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Application Directions for Initial Experience-based Technical and Vocation Education Subjects Teacher License

This application is for educators who:

  •  Are being supported by a Wisconsin public school district to teach technical or vocational education in their school
  • Have training and/or experience in a technical or vocational field or trade, as well as some training in how to teach (pedagogy) 
  • Qualification for this license is based on a system of points.  For more information about eligibility see the Experience-based Technical and Vocational Education Subjects under the School District Support Licenses Pathway and read the Vocational Subjects and Technical Education Subjects Crosswalk.

How to Apply for an Experience-Based Technical and Vocation Education Subjects License

5 step graphic

1. Determine if you must submit fingerprints

2. Gather Documents

Scan all documentation into files (.pdf, .doc/docx, .jpg/jpeg, or .txt) that are 2MB or less in size

  • Preview the ELO Conduct & Competency Questions to see if you will need to provide documentation of any alleged misconduct.
  • Documentation of experience and pedagogy, which may include:


    • transcripts
    • PI-1623
    • industry certificate
    • the signature of a supervisor, employer, or another reliable observer
    • verification by a course instructor, a transcript, or a certificate

3. Log in to Educator Licensing Online (ELO)

  • Within ELO, make sure you have answered the three onboarding questions.
  • Find the APPLY FOR A NEW LICENSE section of the Quick Start Menu. Select the same choices in the three drop-down in the application screenshot:

1; [T643]; [1029]


  • Click the “GO!” button.
  • Complete each page of the application as instructed. Review your Application Summary and edit information if necessary OR click the “SUBMIT” button to submit your application.

4. Receive Email Confirmation


5. Complete Application on ELO

  • Click the GO! button next to “Submit C&C and Payment to Complete Application.”
  • Review your fees.
  • Complete the Conduct and Competency Questionnaire (14 questions).
  • Pay with a credit card or pre-paid card. For fee amounts and additional payment information please see License Application Fees.


Our processing times vary throughout the year. For current processing times see the Check Application Status page.

Submit questions and comments about this information to the Licensing Online Help desk.