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Trade Specialist Permit Pathway

DPI is currently receiving a high volume of contacts for assistance.  The four most common topics of discussion are:

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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:

Candidate Profile

  • Completed an apprenticeship program and 3 additional years of occupational experience in a particular trade area; or
  • Completed 4 years of institutional training in a trade area; or
  • Certified by the technical college system board to teach an industrial arts or similar subject
  • Seeking to fill a school district need in a specific trade area 

Seeking a permit to teach a specific trade area?

People who fit this pathway profile are individuals who have completed an apprenticeship and have three years of practical experience beyond the apprenticeship and have three years of practical experience beyond the apprenticeship, have four years of institutional training in the trade area, or have certification to teach the trade at a Wisconsin Technical College. This pathway is referred to as the Trade Specialist Permit pathway because it is limited to an applicant with significant training and experience in a specific trade area. The permit holder is limited to teaching only this specific trade to meet a district's needs. This process is for a permit only and does not lead to a degree or license.

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If you fit this pathway profile:

  1. DETERMINE your eligibility and follow the steps identified in Trade Specialist Permit Pathway
  2. APPLY for a Wisconsin Permit using the Educator Licensing Online (ELO) System.