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Lifetime Educator License (Post-2017)

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Important Notice


Educators with an invalid Life or Lifetime license have until December 31st 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 30th. Educators will have until December 31st to complete this application for their license to be revalidated. 

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Lifetime Educator License (Post-2017)

A Lifetime Educator License is a Tier III license that may be issued to educators who successfully completed at least six semesters of experience in Wisconsin in the license area of their Provisional Educator license and have completed all statutory requirements. The six semesters of successful experience must meet the following criteria:

  • Experience completed in the license area (Teaching, Administration or Pupil Services) while holding either a Provisional, Initial Educator, Professional Educator or Master Educator license.
  • Experience completed in the five years immediately preceding the July 1 start date of the Lifetime license.
  • Experience must be providing direct services to students or providing administrative oversight in a prekindergarten through grade 12 setting in the license area of the Provisional license verified as successful experience by an educational entity in Wisconsin.

Note: Short-term substitute experience does not meet the experience requirement listed above.


Background Check Requirement

Educators who hold a valid Lifetime license will need to complete an application to have a new background check conducted at least once every five years. If the background check is not completed by June 30th of the fifth year, then the license will become invalid.  Follow the Application Directions for Background Check to Maintain Lifetime License to submit a background check.  Be aware that paying for a license application of any type will also prompt a new background check.

The year of most recent background check is available on License Lookup.


Employment Requirement

The Lifetime license becomes invalid if the educator has not been regularly employed in education for five consecutive years.

"Regularly employed in education” means employed as an educator providing services directly to students, families or fellow educators in a prekindergarten through college setting for one hour per day per semester or its equivalent.

Once an educator’s Lifetime license is invalidated due to not being regularly employed for five consecutive years, he/she is eligible to apply for a Provisional license. The Provisional license would be in the same subject and grade levels and allow the educator to work in the exact same assignments as the Lifetime license. The educator may apply for a Lifetime license again once they have completed six semesters of successful experience within the five years immediately preceding the start date of the new Lifetime license.


How to apply for the Lifetime license

Follow the Application Directions for Lifetime License to apply for a Lifetime license.