The department may promulgate rules that establish procedures for submitting an application for a credential or credential renewal by electronic transmission. Any rules promulgated under this subsection shall specify procedures for complying with any requirement that a fee be submitted with the application. The rules may also waive any requirement in chs. 440
that an application submitted to the department, an examining board, or an affiliated credentialing board be executed, verified, signed, sworn, or made under oath, notwithstanding ss. 440.26 (2) (b)
, 440.91 (2) (intro.)
, 443.06 (1) (a)
, 443.10 (2) (a)
, 445.04 (2)
, 445.095 (1) (a)
, 448.05 (7)
, 450.09 (1) (a)
, 452.10 (1)
, and 480.08 (2m)
The department may promulgate rules requiring holders of certain credentials to do any of the following:
Display the credential in a conspicuous place in the holder's office or place of practice or business, if the holder is not required by statute to do so.
Post a notice in a conspicuous place in the holder's office or place of practice or business describing the procedures for filing a complaint against the holder.
Subject to pars. (b)
and s. 458.33 (2) (b)
, the department shall, biennially, determine each fee for an initial credential for which no examination is required, for a reciprocal credential, and for a credential renewal and any fees imposed under ss. 448.986 (2)
and 448.9875 (2)
by doing all of the following:
Recalculating the administrative and enforcement costs of the department that are attributable to the regulation of each occupation or business under chs. 440
Not later than January 31 of each odd-numbered year, adjusting for the succeeding fiscal biennium each fee for an initial credential for which an examination is not required, for a reciprocal credential, and, subject to s. 440.08 (2) (a)
, for a credential renewal, and any fees imposed under ss. 448.986 (2)
and 448.9875 (2)
, if an adjustment is necessary to reflect the approximate administrative and enforcement costs of the department that are attributable to the regulation of the particular occupation or business during the period in which the initial or reciprocal credential, credential renewal, or compact privilege is in effect and, for purposes of each fee for a credential renewal, to reflect an estimate of any additional moneys available for the department's general program operations as a result of appropriation transfers that have been or are estimated to be made under s. 20.165 (1) (i)
during the fiscal biennium in progress at the time of the deadline for an adjustment under this subdivision or during the fiscal biennium beginning on the July 1 immediately following the deadline for an adjustment under this subdivision.
The department may not recommend an initial credential fee that exceeds the amount of the fee that the department recommends for a renewal of the same credential, if no examination is required for the initial credential.
The cemetery board may by rule impose a fee in addition to the renewal fee determined by the department under this subsection for renewal of a license granted under s. 440.91 (1)
Not later than 14 days after completing proposed fee adjustments under par. (a)
, the department shall send a report detailing the proposed fee adjustments to the cochairpersons of the joint committee on finance. If, within 14 working days after the date that the department submits the report, the cochairpersons of the committee notify the secretary that the committee has scheduled a meeting for the purpose of reviewing the proposed adjustments, the department may not impose the fee adjustments until the committee approves the report. If the cochairpersons of the committee do not notify the secretary, the department shall notify credential holders of the fee adjustments by posting the fee adjustments on the department's Internet website and in credential renewal notices sent to affected credential holders under s. 440.08 (1)
The department shall cooperate with the department of health services to develop a program to use voluntary, uncompensated services of licensed or certified professionals to assist the department of health services in the evaluation of community mental health programs in exchange for continuing education credits for the professionals under ss. 448.40 (2) (e)
and 455.065 (5)
Each application form for an initial credential or credential renewal shall provide a space for the department to require an applicant for the initial credential or credential renewal, other than an individual who does not have a social security number and who submits a statement made or subscribed under oath or affirmation as required under par. (am)
, to provide his or her social security number. If the applicant is not an individual, the department shall require the applicant to provide its federal employer identification number.
If an applicant specified in par. (a)
is an individual who does not have a social security number, the applicant shall submit a statement made or subscribed under oath that the applicant does not have a social security number. The form of the statement shall be prescribed by the department of children and families. A credential or license issued in reliance upon a false statement submitted under this paragraph is invalid.
The real estate examining board shall deny an application for an initial credential or deny an application for credential renewal if any information required under par. (a)
is not included in the application form or, in the case of an applicant who is an individual and who does not have a social security number, if the statement required under par. (am)
is not included with the application form.
The department may not disclose a social security number obtained under par. (a)
to any person except for the following:
The coordinated licensure information system under s. 448.980 (8)
, if such disclosure is required under the interstate medical licensure compact under s. 448.980
The coordinated database and reporting system under s. 448.985 (8)
, if such disclosure is required under the physical therapy licensure compact under s. 448.985
The coordinated database and reporting system under s. 448.987 (9)
, if such disclosure is required under the occupational therapy licensure compact under s. 440.987
The coordinated licensure information system under s. 455.50 (9)
, if such disclosure is required under the psychology interjurisdictional compact under s. 455.50
For a social security number obtained under par. (a)
, the department of revenue for the purpose of requesting certifications under s. 73.0301
, administering the initial credential fee reduction under s. 440.052
, and administering state taxes and the department of workforce development for the purpose of requesting certifications under s. 108.227
The department of safety and professional services shall cooperate with the departments of justice, children and families, and health services in developing and maintaining a computer linkup to provide access to information regarding the current status of a credential issued to any person by the department of safety and professional services, including whether that credential has been restricted in any way.
The department may conduct an investigation to determine whether an applicant for a credential satisfies any of the eligibility requirements specified for the credential, including whether the applicant does not have an arrest or conviction record. In conducting an investigation under this paragraph, the department may require an applicant to provide any information that is necessary for the investigation, except that, for an investigation of an arrest or conviction record, the department shall comply with the requirements of pars. (b)
. Once all required information has been received and the department has completed its investigation, the application shall be considered complete.
Once an application is considered complete following an investigation as provided in subd. 1.
, the department shall, for a credential that is granted by a credentialing board, do one of the following:
Forward the application to the credentialing board or the credentialing board's designee with the results of the department's investigation and a recommendation on whether to approve the application, approve the application with limitations, deny the application, or conduct further review. If the department forwards an application under this subd. 2. a.
, does not recommend further review of the application, and recommends that the application be approved or approved with limitations, the department shall notify the credentialing board or credentialing board's designee of the date on which the application is forwarded and the date on which the application would be considered approved under s. 440.035 (1r)
unless anything specified in s. 440.035 (1r) (a)
occurs prior to that date.
In accordance with authority delegated to the department under s. 440.035 (1p)
, approve the application, approve the application with limitations, or deny the application.
A person holding a credential who is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor anywhere shall send a notice of the conviction by 1st class mail to the department within 48 hours after the entry of the judgment of conviction. The department shall by rule determine what information and documentation the person holding the credential shall include with the written notice.
Par. (b) (intro.) is shown as amended by 2021 Wis. Acts 123
and as merged by the legislative reference bureau under s. 13.92 (2) (i).
Substance abuse counselor, clinical supervisor, or prevention specialist.