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Changes to Continuing Education for Psychologists

Clearinghouse Rule 13-103 went into effect January 1st 2016.  This Rule changed PSY4 relative to Continuing Education for psychologists credentialed in Wisconsin.  Attached is a link to PSY 4. 

http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/psy/4.pdf

 

Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work

Section MPSW 1.09 relating to the substance use disorder specialty has been updated effective December 1, 2015.

http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/mpsw/1.pdf

 

Veterinary Examining Board (VEB)  

Effective July 12, 2015, the Veterinary Examining Board (VEB) and all duties associated with the Board transferred from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) per 2015 Wisconsin Act 55.  In order to best serve Wisconsin taxpayers during this transition, please refer to the information below to determine which Department will better serve your request:

  • Credential Issuance for new graduates:  DSPS through 12/31/2015; DATCP after 1/1/2016
  • Credential Issuance via endorsement:  DSPS through 12/31/2015; DATCP after 1/1/2016
  • Credential Renewal:  DSPS through 12/31/2015;  DATCP after 1/1/2016
  • Complaints against a VEB credential-holder:  DSPS through 9/16/2015; DATCP after 9/17/2015
  • Veterinary Examining Board meetings:  DSPS through 7/29/2015; DATCP all meetings thereafter

The DSPS and the DATCP appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition.  For questions, please contact the DSPS at 608-266-2112 or the DATCP at 608-224-5012.  For more information on the DATCP and VEB transfer, use the following link: http://datcp.wi.gov/About/Boards_and_Councils/veterinary_examining_board/index.aspx


Uniform Building Code Update

2013 Act 270 establishes a uniform commercial building code in Wisconsin, while allowing municipalities to grandfather fire detection, prevention, and suppression ordinances that relate to the construction, alteration, or addition to a public building or building that is a place of employment. An ordinance that is grandfathered has passed the requirements laid out by the Legislature in Wisconsin Statute §101.02(7r)(b).

Click here for more information and a list of grandfathered ordinances.


Removal of Structural Component Submittal Fee

Beginning February 1, 2015, DSPS will no longer charge a $100 plan entry fee for structural components submitted after the initial building plan has been submitted. If submitted with a current building project, there is a minimum $100 submittal fee. If submitted as a follow up to a previously submitted plan there is no additional fee.


Controlled Substances Board – Scheduling of Suvorexant

On August 28, 2014 the DEA published its final rule in the Federal Register placing Suvorexant into Schedule IV of the Federal controlled Substances Act. The scheduling action was effective September 29, 2014. The Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board pursuant to s. 961.11(4), Stats took affirmative action to treat Suvorexant as a Schedule IV effective November 1, 2014.

Click here to view the order from the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board.


Controlled Substances Board – Hydrocodone Combination Products

On August 22, 2014 the DEA published its final rule in the Federal Register rescheduling hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II of the Federal Controlled Substances Act. The scheduling action was effective October 6, 2014. The Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board pursuant to s. 961.11(4), Stats took affirmative action to similarly reschedule hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II effective November 1, 2014.

Click here to view the order from the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board.


Journeyman Plumber Restricted Appliance License Exam Information

Effective September 1, 2014, Chapter SPS 305.945 permits a person seeking to obtain a Journeyman Plumber Restricted Appliance (JPRA) license to take an examination deemed to be equivalent to the Department's examination. Examination providers seeking approval of their exam as equivalent must follow the specific instructions listed on Form #3065OEE and complete and submit application form #3064OEE.

Click here for more information about the JPRA exam process.


Professional Counselor Section: New Rule Relating to Master's Degree Equivalent Education 

The Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board has made changes to MPSW 14.01, relating to the requirements of an academic program equivalent to a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling in the state of Wisconsin.

The requirement for academic programs has increased from 42-semester hours to 60-semester hours. In addition, there are more specific course requirements that must be fulfilled as a component of this 60-hour requirement. The effective date for applicants to meet the requirements outlined in MPSW 14.01 is September 1, 2018. The Professional Counselor Section will have a program pre-approval mechanism in place starting in January 2015 for programs that wish to seek a pre-approval status prior to September 1, 2018.


Controlled Substances Board – Tramadol Schedule Updated

On July 2, 2014, the DEA published its final rule in the Federal Register placing tramadol into schedule IV of the federal Controlled Substances Act effective August 18, 2014. The Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board pursuant to s. 961.11(4), Stats took affirmative action to similarly treat tramadol as a schedule IV controlled substance effective September 1, 2014.

Click here to view the order from the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board.

Wisconsin Dwelling Code Council - 2013 Report​

 

Per 2013 Wisconsin Act 23, the Dwelling Code Council is required to prepare a report detailing its review of and subsequent recommendations to the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code. The Council approved the report by unanimous vote.

Please click here to view the report.



Act 143 - New Electrical LIcensure Standards

2013 Wisconsin Act 143 established new licensure standards for electricians which went into effect on April 1, 2014.  These standards require all individuals (see Act 143 for exemptions) engaged in the business of installing, repairing, and maintaining electrical wiring be licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).  The new licensure law does not apply to any person with 15 years of experience who was born on or before January 1, 1956.  The DSPS will create administrative rules and licensure processes to verify this experience requirement and provide licenses to these persons.  The Department is currently drafting an Emergency Rule to address these needs quickly, and plans to establish permanent rules in 2015.  Until the time that rules are promulgated, electricians who meet these requirements, or grandfather clause, may continue to practice.  In order to remain in compliance, the DSPS recommends municipalities verify eligibility for the grandfather clause in two ways:

1) Confirm date of birth is on or prior to January 1, 1956

2) Collect verbal attestation that the individual has 15 years of experience

Once rules have been promulgated, this practice will no longer be considered compliant by the DSPS.


Act 270 - Uniform Commercial Building Code


2013 Wisconsin Act 270 establishes a Uniform Commercial Building Code (UCBC) for the State of Wisconsin, as well as a Building Code Council for the purpose of reviewing the code and making recommendations to the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) to keep the UCBC current. The previous Commercial Building Code acted as a minimum standard and allowed for municipalities to enact ordinances above and beyond those detailed in the code. The UCBC replaces the previous Commercial Building Code and eliminates municipal variations. However, Act 270 allows for municipalities to submit ordinances to the DSPS within 60 days of publication of the law for review and exemption if the ordinance meets all of the following requirements:

1. The ordinance was enacted before May 1, 2013.

2. The ordinance was published by the town, village, or city in the manner required under Statute 60.80, 61.50, or 62.11 (4).

3. The ordinance relates to fire detection, prevention, or suppression components of buildings.

4. The building is not a multifamily dwelling, as defined in Statute 101.971 (2).

5. The ordinance is submitted to the department within 60 days after the effective date of this subdivision, Friday, April 18, 2014.

6. The department determines that the ordinance requires standards that are at least as strict as the rules promulgated by the department.

S
end your ordinance and contact information to DSPSPolicyDevelopment@wisconsin.gov by June 17, 2014. Any submissions received after June 17, 2014 will not be considered.


Photograph No Longer Required for Some Credentials

The Department of Safety and Professional Services recently reviewed licensure requirements and processes and determined that a photograph of applicants for the following credentials is no longer required:

  • Private Detective
  • Private Security Permit
  • Private Detective/Security Guard Agency

    This change is effective immediately and applies to applications currently in process.  Application forms and information on the DSPS website have been updated to reflect this change.


    Barbering

    Starting February 11, 2013, and continuing through March 31, 2015, 2011 Act 190 will allow all people who hold a barber-cosmetologist practitioner license to exchange it for a barber license, if they wish. Please visit the
    renewal page for more detailed information.
     

     

     

     

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