Wisconsin licenses 42 out of 102 lower-income occupations (more than half of the occupations included in the study) . The state’s licensing laws are less burdensome than most other states. The state's licensing laws rank 43rd in the nation. Wisconsin licensed occupations includes occupations that are rarely licensed elsewhere. Few other states license Animal Control Officer (7 other), Animal Trainer (7 other).
On average, Wisconsin requires $258 in licensing fees, 197 days of education and about 1 exam. Fees for a license exceed $1000 for Midwife, Direct Entry, Bill Collection Agency.
Out of the 42 occupations that require an occupational license in Wisconsin, a license for Preschool Teacher, Public School has the highest burden. A Preschool Teacher, Public School license requires $575 in fees, 2 exams, 3 years experience, and 4 years of education.
Out of the 42 occupations that require an occupational license in Wisconsin, a license for Fisher, Commercial has the lowest burden. A Fisher, Commercial license requires $2 in fees, no exams, no experience, and no of education.
An occupational license in Wisconsin costs the most for Midwife, Direct Entry. A Midwife, Direct Entry license requires $1359 in fees, 1 exams, no experience, and 2 years of education.
An occupational license for in Wisconsin costs the least for Bartender, Coach, Head (High School Sports) where the license costs $0.
In Wisconsin, an occupational license takes the most time (due to required education/experience) for Preschool Teacher, Public School. It takes 2555 days (7 years) total. A Preschool Teacher, Public School license requires $575 in fees, 2 exams, 3 years experience, and 4 years of education.
In Wisconsin, an occupational license takes the least time due to required education/experience (0 days) for School Bus Driver, Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Truck Driver, Other, Bill Collection Agency, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Auctioneer, Pipelayer Contractor, Pest Control Applicator, Animal Breeder, Travel Guide, Milk Sampler, Animal Trainer, HVAC Contractor (Commercial), HVAC Contractor (Residential), Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial), Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential), Farm Labor Contractor, Security Guard, Unarmed, Taxidermist, Landscape Contractor (Commercial), Landscape Contractor (Residential), Fisher, Commercial.
In Wisconsin, to obtain an occupational license there is at least one exam required for: Preschool Teacher, Public School, Athletic Trainer, Midwife, Direct Entry, Interpreter, Sign Language, Veterinary Technician, Earth Driller, Water Well, Cosmetologist, Massage Therapist, Barber, Shampooer, Makeup Artist, Skin Care Specialist, Manicurist, School Bus Driver, Bus Driver, City/Transit, Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer, Truck Driver, Other, Emergency Medical Technician, Vegetation Pesticide Applicator, Auctioneer, Pipelayer Contractor, Mobile Home Installer, Pest Control Applicator, Milk Sampler, Animal Control Officer. School Bus Driver requires 6 exams.
Wisconsin licenses 42 of the 102 lower-income occupations studied here, which is fewer than most states. Ranking as the 42nd most burdensome, Wisconsin’s licensing laws require, on average, $259 in fees, 214 days of education and experience, and around one exam. The state ranks as the nation’s 36th most broadly and onerously licensed.
Wisconsin frequently licenses occupations that are unlicensed by other states. For example, few other states license animal trainers (eight), farm labor contractors (nine), bartenders (12) or sign language interpreters (21). Among those, sign language interpreters face particularly steep education and experience requirements: 1,469 days (four years and 40 clock hours) of education. The average in states that license the occupation, meanwhile, is 1,088 days. And bill collection agencies, which are unlicensed in 20 states, face unusually high fees in Wisconsin ($1,200 versus an average of $551).
Wisconsin also imposes burdens on some occupations that seem excessive compared to those for other occupations that may present a greater risk to public safety. For example, it takes over 10 times as long to become a cosmetologist in Wisconsin as it does to become an EMT. EMTs must complete roughly 35 days (150 hours) of education, while cosmetologists need an estimated 362 (1,550 hours). Wisconsin could expand lower-income employment opportunities by reducing or repealing its licensing burdens for cosmetologists and other occupations, or—if government regulation is necessary—by replacing them with less restrictive regulatory alternatives such as inspections or voluntary certification.
|Burden Rank||Occupation||Number of States that License||Fees||Education/Experience (Days)||Education||Experience||Exams||Minimum Grade||Minimum Age|
|1||Preschool Teacher, Public School||50||575||2555||4 years||3 years||2||12||0|
|2||Athletic Trainer||49||465||1460||4 years||None||1||0||0|
|3||Midwife, Direct Entry||37||1359||730||2 years||None||1||12||0|
|4||Interpreter, Sign Language||22||315||730||2 years||None||2||12||18|
|5||Veterinary Technician||36||490||730||2 years||None||2||0||18|
|6||Earth Driller, Water Well||51||100||739||39 clock hours||2 years||1||0||20|
|7||Cosmetologist||51||391||362||1550 clock hours||None||2||0||18|
|8||Massage Therapist||45||270||140||600 clock hours||None||2||12||18|
|9||Barber||51||378||233||1000 clock hours||None||2||0||18|
|10||Shampooer||33||354||233||1000 clock hours||None||2||0||18|
|11||Makeup Artist||37||383||105||450 clock hours||None||2||0||18|
|11||Skin Care Specialist||51||383||105||450 clock hours||None||2||0||18|
|13||Manicurist||51||343||70||300 clock hours||None||2||0||18|
|14||School Bus Driver||51||279||0||None||None||6||0||18|
|15||Bus Driver, City/Transit||51||269||0||None||None||5||0||18|
|16||Truck Driver, Tractor-Trailer||51||254||0||None||None||5||0||18|
|17||Truck Driver, Other||51||254||0||None||None||4||0||18|
|18||Emergency Medical Technician||51||98||35||150 clock hours||None||2||0||18|
|19||Bill Collection Agency||29||1200||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|20||Vegetation Pesticide Applicator||51||180||0||None||None||2||0||16|
|22||Child Care Home, Family||44||100||22||7 clock hours & 3 credit hours||None||0||0||18|
|24||Mobile Home Installer||37||115||2||12 clock hours||None||1||0||18|
|25||Pest Control Applicator||51||145||0||None||None||1||0||16|
|28||Bartender||12||0||1||3 clock hours||None||0||0||18|
|30||Animal Control Officer||7||60||9||40 clock hours||None||1||0||0|
|32||HVAC Contractor (Commercial)||37||175||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|32||HVAC Contractor (Residential)||35||175||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|32||Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Commercial)||37||175||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|32||Sheet Metal Contractor, HVAC (Residential)||36||175||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|36||Farm Labor Contractor||10||100||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|37||Security Guard, Unarmed||34||62||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|39||Landscape Contractor (Commercial)||47||30||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|39||Landscape Contractor (Residential)||48||30||0||None||None||0||0||0|
|41||Coach, Head (High School Sports)||47||0||1||4 clock hours||None||0||0||0|
The data and information here come from IJ’s License to Work report, released in November 2022.View Report