Construction businesses working in Wisconsin under the following codes need a contractor credential issued by the state Department of Safety and Professional Services – (codes covered) Electrical, Uniform Dwelling, Smoke Detectors, Passenger Ropeways, Amusement Rides, Gas Systems, Boilers and Pressure Vessels, Anhydrous Ammonia, Mechanical Refrigeration, Commercial Buildings, Plumbing, Public Swimming Pools, and Sanitation.
– Licensing provides identification for state agencies to share info about who’s claiming contractor tax status, paying for workers compensation, and unemployment insurance.
– This supports fair competition.
– Contractors can get codes and training information
– Property owners can find contractors who are not transient.
– On-the-job identification of contractors helps protect against employers misclassifying employees as subcontractors.
These are the contractor credentials the business may hold:
– Building Contractor Registration (not required as of 7/2/2013; 2013 Wisconsin Act 20)
– Dwelling Contractor Certification
– Dwelling Contractor-Restricted Certification
– Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification
– Electrical Contractor Certification
– Electrical Contractor-Restricted Certification
– Elevator Contractor License
– HVAC Contractor Registration
– Liquefied Gas Supplier License
– Liquefied Gas Supplier-Restricted License
– Manufactured Home Dealer License
– Manufactured Home Installer License
– Manufactured Home Manufacturer License
* There are possible forfeitures of $250 to $1,000 for contractor companies which work without appropriate credentials or contractors which have the correct credentials, but hire subcontractors which do not have the correct credentials.
What credentials do I need, for what I do?
The two most common contractor credentials in Wisconsin are the Dwelling Contractor Certification and the Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification. A Dwelling Contractor Certification (issued to the business) must be partnered with a Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification (issued to the individual) in order to get UDC permits.
Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) page to apply for various trades or professional credentials.