Required areas of experience.
All applicants shall have experience in the following areas:
Problem identification, including consideration of alternative approaches to problem solving.
Planning, including selecting a theoretical or experimental approach.
Execution of plan, including completing design calculations.
Evaluation of design solution for adherence to laws and codes and obtain approval.
Other areas of experience.
Qualifying experience includes:
Definition of performance specifications and functional requirements, including materials, energy balances, and environmental considerations.
Preparation of designs, layouts, models and systems diagrams.
Preparation of bid documents, including conducting a contract evaluation.
Inspection of purchased equipment and materials for conformity specifications.
Assistance in design implementation during manufacturing or construction.
Revision of design as required including “as built" drawings and specifications.
Recording of failures, repairs and replacement of equipment.
Determination of causes of equipment, structure or schedule failures.
Not more than one year of satisfactory experience may be granted for any calendar year.
A-E 5.03 History
Cr. Register, February, 1987, No. 374
, eff. 3-1-87; am. (2), Register, October, 1991, No. 430
, eff. 11-1-91; am. (1) (intro.) to (c), Register, January, 1999, No. 517
, eff. 2-1-99; CR 20-014
: cr. (1) (e), am. (2) Register May 2021 No. 785
Written examination for designer of engineering systems; scope of examination. A-E 5.04(1)(a)(a)
The written examination in each field and subfield shall include questions and problems applying to the following basic content areas:
Graphic techniques, including drafting and sketching, reading and interpreting blueprints and preparing specifications.
The examination for a permit in the field of heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems requires an applicant to demonstrate competency in all of the following:
Heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, including ducted, piped, unitary, steam and hot water systems.
Manual, electric and pneumatic control systems, including air distribution, heat transfer, energy conservation and air changing systems.
The examination for a permit in the field of plumbing systems requires an applicant to demonstrate competency in all of the following:
User requirements for water supply, drainage and disposal, including private septic systems.
Gaseous distribution systems, including processing piping, oxygen, air and other gases, heating and utilities.
The examination for a permit in the subfield of private onsite wastewater treatment systems as defined in s. 145.01 (12)
, Stats., requires an applicant to demonstrate competency in:
Knowledge of applications and reports, including but not limited to soil boring and percolation reports.
Knowledge of all systems in the subfield and design of the systems.
The examination for a permit in the field of electrical systems requires the applicant to demonstrate competency in all of the following:
User requirements for both primary and secondary distribution, illumination, controls and switches and communication systems.
The examination for a permit in the field of fire protection systems requires the applicant to demonstrate competency in all of the following:
User requirements for fire protection of life and property, life safety requirements, methods of fire prevention, wet and dry standpipes, use of fire retardants and fire proof materials.
Requirements for entrance to examinations.
To be eligible to take a written examination for a permit as a designer of engineering systems, an applicant shall have 7 years of approved experience in specialized engineering design work, up to 4 years of which may be equivalent academic training or apprenticeship as provided in s. 443.07 (2)
Application for examination.
An application for examination must be filed with the section no later than 2 months before the scheduled date for the examination.
A-E 5.04 Note
Note: An otherwise qualified applicant with a disability shall be provided with reasonable accommodations.
Examination and refund fees.
The fee for a designer examination and requirements for refund of fees are specified in s. 440.05
, Stats., and ch. SPS 4
Time, date and site of examinations.
The examinations shall be held at a time, date and site specified by the section.
Grading of written examinations.
The passing scores set by the section represent the minimum competency required to protect public health and safety.
An applicant's experience rating is not considered by the section in grading the applicant's written examination.
An applicant for a designer examination who fails an examination or any part of an examination may retake any part of the examination failed at a regularly-scheduled administration of the examination. If an applicant fails to pass, on reexamination of the parts failed, or, the current examination parts equivalent to the parts failed, within 4 years from the date of receipt of the results of the first failure of the examination or any part of the examination, the applicant is required to take and pass the entire examination. If the applicant retakes the entire examination, the applicant shall pay the original examination fee under s. 440.05 (1)
, Stats. The section shall determine which parts of a current examination are equivalent to the examination parts failed by an applicant.
A-E 5.04 Note
Note: Examination fees are available on the department's website at dsps.wi.gov, or by request to the Department of Safety and Professional Services, P.O. Box 8935, Madison, WI 53708, or call (608) 266-2112.
A-E 5.04(8)(a)(a) One-year limitation.
An applicant for a designer examination may review questions on any part of an examination failed by the applicant within one year from the date of the examination. An applicant may review the examination only once.
(b) Review procedure.
Failing candidates shall be notified of the procedure to schedule a review of the appropriate examination parts. The applicant may take notes on the examination questions reviewed. No notes may be retained by the applicant following the review. The review may not take place within 30 days prior to a scheduled examination. If the section confirms the failing status following its review, the application shall be deemed incomplete, and the applicant may be reexamined under sub. (7)
Any applicant for registration who receives aid or cheats in any other manner in connection with the examination shall be barred from completing the examination or shall not be given a passing grade, or both.
A-E 5.04 History
Cr. Register, February, 1987, No. 374
, eff. 3-1-87; am. (1) (a) (intro.), renum. (1) (d) and (e) to be (1) (e) and (f), cr. (1) (d), Register, October, 1991, No. 430
, eff. 11-1-91; am. (7), Register, June, 1994, No. 462
, eff. 7-1-94; am. (8) (b), Register, March, 1996, No. 483
, eff. 4-1-96; am. (8), Register, October, 1996, No. 490
, eff. 11-1-96; am. (1) (a) 1. to 3., (b) (intro.) to 4., (c) (intro.) and 1., (e) (intro.) and 1., (f) (intro.) to 4. and (6), cr. (9), Register, January, 1999, No. 517
, eff. 2-1-99; correction in (4) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671
; CR 20-014
: am. (1) (d) (intro.), 1. to 6., (3), (5), (6), (7), (8) (a) Register May 2021 No. 785
, eff. 6-1-21.
Except as provided in s. A-E 2.06 (2)
, an application shall include all of the following:
Transcripts or apprenticeship records verifying the applicant's education and training.
References from 3 individuals who have personal knowledge of the applicant's work involving the preparation of plans and specifications, one of whom shall be a registered architect, professional engineer or designer.
A chronological history of the applicant's employment.
Any additional data, exhibits or references showing the extent and quality of the applicant's technological experience that may be required by the designer section.