which went into effect on April 1, 2014. These standards require all individuals (see Act 143 for exemptions) engaged in the business of installing, repairing, and maintaining electrical wiring be licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). The new licensure law does not apply to any person with 15 years of experience who was born on or before January 1, 1956. The DSPS will create administrative rules and licensure processes to verify this experience requirement and provide licenses to these persons. The Department is currently drafting an Emergency Rule to address these needs quickly, and plans to establish permanent rules in 2015. Until the time that rules are promulgated, electricians who meet these requirements, or grandfather clause, may continue to practice. In order to remain in compliance, the DSPS recommends municipalities verify eligibility for the grandfather clause in two ways:
1) Confirm date of birth is on or prior to January 1, 1956
2) Collect verbal attestation that the individual has 15 years of experience
Once rules have been promulgated, this practice will no longer be considered compliant by the DSPS.
Act 270 - Uniform Commercial Building Code
2013 Wisconsin Act 270 establishes a Uniform Commercial Building Code (UCBC) for the State of Wisconsin, as well as a Building Code Council for the purpose of reviewing the code and making recommendations to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) to keep the UCBC current. The previous Commercial Building Code acted as a minimum standard and allowed for municipalities to enact ordinances above and beyond those detailed in the code. The UCBC replaces the previous Commercial Building Code and eliminates municipal variations. However, Act 270 allows for municipalities to submit ordinances to the DSPS within 60 days of publication of the law for review and exemption if the ordinance meets all of the following requirements:
1. The ordinance was enacted before May 1, 2013.
2. The ordinance was published by the town, village, or city in the manner required under Statute 60.80, 61.50, or 62.11 (4).
3. The ordinance relates to fire detection, prevention, or suppression components of buildings.
4. The building is not a multifamily dwelling, as defined in Statute 101.971 (2).
5. The ordinance is submitted to the department within 60 days after the effective date of this subdivision, Friday, April 18, 2014.
6. The department determines that the ordinance requires standards that are at least as strict as the rules promulgated by the department.
Send your ordinance and contact information to DSPSPolicyDevelopment@wisconsin.gov by June 17, 2014. Any submissions received after June 17, 2014 will not be considered.
Photograph No Longer Required for Some Credentials
The Department of Safety and Professional Services recently reviewed licensure requirements and processes and determined that a photograph of applicants for the following credentials is no longer required:
Private Security Permit
Private Detective/Security Guard Agency
This change is effective immediately and applies to applications currently in process. Application forms and information on the DSPS website have been updated to reflect this change.
The Pharmacy Examining Board approved changes that went into effect November 1st to allow prescription medications to be delivered to a location of the patient’s choice. The consultation requirement is met by the pharmacist providing a notice that consultation is available relative to the prescriptions(s) being delivered. In these cases directions and a means of contacting the pharmacist must accompany the delivery. The Pharmacy Examining Board determined that permitting the delivery to a location of the patient’s choice would be beneficial to patients and to pharmacies without negatively impacting public safety. More information can be found in Phar 7.01(1)(e) here. A list of all pending rulemaking projects is available here.
Due to recent legislative changes, the following credential types will be regulated by the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) beginning November 1, 2013:
- Charitable Organizations
- Professional Fund-raisers
- Fund-raising Counsels
- Professional Employer Organizations
- Professional Employer Organizations - Limited (Small Operations)
- Professional Employer Groups
- Professional Employer Groups - Limited (Small Operations)
For answers to common questions about this transition, please see the Frequently Asked Questions
Professional Credential Certificates Available On-line
Effective May 8, 2013, Professional License holders can log in to print or download their own credentials. Standard Wall Certificates, Governor-signed Wall Certificates, and Wallet Cards can be printed or downloaded free of charge by logging in here: https://online.drl.wi.gov/UserLogin.aspx.
Wall Certificates and Governor-signed Wall Certificates can also be purchased from the Division of Professional Credential Processing for $10. Please use this order form:http://184.108.40.206/Documents/Credentialing%20Forms/Renewal%20Forms/CCFAX2.pdf
New license holders will no longer receive a wall certificate upon issuance of the license. They will receive an email (or letter via USPS mail if no email address is provided) indicating the credential number, and directions to log in and print certificates from the website.
For a list of Professional License Types, click here: http://dsps.wi.gov/Default.aspx?Page=5c2e4e51-1130-48af-a6b7-92a5047d1ebf Barbering
Starting February 11, 2013, and continuing through March 31, 2015, 2011 Act 190 will allow all people who hold a barber-cosmetologist practitioner license to exchange it for a barber license, if they wish. Please visit the renewal page for more detailed information.
As required by Statute, the Department of Safety and Professional Services conducts a fee study each biennium to determine the administrative and enforcement costs attributable to each profession. Based on this mandate, the Department set new fees for the 2013-2015 biennium and forwarded them to the Joint Committee on Finance for a 14-day passive review and approval. The request was approved on February 25, 2013.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding License Fees
Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Pursuant to 2013 Act 3, veterinarians are no longer included in the definition of practitioners who have to collect and submit data to the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). Therefore, veterinarians do not have to continue collecting data to submit to the PDMP and they are not required to submit the data that they have been collecting since January 1, 2013.
For more information, visit the PDMP web pages.