Trades Credentialing Examination Information

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​How Do I Schedule an Exam?


Alert: Beginning January 8, all initial and reinstatement applications for a Trades credential must be made through LicensE, your online, self-guided licensing platform.

Follow the steps in the LicensE application to apply for a license and schedule an exam. Your application will be reviewed and you will receive a notification when you are eligible to schedule your exam.  If you wish to take a Spanish language exam, please check the box found on each credential application.​

Now Available: Trades Exams at Pearson VUE Exam Centers -  Trade Exam​ Fee Schedule

​The Department of Safety and Professional Services has partnered with computer-based testing company Pearson VUE to offer trades exams at more locations across the state. Wisconsin exam candidates may choose to take a computer-based exam at Pearson VUE testing centers throughout the state.  Sites include Eau Claire, Madison, Brookfield, Kenosha, Ashwaubenon, Milwaukee and more depending on the type of credential and availability.

As of May 30, 2024, eligible exam candidates for trade credentials may choose to register for an exam at a Pearson VUE testing location.  Pearson VUE computer-based exams allow the exam candidate to receive results more quickly and to reschedule without the wait related to in-person exams, at a marginally higher cost to the applicant.  

​To schedule an examination, applicants must have an open application in LicensE. Eligible candidates can select the Pearson VUE exam location in their LicensE application and will be directed accordingly.  Testing days and times will vary and are subject to available hours and seating availability.

How Do I Get Special Accommodations for Medical Reasons?

To make a request for special accommodations for a trades exam, please fill out the following forms and upload them with your LicensE application. Please check the box on the LicensE application indicating your request for exam accommodations. For pending applications, please send the forms to​. Please note that both forms must be submitted for consideration.​

2352​ Special Accommodations Request-Trades Examination (Filled out by applicant)

2351​ Professional Verification of Request for Trade Exam Modification (Filled out by medical provider)*

*Note that this form requires the signature of the applicant

How Will I Know That I Am Scheduled for the Exam?

You will receive an exam confirmation letter in the mail once you have been scheduled for an exam. LicensE applicants will receive an exam confirmation e-mail once you have been scheduled for an exam. 

If you do not feel well, have a fever or any flu/cold like symptoms, please reschedule your exam.

What Can I Expect at the Exam Site?​

  • Please wait until the proctors open the doors and start registration which typically begins a half hour prior to exam.
  • Have your ID and signed Honesty Agreement ready for registration. 
  • You will take your seat and wait for instruction from the proctors.
  • The proctors will give you the rules of the exam, time requirements and answer questions as needed. 
  • They will give all examinees a 15-minute warning prior to the end of the exam.
  • Phones including Apple watches​ or other internet based devices are not allowed into the exam room and should be kept in your vehicle.

What Should I Bring to the Exam Site?

  • Photo ID​

  • Exam Confirmation Letter

  • Number 2 pencils (Bring more than one)

  • Reference materials - The exam is an open book exam and reference material that are bound together are allowed into the exam. If you have notes or loose leaf paper that you want to bring into the exam make sure that they are put into a binder to be code compliant. There is no limitation on the amount of Highlight or Ink marks on your reference material, just that the reference material you bring should be bound together. 

  • Calculator (No programmable calculators or cell phone calculators allowed)

When Should I Arrive at the Exam Site?

You can arrive at the exam site 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled exam time

When Can I Expect my Results?

You will receive an exam result letter in the mail within 21 calendar days of your exam date.

If I Fail, When Can I Apply for the Next Exam Session?

If you failed, there will be instructions in the exam result letter for setting up the next exam date. After you receive your exam result letter you may mail in a credential application form for a future exam site.

You may schedule only one exam session at a time for each credential type. Applications sent in for multiple exam sites for the same credential will not be accepted. Refunds will not be issued.

Plumbing Code & Exam Update Information ​

The first updates to Wisconsin plumbing code since 2009 will take effect on October 1, 2023, but related licensing exams will not be administered under the new code until November.

The state's Plumbing Code Advisory Committee received input from professional groups to shape these updates, which can now be found in the state administrative code.

While the new plumbing code takes effect October 1, 2023, DSPS is offering a brief grace period for related licensing exams. Exams will be administered under the old code throughout October. However, exams will be administered under the updated code starting in November 2023.

A link to the plain language document is located at the link below:

The updated code language can be found on the Wisconsin Legislature's webpage:

***Please note printed code can be brought into the exam if it is bound together in a 3-ring binder ***  ​

2024 Exam Locations and Dates 

​There are two sessions available each day:

  • Morning sessions start at 8:00 a.m.​
  • Afternoon sessions start at 1:00 p.m.

Pewaukee 2024

Ingleside Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072
  • July 9, 2024 FULL

  • July 10, 2024​ FULL

  • September 18, 2024​ FULL

  • September 19, 2024

  • November 19, 2024

  • November 20, 2024

Appleton 2024

Doubletree By Hilton Appleton, 150 S Nicolet Road, Appleton, WI 54914

  • July 23, 2024​​​ FULL

  • July 24, 2024​ FULL

  • September 10, 2024

  • September 11, 2024

  • November 5, 2024

  • November 6, 2024

Weston (Wausau area) 2024

Fairfield by Marriott, 7100 Stone Ridge Drive, Weston, WI 54476

  • August 20, 2024 FULL

  • August 21, 2024 FULL

Deforest 2024

Comfort Suites/ North Star Conference Center, ​5025 County Road V, Deforest, WI 53532

  • August 6, 2024 FULL

  • August 7, 2024​ FULL

  • October 22, 2024

  • October 23, 2024

  • December 10, 2024

  • December 11, 2024

  • December 17, 2024

  • December 18, 2024

Eau Clair​e 2024

Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center, 5872 33rd Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54703 

  • October 8, 2024

  • October 9, 2024

2024 Examination Reviews

Examination reviews are offered on a monthly basis for individuals who were unsuccessful at their most recent examination attempt.  For the monthly date, there is both a morning and afternoon session and the reviews are located at our Madison office.  The review costs $15 and is one hour in length.  Candidates will be able to view their examination and an exam analysis of which questions were answered incorrectly.  They will not be given the correct answers and there will be no technical staff available for questions. Candidates are unable to leave with any written notes from the review, however, they are able bring their exam reference materials and codebooks to re-work any questions during the hour period. Candidates can contact our department to sign up for a review for their most recently failed examination.  Exams may only be reviewed within three months of the exam date.

PLEASE NOTE: Per Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 305.09(8)(c) "an applicant who has failed his or her examination may not review the examination less than 7 calendar days before the applicant is scheduled to retake the examination."

If you wish to sign up to review your examination or inquire about monthly dates, please email with your name, customer ID number, and any questions or concerns.  Upon receipt, you will be forwarded a confirmation letter for the review indicating the details of the review, including address and location information.​

  • June 20, 2024​ FULL

  • July 18, 2024

  • August 22, 2024

  • September 19, 2024

  • October 24, 2024

  • November 21, 2024

  • December 12, 2024​