Dwelling Contractor Qualifier

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​The Electronic Safety and Licensing ​Application (eSLA) is now live for Dwelling Contractor Qualifier. Public Lookup is also live for this credential. Visit the Customer Information page for​ instructions on first-time login, and to view the full list of program areas in eSLA. ​​​​

                                Go to esla.wi.gov​​​​ ​​to get started​.​

License Information

Per Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 305.31, no person may obtain a building permit for a one- and two-family dwelling unless the person complies with all of the following, except as provided under Wis. Stats. § 101.654(1)(b) and (1)(c)(2):

  • Holds a Dwelling Contractor certification or a Dwelling Contractor Restricted certification issued by the Department;
  • Holds or engages, as an employee, a person who holds a certification issued by the Department as a Dwelling Contractor Qualifier.

Pre-Credential Education

A person applying for a Dwelling Contractor Qualifier certification shall have completed at least 12 hours in an approved initial qualifier course in dwelling construction within one year prior to the date of application. 

Please see the list of Approved Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Initial​​ Qualifier Courses​​.​

Application for Licensure

3097Application for Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification
3073Trades​ Payment Form

​Reinstate a Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification that has been Expired more than 2 Years

  1. Complete initial qualifier course in dwelling construction within one year prior to the date of application.
  2. Submit an application, supporting documentation and fee:
    • Application for Dwelling Contractor Qualifier Certification (Form #3097)
    • $70.00 total fee ($15.00 application fee, $30.00 credential fee, and $25.00 late renewal fee)

Renewal Information


  • Fee (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • 12 Hours of Continuing Education

Renewal Method

Department of Safety and Professional Services

Trades Credentialing Unit
PO Box 78780
Milwaukee, WI  53293-0780

If you have questions regarding your renewal, please email DSPSCredTrades@wisconsin.gov.

When mailing your renewal, please allow up to 21 calendar days [per Wis. Admin. Code SPS § 305.04 (1)] from the date your payment is processed to receive an update regarding your renewal.

Getting Certified to Work with Lead Based Paint

Training and certification are required for professionals who offer or conduct regulated lead-based paint activities in pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities. These activities include:

  • Abatement of Lead Hazards
  • Lead Testing, Inspection, and Risk Assessment
  • Most paint-disturbing renovation work (for example, replacing windows, scraping paint prior to re-painting)
  • Post renovation and post-abatement clearance (including dust wipe sampling to measure lead dust left behind)

By getting certified and working safely, you protect your own and others' health, and show professional responsibility. For more information about certification, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services​ website.​​​