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Meeting Schedule and Structure

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 Professional Standards Council is mandated to meet no less than two times per year. In recent years, three meetings have been scheduled each calendar year. Meetings are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. and will adjourn at approximately 2:00 p.m.

Please click on PSC Meeting Minutes and Agendas to see currently scheduled Professional Standard Council meetings.

The primary role of the PSC is to advise the State Superintendent by making recommendations on a variety of issues relating to teaching in Wisconsin. In addition, the council can also propose solutions and policy recommendations that respond to the complexities of teaching and the status of teaching in Wisconsin. These recommendations and proposals result from discussions that take place at the PSC meetings covering a wide variety of topics.

The State Superintendent provides opening remarks and updates at each meeting as scheduling allows. Representatives from the Teacher Education, Professional Development and Licensing team (TEPDL) are often in attendance as well. The director and a staff person from the TEPDL team are direct liaisons from the DPI to the PSC.

All meeting minutes and agendas are listed in Appendix D.