Chiropractic License Renewal
The 2019-2020 biennium for licensing renewal started December 15, 2018 and ends 12/14/2020.
ALL Wisconsin DCs, CTs and CRTs must renew their license no later than December 14, 2020.
If you have questions about chiropractic license renewal, contact DSPS at DSPSrenewal@wisconsin.gov
Find complete DC licensing information on the DSPS website: https://dsps.wi.gov/Pages/Professions/Chiropractor/Default.aspx
Continuing Education Requirements
UPDATE: The Chiropractic Examining Board has given DCs, CTs, and CRTs until the end of the 2021-22 biennium to complete their continuing education for the current license period. Please note that DSPS has not cancelled or waived the required hours. They have simply EXTENDED the deadline to complete the CE requirements to December 2022.
In other words, in December 2022, DCs will need a total of 80 hours CE, CTs a total of 12 hours CE, CRTs a total of 24 hours CE.
It's our understanding that you may NOT earn your 2021-22 hours in 2020. Do if you already have your hours completed, don't take additional hours this Summer/Fall thinking you can apply those to the next biennium.
Ordinarily, we highly recommend the CPR/AED that has an in-person component. But because those are not currently being taught, we suggest that DCs stay current on their CPR/AED requirement by taking an online course offered by an approved instructor. Approved CPR
If you received your license AFTER December 15, 2018, then you do NOT need to take continuing education hours for renewal. But you still need to submit the forms/payment for renewal to DSPS.
If you earned your license BEFORE December 15, 2018, you need to complete the following continuing education:
Online License Renewal Portal
Log-in with your state licensing PIN and complete your renewal online
Approved CPR for Wisconsin
Initial DC Licensure
If you have questions about requirements for Initial DC licensure in Wisconsin:
Initial CT Licensure
How to Become a Chiropractic Technician (CT)
As of Summer 2018, Wisconsin now requires a minimum 12-hour core course for initial certification as a Chiropractic Technician. This new 12-hour course, called Chiropractic Technician Certification, includes topics that used to be covered in the “Patient History,” “Preliminary Exams,” and “Physiological Therapeutics Overview” classes.
WCA offers the Chiropractic Technician Certification Course 6-8 times per year across the state.
Find upcoming WCA CT Certification Courses >>here
For additional information and a link to the current application visit the DSPS website:
How to Add Therapeutic Modalities to Your CT License
CTs MUST be certified by the State of Wisconsin in the therapeutics they will perform. WCA offers therapeutics classes in the following:
- Light Therapy & Cold Laser
- Mechanical Therapy
- Thermotherapy & Cryotherapy
- Exercise Rehabilitation
Find upcoming WCA CT Courses >>here
Initial CRT Licensure
How to Become a Chiropractic Radiology Technician (CRT)
Chiropractic Radiological Technicians must complete a 48-hour course in Chiropractic Radiology and pass a final exam. WCA offers the 48 hour course twice a year, in Spring and Fall.
For additional information and a link to the current application visit
Find upcoming WCA CRT Certification Courses >>here
1. How many continuing education hours do I need for license renewal?
40 hours approved Continuing Education
4 hours approved Continuing Education needed for Nutrition Certification Renewal
Evidence that the licensee is certified in CPR
Evidence that the applicant has current proficiency in the use of an AED
CTs: 6 CE hours
CRTs: 12 CE hours
2. What courses are approved for continuing education in Wisconsin?
4. How long does it take once someone renews? If someone renews on December 14, do they need to wait for confirmation from DSPS? Can they continue to practice while they wait?
If they complete everything online, and have met all requirements, it takes 1-2 business days for the license to be renewed. If they submit a paper application, this can take upwards of 14 business days for processing.. As long as someone has made “timely and sufficient” effort to renew prior to the deadline, they are eligible to continue practicing until the renewal process is complete (WI statute 227.51(2)).
5. What if I don’t have my CEs completed by December 14? Can I still practice – i.e. is there a grace period? Ordinarily yes, but due to COVID-19, the Chiropractic Examining Board has given DCs, CTs, and CRTs until the end of the 2021-22 biennium to complete their continuing education for the current license period. Please note that DSPS has not cancelled or waived the required hours. They have simply EXTENDED the deadline to complete the CE requirements to December 2022.
7. Can DCs complete a CPR/AED course that is online only? Or is it a requirement that there be a hands-on component as well?
The CPR/AED programs are not approved through Chiro 5 and thus are not subject to the self-study requirement, so they can be fulfilled online as long as it was appropriately approved by DHS or another appropriate approving body. Here’s a list of approved CPR/AED instructors: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/ems/licensing/cpr.htm
ProTrainings LLC is one approved CPR/AED vendor who offers online courses.
8. If I received my license/certification this year (or last year), do I need continuing education hours to renew?
No. If you received your license/certification within THIS biennium (Dec 15, 2018 - Dec 14, 2020) you do NOT need any CE Hours; however, you must still complete the renewal process and pay the applicable fee to renew your license
9. What if I didn’t receive anything from DSPS regarding renewing my license/certification?
Contact DSPSrenewal@wisconsin.gov You may wish to look up your license. Log in using your PIN and check your contact information. https://app.wi.gov/licensesearch
11. I attended only 4 hours of a 12-hour class through WCA, and I have the attendance voucher as a record showing that I left after 4 hours. When I enter the approval code, the DSPS system lists the complete 12 hours. What should I do?
When we submit for CE approval, we indicate the number of class hours. If a DC attends only part of a class, the DSPS system has no way to know that. It is up to you to be sure you have actually attended 40 hours of CE. If you were to be audited you would need to produce the certificates of attendance to prove it.
Important Caveat: The answers above are accurate to the best of our knowledge. However, should any of the information prove to be misleading, unclear, incorrect, or is in any way misinterpreted by the reader, WCA cannot be held responsible. If you have any doubts or want clarification, contact DSPS at
608-266-2112 or e-mail DSPSRenewal@wisconsin.gov