Educational Approval Program

​​​​​​​​​This page is intended to describe the Educational Approval Program (EAP) and what it does. It does not supersede statutes or administrative rules in defining the roles and responsibilities of the DSPS and the EAP.

Welcome to the EAP

The Educational Approval Program, formerly the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board (EAB), is charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Evaluating and approving private trade, technical, career, distance learning, and degree-granting schools.
  • Collecting and disseminating student outcome and satisfaction information from schools.
  • Performing annual reviews of schools.
  • Conducting regular on−site evaluations of schools.
  • Holding schools accountable for improving their performance and effectiveness.
  • Supporting options for innovative and quality programs offered by schools.

Information about the types of institutions the EAP does not regulate is available from a listing of exempt schools.

Our Mission Statement

To protect Wisconsin's consumers and support quality educational options.

Strategic Values & Goals

  • Assure Wisconsin consumers that EAP-approved schools are well run, educationally sound, and financially stable.
  • Protect consumers and help schools through regulatory enforcement and processes that are reasonable, consistent, firm, fair, and timely.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the private postsecondary education sector by supporting the success of students and schools.
  • Regularly update and/or revise applicable statutes, administrative rules, and oversight policies and procedures to reflect changes in the career education sector.


Contact Information​

Please see the following chart for industry-specific agency referral: ​

​Referral Agency

​Accredited, Nonprofit institutions, Headquartered in Wisconsin​​

​Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU)

​Apprenticeship Programs
​Department of Workforce Development (DWD) - Wisconsin Apprenticeship

​Barbering Training Programs
​Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) - Barbering Advisory Committee

​Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training Programs
​Department of Health Services (DHS) - Division of Quality Assurance, Nurse Aide Training, Testing and Registry

​Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Training Programs
​Department of Transportation (DOT) - Driver Training Programs

​Community-Based Care and Treatment (CBRF) Training Programs
​Department of Health Services (DHS) and University of Wisconsin Green Bay

Cosmetology, Aesthetics, Manicuring, and Electrology Training Programs (not Massage)

Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) - Cosmetology Board

Early Childhood Care Training Provider Training Programs

Department of Children and Families (DCF) - Licensed and Certified Child Care

Nursing Programs

Department of Safety and Professional Sevices (DSPS) - Board of Nursing

Public Schools - Kindergarten through 12th Grade​

Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

Real Estate Training Programs

Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) - Real Estate Board

Teacher Licensing Training Programs

Department of Public Instruction (DPI) - Licensing

Technical Colleges

Wisconsin Technical College

University of Wisconsin System

University of Wisconsin System

Veternarian/ Veternarian Technician Training Programs

Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) - Veterinary Examining Board 

General questions and information about the EAP should be directed to:

Educational Approval Program - Department of Safety and Professional Services
4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705
Phone: (608) 266-2112, option 8​
Fax: (608) 264-8477

Need to send mail to the EAP? Please send your mail to:

Educational Approval Program
P.O. Box 8366
Madison, WI 53708-8366

FedEx or UPS

​Educational Approval Program - DSPS

4822 Madison Yards Way, 3rd Floor
Madison, WI 53705​