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Continuing education for drillers and pump installers

Wisconsin law requires licensed water well drillers, heat exchange drillers and pump installers to earn six continuing education credits for each license held each calendar year. Courses to be offered by training providers are evaluated and approved by the department for continuing education credit. Approved courses may include lectures, formal hands-on training and online sessions. The department posts all currently approved courses to the online continuing education calendar.


Covid-19 and 2021 Continuing Education Opportunities

Continuing education providers are considering current conditions and weighing alternatives for sessions to be offered in 2021. As plans are finalized and details become available, the 2021 Continuing Education Calendar will be updated accordingly. All online/on-demand sessions approved for 2020 have been carried forward and are available for continuing education credit in the 2021 calendar year.

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Information for licensed drillers, pump installers and registered rig operators

Questions related to state requirements for continuing education should be addressed to the department at: DNRDGCONTINUINGEDUCATION@wisconsin.gov.

Course provider related questions such as registration and attendance verification issues should be directed to the provider. Provider contact information is available at the continuing education calendar. The calendar provides a complete listing of approved courses for the current calendar year.

Continuing education calendar

Six credits of continuing education are required each calendar year for each license held. The department may require attendance at specific presentations or may limit the number of credits obtained in specific topic areas in any given year. Credits allocated to an individual’s attendance record over the past three years can be accessed at the following link:

View Continuing Education Attendance Record

Continuing education requirements for license holders (drillers and pump installers)

Licensed drillers and pump installers must attend six hours of continuing education each calendar year. Failure to attend the required continuing education during a calendar year results in license expiration on December 31. An individual whose license has expired is required to take and pass the license exam in order to reinstate the license. A license that expires due to insufficient continuing education attendance is not eligible for renewal.

Continuing education requirements for registrants (rig operators)

Registered rig operators who intend to apply for a driller license must attend six hours of continuing education each calendar year. Those with no intention of pursuing a license are not required to attend continuing education. Their registration expires at the end of the year and a new registration can be applied for at the start of the new year. One downside to this approach is that experience acquired during the calendar year cannot be applied toward the license application requirements of NR 146.04(2)(a & b). If a registered rig operator has intentions of applying for a driller license, they must attend the required six credits of continuing education each calendar year and renew the registration for the upcoming year. The department strongly encourages all rig operators to attend continuing education. A registered rig operator should consult with their supervisor before forgoing annual continuing education attendance.

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Information for training providers

Continuing education course application Form 3300-252

Submit Continuing Education Course Application – Form 3300-252 [PDF] to request department approval of continuing education for drillers and pump installers. Complete the form electronically, save it and hit “Submit by Email” at the top of the form. For each one hour of presentation, explain the applicability to the intended license types and list at least five subtopics in the course outline. Indicate whether you want the department to “publicize” the training by adding it to the online continuing education calendar.

Criteria for evaluation

The department will evaluate each hour of proposed continuing education for applicability to the intended license or registration type. Continuing education presentations and courses may be approved for more than one license type depending on content. Some continuing education may be applicable to both Water Well Driller and Pump Installer licenses. Others may only be applicable to one license type. Various formats including lecture, formal hands-on training and online classes may be approved for continuing education credit. More details are available within the following documents:

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Frequently asked questions

How do I contact the department if I have a question related to continuing education?

Questions related to state requirements for continuing education should be addressed to the department at: DNRDGCONTINUINGEDUCATION@wisconsin.gov.

Course provider related questions such as registration and attendance verification should be addressed directly to the provider. Provider contact information is available at the continuing education calendar.

How can I determine if credits for a presentation have been approved for my license type?
 

The department’s continuing education calendar provides a complete listing of approved courses by license type. The calendar can be accessed at the following link:

Continuing education calendar

How will the department know which courses I attend?

The course provider is responsible for recording attendance and submitting attendee information to the department. If the course provider asks you to complete an attendance sheet, it is very important that you complete the form accurately. You must turn in the sheets at the end of the session in order to receive full credit for attendance.

How can I determine the number of continuing education credits I that I have on record with the department?

Continuing education credits allocated to an individual’s attendance record over the past three years can be accessed at the following link:

View Continuing Education Attendance Record

May I repeat attendance at an approved course to obtain additional credit hours?

If it has been at least three years since you last attended the course, credit will be granted for repeat attendance.

May I carry over extra continuing education credit hours that I obtained this year to next year?

No, state law requires six credits of continuing education credits be earned each calendar year. Attendance must occur between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 or the license will expire on December 31.

May I receive continuing education credit for time spent attending a trade show?

Yes, you may receive one hour of credit per year for each license, for attending exhibits at an applicable trade show. Water well drillers and pump installers may receive one hour of credit for the Wisconsin Water Well Association Convention or the National Groundwater Association Groundwater Week. Heat exchange drillers may receive one hour of credit for the Wisconsin Geothermal Association Convention or the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association Convention. Exhibits and trade shows at other events are not approved for driller/installer continuing education credit.

Am I required to attend more than six hours of continuing education in a calendar year?

If you hold more than one license type, you may be required to attend more than six hours of coursework to obtain the required continuing education hours for all licenses held. Each hour of continuing education in an approval request is evaluated for its applicability to the three license types. A presentation on well inspections, for example, would be applicable to pump installer or water well driller licenses, but not to heat exchange driller licenses. A presentation on drilling methods could be applicable to both water well and heat exchange driller licenses, but not to pump installer licenses.

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