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School Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistant

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.

Any person employed by a school district as a School Occupational Therapist (OT), School Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA), School Physical Therapist (PT) or School Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA) must hold the license issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

License Application Requirements

 
To apply for a School Occupational Therapist, School Occupational Therapy Assistant or School Physical Therapist license, an applicant must hold a valid license from the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services (DSPS) in the area requested.  Please upload a copy of the DSPS license or wallet card with the application.
 

To apply for a School Physical Therapy Assistant license, the applicant must have graduated from a Physical Therapist Assistant associate degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.  Please upload a copy of the transcripts confirming an associate degree in the area of Physical Therapy Assistant.

License Renewal Requirements

 
To renew a School Occupational Therapist, School Occupational Therapy Assistant or School Physical Therapist license, an applicant must continue to hold a valid license from the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services (DSPS) in the area requested. Please upload a copy of the DSPS license or wallet card with the application.
 
To renew a School Physical Therapy Assistant license, the applicant must continue to remain licensed as a Physical Therapy Assistant through the State of Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services (DSPS) in the area requested. Please upload a copy of the DSPS license or wallet card with the application.
 

Application Forms and Process

 
To apply and renew your license, please use the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) System.

 

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