The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is required by law to conduct a background check on each applicant for a Wisconsin educator license regardless of whether it is an initial request or a renewal request. The primary purpose of a background check is to determine if the applicant has engaged in any behavior that endangers the health, welfare, safety or education of pupils.
Because a background check is a required step in processing all license applications, when applying for a license, all applicants must:
- Submit a complete application form, including payment.
- Submit a Conduct and Competency form that is thoroughly completed, including notarization and all required documentation and information.
- If an applicant meets the requirements specified on the Conduct and Competency form, submit fingerprints.
- If requested, submit any missing or additional information in a timely manner.
Failure to submit all necessary information in support of an application will result in significant delay in processing, and may result in denial of an application.
- PI-1602-A: Conduct and Competency Review Form