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Frequently Asked Questions - Experience-Based Technical/Vocational Licensure

DPI is currently receiving a high volume of contacts for assistance.  The three most commonly asked questions and their answers are below:

Help with WAMS IDs

Before you can submit an application to DPI, you must register for a Web Access Management Systems (WAMS) user ID.

How to set up a WAMS account

Already have one or more WAMS accounts?

How to start your WAMS account recovery:

Perform a WAMS account recovery for all emails you have. Enter your email address but do NOT enter your User ID to start your WAMS account recovery. Once in the account recovery process you will be prompted to change your password. After you change your password you will be told in parentheses what your correct User ID is. Please make note of that before you terminate the account recovery session. Once you have recovered all WAMS accounts you have, login to ELO with each of your accounts individually. If you can see your licenses, you are logging in with the correct WAMS account. If you are taken through the Onboarding process again, you are not using the correct WAMS account and should try another account.

If you encounter errors in the WAMS account recovery process, please contact WAMS directly.  DPI is unable to help with WAMS recovery because the system is used by many state agencies and is run by the Department of Administration:

Revalidating Life or Lifetime License

Educators, whose Life or Lifetime license was invalidated in July, have until December 31 to revalidate their license. Upon approval of the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900] application, the Lifetime license will be revalidated just as if the educator completed the application before June 30. Educators will have until December 31 to complete this application for their license to be revalidated.

Background Checks

DPI is required by law to conduct a background check on each applicant for a Wisconsin educator license regardless of whether it is an initial request or a renewal request.

All educators are required to complete a background check to maintain or revalidate a life or lifetime license. There are directions for how to complete the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900].

To find the year in which your most recent background check was submitted, search License Lookup using your name or entity number and check see the “Last Background Check Submitted” field.

The following are Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the Experience-Based Technical and Vocational Education Subjects license.

 

1.  What does the school district do for professional development curriculum?

The school district can choose the professional development curriculum for the educator to complete during the initial three years of their license. If the school district needs additional guidance for creating professional development curriculum, they may contact the DPI Content Consultant for the subject area, or local CESA, or an educator preparation program.

 

2.  Does an educator take classes as part of the professional development curriculum?

This is a district decision.  Per PI 34 rules, the educator is not required to complete classes unless the school district has deemed it to be part of the professional development curriculum.

 

3.  Does educator who holds the Initial Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects license need to enroll in or complete an educator preparation program?

This is a district decision.  Per PI 34 rules, the educator is not required to enroll in or complete an educator preparation program unless the school district has deemed it to be part of the professional development curriculum.

 

4.  Does an Initial Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects educator need to do a PDP?

An educator who has received an Initial Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects license is not required to complete the PDP.  Instead, they must complete the professional development curriculum established by the school district.

 

5.  Does the Initial Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects license educator need to stay with the hiring school district for the full three years prior to advancing?

While at the Initial Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects license stage, the license stays with the hiring school district. If an educator decides to move prior to advancing their license to the professional level, they would be required to start over. Therefore, the educator would be required to begin the application process and their professional development curriculum entirely over, even if hired for the same position at a different district.

 

6.  Can a Professional Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects license educator move from district to district?

Once the educator has advanced from the initial stage and holds a Professional Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subject license, they are no longer tied to the hiring school district. They have the option to move between school districts. 

 

7. Does the Initial Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects license or the Professional Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects license lead to a lifetime license?

No.  The Initial Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects license and the Professional Experience Based Technical and Vocational Subjects license are Tier I licenses and do not lead to the Tier III Lifetime license. If you wish to pursue a Tier II license or Tier III license, you will need to complete a different pathway to licensure.