The Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) is responsible for ensuring the safe and competent practice of licensed professionals in Wisconsin. The department also administers and enforces laws to assure safe and sanitary conditions in public and private buildings. It provides administrative services to the state occupational regulatory authorities responsible for regulation of occupations and offers policy assistance in such areas as evaluating and establishing new professional licensing programs, creating routine procedures for legal proceedings, and adjusting policies in response to public needs.

DSPS licenses and regulates more than 200 different types of credentials. The agency also provides centralized administrative services to nearly 100 boards, councils, and advisory committees. The boards, councils, and advisory committees have varying levels of responsibility and professional oversight based on statutory provisions.

The Department is organized into five divisions and the Office of the Secretary. The divisions are Industry Services, Legal Services and Compliance, Management Services, Policy Development, and Professional Credential Processing. Information on each division can be viewed by clicking on each of the titles below.

Division of Industry Services (DIS)

DIS is divided into two bureaus, an Administrative Services Section, and the Fire Prevention program.

  • The Bureau of Field Services performs inspections of commercial buildings, amusement rides, boilers, elevators, pressurized gas systems, and electrical systems. The bureau also performs plan reviews of elevators, boilers, and private onsite wastewater treatment systems. The bureau is also responsible for auditing third party and municipal inspection agencies.
  • The Bureau of Technical Services performs commercial building, plumbing, and fire suppression plan review. The bureau is also responsible for administering the Uniform Dwelling Code program, the federal HUD Manufactured Housing program, and provides consultations and training to local building officials, as well as commercial and residential contractors.
  • The Administrative Services Section provides administrative support to internal and external stakeholders. It also administers the Rental Weatherization program for rental properties.
  • The Fire Prevention Program administers the 2% Fire Dues program and provides consultation, support, and training to over 800 fire departments throughout the state.

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Christopher Joch

DIS Division Administrator

Chris Joch joined DSPS in July 2017 as the Division Administrator for Industry Services.

Prior to joining the Department, he served as an educator (teacher, administrator, and consultant) for 25 years in several Wisconsin schools.  

He attended Carroll College, Marian University, and Marquette University where he received degrees and certifications in education.

Division of Legal Services and Compliance (DLSC)

DLSC provides legal services to professional boards and the Department regarding the investigation and discipline of licensed credential holders for violations of professional regulations. The Division is also responsible for the complaint intake process, compliance monitoring and a confidential program for impaired professionals. In addition, the Division conducts business compliance inspections and financial audits.

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Nate Ristow

DLSC Division Administrator

Nate Ristow is Division Administrator for the Division of Legal Services and Compliance.  

Prior to joining DSPS, Nate served as Legislative Advisor for the Department of Revenue and as Assistant Legal Counsel to Governor Scott Walker.  

Nate holds a Law Degree and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Marquette University.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.  

Nate resides in Madison with his wife and two sons.

Division of Management Services (DMS)

DMS provides administrative services to the Office of the Secretary and all other Divisions within the Department. These services include human resources, employment relations, affirmative action, payroll, planning, budget, accounting, information technology, safety, fleet management and facilities management.


Zachary Hetfield

DMS Division Administrator

Zack was appointed the Administrator for the Division of Management Services in May of 2018 after serving as an Attorney for three years with the Department providing counsel on trades and building code legal issues. Additionally, Zack worked as a Program and Policy Analyst for the Department.

Prior to his time with the Department, Zack worked for various firms in New York in securities, contract, and personal injury law.

Originally from southeast Wisconsin, Zack received his Juris Doctorate from Liberty University School of Law in 2012 and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College in 2010. He and his wife now reside in Madison, where they enjoy travel and outdoor adventures with their dog.

Division of Policy Development (DPD)

DPD is responsible for providing administrative support and policy guidance to the professional boards in the state by facilitating board meetings, serving as a liaison between the boards and the Department, and managing the administrative rule promulgation process for self-regulated professions. The Division also manages the administrative rule promulgation process for professions and technical programs that are directly regulated by the Department. This Division is also responsible for continuing education and examination requirements for regulated professions and administration of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

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Brittany Lewin

DPD Division Administrator

Brittany has served in a variety of capacities since joining DSPS in 2013. Prior to serving as Division Administrator, she was an executive director within the department, serving various regulatory boards housed in DPD. She also served the agency as its public information officer.

Prior to joining DSPS, Brittany served as a legislative aide and committee clerk in the Wisconsin State Senate.

Division of Professional Credential Processing (DPCP)

DPCP is responsible for all credential application processing, including determination of credential eligibility and renewal. The division is responsible for licensure, renewal and verification of health, business, trades and manufactured home owners/communities credentials, operation of the Department’s Customer Service Center and regulation of the state’s mixed martial arts/boxing program.

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Michelle "Bea" Beasley

DPCP Division Administrator

Michelle "Bea" Beasley was appointed Administrator for the Division of Professional Credential Processing in June 2017. 

Bea previously served as the Budget and Finance Manager from January 2013 until June 2017 and as Budget and Policy Analyst Agency Advanced from October 2011 until January 2013. 

Prior to joining the Department, Bea served as Budget and Policy Analyst Advanced at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from December 2007 until September 2011.  Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Bea served in various management and administrative capacities at the County of Maricopa (Phoenix) Arizona from 1997 until 2007.

Bea is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agribusiness. Bea holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Western International University.