Designer of Engineering Systems

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License Information

Per Wis. Stat. § 440.08(2), the required renewal date for the Designer of Engineering Systems credential is 01/31/ each even-numbered year.  Should you receive your initial credential in the months leading up to this date, you are still required to renew your license by the statutorily defined date.

Candidates who are over 35 years of age AND have attained ​12 or more years of experience in Wisconsin are not required to take the examination. Experience acquired in another state cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

Registration Seals

As a credential holder with this Board, you are required to obtain a personal registration seal in compliance with the specifications outlined in Wis. Admin. Code § A-E 2.02.  It is the credential holder's responsibility to obtain a seal, which should only include the numbers before the dash (i.e. 30666-006, 8178-005).  The inner circle area of the seal must include the credential holder's name, credential number, and the city and state where the credential holder resides or is employed.  This information serves as a basis for locating the credential holder and should be the same as the mailing address on file with the Board office (i.e. if the credential holder's address is Memphis, TN, then Memphis, TN must be placed on the inner circle).

The letter designation for the field or subfield is as follows:

E – Electrical   F – Fire Protection  PSS – Private Sewage Systems  H – HVAC    P – Plumbing

Example: If the registration number is 30666-007 in the field of electrical design, the number on the seal would be D 30666 E.

Submission of Plans for State Approval

Questions regarding the submission of plans for state approval should be directed to the DSPS Division of Industry Services at (608) 266-2112.

Certificate of Authorization

A firm, partnership, or corporation requesting a certificate of authorization shall submit a completed application and fee to the Department.  See Architectural, Engineering, or Designer of Engineering Systems Corp Certificate for more information.

Pre-Credential Education Information

Designer of Engineering Systems - Electrical, Fire Protection, HVAC, Plumbing, Private Sewage Systems

An applicant must have 7 years of approved experience in specialized engineering design work. No more than 4 of the 7 years may be equivalent academic training or apprenticeship as provided in Wis. Stat. § 443.07(2).

Completion of technological academic training or apprenticeship program may be considered equivalent to experience but may not exceed a total of 4 years.

Graduation from a course other than engineering technology shall be equivalent to 2 years of experience.

Application for Licensure

New Graduates/Exam Candidates must submit Form 2100 to be approved for examinations.

​2100​Information for Electrical, Fire Protection, HVAC, Plumbing and Private Sewage System Examinations
​3217​Application for Fee Reduction (This form must accompany the application for the credential)
989Designer of Engineering Systems Applicant Appraisal Form (3 Appraisal Forms Required)
1897​​Information for Designer of Engineering Systems Permit
463Experience Record
​2490​Applicant Appraisal Form for Late Renewal (​WI credential expired more than 5 years)​​ (3 Appraisal Forms Required)
Information for Completing Late Renewal Application Form (License Expired Five Years or More)​
​2489​Experience Record for Credential Late Renewal (​WI credential expired more than 5 years)
475Verification of Examination or Registration
​3085​Application for Predetermination (Optional - Submit ONLY if you have been convicted of any felony, misdemeanor, or other violation of federal or state law in this state or any other and you want a review of your conviction records before applying for a credential.) 
2252​Convictions and Pending Charges (if applicable) 

Application by Late Renewal (License Expired More Than 5 Years)

Submit online application​, supporting documentation and fee.

Renewal Information


  • FEE (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • If your legal status as a qualified alien or nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States has changed since the issuance of your credential or your last renewal, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at (608) 266-2112 or

Renewal Method​

Credential Retired Status

Per Wis. Stat. § 443.015 (1m)(a)1 a or b, a credential holder with an active or expired credential is eligible to place his or her credential in Retired status if:

  • He or she is retired and no longer engages in the practice for which the credential was issued, and
  • He or she is at least 65 years old or has actively maintained or previously held the credential for a minimum of 20 years (consecutive or nonconsecutive).

If you do not intend to practice and want your license to be placed in Retired status, renew online in LicensE. If your credential status is already in Retired status, renew online in LicensE.  Follow instructions given during the renewal process.

When you complete the renewal for Retired status online, you will also need to upload Form R443. You can print Form R443 from our website.   

  • Your prorated renewal fee is $27.50 for Retired status.
  • While a credential is in Retired status, the credential holder may no longer engage in the practice for which the credential was issued and must apply for Active status, including the remaining renewal fee of $27.50, before returning to the practice authorized under his or her credential.​ 
R443​Retired Status Renewal Addendum Form
​Convictions and Pending Charges Form (if applicable to renewal application)
RDAFRenewal Dates and Fees