Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor FAQ

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Q: How do I get certified as a Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor Qualifier?

  1. Complete an approved 12 Hour Qualifier Course.
  2. Obtain and complete a Wisconsin license application. You will need to complete both applications.
    1. Click the Dwelling Contractor (for the Business) and
    2. Dwelling Contractor Qualifier (for the Individual) applications.

Q: Who needs the Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification?

Wisconsin Dwelling Contractors (Business License) must hold or employ someone who holds a Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification in order to obtain one or two-family dwelling building permits. In order to obtain this certification, you must complete a 12-hour initial qualifier course that has been State Approved by the Division of Industry Services. Also, after you obtain the Certification, you must complete 12 hours of State Approved Continuing Education during each two-year period in order to remain certified.

Q: Do I need to take contractor continuing education to keep my dwelling contractor certification?

Yes, you will need to complete 12 hours of State Approved continuing education for every two-year licensing cycle.
This 12 hours can be broken up or taken all in one course.

Once you complete the education and have supplied your Qualifier license number, we report your completion to the State of Wisconsin for you.

Q: How is the state of Wisconsin notified when I complete my continuing education?

We report your course completion to the State of Wisconsin for you. In order to submit your continuing education, we will need your Dwelling Contractor Qualifier number.

Q: How do I renew my contractor certification in Wisconsin?

  • Wisconsin will send a renewal notice to all certified dwelling contractors 4-6 weeks before the renewal date.
    • Cards are sent to those who have already completed their CE.
    • Paper renewals are sent to those who still need to complete their CE.
    • When all requirements are met, all renewals are mailed a license number and a new license expiration date.

Q: What are the fees for renewing my certification?

On-Time Renewal Fees

  • Dwelling Contractors (Business) $25 for 1 year
  • Dwelling Contractor Qualifier (Individual) with CE completed $30 for 2 years.

Late Renewals

  • Dwelling Contractor Qualifier with CE completed renewing during 90 days preceding expiration $30 renewal + $25 late fee = $55
  • Other fees apply for later renewals.

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Our courses are available online 24/7 and you are able to log in and log out at any time during the course. If you are going to be away from your computer for more than 10-15 minutes, simply log out. When you log back in, you will be able to re-enter the lesson you were last in.

Continuing education requirements vary by state. Each course lists a minimum number of credit hours required to complete the course.

Each course lists the total amount of hours for the course. However, we cover materials quickly and many contractors like to re-watch materials. In other words, this question really depends on your learning style. We recommend that you go through the course as many times as you need to be comfortable with the material and any applicable reference books. The more familiar you are with the materials, the better you will do on your exam!

We allow up to 6 months for you to complete the courses. During the six months you have unlimited, 24/7 access. If you need additional time, please contact our offices to arrange an extension (please note: a fee may apply).

This varies depending on whether the course is continuing education or exam prep.

There are no quizzes for continuing education courses in Michigan. All other states with continuing education require quizzes to check completion progress.

In exam prep courses there will be a short quiz at the end of each lesson and there is also a longer practice test at the end of each course. These quizzes and tests will help you practice taking an exam and identify areas you may wish to study more.

Practice tests are just that: for practice. You will have the opportunity to retake the practice tests until you do pass. The practice tests are there to help you get used to the process of using your reference materials and finding the correct answers during an exam. If you don’t pass on the first try, take the time to note what sections of the material you need to review.

You are able to review the lessons and quizzes at any time during the six months you’ll have access to the courses.

State of Wisconsin
Department of Safety and Professional Services
4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 266-2112 or (877) 617-1565
DSPSCredTrades@wisconsin.gov
https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Professions/DwellingContractorQualifier/

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