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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

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.

About NBPTS

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and private corporations, and governed by a 63 member board of directors, the majority of whom are teachers. The NBPTS certificate measures a teacher's practice against high and rigorous standards. The process is an extensive series of performance-based assessments that includes teaching portfolios, student work samples, videotapes and thorough analyses of the candidates' classroom teaching and student learning. Teachers also complete a series of written exercises that probe the depth of their subject-matter knowledge, as well as their understanding of how to teach those subjects to their students.

National Board Certification is voluntary and open to all educators who have a baccalaureate degree and three years of classroom experience in either a public or private school.

Advantages for Wisconsin Educators

The NBPTS certificate compliments, but does not replace, Wisconsin state licensure. It is a professional certificate used to obtain a 10-year Master Educator license in the corresponding area and level. In addition, Wisconsin educators who received NBPTS certification can:

  • Obtain reimbursement for costs of up to $2,000 personally incurred to achieve certification.
  • Receive annual grants for 9 years of $2,500 or $5,000.

For program completers prior to September 1, 2004:  Educators who completed the NBPTS process but did not receive NBPTS certification can renew their Professional Educator licenses using the work done for National Board certification in lieu of 6 semester credits or PDP for license renewal.

The list of National Board Certified Teachers in Wisconsin who are available for consultation is available in Appendix B.