Designer of Engineering Systems

License Information

Per Wis. Stat. § 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Designer of Engineering Systems credential is 01/31/even years.  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 Safety and Buildings Division of DSPS at (608) 266-3151.

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. Stats § 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​Application for Electrical, Fire Protection, HVAC, Plumbing and Private Sewage System Examinations
989Designer of Engineering Systems Applicant Appraisal Form (3 Appraisal Forms Required)
1897​​Application for Designer of Engineering Systems Permit
463Experience Record
​2288​Application for Credential Reinstatement
​2490​Applicant Appraisal Form for Reinstatement (3 Appraisal Forms Required)
​2489​Experience Record for Credential Reinstatement
475Verification of Examination or Registration
2252​Convictions and Pending Charges
3071​Fax Payment Form

Application by Reinstatement (License Expired Five Years or More)

Submit application Form #2288, 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 Methods

  • Online Log In: License Renewal Online
  • Request a Paper Renewal Form: (888) 506‑4239 or (608) 261‑4460 for the Madison area
RDAFRenewal Dates and Fees