Occupational License Survey

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Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

November 29, 2018

Good morning:


As you may be aware, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) was charged in the last biennial budget (Section 9139) with completing a comprehensive study and report of Wisconsin's occupational licenses. 


The report from the DSPS must include the department's recommendations for the elimination of occupational licenses based on the following:


- The department's evaluation of whether the unregulated practice of the profession, occupation, or trade can clearly harm or endanger the health, safety, or welfare of the public, and whether the potential for the harm is recognizable and not remote or speculative.

- The department's evaluation of whether the public reasonably benefits from the occupational license requirement. 

- The department's evaluation of whether the public can be effectively protected by any means other than requiring an occupational license. 

- The department's analysis of whether licensure requirements for the regulated profession, occupation, or trade exist in other states. 

- The department's estimate of the number of individuals or entities that are affected by the occupational license requirement. 

- The department's estimate of the total financial burden imposed on individual or entities as a result of the occupational licensure requirement, including education or training costs, examination fees, private credential fees, occupational license fees imposed by the state, and other costs individuals or entities incur in order to obtain the required occupational license. 

- Any statement of analysis provided by the agency or board administering the occupational license. 

- The department's evaluation of the tangible or intangible barriers people may face in obtaining an occupational license. 


As a part of this analysis, DSPS is requesting feedback from credential holders across Wisconsin. 


The survey can be taken here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OLS_CH. This link will be live until Monday, December 10th, 2018 and is also available via the DSPS website at https://dsps.wi.gov


"License" means a state of Wisconsin-issued occupational license, credential, certification, or registration. "License" does not include permits, facility or establishment licenses, business licenses (such as liquor license or vending license), or licenses required by a local or municipal ordinance.


Thank you for your participation.