Starting on April 1, 2014, most electricians in Wisconsin must be licensed or registered by the state's Department of Safety and Professional Services (the DSPS). According to Wisconsin Statutes section 101.862 and Wisconsin Administrative Code SPS section 305.40:
- No person may engage in the business of installing, repairing, or maintaining electrical wiring unless the person is licensed as an electrical contractor by the DSPS.
- No person may install, repair, or maintain electrical wiring unless the person is licensed as an electrician by the DSPS or unless the person is registered as a beginning electrician by the DSPS. The licensing requirement applies to master electricians, residential master electricians, journeyman electricians, industrial journeyman electricians, and residential journeyman electricians. The registration requirement applies to beginning electricians, electrical apprentices, industrial electrical apprentices, and residential electrical apprentices.